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Big boost for Ballinteer as late burst puts Faughs to the sword

Ballinteer St John's 1-15

Faughs 2-9

O'Toole Park seems to bring out the best in them. After O'Toole's and Cuala played out a brilliant draw on Thursday night, yesterday evening was the turn of Ballinteer St John's and Faughs to entertain the audience in Crumlin in the Dublin SHC.

It was Ballinteer, however, who were able to find the extra gear when required with a late rally proving decisive in their 1-15 to 2-9 victory.

It consigns Faughs to their second defeat of Group B, while it represents a major boost for Ballinteer entering their final game with St Oliver Plunkett's after falling to Crumlin last time out.

Faughs just about edged the opening stages as the likes of centre-back Maurice O'Brien and midfielder Emmett McKenna dominated their respective positions to ensure they held a narrow 0-4 to 0-3 advantage on 20 minutes, with Aodhan Clabby and Joey Maher impressing for John's.

But there was to be a dramatic conclusion to the first period. First, Ciaran Brennan breathed new life into the tie with a well-taken goal.

Keith Nolan then found the net for John's, when his long ball dropped all the way into the net. The celebrations were short-lived, however, as less than 90 seconds later Faughs, and Brennan, got a second goal, giving them a 2-4 to 1-4 lead at the turnaround.

The sides exchanged scores after the break. Ballinteer, though, following the lead of their senior footballers last week, proved themselves to be a resilient group. A brilliant brace from substitute Ferghal Duffy cut the gap to the minimum before the ever-reliable Joey Maher split the posts with a huge free to level up the tie.

The Templeogue men hit the front briefly once again when sub John Whelan found the target. But Ballinteer had the momentum and four points on the bounce from Clabby, Maher, Fergal Chambers and Glenn Whelan proved the decisive winning burst.