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Leinster Senior Hurling League Div. 2 Final

posted 4 May 2013, 12:23 by Neil McLoughlin   [ updated 4 May 2013, 12:25 ]

4th May 2013

Ballinkillen 1-16 St. Peters Dunboyne 0-08

Ballinkillen continued their progress on Saturday 4th May by winning a Leinster competition for the first time in capturing the Leinster League Division 2 title in windy conditions in Trim. Ballinkillen played against a strong wind in the first half and had to use the ball with a great degree of accuracy in order to combat the opposition who were a big physical and capable side playing to their strengths. The ball was passed from side to side for the first 5 minutes before Dunboyne’s Michael O’ Grady took on the Ballinkillen defence to register his and his side’s first score from the wing 20 meters out. Neil Hackett increased the lead a minute later from a free committed by Declan Foley who after this initial foul settled well and controlled the corner on Dunboyne's better forwards. The Ballinkillen defence were starting to come to terms with Dunboyne's physicality when David English opened the sides scoring from a placed ball after Peter Minchin was fouled. Vincent Meaney levelled the sides after pressure from Daryl Roberts gave him a short clearance to score from 45m out. O’ Grady again received a good ball from Niall Watter to put Dunboyne in front. A minute later Marty Dalton bounced on a block by Sean Murphy to level the scores. The next score came from English after Ryan was fouled. Dunboyne bombarded the Ballinkillen defence with long high balls but they stood up to each attack with James Kinsella’s high fielding leading as a captain would, not giving frees or scores until Marty collected a ball on the wing, worked inwards to the square to be fouled and English sent the ball to the net with a ferocious shot. Dunboyne attacked immediately with a long puck out reaching the 21 but Ballinkillen again held firm as Martin Minchin pulled off a good one on one save for a 65 converted by Hackett.

The game changed totally in the next minute as Andrew Gaule was tackled late by Michael Dunne. Dunne received his second yellow on the 36th minute having come on as a sub on the 15 minute, English scored the free, the last score of the half came from Hackett on the stroke of half time with Ballinkillen leading 1-05 to 0-5 with a strong wind and an extra man in the second half.

The wind and extra man did not win this game for Ballinkillen as Dunboyne worked hard in the opening exchanges to put pressure on Ballinkillen. English kept the score board ticking over with frees won by Craig Wall, Vincent Meaney and Daryl Roberts. This three were starting to get into the game and get their hands on the ball taking on the opposing player. Ballinkillen's fitness was better at this point and they started working the ball in with the wind at their backs. O’ Grady and Hackett added to Dunboyne's score and kept them in contact. At this point Gaulle and Wall were in control at centre field and Craig picked up a break and ran through to score a well taken point he repeated this 3 minutes later with a David English free sandwiched in between.

Hacket scored Dunboyne's last score of the game from a free committed by English who made amends by scoring the next two frees both committed on Marty Dalton who was moving all over with purpose. Craig Wall stepped up next to receive a one two from a line ball and score an audacious point from 6m out on the end line at the sideline. Michael Ryan scored the last score of the game. David English may have ended up with a tally of 1-09 but Marty was fouled for a number of these and played his best game in a period of time. As the Dunboyne following said, the little so and so has it again.

Ballinkillen were a better, more balanced team with the defence solid and never bending to the pressure from the opposition. At mid-field Wall and Gaule worked possession well to the forwards to take on their opposition. The forwards with Vincent Meaney and Dalton working hard did not let ball back out easily and won with some daylight between the teams in the end.

Well done to Ballinkillen, hopefully more to come.

Team: Martin Minchin, Declan Foley, James Kinsella, John Hughes, Colin Hughes, David English 1-10, Michael Ryan 0-01, Andrew Gaule, Craig Wall 0-03, Sean Murphy, Vincent Meany0-01, Peter Minchin, Marty Dalton 0-01, Darren Dalton, Daryl Roberts. Subs Tomas Kinsella, Padraig Kinsella, Lauren Kinsella, Sean Minchin