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Ballinakill navigate past courageous Clonaslee to reach Premier IHC semi finals

Ballinakill 2-15 Clonaslee-St Manman’s 2-9
Laois Premier IHC Quarter-final

Ballinakill are safely through to the semi finals of the Premier IHC following a six point win over Clonaslee-St Manman’s in O’Moore Park this evening.

An injury hit Clonaslee made a fair fist of this and were right in the game when Liam Senior struck for their second goal near the end of the second half.

But Ballinakill just had too much quality and join Ballyfin plus Portlaoise in the last four of the competition.

Ballinakill made a glittering start as the excellent Cha Dwyer scored a point from play, a 65, a free and a sideline cut in quick succession.

Paddy Hyland responded for Clonaslee and then they shuck their opponents when John Rowney got his hurl to a high ball for a goal.

Paddy Hyland then struck a second point and Clonaslee led 1-2 to 0-4 after 11 minutes.

But Ballinakill surged back ahead by the water break. Seamus Fitzpatrick levelled matters and then Cha Dwyer drove home their first goal from a 20 metre free.

Clonaslee keeper Tommy Tynan was very busy in the opening quarter but he was powerless to prevent a second goal which came from Eddie Dwyer to leave it 2-5 to 1-2 at the water break.

DJ Callaghan hit two points in the second quarter by Ballinakill replied through Gearoid Lynch and Cha Dwyer to enjoy a 2-7 to 1-4 lead at half time.

Clonaslee made a fast start to the second half as Liam Senior (2) and Michael Hyland cut the gap while Tommy Tynan made another great save down the other end – this time to thwart TJ Lalor.

Sean Downey and Lir McDonald settled Ballinakill but a DJ Callaghan free left it 2-9 to 1-8 at the second water break.

Podge Lawlor and Jamie Drury extended the lead on the resumption but Clonaslee came right back into the game after 52 minutes when Bob Downey set up Liam Senior for a brilliant goal.

Cha Dwyer responded with a point and the gap was back to four with 55 minutes on the clock.

TJ Lalor and Dan Bergin extended that to six as we entered injury time and Clonaslee went in search of goals that never came.

SCORERS – Ballinakill: Cha Dwyer 1-6 (two frees, one 65, one sideline), Eddie Dwyer 1-0, Gearoid Lynch 0-1, Seamus Fitzpatrick 0-2, Podge Lawlor 0-1, Jamie Drury 0-1, Lir McDonald 0-1, Sean Downey 0-1 (one free), TJ Lalor 0-1, Dan Bergin 0-1 Clonaslee-St Manman’s: DJ Callaghan 0-3 (two frees), Paddy Hyland 0-2, Liam Senior 1-2 (one free, one 65), John Rowney 1-0, Michael Hyland 0-1, Bob Downey 0-1

BALLINAKILL: Paul Simms; Noel Duggan, Brian O’Mara, Mark Kehoe; Ian Shanahan, Sean Downey, Lir McDonald; Michael Moran, Podge Lawlor; Cha Dwyer, Seamus Fitzpatrick, Gearoid Lynch; Cian O’Shaughnessy, Eddie Dwyer, TJ Lalor Subs: Declan Hanrahan for Simms (5, inj, reversed 10), Evan Dunne for Shanahan (15, inj), Cathal O’Shaughnessy for Cian O’Shaughnessy (41), Jamie Drury for E Dwyer (44), Dan Bergin for Lynch (50), Conor Delaney for Duggan (57, inj)

CLONASLEE-ST MANMAN’S: Tommy Tynan; Mark McEvoy, Ger Dunne, John Rigney; Conor Hyland, Rory Conroy, Willie Young; Liam Senior, Diarmuid Conroy; DJ Callaghan, Cian Conroy, Michael Hyland; Paddy Hyland, Bob Downey, John Rowney Subs: Shay Foynes for Rowney (24), Luke Dunne for Conroy (26, inj), Sean Dunne for C Hyland (50, inj)

REFEREE: Patrick Phelan (Castletown)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.