Interestingly the last time the sides met in competitive action the game also finished level; that was the fourth round of the 2014 I.F.C. in Bohermeen and although it seemed highly unlikely on that Sunday afternoon, Ballinlough went on a memorable run afterwards to claim the intermediate title.
Trim got two pointed frees in the first 4 minutes as Ballinlough struggled to get to the tempo of the game but they gradually got more possession and responded well; Kevin Devine scoring two pointed frees.
Mark Mc Cullen created an opening for himself and shot from 20 meters out; the Trim goalkeeper doing well to tip over after 11 minutes. Dereck muldoon then added another point from play as Ballinlough went; 0-4 to 0-2, ahead.
Ballinlough failed to turn possession into scores early in the second quarter and then trim punished them with a goal against the run of play after 21 minutes. Devine kept Ballinlough ticking over with another pointed free but Trim then add two points from play.
Ronan McGuiness, who was impressive for Ballinlough, then added one from play but Ballinlough conceded a soft free close to goal and Trim pushed further ahead; 1-5 0-6, at half-time.
Kevin Devine was once again prolific with two early second half pointed frees to level the match; 0-8 to 1-5. Trim edged two ahead again after 47 minutes only for Devine to once again bring his side back on level terms, then a well worked move slotted over by Ronan mcguinness after 56 minutes put Ballinlough in the lead.
But then Trim moved ahead with two brilliant long range frees and just when it seemed like a lost cause for Ballinlough their best player on the night, Ronan McGuiness, finished off a great passage of play with the equalizing score.
Ballinlough: Lorcan Gibney, Benji Smith, Padraig Muldoon, Robbie Farrell, Emmet Smith, Lorcan Maguire, Jonnie Reilly, Mark Mc Cullen 0-1, Dereck Muldoon 0-1, James baugh (Kevin beirne 55 mins), Ronan McGuiness 0-3, Niall Farrelly (Micheal Gerathy 55 mins), Tommy Mc Cullen, Peader Byrne, Kevin Devine 0-7 (7f).