Comforted by their mid table security Kilmainhamwood had little to play for and they came up against a Ballinlough outfit that played at a different pace throughout and had this victory secured long before the final whistle.
Ballinlough had two points on the board before Tommy Mc Cullen and Colm Mallen combined to set up Ken Rothwell for a goal in the eight minute. Kilmainhamwood struggled to win any possession around midfield and as a result their forwards had limited scoring opportunities, they got their only score of the first half in the 23rd minute when Francis Owens finished to the net but by this stage they were trailing 1-0 to 1-5. Colm Mallen got the last score of the half when he pointed a free to leave his side ahead, 1-6 to 1-0, at the change of ends.
Ballinlough built on their lead in the third quarter and they were 1-10 to 1-3 before Dereck Muldoon flicked a Peadar Byrne delivery to the net in the 47 minute which effectively ended the game as a contest. Benji Smith added a couple of points for Ballinlough and then Bryan Smith concluded the scoring when he blasted to the net from close range in the last minute.
Ballinlough had good performances from Ronan Mc Guinness, Cian Mallen, Peadar Byrne and Kevin Devine.
Ballinlough: K. Mallen, Benji Smith (0-2), P. Muldoon, R. Farrell, Jonathon O’ Reilly, L. Maguire (0-1f), R. Mc Guinness (0-1), T. Mc Cullen (0-1), Cian Mallen, P. Byrne (0-3), D. Muldoon (1-0), Junior O’ Reilly, Colm Mallen (0-3, 2f), K. Rothwell (1-1), K. Devine. Subs: S. Byrne for Mc Cullen, S. Geraghty for Junior O’ Reilly, C. Briody for Jonathon O’ Reilly, Bryan Smith (1-0) for D. Muldoon and J. O’ Higgins for Rothwell.