High Scoring Ballinlough see off Simonstown (09/03/14)
After a disappointing draw in the opening fixture of this years B-League, Ballinlough returned to winning ways with this comprehensive dismantling of a Simonstown side who have now suffered consecutive defeats in their opening two games of the competition.
Ballinlough's Paddy Briody picked up two Goals for the winners
The hosts led from the offset, with James O’Higgins and Niall Farrelly knocking over early points to settle nerves. They were then given a huge boost when Paddy Briody found the back of the net after great work in the middle of the field from Kevin Beirne.
The visitors found it tough to string passes together and most of their opening scores were from placed balls. However, their full forward line used their experience well when afforded the opportunity, which paid off mid-way through the half when they finished a well worked move into the back of the Ballinlough net.
The ‘Lough recovered well from this set-back to convert another two goal opportunities through the boots of James O’Higgins and Niall Farrelly, increasing their half time lead to 3-03 to 1-05.
The second half was a much more one-sided affair, with Ballinlough unleashing an onslaught of shots at the Simonstown goal. Daire Farrelly was rewarded for his dominating display at full forward with a clinically taken goal, shortly after he had been unlucky to see one of his attempts come back off the woodwork.
Player / Selector Ken Rothwell, who showed great leadership yet again throughout the contest, further piled on the misery for the Simonstown contingent when his powerful shot raised another green flag. Paddy Briody and Lorcan Gibney, showed that there was quality throughout the Ballinlough side as they picked up further goals as the half wore on.
The ‘Lough weren’t restricted to goals alone though, and will be happy with their point taking exploits in the second period, with an individual effort from Niall Farrelly particularly impressive.
The visitors tagged on another few points from free kicks, but by and large, the Ballinlough defence remained solid, with Emmett Smith and Junior O’Reilly to the fore.
Both sides will now have three weeks to recover before the next round of fixtures.
Ballinlough: K. McGuinness, M. Farrell, J. Farrelly, S. Smith, J. O’Reilly, J. Baugh, J. Reilly, N. Farrelly, K. Beirne, P. Briody, K. Rothwell, O. Brady, J. O’Higgins, D. Farrelly, J. Tunney. Subs: E. Smith for M. Farrell, L. Gibney for O. Brady, M. Farrell for J. Farrelly, A. Fox for K. Rothwell.