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SENIOR CO. LEAGUE - DIVISION 3 - ROUND 4 2017-07-13 14:37:00

Ballydonoghue 1-11 Ballymac 1-18 

Ballymacelligott had a comprehensive win over a Ballydonoghue team decimated by injuries and summer transfers.  Ballymac never looked in any real danger in this fourth round Div 3 encounter.  There was little between the sides in the early stages and the sides were level after 11 minutes, three points apiece.   Ballymac then began to settle into their stride dominating the midfield area and led by double scores after 18 minutes, six points to three. Ballydonoghue then kicked two points in quick succession, one apiece, from their two best players on the day, Padraig Lyons and Jim Cremin.   Ballydonoghue’s revival was short lived when Ballymac’s Adam Breen struck for their only goal and the score that would separate the sides at the break. Half time score Ballydonoghue 0-07 Ballymacelligott 1-07.

Ballymac kicked three points without reply early in the second half and with Cian Counihan in fine form at centrefield, their forwards were getting a plentiful supply of ball to work with.  Vinnie Horgan in particularly made good use of everything that came his way.  After 49 minutes, they led by six points and would have been much more, if not for some solid goalkeeping by Ballydonoghue’s Darren O’Connor and a fine display of free taking by full forward Padraig Lyons.  Ballymac then seemed to take their foot of the pedal and, when Padraig Lyons struck for a Ballydonoghue goal, there were only two points between the sides with eight minutes remaining.  If Ballydonoghue supporters thought a comeback was on the cards, they were sadly mistaken as Ballymac lifted their game again, kicking five points without reply in the final minutes to take the points.