Ballylinan opened their 2015 season with an impressive win over Emo in far from ideal conditions on Sunday afternoon.
With a strong crosswind and water lying in some parts of the pitch, the signs didn’t point to an entertaining game. Luckily for those in attendance, that’s exactly what happened, as the scores came freely once both teams got up and running.
Ballylinan had the trio of Jamie Farrell, Gary Walsh and Ciaran Farrell to thank for the win, as they scored 3-14 of the 3-16 between them.
It was the visitors who settled quicker, with Jamie Farrell scoring twice in the opening five minutes. Emo had chances at the other end, but couldn’t find a finishing touch, and Ciaran Farrell stretched the Ballylinan lead to three.
Emo got up and running with points from Mick and Conor Lawlor, before Gary Walsh set Ciaran Farrell up for the opening goal of the game. The Emo response was impressive, s they hit back for a goal of their own within two minutes, as Mick Lawlor found the back of the net in a crowded penalty area.
That left a point in it, and a brace of scores for each side maintained that gap until five minutes from half time, when Gary Walsh was fouled for a penalty, which he scored himself.
Once again, Emo hit back with the perfect reply as they worked the ball in from the right wing and Chris Gleeson thumped it to the net. Ballylinan hit a couple of late points in the half to lead 2-7 to 2-5 at the end of an entertaining first half.
Again it was the visitors who settled into the game quicker on the resumption of play, as Gary Walsh and James Redmond pointed. Conor Lawlor responded for Emo, but Ballylinan wrapped up the win when they hit 1-2 without reply over the next few minutes, with Ciaran Farrell getting the goal.
Emo kept fighting right to the end to get something from the game though, and managed two more goals from Conor Lawlor and Brian Gorman, but it was to make no difference to the final outcome.