GAA: Ballinderry on course for three in-a-row

�/Presseye.com - 3rd October 2010.  M&L Contracts Derry Senior Football Championship Final at Celtic Park. Eoghan Rua, Coleraine V Ballinderry Shamrocks.  Ballinderry's James Conway and Coleraine's Barry McGoldrick.  Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
�/Presseye.com - 3rd October 2010. M&L Contracts Derry Senior Football Championship Final at Celtic Park. Eoghan Rua, Coleraine V Ballinderry Shamrocks. Ballinderry's James Conway and Coleraine's Barry McGoldrick. Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
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For a few moments in this Derry senior football championship semi final tie Ballinderry looked in trouble.

For a few moments in this Derry senior football championship semi final tie Ballinderry looked in trouble.

Then the Shamrock’s rolled into action firing a goal and six points without reply to remind those in attendance and Lavey just why they were county champions over the last two years.

Ballinderry’s Conleth Gilligan was the star of the show for Martin McKinless’s side registering two goal and nine points, (2-3 from play) to help his side over the line.

Lavey had started the contest like a team that meant business with Paul Hearty kicking the game’s opening score in the six minute.

Hearty followed that point with another two not long after and Ballinderry looked on the ropes.

A Cailean O’Boyle point made the gap score and a free missed by Gilligan gave the deciced impression that the champions might be vulnerable.

For Lavey however that was as good as things were going to get. Ryan Bell and James Conway began to exert their influence around the middle of the field and Gilligan got his eye in. Before long, Lavey were in arrears.

Gilligan began the fight back with a point from play and a few seconds later Darren Lawn made no mistake.

Ballinderry now had momentum and they moved swiftly to make the most of it with Gilligan pointing a free and then just a few minutes later hitting the roof of teh Lavey goal with a ferocious effort to give the Shamrocks the lead for the first time in the encounter.

Three quick points from Ryan Bell, Lawn and Gilligan remarkably left Lavey five points adrift and demonstrated the kind of firepower that the Shamrocks possess.

A response was needed from Lavey and they duly got it with Anthony McGurk on target to break the loughshore sides momentum somewhat, but that wasn’t enough.

Three more Shamrock’s points from James Conway, Conor Nevin and Conleth Gilligan once again allowed Martin McKinless to deliver a half time team talk that he could only have dreamt of after 10 minutes.

If the first half was about rescuing themselves from a sticky situation the second half was about Ballinderry laying down a marker to their potential final opponents and to clubs throughout the county as they swept clear.

They began the second half as they had left of the first with Darren Lawn playing in only his seocnd championship game kicking another point from play.

Lavey did threaten to make a comeback as they kicked four of the next six points.

Cailean O’Boyle led the charge with a point from play and then the ever reliable Paul Hearty kicked his fourth point of the game to narrow the gap.

Conleth Gilligan extended the gap and eased the Ballinderry nerved with two points but these were cancelled out with Dodds and O’Boyle both adding scores for their side.

The Shamrock’s stepped up another gear however and left Lavey in their wake, with Gilligan, Bell and Michael McIver all getting scores.

A late Gilligan goal sent the Shamrocks home happy.

Ballinderry scorers: Conleth Gilligan 2-9, Ryan Bell 0-3, Darren Lawn 0-3, Michael McIver 0-2, Darren McGeehan 0-1, James Conway 0-1, Connor Nevin 0-1

Lavey scorers: Paul Hearty 0-5, Cailean O’Boyle 0-3, Anthony McGurk 0-1, Sam Dodds 0-1, Caolan McGurk 0-1