Radley Engineering Western IntermediatFootballChampionship
Dungarvan GoTops on Points Difference.
League Table Radley Engineering Western Intermediate Football Championship
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
Dún Garbhan 3 2 0 1 53 41 12 4
Ballinacourty 3 2 0 1 37 31 6 4
Sliabh gCua 3 2 0 1 36 30 6 4
Ballinameela 3 1 1 1 41 41 0 3
Modeligo 3 1 1 1 40 42 -2 3
Emmetts 3 0 0 3 31 53 -22 0
Dungarvan 2-13 Ballinameela 1-10
Ballinameela’s defeat to Dungarvan in the Western IFC game in Bushy Park last Sunday afternoon ensures that all six teams have been beaten with two more Group games to play. This scenario provides a very closely contested league table with just one point separating the top five teams. Ballinameela won the toss in ‘Bushy’ and elected to play with the strong breeze.
However, it was Dungarvan who started the livelier with two consecutive scores per Kealan Daly and Ryan Donnelly (f), the latter finishing the hour with a scoring tally of 1-6(4f). Liam O Brien opened Ballinameela account with the Blues centre forward Brendan Cullinan replying on the 8th minute mark. Ballinameela then had a good goal scoring chance as they came to grips with Dungarvan’s bright start and they kicked the four next points via full back Micheal Shine, a fine brace from Robbie McGrath and a second Liam O Brien minor.
This left Ballinameela to the fore by 0-5 to 0-3 with 25 minutes played but it was in the remaining time in this first half that the winners gave them the initiative for later on. Man of the Match Ryan Donnelly pointed two frees into the difficult wind and when Luke O Callaghan placed him for the opening goal just before the call of half time, Dermot Dee’s charges led by 1-5 to 0-5.
With the wind at their backs, some were expecting Dungarvan to drive on for the winner’s enclosure but, credit, Ballinameela, they showed their mettle in scoring the first 1-4 of the new half. Rob Shine pointed a free, Jim Curran kicked a fine score and when Micheal Culloo netted in the convent end of the grounds, Ballinameela were now 0-2 to the good on a score of 1-7 to 1-5. Lording the midfield exchanges at this stage, Ballinameela doubled their advantage with further minors per Michael Kiely and Liam O Brien(his third), as Dungarvan had still to come out for the second half.
Ten minutes in, Ryan Donnoly settled the Blues with a pointed free and when Kieran Power dissected the Ballinameela defence and sent a low drive just inside the post, the game was level for the first time on a score of 2-6 to 1-9. Dungarvan regained their first half lead with scores by Michael Kiely, who enjoyed a very good second half, and Donnelly (f) again before Lorcan Looby had a good chance to score a second Ballinameela major, 2-8 to 1-9.
There was still a kick left in Ballinameela, though, and after Kieran Power kicked his team’s ninth point, Rob Shine was on target to bring the match back to 0-2 on a score of 2-9 to 1-10. However, it was the wind assisted Dungarvan that dominated the final ten minutes of the match. Michael Kiely and Ryan Donnelly (f) gave the winners a two score lead which edged them closer to the winning line. Now in full flow, Michael Kiely kicked over his third score and when Kealan Daly worked hard to also find the target, Dungarvan finished up 0-6 winners at the conclusion of an entertaining hour’s football.
Dungarvan have remaining group games against Ballinacourty and Colligan Emmetts while Ballinameela will also play Ballinacourty as well as Sliabh gCua.
Dungarvan’s Top Three : Ryan Donnolly, Conor Sheridan, John Curran. Ballinameela’s Top Three : Lorcan Looby, Micheal Culloo, Liam O Brien. Observer’s Man of the Match : Ryan Donnolly.
Number of Scorers : Dungarvan : 5. Ballinameela : 6.
Scores From Play : Dungarvan : 2-9. Ballinameela : 1-9.
Frees For : Dungarvan : 16. Ballinameela : 10.
Wides : Dungarvan : 5. Ballinalmeela : 5.
Score of the Match : Kieran Power’s 43rd minute goal for Dungarvan
. Scorers :
Dungarvan : Ryan Donnolly 1-6(4f), Kieran Power 1-1, Michael Kiely 0-3, Kealan Daly 0-2, Brendan Cullinan 0-1.
Ballinameela : Micheal Culloo 1-0, Liam O Brien 0-3, Rob Shine 0-3(1f), Robbie McGrath 0-2, Jim Curran and Micheal Shine 0-1 each.
Dungarvan : Mark Boland; Luke Egan, Conor Sheridan, Aaron Donnolly; Gavin Power, Jamie Nagle, John Curran; Kieran Power, Michael Kiely; Luke O Callaghan, Brendan Cullinan, Joe Duggan; Kealan Daly, Ryan Donnolly, Conor Duggan. Sub : Seanie McGrath for Luke O Callaghan.
Ballinameela : Cathal Daly; Shane McGovern, Conor Buckley, Kealan Looby; Kevin Phelan, Micheal Shine, Liam O Brien; Tom Curran, Lorcan Looby; Micheal Culloo, David Phelan, Robbie McGrath; Michael Kiely, Jim Curran, Rob Shine.
Referee : Timmy Organ (Abbeyside/ Ballinacourty).