Ballinlough win the warm-up for championship showdown (30/03/13)
With the championship clash between the same teams just two weeks away, Ballinlough came out on top in a cagey battle in Grangegodden on Sunday afternoon.
Ballinlough……………….…1-12 St. Colmcille’s………………1-10
Most local GAA pundits are predicting a tight contest when the teams do battle in two weeks time and there was little to be seen in Grangegodden that would suggest anything different, as Ballinlough did just enough to hold on for the win.
Graham Reilly got St. Colmcille’s off to a perfect start when Kieran Kelly fed him a pass close to goal and he unleashed and unstoppable shot to score a similar goal to the one he got less than 24 hours earlier for Meath against Down in the National Football league. As the half wore on Reilly gave the type of performance that is sure to cause the Ballinlough management team some restless nights over the next couple of weeks as he scored freely from a variety of angles and distances.
But Ballinlough were resilient and even though they struggled for large parts of the half they finished well with Peadar Byrne on target with a couple of frees to leave them trailing by four points: 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time.
Ballinlough put in a much stronger performance in the second half and with Padraig Muldoon composed at full back their defence grew in confidence. Sean Geraghty fisted over a nice point early in the second half and Peadar Byrne was also on target from placed balls as they narrowed the margin. The decisive score came midway through the second half when the hardworking Jonnie Reilly was fouled 30 meters from goal, he quickly got back to his feet and threaded a pass through to Michael Geraghty who cooly slotted to the ball into the top of the net.
Ballinlough kept their noses in front and Graham Reilly brought a good save out of Dereck Muldoon late-on but Ballinlough held on for their second league win but they will be well aware that a much bigger task lies ahead in the heat of championship battle in two weeks.
Ballinlough: D. Muldoon, R. Farrell, P. Muldoon, J. Baugh, C. Mallen, B. Smith, J. O’ Reilly, T. Mc Cullen, Cian Mallen, M. Mc Cullen, R. Mc Guinness, P. Byrne, J. Reilly, M. Geraghty, S. Geraghty. Subs: K. Devine for T. Mc Cullen, N. Farrelly for O’ Reilly, K. Mallen for Reilly.