In the second South junior ‘A’ hurling league semi-final, Ballinkillen carried too many muskets in their armoury for a hard-trying Carrickshock, who never wilted, writes Barrie Henriques.
The firepower from the Carlow battalion carried too much venom. Ballinkillen beat Carrickshock by 1-12 to 0-6.
Daryl Roberts delivered the lead in the opening minutes for Ballinkillen, and they never looked back. Like their county comprades, they too availed of first use of the difficult wind, and they made good use of it. Lively forwards, Marty Dalton, Daryl Roberts, Vincent Meany and Tommy Cummins swarmed all over the ’Shock defenders. They never let up. Even on the slippy surface, they were at ease with their control of the sliotar most of the time. Dalton, in particular, was a real will-o-the-wisp, not lingering too long in any single position. Roberts too was excellent, and his wandering was well orchestrated, and valuable. Of course they couldn’t play as well if they were not being supplied with good ball.
On that issue they were more than provided with good service by midfielders, Andrew Gaule, who was excellent, and his partner, Darren Dalton. Behind them Ballinkillen had sturdy defenders in James Kinsella at full-back, Paddy Kinsella, who was flanked by two delightful men in James Cox and Dion Wall.
In the 13th minute a delightfully searching cross-field pass by Cummins found Marty Dalton, whose shot was unsaveable. It was the only goal of the game. Kevin Farrell was giving every ounce for the ’Shock. He wasn’t getting too much room from the Ballinkillen defenders, who were not slow to realise that their greatest threat was going to come from the tearaway youngster.
Carrickshock recorded four points in the first half, three from placed balls by the unerring Farrell. Ballinkillen wondered at the break whether their 1-7 to 0-4 lead would be enough to get them home with a little more added. They need not have worried. Carrickshock, for all of their industry and determination, backed by the increasing wind, just could not manage to break the defensive cordon the Ballinkillen defenders threw around their goal. They added two points to their first half total, while the visitors added five. It was more than enough to get the second Carlow team into the South final. The final should be interesting to say the least.
Scorers: Ballinkillen - Marty Dalton (1-3); Daryl Roberts (0-5, four frees); Andrew Gaule (0-3); Tom Kinsella (0-1). Carrickshock - Kevin Farrell (0-5, three frees); Darren O’Dwyer (0-1).
Ballinkillen - Sean Minchin, John Hughes, james Kinsella, James Cox, Paddy Kinsella, Dion Wall, Lauren Kinsella, Darren Dalton, Andrew Gaule, Thomas Kinsella, Vincent Meany, Marty Dalton, Daryl Roberts, Shane Farrell, Tommy Cummins. Subs - John Ryan, James Nolan
Carrickshock - Emmett Dunphy, Dylan Halligan, James Grace, Seamus Millea, Richie Frisby, John Power (L), Edward Power, Darren O’Dwyer, Aaron O’Neill, Edward Dunphy, Eamon Foley, Seanie Gibbons, Ger Power, Kevin Farrell, Darragh Brennan. Subs - Aaron Roche, Jody Dwyer, Conor Aylward, Sean Grace, Robbie Power.
Referee - R. Dowling.