Junior Championship Playoff Replay Swinford v Ballycroy

These two teams played out a draw three weeks ago in Crossmolina and they knocked heads again this evening in Bonniconlon.

Ballycroy got off to a flyer with a point in the first minute and after wides for both teams extended their lead after seven minutes.

Gerry Callaghan got us off the mark with a fine point from out on the right side but Ballycroy soon regained their two point lead.

After about twenty minutes we began to dominate the game and a free from Kevin McDonagh and points from play from Gerry Callaghan and Kevin McDonagh gave us the lead before Darren Campbell found the back of the net and we were suddenly four clear. Ballycroy got one back before two more points from Gerry Callaghan put us five ahead as we heading to the break. With the last kick of the half Ballycroy got a point to leave the score

Swinford 1-6 Ballycroy 0-5

More of the same was needed in the second half but Ballycroy got a hold in the middle of the park and put huge pressure on us in the opening ten minutes which was reflected on the score. They rattled off 1-3 before we could get a score of our own and turned the score completely around.

Eleven minutes passed before a Darren Campbell free got us going in the half and put the minimum between us. The teams exchanged points with another free from Darren Campbell beofre we had a great opportunity for a goal but was unfortunately missed.

After 25minutes Ballycroy put the game beyond reach with their second goal which was soon followed by another point. There was now five between the teams as we entered the last five minutes.

We began to rush our kicks and missed a free before we won a penalty that was successfully scored by Kevin McDonagh but that was to be the last kick of the game and the referree blew the final whistle.

Ft Swinford 2-8 Ballycroy 2-10

There is one last opportunity left to maintain our Junior A status with a relegation game against Ballaghaderreen B to come. The team are definitely well capable of winning that one, just need to work on their fitness and make better use of the ball when in hand.

Swinford: Sean Kavanagh, Sean Prendergast, John Gerard Kelly, Marck McNicholas, Aiden McLoughlin, Kevin Barry, Steven McNicholas, Alan McLoughlin, Sean Brady, James Lavin, Kevin McDonagh, Andy Lenihan, Johnny Pidgeon, Gerry Callaghan, Darren Campbell. Subs Michael  Prendergast, Caoimghin McLoughlin, Eoin Gallagher

Scorers; Darren Campbell 1-2, Kevin McDonagh 1-2, Gerry Callaghan 0-4

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