Ballinakill 1-20 Rathdowney-Errill 0-13
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Group A Round 2
Ballinakill bounced back after their first round defeat to Ballyfin with a win over Rathdowney-Errill in Colt this afternoon.
Ballinakill got off to a flying start scoring six unanswered points in the opening ten minutes of the game via MJ Dunphy (three), Ian Shanahan, Cha Dwyer and Sean Downey.
Paddy Hassett finally got Rathdowney-Errill off the mark before the water break to leave five points between the sides – 0-6 to 0-1.
Hassett converted a free before Sean Downey replied with a brace which saw Ballinakill finish the half dominantly as MJ Dunphy and Ian Shanahan (two) extended their lead to seven points at the interval – 0-11 to 0-4.
However, Rathdowney-Errill halved the deficit in the opening five minutes of the second half. An impressive period from Rathdowney-Errill saw Eoin Bourke, Jordan Kelly, Padraig Rafter and Paddy Hassett all raise white flags.
But all of their efforts were squandered when Ballinakill scored a goal against the run of play.
Cha Dwyer picked up the ball and laid it off to Gearoid Lynch who ran through the heart of the Rathdowney-Errill defence to fire the sliotar home.
TJ Lalor, Sean Downey and Cian O’Shaughnessy followed up the goal with a points to extend their lead seven points at the water break – 1-14 to 0-10.
Ballinakill finished out the game well with Dan Bergin (two), Gearoid Lynch, Cha Dwyer, Brendan Kelly and TJ Lalor pointed to secure their first win of Group A.
They will now face Slieve Bloom in two weeks time with a place in the knock-out stages at stake.
SCORERS – Ballinakill: Gearoid Lynch 1-1 (one free), MJ Dunphy 0-4 (two frees), Sean Downey 0-4 (two frees), Ian Shanahan 0-3, Cha Dwyer, TJ Lalor, Dan Bergin and Cian O’Shaughnessy 0-2 each Rathdowney-Errill: Paddy Hassett 0-5 (four frees), Padraig Rafter 0-3, Eoin Bourke 0-2, Jordan Kavanagh, Brendan Kelly and Jake Creagh 0-1 each.
BALLINAKILL: Paul Simms; Padraig Lawlor, Brian O’Mara, Noel Duggan,; Ian Shanahan, Sean Downey, Lir McDonald; Gearoid Lynch, Michael Moran; MJ Dunphy, TJ Lalor, Evan Dunne; Conor Delaney, Cha Dwyer, Cian O’Shuaghnessy. Subs: Mark Kehoe for Lawlor (15, inj), Dan Bergin for Dunne (43), Cathal O’Shuaghnessy for Delaney (43), Dylan Byrne Gray for Moran (50), Jamie Drury for Cian O’Shaughnessy (53, inj).
RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL: Damien Bowe; Alan Delaney, Brian Campion, Patrick Wright; William Delaney, Eoin Bourke, Jack Foyle; Patrick Meehan, Adam Loughman; Padraig Rafter, James Keegan, Ray Bowe; Jordan Kavanagh, John Carroll, Paddy Hassett. Subs: Jake Creagh for Carroll (HT), Daniel Bowe for Ray Bowe (42), Brendan Kelly for Keegan (44).