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All-County League play-off v Naomh Eoin on Sun 17th June 2012

posted 22 Jun 2012, 04:55 by Neil McLoughlin

Ballinkillen 0-15 Naomh Eoin 1-06

A play off for the league took place in McGrath Park on Sunday to decide who would play St. Mullins, St. Mullins having received a bye in the previous round. The conditions were good and Ballinkillen played into the pitch & putt end in the first half. Both teams were without their county players, giving up-and-coming players a chance to show their wares.

Naomh Eoin started the stronger and opened the scoring in the second minute with a free by Dwain Kavanagh, after he was fouled himself. A minute later Ballinkillen opened their account with Frankie Dowling nipping in through the defence and receiving a pass from Vincent Meaney. Two minutes after that Naomh Eoin scored a well worked point from a long ball in by Joe Waters to the corner forward. The game ebbed and flowed with great effort from both sides for the next 8 minutes until a long free was left hanging around the Ballinkillen square. Robbie Foley sent the ball to the Ballinkillen net. In fairness to Ballinkillen they did not let this score affect them and replied with a point from a free by Dion Wall. In the 18th minute Dwain Kavanagh restored the Naomh Eoin lead with a free. This was to be their last score of the half while Ballinkillen scored four frees from Dion Wall for fouls on himself, Marty Dalton - who was working hard and causing the defence trouble throughout - and a foul on Vincent Meaney, leaving Ballinkillen a point ahead at half time. In the second half Ballinkillen continued strongly with a free for a foul on Frankie Dowling converted by Dion. Two minutes later Vincent Meaney picked the pocket of Joe Waters playing at centre back to slot over a point. Joe and Vincent having a fair tussle between them. On the 6th minute Dion Wall scored a long range free to leave the score 0-10 to 1-04, but up stepped Dwain Kavanagh to score two points from play and leave the game tight with no room for error. The Ballinkillen defence were solid, attacking the ball with John Hughes playing with composure and Dermot Foley moving forward at pace, covering ground to great effect. On the 13th minute Marty Dalton scored a great point from 14 yards out on the side line after getting out and winning primary possession, taking on his man and hitting the ball over from a tight angle. From this point on Ballinkillen looked the stronger side with another free from Wall followed by a score by Derek Murphy resulting from a good pass by Michael Murphy. Marty repeated his point of the 13th minute on the 23rd with the same accuracy. On the 25th minute Darren Dalton got Ballinkillen's last score to leave the score 0-15 to 1-06 - this being the last score of the game.

Overall there were some handling errors but the Ballinkillen team worked well and put the game beyond Naomh Eoin following the move of Dion Wall to midfield where he picked up breaks and put Ballinkillen on the front foot. Frankie Dowling caught good ball for a chap his size and ran at his opponent. In defence James Kinsella was solid and held the half back line well with Dermot Foley and Sean Murphy mobile and sharp outside him. Overall a good result - never easy against Naomh Eoin - and a semi final spot next week against St. Mullins.

Team: Martin Minchin, Sean Minchin, John Ryan, John Hughes, Sean Murphy, James Kinsella, Dermot Foley, Derek Murphy 0-1, Darren Dalton 0-1, Michael Murphy, Vincent Meaney 0-1, Peter Minchin, Dion Wall 0-9(8F), Marty Dalton 0-2, Frankie Dowling 0-1.