Annaduff, who needed to win to keep their Connacht Gold Senior Championship hopes alive, ensured their passage into the Quarter-Finals when overcoming the challenge of Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s after putting on a workmanlike performance in Saturday’s lively Group 3 encounter in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.
By PJ Leddy
CONNACHT GOLD SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP ANNADUFF 0-12
BALLINAMORE SEAN O’HESLINS 1-7
The dominant side in this showdown from start to finish was undoubtedly Annaduff and particularly so in the possession stakes. However the Ballinamore men with much less possession were always in contention thanks to their effective scoring rate, which fell just short at the end.
Ballinamore seemed like they might take control of the exchanges after Sean Murray registered the game’s only goal near the end of the first quarter but Annaduff quickly quench the Ballinamore sparks of revival with six unanswered points to give Annaduff a two point lead at halftime.
Ballinamore failed to score for a 28 minute period in the game between the 14th and 42nd minutes and yet when they came back at Annaduff for a period in the middle of the second half, they reduced Annaduff’s lead to the minimum.
Annaduff’s battling qualities then came back into play once more and they managed to keep their noses in front with points from Michael Moyles and Conor McLoughlin to finally kill off the Ballinamore challenge and set up a quarter-final meeting with neighbours and great rivals Mohill.
Ballinamore now face a huge quarter-final against deadly rivals Aughawillan and they will be wondering would it have been better to go into that game off an unbeaten record and it will give them a lot to think about in the week ahead.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.