Home Hurling Club Hurling Ballinakill’s Leinster adventure ends as Kilkenny champions Glenmore prove just too strong

Ballinakill’s Leinster adventure ends as Kilkenny champions Glenmore prove just too strong

Ballinakill celebrations

Ballinakill 1-12 Glenmore 2-17
Leinster Club IHC Quarter-final

Ballinakill’s Leinster campaign is over after they were beaten by eight points by Glenmore in Abbeyleix this afternoon.

Seamus Dowling’s charges, who were without the injured Cha Dwyer, mounted a fine challenge but just fell short in the end.

Glenmore played with the wind in the first half and grabbed the first four points of it.

TJ Lalor was Ballinakill’s only scorer in the opening quarter with a brace of frees.

But Ger Alyward, Alan Murphy and Liam Hennessy all landed braces for Glenmore while Eoin Murphy also pointed to make it 0-7 to 0-2 at the first water break.

Ballinakill were much improved after that and actually won the second quarter.

Jamie Drury, Lir McDonald and Cian O’Shaughnessy joined Lalor on the scoresheet as they came back into contention.

Glenmore’s only scores came from Alan Murphy and Mary Alyward but they still held the lead at half time – 0-9 to 0-6.

Ballinakill now had the wind and corner back Noel Duggan cut the gap when play resumed before Cathal O’Shaugnessy rattled the net from close range to give Ballinakill the lead for the first time.

But Glenmore’s response was emphatic. Alan Murphy swung over three frees while Ger Alyward and Philip Roche also pointed before sub David Burke swept in for a goal.

That made it 1-14 to 1-7 at the second water break and it looked like curtains for Ballinakill.

But they came back into it with points from Ian Shanahan, Sean Downey and TJ Lalor when the game restarted.

But nevertheless, Glenmore made the game safe before the end as the excellent Ger Alyward smashed in a shot from close range to settle it.

SCOERES – Ballinakill: TJ Lalor 0-5 (all frees), Cian O’Shaughnessy 1-1, Sean Downey 0-2 (one free), Jamie Drury, Lir McDonald, Noel Duggan and Ian Shanahan 0-1 each Glenmore: Alan Murphy 0-8 (all frees), Ger Alyward 1-3, David Burke 1-0, Billy Reid 0-2, Philip Roche, Eoin Murphy, Mark Alyward and Ethan Phelan 0-1 each

BALLINAKILL: Paul Simms; Noel Duggan, Brian O’Meara, Mark Kehoe; Ian Shanahan, Sean Downey, Michael Moran; Lir McDonald, Podge Lawlor; Jamie Drury, Seamus Fitzpatrick, Cian O’Shaughnessy; Evan Dunne, Eddie Dwyer, TJ Lalor. Subs: Cathal O’Shaugnessy for Dunne (32), Dan Bergin for Drury (41), Dylan Byrne-Gray for Dwyer (46)

GLENMORE: Michael Kirwan; Sean Duggan, Eoin Alyward, Shane Doherty; David Doherty, Eoin Murphy, Shane Murphy; Philip Roche, Billy Reid; Mark Aylward, Liam Hennessy, Alan Murphy; Robbie Fitzgerald, Ger Alyward, Ian Byrne. Subs: David Burke for Reid, Ethan Phelan for Byrne, Darragh Hartley for Roche, Cathal Beirne for M Alyward, Richie Hennessy for Fitzgerald

Referee: Adam Kinahan (Offaly)

SEE ALSO – 18 clubs represented as Laois GAA, Camogie and Ladies award winners for 2020/2021 announced

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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.