Ballinlough opened their Junior D campaign with a convincing win over Dunderry’s third string in Kilmainham on Saturday evening. The result was never in doubt as a youthful Ballinlough team hit four second half goals on route to an impressive.
It was a landmark occasion for the Kilmainham club as they held a championship fixture for the first time at their impressive club grounds.
Ballinlough raced into an early lead with a goal from Mark Mc Cullen and points from David Lynch, James O’ Higgins and Brian Smith, Dunderry replied with a penalty to trail; 1-4 to 1-1, after 15 minutes. Brian Smith gave an exhibition of free taking in blustery conditions and he hit three more points before the break as Ballinlough extended their lead by 1-8 to 1-2 by half time.
Having played with the advantage of a strong breeze in the opening half Ballinlough must have wondered if a six point lead would be sufficient to deter a Dunderry revival. However the revival never materialised and ‘The Reds’ continued to dominate during the second-half; Shane and Gerard Smith were dominant in defense and Junior Reilly was influential at midfield in a strong team performance. The winners hit four second half goals; James O’ Higgins superb individual goal in the 35th minute was the score of the match and Declan Mc Namee (2) and Paul Monaghan were also among the goals.
Ballinlough: D. Mc Cartan, S. Smith, J. O’ Keffee, P. Baugh, Jonathon O’ Reilly, G. Smith. J. Farrelly, K. Mallen (0-1), Junior O’ Reilly (0-2), B. Smith (0-7f), M. Mc Cullen (1-0), J. O’ Higgins (1-1), N. Finlay, M. Reilly. D. Lynch (0-1). Subs: D. Mc Namee (2-1) for Reilly, E. Smith for Jonathon O’ Reilly, P. Monaghan (1-0) for Finlay, C. Gaughran (0-1) for Farrelly and M. Mc Grane for Higgins