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Ballylinan finish well to see off Killeshin

Ballylinan's Gary Walsh has suffered a cruciate knee injury and will miss tonight's game against Portarlington
Ballylinan's Gary Walsh was outstanding

Ballylinan 3-8 Killeshin 1-5

Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football Championship Quarter Final

Ballylinan are into the last four of the SFC following a win over Killeshin tonight.

Gary Walsh was once again their hero as he kicked 1-1 at a crucial time to open up a margin that Killeshin couldn’t recover from.

Killeshin began well with David Aston’s pass finding Eoin Lowry who pointed while running away from goal.

They then almost had a goal when Pauric Bolton shot but Richie Ryan got back to block the ball off his own line.

David Aston doubled Killeshin’s lead but Ballylinan were ahead by the tenth minute.

Cieran Farrell kicked their first point and then when Larry Kealy disrupted the resulting Killeshin kick out, Alan Farrell raced through before planting the ball in the corner of the net.

Killeshin responded well with Cathal Brennan making it a one point game by the midpoint of the half.

Ballylinan really should have had a second goal when a misplaced pass fell straight to Cieran Farrell on the edge of the square but he crashed a shot off the underside of the crossbar.

We went almost ten minutes without a score before Andy McEvoy swung one over to put two between them once more in the 22nd minute.

But incredibly there would only be one more score before half time, via Alan Farrell, so Ballylinan went in 1-3 to 0-3 ahead at half time.

And the leaders almost had a second goal straight from the throw in when a long ball was pumped Gary Walsh’s way but his effort went wide of the post.

The same player did kick a free a minute later but Stephen Attride then kicked the score of the game for Killeshin when he dissected the posts from 45 metres out off the outside of his boot.

Ballylinan moved Gary Walsh to full forward at half time and it was working as he slotted a second point to push them 1-5 to 0-4 ahead after 40 minutes.

But Killeshin got a goal with their next attack and what a goal it was. Eoin Lowry’s shot from long range dropped short and bobbled around only for him to follow it up and volley it first time into the net.

Killeshin then dominated the ball for the next five minutes but couldn’t get a score and Andy McEvoy made them pay with his second to move Ballylinan two ahead.

And that margin was six two minutes late. Jamie Farrell played a lovely low ball to Gary Walsh and he unleashed a cracking shot soccer style beyond Shane Coakley for his side’s second goal.

The same player then kicked a point from an outrageous angle and Ballylinan were looking good.

David Aston and Alan Farrell traded points but the final nail in the coffin came via a James Redmond goal to seal a nine point win.

SCORERS – BALLYLINAN: Alan Farrell 1-2, Cieran Farrell 0-1, Andy McEvoy 0-2, Gary Walsh 1-3 (0-1 frees) KILLESHIN: Eoin Lowry 1-1, David Aston 0-2 (0-1 frees), Cathal Brennan 0-1, Stephen Attride 0-1

BALLYLINAN: Aidan Walsh; Cathal Leonard, Dermot Leonard, Kevin Byrne; Alan Farrell, Richie Ryan, James Redmond; Jamie Farrell, Padraig McEvoy; Seamus Lacey, Gary Walsh, Larry Kealy; Cieran Farrell, Cathail Dunne, Andy McEvoy. Subs: Robbie Donoher for Kealy (29mins), Conor Behan for Lacey (44mins, inj), John Kealy for D Leonard (44mins, inj)

KILLESHIN: Shane Coakley; Kevin Ryan, David McDermott, Jeremy Mahon; Pauric Bolton, Arnie Mahon, Shane Bolger; Barry Ryan, Stephen Attride; Simon Attride, David Aston, Mark McDermott; Evan Lowry, Cathal Brennan, Eoin Lowry Subs:Adam Deering for M McDermott (33mins), Damien Lowry for Brennan (44mins), Gavin Brennan for B Ryan (45mins, inj), Eoin Scully for Simon Attride (53mins), Barry Ryan for G Brennan (55mins), Finn Maher for Evan Lowry (58mins)

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)