Ballyboughal’s second chance Saturday

by Karl Graham

BALLYBOUGHAL will have another crack at reaching the semi-finals of the Leinster club intermediate football championship on Saturday after their first game with Emo ended in a draw last weekend.
The Fingal side made the trip to Laois on Saturday but the two teams finished level after extra time in blustery conditions with a final score line of 2-17 to 3-14.
“[It was] a good game; a very competitive game involving two even sides,” Ballyboughal manager Lar Lynch told GazetteSport.
“We scored a couple of goals at the right times to keep us in touch and then were probably unlucky in the end not to win it. We were in front going into injury time of extra-time then we conceded a free that would have been soft from our point of view in terms of it being a simple turnover of ball.
“Then a little bit of indiscipline saw the referee move the ball up, which made it kickable for them.
“It was a very open game with two very good attacks I would have said. The defenders obviously played their part as well but it was very open, it was very end to end.”
Some good news for Ballyboughal came in the form of confirmation from Dublin GAA that the game could take place at their home ground.
“Glad to be able to play the game in Ballyboughal because there was a doubt as to whether our facilities would have been suitable,” Lynch continued.
“If you look back at our home record all season, it would be extremely impressive. That’s not going to win you a game or anything but we would be, historically, quite strong at home and in particular this season. Hopefully that will tip the balance in our favour but we still have to go out and do it.”
Other than corner-forward Ben Callinan, who was sent off late in the first tie, Lynch hopes he will have a fully fit squad to choose from come Saturday.
“The squad is looking good. We had a player sent off last week who will now obviously be unavailable unfortunately, but we have got another couple of players to come into the squad that were unavailable last week. We have no injury concerns ahead of the weekend.”
There is sometimes a temptation to tinker with tactics and personnel when it comes to replays, but Lynch didn’t want to reveal too much when asked if he would be considering making some changes himself.
“We will change it slightly; wouldn’t obviously say too much. I had seen them playing the previous week in Hollywood and then we saw them last week. We will make slight changes and, I suppose, introduce a couple of plans for their key players.”

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