Ballyroan-Abbey 4-10 Stradbally 0-16
ACFL Division 1
Pat Ryan’s Ballyroan-Abbey gained their first league win of the season against Stradbally in Bill Delaney Park this afternoon.
They struck four four goals, two of which arrived the final three minutes, to run out six point winners and inflict a second successive defeat on the county champions.
Stradbally opened the scoring in the first minute through Tom Shiel but Ballyroan-Abbey, who were playing against the breeze, hit back instantly through centre back Conor Brennan.
Stradbally got the next two points through Shiel and Jody Dillon and while Adam Brennan grabbed Ballyroan’s next score, Stradbally reeled off the next four points through Dillon, who kicked three, and Liam Knowles, to move five clear at the midpoint of the half.
But Ballyroan then scored the first of their goals and it was a real peach from Pádraig McMahon. The centre forward gathered the ball after a neat flick from Adam Brennan before driving it into the top corner.
Jody Dillon replied for Stradbally with a point but Ballyroan’s second goal wasn’t far away and again it was McMahon who beat Derek Beale with an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net.
Jody Dillon and Podge Fitzpatrick hit a point each for Stradbally but Ballyroan finished the half with a slender lead thanks to points from Aaron Carroll and Adam Brennan on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-9.
Stradbally regained the lead on the resumption of play courtesy of Damien Murphy and Shiel but Ballyroan kicked the next three points to move two clear via Adam Brennan (2) and McMahon.
The sides then traded points before Jody Dillon kicked a brace, the second of which coming from almost the sideline, to move Stradbally one point clear with three minutes to go.
But Ballyroan, who were staring at four successive defeats, dug deep to win. Pádraig McMahon picked out Ciarán Carroll with a long ball and he shot low to beat Derek Beale and when Oisin Carroll did likewise a minute later, the game was over.
SCORERS – Ballyroan-Abbey: Pádraig McMahon 2-1, Adam Brennan 0-5, Ciarán Carroll 1-0, Oisin Carroll 1-0, Conor Brennan 0-2, Eoin Reilly 0-1, Aaron Carroll 0-1 Stradbally: Jody Dillon 0-8, Tom Shiel 0-5, Podge Fitzpatrick 0-1, Liam Knowles 0-1, Damien Murphy 0-1
BALLYROAN-ABBEY: Andrew Bonham; Mark Cahill, Gavin Tynan, Ruairi Dunne; Mick Brennan, Conor Brennan, Oisin Carroll; Aaron Carroll, Eoin Reilly; Colin Kinsella, Pádraig McMahon, Ciarán Carroll; Adam Brennan, Eoghan Whelan, Aaron McEvoy. Subs: Charlie Whelan for McEvoy (41mins), Cian Moffit for E. Whelan (52mins)
STRADBALLY: Derek Beale; Jack Langton, Colin Beale, Jamie Kavanagh; Liam Knowles, Cormac Delaney, Charlie O’Brien; Darren Maher, Stephen Lawlor; Podge Fitzpatrick, Tom Shiel, Damien Murphy; Colm Kelly, Jody Dillon, Conor Delaney. Subs: Benny Lawlor for O’Brien (48mins)
Referee: Michael Tarpey (Kilcavan)