Ballinlough’s poor start in Division 2 of the A-league continued with a 13-point defeat to Syddan in Kilskyre on Sunday morning.
Ballinlough have been slow starters in most of their league games and once again it proved detrimental as Syddan raced into a; 1-8 to 0-0, lead when Daire Rowe sailed over a free in the 16th minute; as a bewildered defence struggled to cope with the pace of their opponents and particularly Rowe who caused havoc from start to finish.
When the dust settled and Ballinlough eventually gained a foothold in their opponent’s half; Mark Mc Cullen proved a constant threat in the full-forward line and with his brother Tommy putting in a good performance around the midfield the home side started to create some good openings. Jack Tunney fed Mark Mc Cullen close to goal and he struck the net in the 22nd minute, a point soon afterwards from a Tunney free gave the home side some hope as the gap narrowed; 1-8 to 1-2.
But just when there appeared to be some hope the Ballinlough defence was once again carved opened before the break, as Syddan hit 1-3 in quick succession to go ahead; 2-11 to 1-2, at the switch of ends.
Considering the half-time deficit Ballinlough showed plenty of spirit in the third quarter, Peadar Byrne pointed five frees and Tommy Mc Cullen kicked a good score to make the scoreboard look a little more favourable; 3-11 to 1-8, after 49 minutes. At this stage Ballinlough were finding some cohesion but their defence was once again exposed as they conceded a penalty; which Daire Rowe dispatched beyond the despairing dive of Lorcan Gibney.
Mark Mc Cullen blasted a late consolation goal for the home side who showed some improvement in the second-half. Tommy and Mark Mc Cullen along with Peadar Byrne were Ballinlough’s best.
Ballinlough: L. Gibney, J. Baugh, E. Smith, R. Farrell, P. Briody, B. Smith, P. Muldoon, T. Mc Cullen, K. Byrne, A. Fox, M. Mc Cullen, C. Briody, J. Tunney, P. Byrne and J. O’ Higgins. Subs: E. Mc Cabe for Higgins.