Strong Second-Half Seals Win for Summerhill (14/07/15)
Summerhill had to come from behind to earn victory over Ballinlough in this roller-coaster encounter played in Ballinlough on Tuesday evening.
Ballinlough: 3-12 Summerhill: 4-18
The hosts would have been delighted with the way they started this game, as they raced into a ten point lead after just twenty minutes. Ronan McGuinness got the ball rolling in the fifth minute with a well improvised point off the ground, after some good work further out the field by James Baugh. Minutes later, Peadar Byrne doubled the lead with a sweetly struck forty-five.
The games first major score came in the tenth minute, when Dereck Muldoon fisted powerfully to the back of the net after Kevin Devine floated a high ball into the area. Devine himself got in on the scoring act seconds later when he confidently converted a free over the black spot.
Summerhill got their opening score in the thirteenth minute when David Larkin found his range, after his side had notched several wides. The ‘Lough remained dominant however, and Devine picked up his second point of the contest with a placed ball, after Sean Geraghty had been taken down.
The Reds hot streak continued as the half wore on, and Dereck Muldoon raised the green flag for the second time in the contest, in a near carbon copy of the first goal, this time the ball in provided by Geraghty. Attacking wing back Benji Smith put his side ten points to the good soon after, with a well worked score.
The home side appeared to have the game under control at this stage, and looked as if they were going to carry on to dominate the remainder of the contest, but Summerhill had other ideas and launched a spirited fightback for the final ten minutes of the half. Conor Lyons and Barry Dardis each picked up a brace of points, either side of a goal by David Larkin to bring the visitors right back into contention.
Devine converted two further frees to restore some of the hosts advantage, but Summerhill closed out the half on the front foot. Dardis finished powerfully to the back of the net before Padraig Geraghty brought the opening period to a close with an impressive point. This late scoring burst reduced Ballinlough’s lead to the very minimum, 2-07 to 2-06.
The momentum remained with Summerhill for the start of the second half with Michael Byrne, Larkin and Dardis all adding to the scoreboard. Muldoon steadied the ship slightly for the Reds with a superb point after a pass from Simon Deevy.
The introduction of David Dalton helped boost Summerhill’s attacking options as the half wore on, and they continued to increase their lead with Paul Rispin and Dardis doing most of the scoring. Ballinlough substitute Johnny Reilly was a livewire once introduced, and got a great point off his left boot after good work by Byrne and McGuinness in the buildup.
Devine got a late brace of frees and Byrne kicked another great forty-five for the hosts, before full forward Deevy picked up a nice goal, but it was too little too late as Summerhill had at this stage opened up a large lead, and went on to run out nine point winners.
Ballinlough: K. McGuinness, E. Smith, M. Geraghty, R. Farrell, B. Smith (0-1), P. Byrne (0-2), L. Maguire, K. Devine (0-6), T. McCullen, K. Beirne, S. Geraghty, J. Baugh, R. McGuinness (0-1), S. Deevy (1-0), D. Muldoon (2-1). Subs: Johnny Reilly (0-1) for J. Baugh.
Summerhill: T. McDonnell, P. Jennings, C. Young, E. McDonnell, Ronan Ryan, P. Geraghty, S. Husband, D. Byrne, M. Byrne, D. Larkin, Ross Ryan, C. Lyons, P. Rispin, S. Dalton, B. Dardis.