Second half goals from substitutes Conor Delaney, Dan Bergin and Mark Hamm recorded Ballinakill a facile win over Colt in Raheen on Sunday afternoon.
Colt lost to Rathdowney-Errill in their last game and were hoping to get their first win of the league despite missing a number of players due to injury and played the game with an under strength team.
Ballinakill, fresh from their win over The Harps last week were eager to continue their good streak. Unfortunately for the home side, it was Ballinakill who dominated from start to finish. The slippery pitch conditions made it difficult for both teams to play but Ballinakill hit some impressive scores in the opening half.
Laois county player Cha Dwyer, fresh off the plane from the county panels training week in Spain, added seven points in the opening half alone and brought his tally to ten by the end of the game.
Cha Dwyer opened the scoring in the game in the fifth minute, a good ball by Eamon Jackman was coolly finished by the wing forward. MJ Dunphy added a point after this; good play by midfielders Seamus Dywer and Sean Downey aiding the centre forward. Points from Dwyer and Sean Downey extended Ballinakill’s lead 0-7 to 0-0 after fifteen minutes before Colt’s Mark McDonald superbly sent a long range free between the posts for his sides first, and only, score of the half.
Ballinakill responded well to this as good play by Michael Moran set Cha Dwyer up for another score to extend the visitors lead. Sean Downey demonstrated deadly skill with three minutes left in the half; he slipped catching the ball in his hand, laid it off to Patrick Dwyer who returned the pass and Downey skilfully popped the ball over his left shoulder and between the posts. Ballinakill lead 0-12 to 0-1 at the break with the home side Colt struggling to gain a foothold in the game.
Ballinakill continued to apply the pressure in the second half and a goal in the 33rd minute by substitute Conor Delaney put the writing on the wall; good play by Seamus Dwyer setting up the goal with a fine run down the line. Points from Barry Dunne, Eamon Jackman and continued to extend the visitors lead.
Colt stepped it up a gear in the second half but despite two frees from Colm Kavanagh and a well struck goal by Brian McDermott, they were outclassed in almost every position on the pitch. The final nail in the coffin came in the last three minutes where goals from Dan Bergin and Mark Hamm sealed the deal for Ballinakill as the final whistle put Colt out of their misery.