Ballinlough's Mid-Fielder Paddy Briody in Possession
The ‘Lough led from the outset with three early goals from Kevin Mallen (2) and the returning Terence Fagan. This early hammer blow was too much to recover from for the Ashbourne men, although they fought valiantly back, and only trailed by 3-05 to 2-03 at the change of ends.
The goal-fest continued in the second half, with a further five scored before the final whistle. Ballinlough struggled to pull away, as Donaghmore / Ashbourne introduced some experienced campaigners to keep them in the contest. Veteren forward Ken Rothwell steadied the ship for the ‘Lough, kicking five essential points on the day to keep his side in front.
Daire Farrelly (2) and Nicholas Finaly picked up the goals for the ‘Lough in the second period, with some well worked moves. Young forward Adam Fox picked up a fine point, making great progress in his first year of adult football. Mallen also kicked two exquisite points as the game wore down.
The Red’s had great performances in defence on the day from Matthew Farrell, Emmett Smith and Junior O’ Reilly. Paddy Briody put in a good shift in the middle of the field on his return from injury. While Ken Rothwell and Daire Farrelly provided much needed attacking sharpness in the forwards.
The north Meath men now face Moynalty in their final group game, where victory will assure them a place in the quarter final. Based on Saturdays performance, they will go into that game confident of getting a good result.
Ballinlough: L. Gibney, J. Farrelly, E. Smith, M. Farrell, J. Higgins, Junior O’Reilly, N. Finlay (1-01), K. Mallen (2-02), P. Briody, T. Fagan (1-0), K. Rothwell (0-05), O. Brady, A. Fox (0-01), S. Deevy, D. Farrelly (2-0). Subs: P. Farrelly, T. Shine, M. McGrane