Ballinora 6-7, Shamrocks 3-1
This was Shamrocks first league game of the year and they just had enough players to field the required 12 on this horrible day for any outdoor sport.
Shamrocks lost the toss and were forced to play against the gale blowing right down the field. It was all hands on deck in the first half as the idea was to keep down the Ballinora score as much as possible. Underfoot conditions were very slippy, the rain was incessant not to mention the wind. Shamrocks did very well in that half overall and would have been happy coming up to half time as they were “only” losing by 0-6 to 0-0. Getting the ball to halfway was proving a difficult task in the conditions. However, just before haltime Ballinora scooped up a short Shamrocks kickout and they blasted it home to leave the HT score 1-6 to 0-0 in favour of the home side. Having said that, the comeback was managable.
Some switches were made in an attempt to get Shamrocks those vital early scores but despite Shane Downeys early point from play, the lads left their workrate down for 10 important minutes and unfortunately in that time, Ballinora struck for 3 quick goals to effecitively finish off the game. Again, some switches seemed to work for Shamrocks and without ever threathening to win the game, they got 3 goals from play courtesy of Luke O’Driscoll, Shane Downey and Killian O’Mahony.
The selectors after the game were happy enough with the application shown. Obviously the lads need to keep the concentration for all the game and it was that 10 minutes midway through the second half when they should have been pushing on that was their downfall. However, training is where those type of things are ironed out and it takes place every Tuesday at the pitch, 6.30pm sharp.
Next Saturday the lads are at home to Ballinhassig, 2pm. Big turnout needed.
Players on duty: D. O’Mahony, J. Sisk, C. Murphy, S. Andrews, E. Seymour, R. Van Pelt, S. Downey, L. O’Driscoll, D. O’Flaherty, S. Browne, K. O’Mahony, H. Andrews.