Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's Keelan McHugh is challenged by Westport's Phil Keegan. Photo by Willie Donnellan
3 mins: After two wides, Westport open the scoring in devastating fashion when a poor Mark McGrory pass was intercepted was turned into a quick pass into Brian McDermott. The Westport captain left the Ballinamore defence in his wake as he surged forward and drilled a low shot past Philip Farrelly.
5 mins: Keelan McHugh shoots wide after good work from Niall McGovern.
6 mins: Wayne McKeon hits a free wide after Keelan Dever is yellow carded for a heavy hit on Dean McGovern but Westport counter and Colm Moran solos through to score at ease.
9 mins: Lewis Cawley put over a free after over-carrying in the Ballinamore defence and another dreadful handpass led to Man of the Match Fionn McDonagh pointing on ten minutes.
11 mins: Philip Farrelly makes a fantastic save to deny Paul Lambert a goal, play coming back for a Westport free and a Cawley point.
17 mins: Another poor Ballinamore pass is swept up and Kevin Keane fed McDonagh for a quick point.
20 mins: After a poor free from Liam Staunton, who replaced an injured Cawley as freetaker, Staunton made amends with a good free.
23 mins: Ballinamore finally open their account when Philip Murphy thumps a fifty well over the bar. Unfortunately, Westport immediately respond with a brilliant Staunton free from a very tight angle out in the left corner.
27 mins: A bit of luck breaks Ballinamore’s way as they lose the ball but Luke Murphy wins it back and shows great persistence to fire over what will be Ballinamore’s only score of the game from a forward.
34 mins: After two poor McKeon shots, one from a free, and a missed fifty from Farrelly, the netminder grabs his second point from a second fifty over four minutes into added time.
Halftime: Sean O’Heslin’s 0-3 Westport 1-7
6 mins: After both sides missed chances and O’Heslin’s introduced James McWeeney & Philip Murphy, Dean McGovern opens the scoring with a good point after absorbing a big hit.
10 mins: Another big save from Philip Farrelly, this time denying sub Ronan Geraghty after Westport ripped through the Ballinamore defence at their ease.
15 mins: Westport get their first score of the second half with a huge point from Fionn McDonagh after a series of bad wides.
18 mins: Oisin McCaffrey loses the ball in attack and Westport quickly find Colm Moran who turns and scores for his team’s last score of the game.
22 mins: Oisin McCaffrey combines with fellow defender Keelan McHugh to scoop the ball over the bar, although there was a tiny suggestion that the path to goal was opening up ahead of the defender.
25 mins: Wayne McKeon puts over a free but Ballinamore follow up with a couple more wides.
30 mins: The game is in added time when McKeon converts a second free for the last score of the game.
33 mins: Ballinamore go looking for a late goal but a drifting Wayne McKeon free is easily cleared.
FULLTIME SCORE: BALLINAMORE SEAN O'HESLIN'S 0-7 WESTPORT 1-9
TEAMS & SCORERS
Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's
Scorers: Philip Farrelly 0-2, two 50s; Wayne McKeon 0-2, 2f; Luke Murphy, Oisin McCaffrey & Dean McGovern 0-1 each
Team: Philip Farrelly, Keelan McHugh, Oisin McCaffrey, Conor Moran, Donal Feely, Liam Ferguson, Brian Leydon, Wayne McKeon, Dean McGovern, Mark McGrory, Peter Reynolds, Luke Murphy, Niall McGovern, Johnny McWeeney, Anthony McTague. Subs: Shane Murphy for Leydon (22), Philip Murphy & James McWeeney for McTague & Reynolds (HT), Shane McWeeney for Johnny McWeeney (53)
Scores: Fionn McDonagh 0-3; Brian McDermott 1-0; Colm Moran 0-2; Liam Staunton & Lewis Cawley 0-2 each, 2f each
Team: Patrick O’Malley, Niall McManamon, Kevin Keane, Liam Ketterick, Keelan Dever, James Walsh, Brian McDermott, Lee Keegan, Shane Scott, Fionn McDonagh, Phil Keegan, Liam Staunton, Colm Moran, Paul Lambert, Lewis Cawley. Subs: Ronan Geraghty for Cawley (16), Colm Higgins for Staunton (50), David Horan for Lambert (55), Brian O’Malley for Moran (60)
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)