A real game of two halves ,preparations for the game weren’t ideal with a number of the squad involved in a championship hurling match earlier in the day. This possibly contributed to the mediocre first half display.
We went behind in the first minute when a simple pass forward failed to be cleared and a deflected shot ended up in the goal..Ballinroad were dominating in most areas and our work rate was well below par.
We went 2 nil down when a corner bounced around the 6 yard box and the ref deemed to have crossed the line.
A few stern honest words at half time and, to the players credit, a bit of soul searching too set them up for a recovery of Istanbul proportions in the second half.
The lads set the tempo with an aggressive hard working performance from the first whistle and were rewarded when Lee Tracey pounced on a defensive lapse and finished to an empty net.
Well on top at this stage the equaliser arrived on the hour mark when Dylan Harrington weaved his way around 4 defenders and passed into the corner of the net with a level of calmness that’s rarely seen at any level of the game.
Fatigue was starting to hit a few lads at this stage and the guys that came in allowed the performance level go up a few gears and gave us a platform to get a third goal from a Lee Tracey free kick..Lee sealed the pts when he broke from midfield and rounded the keeper for an easy finish.
Great character shown by all the squad again to dig deep and salvage a result .
Special thanks to the parents for getting the lads to the game so soon after their hurling match , much appreciated from the management.
Well done again lads 👍