With sixty minutes of football unable to separate these two sides last week, Spink finally settled the matter last Thursday night with a four point win.
Spink took the lead early on with Damien Carter opening the scoring with just a minute on the clock, before Paul Simms doubled their lead two minutes later to see them lead by two points.
Park-Ratheniska replied on the ten minute mark with midfielder Sean Tynan splitting the defence before easily stroking the ball between the posts for Park’s opening score of the game.
Spink continued to dominate the proceedings and were rewarded with the first goal of the day after twelve minutes, with corner-forward Daithi Brennan raising the green flag with the first time of asking.
Spink built on their lead with points from Brian O’Meara and Damien Carter pushing them six points clear with seven minutes remaining in the half.
Kieran Delaney kept Park-Ratheniska in touch with a free after twenty-four minutes, but Spink responded almost immediately with two points in as many minutes from Sean Miller and Willie Barry to see Spink hold a deserved seven point lead in what was a bleak half for Park-Ratheniska.
The second half opened with a higher tempo, with both sides chalking down two points apiece in the opening minutes - Damien Carter and Willie Barry hitting the target for Spink, while corner-forward, DJ O’Connell, fired a brace for Park-Ratheniska.
Park-Ratheniska continued to chip away at the Spink lead as they racked up 1-1 in two minutes, with Mark Delaney grabbing the goal before Barry Delaney cut the deficit to three points with almost twenty minutes left to play.
Spink steadied the ship with pointed frees from full-forward, Mark Carroll, and goalkeeper, John Dunphy, to push their lead back out to five points with just over ten minutes remaining.
Park Ratheniska closed out a disappointing game for them with John Sugrue, landing two late points but the game was out of their reach.
SCORERS - Spink: Damien Carter (0-2 frees) and Willie Barry 0-3 each, Daithi Brennan 1-0, Paul Simms, Brian O’Meara, Sean Miller, Mark Carroll (free) and John Dunphy (free) 0-1 each; Park-Ratheniska: Mark Delaney 1-0, John Sugrue and DJ O’Connell (0-1 free) 0-2 each, Sean Tynan, Kieran Delaney (free) and Barry Delaney 0-1 each.
SPINK: John Dunphy; Micheal Downey, Paddy Gorman, Kieran Bowe; Eamon Jackman, Seamus Dwyer, James Walsh; Sean Miller, Brian O’Meara; Paul Simms, MJ Lalor, Willie Barry; Daithi Brennan, Mark Carroll, Damien Carter. SUBS: Liam Lalor for Paul Simms.
PARK-RATHENISKA: Brian Ramsbottom; Tommy White, Martin Kelly, Benny Greene; Denis Brennan, Mark Delaney, David Larkin; John Sugrue, Sean Tynan; Barry Delaney, Paul Brennan, Mark Delaney; DJ O’Connell, Kieran Delaney, James Langton. SUBS: Paddy Kelly for Kieran Delaney; Benny Conroy for Barry Delaney; Mark O’Connell for Benny Greene.