Ballinlough U-21 ‘C’ campaign came to a premature conclusion in Cortown on Friday night as a late Dunsany goal turned the game in their favour.
This was always expected to be a close game between two teams that had been tipped as potential championship winners. Ballinlough were without the services of regular intermediate player Tommy Mc Cullen but his brother Mark got them off to a good start with the opening point. Dunsany responded with a couple of points to take the lead but a couple of Sean Geraghty points which were followed by a Gary Reilly goal had the North Meath outfit in the lead; 1-3 to 0-2.
But Dunsany showed their potential by recovering to bring the game level as they hit a point which was soon followed by a goal to level the game; 1-3 to 1-3. But Ballinlough finished the half stronger with points from Niall Farrelly, Jack Tunney and a Kevin Mallen ’45 to take a 1-6 to 1-3 lead into the half-time break.
Dunsany raced out of the blocks at the start of the second half with four points in quick succession to take the lead; 1-7 to 1-6 but when Niall Farrelly responded with a point for Ballinlough it looked as if they had wheathered the storm. The teams traded scores before Farrelly pushed his team ahead, but then came the turning point in the game; Ballinlough looked to have scored a goal but the ball was deemed not to have crossed the line and possession moved up field for Dunsany to score the all decisive goal.
Ballinlough: Shane Smith, Emmett Smith, Jonnie Reilly, Jonathan O'Reilly, Micheal Geraghty, James Baugh, Mark McCullen (0-1), Gary Reilly (1-1), David lynch , Sean Geraghty (0-2), Niall Farrelly (0-2), Kevin Mallon (0-1), Jack Tunney (0-1)