Ballinlough bounced back from last weeks disappointing championship defeat to neighbours Drumbaragh, with a dominant, high scoring victory over Moynalvey.
The hosts were in control from the outset, with a number of positional changes for key personnel showing immediate positive results. Peadar Byrne and Derek Muldoon controlled the game from midfield, as the forward line showed a cutting edge which has been largely missing to date this year. Byrne twice found the back of the net in the opening period, as the ‘Lough opened up a commanding lead. The third green flag of the game was raised in the 20th minute when Moynalvey's James Weldon found the back of the Ballinlough net with a rasping shot.
Tommy McCullen was especially impressive in the Ballinlough full forward line in the opening period, scoring the point of the game, with a beautiful curling effort from close to the sideline. Luck seemed to be firmly on the side of the ‘Lough throughout the contest, and even a mistaken slice from half back Benji Smith ended up sailing over the bar to extend their lead. Further scores from brothers Colm and Kevin Mallen left the ‘Reds in comfortable control at the break, leading 2-09 to 1-04.
The second half provided more of the same, with hard working half forward Mark McCullen punching to the back of the net in the opening minutes. He soon extended his tally for the afternoon with a well taken point, before Cian Mallen in his new wing forward position lofted over a further impressive point over the Moynalvey crossbar. During this purple patch, it appeared as though the Reds could do no wrong, and subsequent points were registered by both wing backs, Lorcan Maguire and Johnny Reilly, before Niall Farrelly came off the bench to complete the scoring in a great team performance.
All Moynalvey could muster in the second half was a solitary point from Daniel Treacy, as they whimpered to a sixteen point defeat.
Best for Ballinlough on the day were Robbie Farrell, Mark McCullen, Tommy McCullen and Benji Smith.
Ballinlough: K. McGuinness, R. Farrell, P. Muldoon, B. Smith, Johnny Reilly, M. Geraghty, L. Maguire, P. Byrne, D. Muldoon, Cian Mallen, Colm Mallen, M. McCullen, S. Geraghty, K. Mallen, T. McCullen. Subs: N. Farrelly for K. Mallen, Johnathan O’Reilly for J. Reilly
Moynalvey: O. Regan, D. Branigan, P. Weldon, P. Donoghue, C. McCabe, D. Brennan, A. Brien, D. Treacy, P. Conneely, F. McCabe, S. Lenihan, J. Weldon, L. Duffy, J. Kelly, R. Ryan. Subs used: D. Reilly for Duffy, L. Duffy for P. Conneely, S. Duggan for P. Weldon.