Carrick Davins 0-7
On Sunday last in Anner Park, Cloneen, Ballingarry made light work of this Senior Hurling game when introducing Philip Ivors after the interval who dominated proceedings and had a hand in nearly every score in a dour second half that saw Ballingarry cruise to victory.
The game opened on a bright note when Ballingarry raced into a two point lead within 3 minutes, the first from Daniel Fennelly and the second from Ciaran Shelley. We had to wait until the 7th minute for Davins first attack resulting in a free 40m out and a point by Jason Butler with the same player scoring another point from a free 60m out in the 8th minute. With both sides guilty of wides it was the 13th minute when Ballingarry were awarded a free that Adrian Cleere converted and almost immediately Ger Fennelly scored a fine point from play to leave Ballingarry 0-4 to 0-2 ahead. General play was poor, the game was lifeless, messy passing, two 65s driven wide, all contributed to a poor first half with Davins adding a point from Noelie Butler after one of his fine runs. We had to wait until the 29th and 30th minute for two more points from Carrick Davins, both by Jason Butler to leave it 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.
With Philip Ivors replacing Daniel Fennelly and Donal Shelley starting to dominate proceedings in the middle of the field, the second half saw a more determined Ballingarry with ball after ball supplied to the full forward line. Within the first five minutes Ballingarry had gone from one point down to 4 points up - starting with the throw in won by Donal Shelley and his delivery dropped into the square with a one handed swing by Ger Fennelly finding the back of the Carrick net and this was followed by two frees from Seanie Cahill to make it Ballingarry 1-6 Carrick Davins 0-5.
Davins were rewarded with two frees scored by Jason Butler - however on the puck out of the second point Adrian Cleere caught the ball on the touchline and from 70m sent straight over the bar for a point to Ballingarry.
Seanie Cahill pointed a free from 40m out to leave the score Ballingarry 1-8 Carrick Davins 0-7.
Philip Ivors won the next ball and rounded the full back with ease to score his first point and almost immediately the same player set up Ger Fennelly for another point.
Ballingarry drove on with a point from a free by Seanie Cahill with Philip Ivors collecting another ball and firing over a magnificent point from an acute angle. With Ballingarry dominating it was Eamon Cahill on the scoring sheet in the 53rd minute with the final score, a point from Ger Fennelly.
There were not many positives to be taken from the game except that Ballingarry have eased into the final phase of the championship with the Carrick derby likely to be the pick of the final games remaining in the league section.
Best for Ballingarry were Ian Ivors, Donal Shelley, Adrian Cleere, Ger Fennely and Philip Ivors while for Davins, Gerard Robinson, Noelie Butler and Willie O’Dwyer tried hardest.
Ballingarry - James Logue, Danny Fitzgerald, Dickie Norton, Jack Fennelly, Jerry Fitzgerald, Ian Ivors, Brian Cooney, Donal Shelley, Seanie Cahill 0-4f, Ciaran Shelley0-1, Eamon Cahill 0- 1, Adrian Cleere 0-2 (1f), Ger Fennelly 1-3, Daniel Fennelly 0-1, Eamon Tuohy Sub Philip Ivors 0-2, Sean Doheny,
Carrick Davins - Edward McGrath, Stephen Cronin, Keith Condon, Brendan Butler, Jim Walsh, Gerard Robinson, Michael Ryan, Patrick Harriss, Michael Coady, Noel Butler, Luke Foran, John Murphy, Shane Butler, Willie O Dwyer, Jason Butler, Subs Michael Hackett, Adam Foran
Referee - Noel Cosgrove (Marlfield)