Ballylinan 3-13 St Joseph’s 2-7
Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football Championship Round 2
Ballylinan are into the quarter finals of the Laois SFC after a comprehensive victory over neighbours St Joseph’s this evening.
after a tight first half, Ballylinan took over in the second half and won comprehensively in the end against the defeated league champions.
The game was stopped twice in the first five minutes as St Joseph’s suffered injuries to Matty Campion and Ian Donnelly, the former being forced off.
This seemed to disrupt the flow of the game and we had just two scores in the opening quarter of the game as a result.
Jason Campion got the first of them from distance for St Joseph’s but Gary Walsh then landed a free from an acute angle to get Ballylinan up and running.
We had to wait until the 17th minute for a third score which came via Andy McEvoy before Walsh and Larry Kealy extended Ballylinan’s lead to three points.
But St Joseph’s responded in style. Dylan Doyle converted a close range free before Tom Dunne came all the way up from corner back to square the ball to Brendan Hickey who smashed it to the net.
However, Ballylinan ended the half on a high. A flowing move involving quick handpassing ended with Andy McEvoy off-loading to Larry Kealy who placed the ball beyond Aaron Cooney.
Dan Dunne and Jason Campion drew St Joseph’s level though as we entered first half stoppage time. But Gary Walsh converted a free to send Ballylinan in ahead by 1-5 to 1-4 at the break.
The quality of the game increased ten fold on the resumption when Cathal Fleming landed an outrageous score from almost the sideline to level matters.
And St Joseph’s good start continued when Dan Dunne pointed a free from 50 metres.
However, they were stopped in their tracks after a dreadful mix up in the St Joseph’s defence. Gary Walsh’s free dropped short but a mix up between keeper Aaron Cooney and one of his defenders saw the ball fumbled to Andy McEvoy who toe-poked it into the net.
Cathail Dunne then kicked a free and Gary Walsh followed that with one from play as Ballylinan went four points clear after 40 minutes.
And the scoring continued for Ballylinan. Jamie Farrell scored from distance before Cathail Dunne gathered the ricochet from Gary Walsh’s shot and buried it to the net.
However, St Joseph’s grabbed the games fifth goal a moment later when a long ball into the Ballylinan goalmouth was won by Jason Campion who fisted it over Aidan Walsh and into the net.
Cathail Dunne and Gary Walsh replied for Ballylinan and they led by 3-10 to 2-6 after 49 minutes.
Walsh and Dunne were on song again as Ballylinan went nine points clear with three minutes to minutes to play as St Joseph’s went in search of goals by hoisting in high balls.
And St Joseph’s misery was compounded when Seamus Mulhare showed Jason Campion a straight red card after he slide tackled Richie Ryan from behind as the Ballylinan man attempted to break clear of defence.
Gary Walsh and Dan Dunne traded late frees as Ballylinan ran out easy winners.
SCORERS – ST JOSEPH’S: Brendan Hickey 1-0, Jason Campion 1-2, Dylan Doyle 0-1 (0-1 frees), Dan Dunne 0-3 (0-3 frees), Cathal Fleming 0-1 BALLYLINAN: Gary Walsh 0-7 (0-3 frees), Andy McEvoy 1-1, Larry Kealy 1-1, Cathail Dunne 1-3, Jamie Farrell 0-1
ST JOSEPH’S: Aaron Cooney; Donal Ramsbottom, Tom Dunne, Aidan Brennan; Dan Dunne, Cathal Fleming, Colin Campion; Matty Campion, James Smith; Paddy Hickey, Dylan Doyle, Liam Kealy; Jason Campion, Brendan Hickey, Ian Donnely. Subs: James Doyle for M Campion (3mins, inj), Enda Butler for Donnelly (45mins, black card)
BALLYLINAN: Aidan Walsh; Cathal Leonard, Dermot Leonard, Kevin Byrne; James Redmond, Alan Farrell, Richie Ryan; Jamie Farrell, Padraig McEvoy; Seamus Lacey, Cieran Farrell, Larry Kealy; Gary Walsh, Cathail Dunne, Andy McEvoy. Subs: Robbie Donoher for Redmond (37mins), Conor Behan for Lacey (44mins), John Kealy for L Kealy (58mins), Eric Kenna for Byrne (61mins)
Referee: Seamus Mulhare (The Heath)