Ballyneale FC’s crucial league game against Dualla FC ended in a 3-3 draw last Sunday.
This home game in Ballydine was a tough encounter as expected and the final score was a fair result overall.
Dualla performed better in the first half while the Ballyneale players seemed more sluggish after the three week Christmas break.
Thirty-five minutes into the game, Dualla’s good work paid off and they scored goal from close range.
Ballyneale were lucky not to go two goals down.
Lenny McGrath managed to push the incoming ball on to the post and rebound it away.
Ballyneale regrouped at half-time and started much better in the second half, hitting shots on target and putting pressure on their defence.
Jamie Kennedy scored Ballyneale’s first goal at the 50 minutes mark after displaying some neat footwork in the box.
Unfortunately, Ballyneale did not capitalise on this goal , and it was Dualla who fought back.
They scored goals 65 minutes into the game and at 75 minutes leaving Ballyneale a huge task for the remaining 15 minutes.
But the team didn’t throw in the towel.
Enda Fogarty showed great improvisation by back heeling into the far corner of the net.
The equaliser was scored with just seven to eight minutes to go.
Marty O’Reilly got a vital touch from a long range free kick beating the keeper.
Ballyneale battled until the end for the winning goal but it eluded them.
It was a spirited second half display that kept Ballyneale unbeaten in the league so far this season.
Best for Ballyneale were Lenny McGrath, Jamie Kennedy and Enda Fogarty.
Ballyneale FC’s next match against Vee Rovers in the quarter-final of the Peter O’Reilly Cup.