Despite the heavy rain fall and slippery surface both teams served up a highly competitive match that was decided by a second half goal from Moynalty’s Kevin Maguire. Nicholas Finlay got Ballinlough off to a good start when he finished off a nice move with a point from a tight angle in the first minute, Stephen Blackburn leveled soon afterwards with a free and it was a cagey battle between two evenly matched teams for the remainder of the half. However it was Moynalty who made the first real breakthrough when Kevin Maguire got the first of his two goals in the 27th minute, this left his team ahead 1-4 to 0-5 at half-time.
Ballinlough made a bright start to the second-half, much of the good work came from Nicholas Finlay who pointed and then in the 42nd minute he set-up Mark Mc Cullen who netted from close range to put his team ahead; 1-6 to 1-4. But just when it seemed that Ballinlough might push on for a win they missed a couple of scoring opportunities and then paid a heavy price when Moynaly rattled home 1-2 in the space of four minutes, the goal once again coming from Kevin Maguire which left his team ahead; 2-6 to 1-6. Ballinlough tried to reduce the deficit and points from Nicholas Finlay and Christopher Gaughran did give them hope but the goal they needed never materialised.
Ballinlough had strong performances from 17 year old Gary Reilly, who had a great tussle with Tommy Dowd, Shane Smith, Mark Mc Cullen, James O’ Higgins and Nicholas Finaly.
Ballinlough: B. Smith, S. Smith, G. Reilly, J. Baugh, J. Farrelly, J. O’ Reilly, M. Mc Grane, P. Briody, M. Mc Cullen (1-1), J. Tunney, J. O’ Higgins (0-3, 2f), M. Geraghty, L. Mc Enerney, D. Lynch, N. Finlay (0-3). Subs: C. Gaughran (0-1) for Mc Enerney.