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Ballina R.F.C. 1st XV - Match centre

Ballina
Seapoint
K Lindsay, C Quinn, M Cribben, A Corduff
Tries
C O’Gorman, T Ollivier, D O’Reilly
K Lindsay
Conversions
B Champion, B Champion
D Prendergast (2)
Penalties
B Champion
Sat 23 Feb 14:30 - Ulster Bank League - Division 2C Full time

Ballina win mighty battle

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Ballina 28-22 Seapoint

BALLINA 28
SEAPOINT 22

The heart strings of hundreds of Ballina people were tested to the absolute limit in Heffernan Park yesterday when the home side emerged victorious from a thrilling, tension-filled, Titanic struggle against Seapoint in the All Ireland League.
Over the past few months, the great Ballina adventure has produced more thrills and spills than any Hollywood blockbuster and that was certainly the case by the Moy on Saturday when seven tries and a cartload of drama decorated a wonderful afternoon.
The final whistle was greeted with great joy as a savage rearguard action in the final five minutes kept out the marauding Dubliners and sent Ballina six points clear at the top of the AIL Division 2C table.
Ballina began the game explosively and Kieran Lindsay capitalised on some excellent interplay between forwards and backs to get over for a try in the opening minutes.
However, Seapoint, who came into the match on a three-game winning streak, hit back almost immediately when some smart play in the loose, sent flanker Cian O’Gorman over to level the scores at five apiece.
This was a setback for the table-toppers and they had to set off in search of the lead again.
Shane Clarke, Paul Newell, Tim Wallace, Luke Sweeney and Andrew West were dynamic in the pack while Alex Corduff and Calum Quinn were tackling and carrying hard in the middle.
Ballina pressure paid off in the 15th minute when Quinn picked off a Seapoint pass and raced in under the posts for Lindsay to add the conversion.
Ballina kept the pedal to the metal after that and looked to be in for another try but a loose pass was intercepted and winger Theo Olivier raced the length of the pitch to level matter again after 25 minutes and it was turning into an epic.
Seapoint hit the front for the first time eight minutes before half time when full-back Bain Campion knocked over a penalty and the large traveling support were sensing victory but Ballina had other ideas.
The see-saw nature of the game continued after that when a foundation was laid by the Ballina pack and slick handling from Alex Corduff, Quinn and Chris O’Neill picked out Michael Cribben on the right and the winged-wonder set off towards the try line to leave the home team ever so slightly in front, 17-15 at the break.
A great second half was promised and the two teams delivered it in spades.
Ballina powered forward from the restart with great desire from Daniel Molloy, Bradley Nealon, Mickey Murphy nd Wallace, but needed a more clinical edge to extend their lead. They eventually broke through the well-organised Seapoint rearguard after 50 minutes when Alex Corduff got on the end of a fine move and they were seven points clear.
However, everyone knew there was still a long way to go and a Ballina mistake allowed Seapoint full-back Bain Campion race 50 meters to touch down under the posts and level the score going down the pipe.
Neal Moylett who had been very influential left the field injured at that stage and Ballina’s league credentials were being tested to the limit. They responded brilliantly.
Time and again they stepped into the white heat of battle with Billy McVann, Brian Boland and John Keaveney adding great impetus and were eventually rewarded when Seapoint indiscretions were punished by excellently-struck penalties from Dylan Prendergast to put six between them with time almost up.
However, there were five minutes injury time to be played and for the entirety of that, Seapoint were within inches of a match-winning try. It must be said, during that nerve-wracking period, the discipline defending of the Ballina men was courageous, composed and ferocious.
Richard Morrow, Mickey Murphy, Fergal Tully, Quinn, Corduff and their colleagues were majestic in their determination to secure the win and when the final whistle sounded they had extended their lead at the top of the table to six points.
Next on the list is a trip to Thomond next Saturday for another epic.
BALLINA: C O’Neill, B Nealon, C Quinn, A Corduff, M Cribben, K Lindsay, M Murphy; P Newell, L Sweeney, S Clarke, A West, R Morrow, F Tully, T Wallace, D Molloy
Replacements; B McVann, B Boland, J Keaveney, N Moylett, D Prendergast

Key moments

8:00
Try Kieran Lindsay scores for Ballina
12:00
Try Cian O’Gorman scores for Seapoint
15:00
Try Calum Quinn scores for Ballina
16:00
Conversion Kieran Lindsay kicks a conversion for Ballina
23:00
Try Theo Ollivier scores for Seapoint
24:00
Conversion Bain Champion kicks a conversion for Seapoint
38:00
Penalty Bain Champion kicks a penalty for Seapoint
40:00
Try Michael Cribben scores for Ballina
59:00
Try Alex Corduff scores for Ballina
68:00
Try Dave O’Reilly scores for Seapoint
69:00
Conversion Bain Champion kicks a conversion for Seapoint
71:00
Penalty Dylan Prendergast kicks a penalty for Ballina
78:00
Penalty Dylan Prendergast kicks a penalty for Ballina

