The decisive score came midway through the 2nd half as Conor Briody rattled the net after good work from Gary Reilly. Dunshaughlin responded five minutes later with a goal of their own after a brief lapse of concentration, in an otherwise water-tight, Ballinlough defence. Further points from Briody, O’ Higgins, Smith (free), Gary Reilly and substitute Daire Farrell widened the gap as Dunshaughlin were struggling to cope with Ballinlough’s free flowing style of football.
Dunshaughlin were restricted to just two scores in the 2nd half and much credit must go to the Ballinlough defence where Nicholas Finlay was solid on his debut between the posts; his accurate kick-outs were the launch pad for many Ballinlough attacks. Full-back Vinny Ryan gave a commanding display; it may be over two decades since he played a leading part in Ballinlough’s last championship success but he epitomised a committed club man inspiring the younger players around him. Centre-back Jonathan O’ Reilly was excellent throughout and was ably assisted by Joe and Paul Farrelly.