The senior footballers battled hard last night against St. Peregrines to grind out a victory from the jaws of defeat. St. Peregrines led the whole way through the game until the first minute of injury time, when Ballinteer’s hard work finally paid off.
Peregrines started the better by chalking up 1-02 without reply in the first three minutes and looked to have their tails up. However, two quickfire points by Sean O’Reilly and Robbie Gaughan and an opportunistic goal from James Oliver had Ballinteer right back on level terms by the 12 minute mark. Peregrines got back on top however and scored the next 1-02 to put themselves 5 points clear. The teams then traded a few points before half time, leaving the score 2-07 to 1-05 in Peregrines favour.
Ballinteer exploded out of the blocks in the second half and put the first two scores on the board to reduce the gap to three points within three minutes. It was clear Peregrines came out in the second half to protect their lead and all the possession was Ballinteer’s. They traded two points each to keep itat a three point game until Per’s scored a great point from McGuinness, however that would prove to be their last score. Ballinteer’s pressure finally paid off when Fearghal Duffy struck the equalising point, right on the 60 minute mark and two injury time points from Robbie Gaughan and substitute Paul Farrell won Ballinteer the game, 2-10 to 1-15.
Next up for the Ballinteer seniors is Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday in Silver Park at 6:30pm.