Highlights

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78:00 Penalty 28 - 22
Dylan Prendergast kicks a penalty for Ballina
76:00 Sub Off
Neal Moylett is substituted off for Ballina
76:00 Sub On
Luke Sweeney is substituted on for Ballina
75:00 Sub Off
Billy McVann is substituted off for Ballina
75:00 Sub On
John Keaveney is substituted on for Ballina
74:00 Sub On
Paul Newell is substituted on for Ballina
74:00 Sub Off
Shane Clarke is substituted off for Ballina
71:00 Penalty 25 - 22
Dylan Prendergast kicks a penalty for Ballina
69:00 Conversion 22 - 22
Bain Champion kicks a conversion for Seapoint
69:00 Sub Off
Paul Newell is substituted off for Ballina
69:00 Sub On
Brian Boland is substituted on for Ballina
68:00 Try 22 - 20
Dave O’Reilly scores for Seapoint
62:00 Sub Off
Bradley Nealon is substituted off for Ballina
62:00 Sub On
Dylan Prendergast is substituted on for Ballina
61:00 Sub Off
Luke Sweeney is substituted off for Ballina
61:00 Sub On
Billy McVann is substituted on for Ballina
60:00 Missed Conversion
Kieran Lindsay misses a conversion for Ballina
59:00 Try 22 - 15
Alex Corduff scores for Ballina
58:00 Try Assist
Chris O'Neill makes an assist for Ballina
44:00 Missed Conversion
Bain Champion misses a conversion for Seapoint
End of period 1
40:00 +1:00 Missed Conversion
Kieran Lindsay misses a conversion for Ballina
40:00 +1:00 Sub On
Fergal Tully is substituted on for Ballina
40:00 Sub Off
Andrew West is substituted off for Ballina
40:00 Try 17 - 15
Michael Cribben scores for Ballina
39:00 Try Assist
Kieran Lindsay makes an assist for Ballina
38:00 Penalty 12 - 15
Bain Champion kicks a penalty for Seapoint
34:00 Sub On
Daniel Molloy is substituted on for Ballina
34:00 Sub Off
Fergal Tully is substituted off for Ballina
24:00 Conversion 12 - 12
Bain Champion kicks a conversion for Seapoint
23:00 Try 12 - 10
Theo Ollivier scores for Seapoint
21:00 Sub On
Neal Moylett is substituted on for Ballina
21:00 Sub Off
Daniel Molloy is substituted off for Ballina
16:00 Conversion 12 - 5
Kieran Lindsay kicks a conversion for Ballina
15:00 Try 10 - 5
Calum Quinn scores for Ballina
13:00 Missed Conversion
Cian Buckley misses a conversion for Seapoint
12:00 Try 5 - 5
Cian O’Gorman scores for Seapoint
9:00 Missed Conversion
Kieran Lindsay misses a conversion for Ballina
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Kieran Lindsay scores for Ballina
7:00 Try Assist
Calum Quinn makes an assist for Ballina
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ballina
  • Seapoint
  • 0
  • Calum Quinn Try Assist 7:00'
  • Kieran Lindsay Try 8:00'
  • Cian O’Gorman Try 12:00'
  • Calum Quinn Try 15:00'
  • Kieran Lindsay Conversion 16:00'
  • Daniel Molloy Sub Off 21:00'
  • Neal Moylett Sub On 21:00'
  • Theo Ollivier Try 23:00'
  • Bain Champion Conversion 24:00'
  • Fergal Tully Sub Off 34:00'
  • Daniel Molloy Sub On 34:00'
  • Bain Champion Penalty 38:00'
  • Kieran Lindsay Try Assist 39:00'
  • Michael Cribben Try 40:00'
  • Andrew West Sub Off 40:00'
  • Fergal Tully Sub On 40:00 +1:00'
  • Chris O'Neill Try Assist 58:00'
  • Alex Corduff Try 59:00'
  • Luke Sweeney Sub Off 61:00'
  • Billy McVann Sub On 61:00'
  • Dylan Prendergast Sub On 62:00'
  • Bradley Nealon Sub Off 62:00'
  • Dave O’Reilly Try 68:00'
  • Bain Champion Conversion 69:00'
  • Paul Newell Sub Off 69:00'
  • Brian Boland Sub On 69:00'
  • Dylan Prendergast Penalty 71:00'
  • Shane Clarke Sub Off 74:00'
  • Paul Newell Sub On 74:00'
  • Billy McVann Sub Off 75:00'
  • John Keaveney Sub On 75:00'
  • Neal Moylett Sub Off 76:00'
  • Luke Sweeney Sub On 76:00'
  • Dylan Prendergast Penalty 78:00'

Team selection

O'Neill, Chris O'Neill, Chris
Nealon, Bradley Nealon, Bradley
Quinn, Calum Quinn, Calum
Corduff, Alex Corduff, Alex
Cribben, Michael Cribben, Michael
Lindsay, Kieran Lindsay, Kieran
Murphy, Mickey Murphy, Mickey
Wallace, Tim Wallace, Tim
Molloy, Daniel Molloy, Daniel
Tully, Fergal Tully, Fergal
Morrow, Richard Morrow, Richard
West, Andrew West, Andrew
Clarke, Shane Clarke, Shane
Sweeney, Luke Sweeney, Luke
Newell, Paul Newell, Paul
Seapoint
  • 1. Richie Doyle
  • 2. Cian Cunningham
  • 3. Eoghan Dalton
  • 4. Alexander McAuley
  • 5. Mark McCoy
  • 6. Peter Hipple
  • 7. Cian O’Gorman
  • 8. Zac Jungmann
  • 9. Stephen Carroll
  • 10. Cian Buckley
  • 11. Theo Ollivier
  • 12. Gavin Hayes
  • 13. Adam Philpott
  • 14. Dave O’Reilly
  • 15. Bain Champion
  • 16. Andrew Heffernan
  • 17. Ronan Banahan
  • 18. Brian Duggan
  • 19. Declan Byrne
  • 20. Brian Guerin

League round up

Other Division 2C results

Bruff
25
11
27
45
Malahide
Midleton
22
17
Thomond
Tullamore
26
21

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Ballina 18 68
2. Midleton 18 62
3. Bruff 18 58
4. Malahide 18 58
5. Omagh 18 54
6. City of Derry 18 33
7. Tullamore 18 32

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