Stratford Grangecon Intermediate Championship Challenge back on track
We travelled apprehensively to the County Grounds to take on Ballinacor knowing that one of our stalwarts Jason Bolger is being rested due to a knee strain, Mikey Carroll on holidays, Alan Kealy struggling to shake off the flue and Patrick Cronin just about making it home in time with his latest addition to the family.
The all important score came in the first couple of minutes when Kieran Byrne caught a high ball, turned the full back and lashed the ball to the net. This score remained the cushing between both teams throughout.
Shane Byrne added 3 points and Matt Manley slotted over 2 points and when half time arrived Stratford Grangecon found themselves in a comfortable position 1-5 to 3 points.
Ballinacor started the second half in a much more determined fashion, they drilled over a number of points to cut the deficit to just 2 points and when the ball rebounded off Patrick Cronin’s timberwork our lads knew that they had a fight on their hands. Michael Mangan missed a penalty but quickly redeemed himself with a splendid point and followed up later with another. Matt Manley added 2 more points to his tally.
As we approached the full time whistle Stratford Grangecon were forced to defend stoutly in order to retain the goal difference between the sides.
Final score 1-9 to 9 points
We are away to Blessington on Tuesday evening at 7.30 in another round of the League before facing up to Coolboy on Saturday the 12th July in the next round of the Championship.
Michael Mangan (0-2)
Shane Byrne (0-3)
Matt Manley (0-4)
Kieran Byrne (1-0)
Alan Norton for James Barrett
Dermot Phelan for Alan Kealy