Ballinlough’s second string continued their good form with a routine win against Kilmainham in Division 5 of the B-League on Wednesday evening in Ballinlough.
Manager Mickey Rennicks has assembled a useful outfit and although they have encountered a couple of setbacks throughout their campaign they will be assured of a place in the final if Skyrne and Moylagh can be negotiated in their final two matches.
The home team always looked that bit stronger and an early point from Niall Farrelly set them on their way and he was once again involved in the 14th minute when he delivered a defence splitting pass to Ken Rothwell who rattled the net to leave his team ahead; 1-3 to 0-4. Ballinlough found their rhythm after the goal and further points before the break from Kevin Mallen, Rothwell, Simon Deevy, Jonnie Reilly and James O’ Higgins left the home side ahead; 1-8 to 0-6, at half-time.
The direct runs of Simon Deevy caused the Kilmainham defence all kinds of problems as he helped himself to four points in the second half. James O’ Higgins got the second Ballinlough goal in the 53rd minute as they moved well clear; 2-14 to 0-9. Kilmainham’s Paddy Heneghan converted a late penalty but it was a mere consolation for the visitors.
Best for Ballinlough were; James Baugh, Brian Smith, Niall Farrelly, Simon Deevy and Jonnie Reilly.
Ballinlough: M. Brady, J. Baugh, V. Ryan, P. Baugh, N. Farrelly (0-1), K. Devine, G. Reilly, B. Smith (0-1, ’45), K. Mallen (0-1), C. Briody (0-1), S. Deevy (0-5), J. Reilly (0-2), N. Finlay, K. Rothwell (1-2), J. O’ Higgins (1-1). Subs: M. Geraghty for Ryan, J. Lydon (0-1) for Finlay and D. Farrelly for Briody.