After a great opening result against Trim on the previous Saturday evening in their first game back playing in Division 2 of the All County A League, Meath Hill where looking to gain momentum with another win when they travelled to Ballinlough on Sunday afternoon.
On yet another cold and blustery day Meath Hill started the game aided with a moderate cross field breeze. However it was the Ballinlough men who got off to the better start and got off the mark first after the Meath Hill defence fell asleep for a short free kick in the 3rd minute. Meath Hill then started to gain a foothold in the game and got the next three scores of the game, with two frees from Chris Yorke and a good long range effort from Tommy Rooney. This momentum only lasted for a short period and the Ballinlough men used their senior experience to get the upper hand again. Ballinlough got the next five scores, another short free which the Meath Hill defence was not alert for along with a couple of well worked moves from their own half. It wasn’t until the 29th minute of the first half that Meath Hill got onto the scoreboard again, with another good long range effort from Tommy Rooney.
Half Time Score: Meath Hill 0-04 Ballinlough 0-06
Against the wind in the second half, the Meath Hill men had it all to do. Ballinlough again started the half the brighter but this time where able to maintain the momentum right the way through the half. Their experience was evident with them being able to close out the Meath Hill attack and their clinical finishing at the opposite end of the pitch. Meath Hill had to wait until the 55th minute of the game to register their next score with a fine pointed effort from Emmett Matthews. However at this stage Ballinlough where leading by 0-11 to 0-05. Both teams traded the next two scores, the Meath Hill point coming from Chris Yorke. With the game in the first minute of injury time and with virtually the last kick of the game the Ballinlough men put the ball into the Meath Hill net to run out comfortable winners, 1-12 to 0-06.
The margin of victory slightly flattered the Ballinlough men but the result was never really in doubt from the midway stage in the second half. Meath Hill can take some positives from this game as this very young team showed they can mix it up with the senior clubs of Meath football.
Meath Hill – Dominic Yorke, Conor Marry, Ryan Owens, Simon Martin, James Mooney, Martin Tully, Shane McCabe, Jason Yorke, Tommy Rooney (0-02), Pauric Smith, Ian Malone, Thomas McGrath, Chris Yorke (0-03, 0-02 frees), Donnacadh Boyle, Pierce McGrath.
Subs used – Barry Kieran for Thomas McGrath (42 mins), Ross McGrath for Pauric Smith (42 mins), Graham Boylan for Shane McCabe (51 mins), Emmett Matthews (0-01) for Ian Malone (51 mins).