Both teams played some good football in the first half but the scores came a bit easier for the Dublin border outfit. There was little between the sides in terms of possession but Ballinlough leaked two goals in the opening half which left them with a mountain to climb. Good work from Matthew Farrell, Niall Farrelly and Derek Muldoon had Ballinlough within touching distance but the concession of a second goal just before the break left them trailing by six points; 2-4 to 0-4.
Thomas Shine and Brian Mallen were introduced at half time and both players were active as Ballinlough set about reducing the margin. Ken Rothwell and Niall Farrelly scored goals for ‘The Reds’ as they had their opponents on the back foot and when Oliver Brady got their third goal of the second half to level it; 3-6 to 2-9, it set up an exciting finish.
Donaghmore/Ashbourne forged ahead again with a good point and then in the last minute the ball once again ended up in the Ballinlough and after some debate over a square ball the referee eventually signalled a goal which secured a four point win for the visitors.
Ballinlough: L. Gibney, M. Farrell, J. Baugh, P. Farrelly, J. O’ Reilly, N. Farrelly, D. Lynch, K. Beirne, D. Muldoon, J. Tunney, J. Reilly, O. Brady, J. Lydon, K. Rothwell, D. Farrelly. Subs: T. Shine and B. Mallen.