This was an exceptional display by Ballinlough as they worked well as a unit and their forwards used possession intelligently to play the ball into good scoring positions which facilitated 23 scorers from 9 different players.
Thomas Shine marked his debut for Ballinlough with the first point of the game and despite the concession of an early goal they recovered to regain control. Jonnie Reilly pointed before a goal from Ken Rothwell put the North Meath men in the driving seat; Daire Farrelly, James O’ Higgins, Junior O’ Reilly and Gary Reilly fired over points as they led; 1-9 to 1-5, at half-time.
Clonard needed to make a bright start to the second-half but instead it was Ballinlough who got off to the better start with a goal from Conor Briody; the score was a major boost to his team and their forwards began to play with great confidence. Daire Farrelly raised another green flag midway through the half as they reeled off an impressive 2 goals and 11 points after the resumption.
Best for Ballinlough were; Shane Smith, Jonathon O’ Reilly, James O’ Higgins, Thomas Shine and Daire Farrelly.
Ballinlough: S. Deevy, J. Baugh, P. Baugh, S. Smith, E. Smith, Jonathon O’ Reilly, Junior O’ Reilly (0-1), G. Reilly (0-1), K. Mallen (0-1), J. O’ Higgins (0-4), C. Briody (1-1), Jonnie Reilly (0-2), T. Shine (0-4), K. Rothwell (1-4), D. Farrelly (1-2).