Burgess (@1.25) vs Ballina (@4.0)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Burgess will win

Burgess – Ballina Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 12:30

Mullinahone, poised to go in ahead at half time, were rocked by 2 goals scored in under a minute. The first, a bullet, from Bill OFlaherty who collected a breaking ball and got inside the Mullinahone defence to blast a shot past the Mullinahone keeper. The second came almost straight from the resulting puck out when Shane Mahers hard work created an opportunity to work the ball into Damien OBrien who made no mistake in placing the ball into the Mullinahone net.

The second half couldnt have started worse for us with our half time lead wiped out in just over a minute by a John Sheedy goal. Stephen Murray levelled things up with a 35th minute free 2-5 to 0-11 but Port once again demonstrated their attacking flair a minute later with a sweet Kevin OHalloran line ball and a Mike Sheedy point from play.

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The character of this Burgess team was now put to the test and they responded in fine fashion bagging the next five scores without reply. Burgess 0-19 Borris 2-12. Two frees for Stephen Murray, an Eoin Hogan point from play that could easily have found the net and then within a minute two amazing long range scores from Mike OFlaherty and Peter Gill which pushed Burgess into a one point lead.

Nearest to him is former Australian rep Arthur Black (South Lismore), now retired, with three singles wins and three pairs. The late Trevor Wagner (Evans Head), also an Australian rep, won it three times and the pairs once; Vic Reynolds (Lismore Workers Heights), won the singles three times (like Burgess he won two years in a row - Burgess has done this twice) but the pairs eluded him.

By this point it was apparent that we werent going to see as high scoring a game as we had the previous week against Ballina with both sets of backs taking no prisoners. The game started brightly for us with Stephen Murray firing over a lovely point off his left hand side from the touch line straight from the throw in. Murray would add two more frees to leave us 3 points to 1 ahead with 10 minutes played.

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Indeed it wasnt until the disruption caused to the Burgess defence by the loss of captain Johnny Mulqueen to injury in the twentieth minute of the first half that Ballina managed to mount a come back and cut the deficit from 7 points to 2 at half time with the score board reading Burgess 0-10 Ballina 0-8. Burgess had a comfortable home win over neighbours Ballina in the opening game of the county league on Sunday last in Kilcoleman. Stephen Murrays point in the opening ten seconds of the game gave Burgess a lead that the wouldnt relinquish for the rest of the match. Burgess also had a strong claim for a penalty denied in the first half after Tossy Hogan was rugby tackled as he bore down on the Ballina goal.

Our first score a pointed free from the middle of the field straight from the throw in by Stephen Murray. The port response then came with three fine points in a two minute spell from Mark Gennery, Jimmy Creamer and Kevin OHalloran. Stephen Murray sent over a 65 in the 15th minute to leave the score Burgess 0-6 Port 0-3. Eoin Leahy Hogan then fired over two excellent points in quick succession and we appeared to be motoring well. Stephen added another from play in the third minute and followed up with another free on the fifth. We started brightly in this do or die fixture against our near neighbours Portroe despite the absence of star players Donagh Maher, John ODwyer and Tossy Hogan. We raced into a 5 points to no score lead after 6 minutes of play.

The Murray free was looked more of a penalty to be fair but the referee after consulting with his umpires awarded a 21. We were now two adrift again. Damien OBrien forced an unbelievable save from county keeper Darren Gleeson in the lead up to this incident and this was a turning point in the game as we really needed a goal to drive on against the breeze. To our lads credit they fought back once more and had the game level on the 42nd minute with points from Murray (free) and Peter Gill. Brian Hogan reduced the deficit with another excellent point but the Port response was yet again immediate with James Ryan adding to his tally.

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Another fine point from Donagh Maher was answered by an immediate Thomas Cleary response and we were still ten adrift. Kilruane tacked on another point before Damien OBrien provided us with a glimmer of hope when he forced his way through the Kilruane defence and kicked the ball with authority into the roof of the Kilruane net. We pressed hard in attack and were rewarded by three points from play of the highest standard from Donagh Maher, Damien OBrien and Noel Gleeson to leave the scoreboard reading Burgess 1-11 Kilruane 4-9. Seconds later it was Donagh Maher who found himself inside the Kilruane defence to fire an unstoppable shot past the Kilruane keeper. Kilruane unfortunately were not to be outdone and stemmed the Burgess resurgence with three points of their own leaving us ten points adrift with 5 minutes remaining. The final score of the game came from Damien OBrien whose net bound rocket was deflected over the bar by the Kilruane keeper.

By the twelfth minute we had the deficit reduced to a single goal with another Murray free to make the score Burgess 0-3 Kilruane 1-3. Kilruane responded with a goal and a point, the goal a rasper from county minor star Cian Darcy, before Stephen Murray was on hand the get our second point of the game atthe eighth minute mark. Stephen Murray had us off the mark inside the first minute with a pointed free.

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