Two late points from Ciaran Lynch helped St. Michael’s snatch victory from jaws of defeat in Kilskyre on Tuesday evening.
St. Michaels…………..0-10 Ballinlough…………...0-9
This match will hardly go down as one of the greatest matches of 2014 but it was close, tough and uncompromising and could of went either way right until the very end. It was a significant victory nonetheless for St. Michaels, their fourth win on the trot against a hardworking Ballinlough outfit.
The sides were on level terms twice in a low scoring opening half. Ronan Lynch accounted for three of his sides points while Ciaran Lynch and Felim O'Reilly also fired over while the Ballinlough scores came from Niall Farrelly, Kevin Devine (2f) and Mark Mc Cullen as St. Michaels lead, 0-5 to 0-4, at half time.
A pointed free from Devine leveled the match for a third time three minutes after the restart, a great solo run and point from J.B. O'Reilly put St. Michaels back into the lead, a further pointed free from Ronan Lynch stretched that lead to two points, 0-7 to 0-5. Ballinlough kept in touch and brought the difference back to just one point on 45 minutes with a Colm Mallen free. Peter O'Connell stretched it to two points once more only for the home side to level matters with two converted frees in as many minutes as they enjoyed more possession from break ball.
Ballinlough ended a barren seven minute spell for both teams to go one up with just three minutes of normal time remaining after Lorcan Maguire surged forward to score a great point. The home side appeared to have done enough and could of stretched their lead but a Mark Mc Cullen effort was adjudged to have drifted wide, but frees dominated this match and in added time, Ballinlough conceded two frees in as many minutes and it was left to "cool hand Luke" Ciaran Lynch who sent them both over the black spot for the leveling point and then the winner in what was a tension filled last couple of minutes for a hard earned victory.
Brothers J.B. and Felim O'Reilly completely dominated the midfield area while Paddy Clarke and Robert Briody had an exceptional game operating from the half back line.
Ballinlough: K. Mc Guinness, B. Smith, P. Muldoon, J. Baugh, L. Maguire, M. Geraghty, J. Reilly, D. Muldoon, P. Byrne, N. Farrelly, R. Mc Guinness, M. Mc Cullen, J. Higgins, K. Devine, S. Geraghty. Subs: Colm Mallen for O' Higgins, J. Tunney for Mc Guinness and K. Rothwell for S. Geraghty.
St. Michaels: Paul McCormack, Jamie Reilly, Sam Briody, Ronan Cassidy, Paddy Clarke, Philip Rogers, Robert Briody, J.B. O'Reilly 0-1, Felim O'Reilly 0-1, Peter O'Connell 0-1, Ciaran Lynch 0-3, Kevin Cassidy, Oran Meehan, David Lynch, Ronan Lynch 0-4. Subs: Johnny Reilly for Kevin Cassidy 40 minutes, Gary Dolan for Oran Meehan 49 minutes.