Ballyfin advance after thrilling opener

Ballyfin booked their place in the next round of the Intermediate Championship following a thrilling clash with Graiguecullen in Kellyville on Wednesday night.

Ballyfin booked their place in the next round of the Intermediate Championship following a thrilling clash with Graiguecullen in Kellyville on Wednesday night.

Ballyfin claimed the opening three points of the game through James Finn (2) and George Lanham, all within the first five minutes of the
 game.

Graiguecullen responded in typical fashion and went on to claim the next six points without reply, thanks to points from Lee Timmons (2), Luke Alsybury, Barry Murphy, Jamie Farrell and Jamie Moran to go three points clear with ten minutes left in the half.

Ballyfin regained their footing to land 1-2 in quick succession, with James Finn grabbing the goal, while Ricky Quinlan and Louis Duff picked up points to see Ballyfin go two points clear.

Graiguecullen closed out the half with a point from Jamie Parr to leave just a point separating the sides at half time.

Ballyfin claimed the opening two points of the half through Ricky Quinlan and Joe Brophy, before Graigue responded with points from Dale Byrne and Lee Timmons leaving the gap at a point. James Finn gave Ballyfin a two point cushion two minutes later.

Graiguecullen went on to find the next three points, two from Jamie Parr, but a nervy finish was on the cards as three late points for Ballyfin, a brace from James Finn left two between the sides approaching injury time.

Graigue brought the deficit to the minimum thanks to a point from Jamie Parr, but it wasn’t enough, and that’s how it finished as Ballyfin progress to the next round.

SCORERS - Ballyfin: James Finn 1-5 (0-5 frees), Ricky Quillinan 0-2, George Lanham, Cathal Brophy, Louis Duff and Joe Brophy 0-1 each; Graiguecullen: Jamie Parr 0-4 (0-2 frees), Lee Timmons 0-3, Jamie Moran 0-2, Luke Alsybury, Barry Murphy, Jamie Farrell and Dale Byrne 0-1 each.

BALLYFIN: Paul Holohan; Barry Roche, Eoin Dunphy, Mick McHugh; Alan Strong, Gary Dunne, Richie Downey; George Lanham, James Finn; Joe Brophy, James Moore, Dan Molloy; Cathal Brophy, Louis Duff, Ricky Quinlan. SUBS: Declan Phelan for James Moore; Damien Holohan for Joe Brophy.

GRAIGUECULLEN: Jason Kelly; Jamie Farrell, Patrick Murphy, Shane Aylward; Jamie Malone, Jamie Moran, Wayne Humphries; Barry Murphy, Bobby Doogue; Barry Regan, Lee Timmons, Luke Alsybury; Dale Byrne, Jamie Parr, Brian McDermott. SUBS: Paddy Brannigan for Jason Kelly; Gearoid Cuddy for Barry Regan; Ethan O’Neill for Dale Byrne; Denis Byrne for Wayne Humphries.