It was back to winning ways for Ballybunion FC as their away form improved with a clean sheet 2-0 win in Ballyheigue this morning.
Missing quite a few of their first team made it all the more impressive as Ballybunion’s strength in depth made the difference.
The game started scrappy with the play being stopped for fouls and the ball being put out over the line. The first clear chance fell for Ballybunion as a free kick that was headed out landed into the path of Wayne Hayes whose placed volley should have beaten the keeper but he got a fine foot to it to keep it scoreless.
Ballyheigue who played very well in the centerof the park then had a chance to take the lead after a ball over the top found Noel Carroll who couldn’t lift the ball over the keeper and into the net.
The breakthrough came after some neat footwork down the right wing from Wayne Hayes and after a low cross ricocheted off Cian O Connor it left a simple tap in for Kevin Kelleher to put Ballybunion FC 1-0 up at half time.
The second goal came in the 65th min as some neat one two play between Wayne Hayes Cian O Connor and Conor McAuliffe left Conor with with a first touch shot just inside the box which nestled in the bottom corner.
The final 20 mins were all about holding onto the lead as Ballyheigue piled on the pressure and created a couple of great chances to get back into the game but it wasnt to be and another clean sheet away from home for Ballybunion means they bounce back after their first defeat of the season last week.
The win secures some space between third and fourth in the table and puts them joint with Abbeydorney only below them on goal difference.
15 points form 8 games with a 4-3-1 return is a great start for the club in their first ever season and with alot of the toughest games played already they can be very happy with their start.
MOTM was Conor McAuliffe who ran the game from center mid and grabbed a goal for himself.
Notable mentions for Wayne Hayes and Cian O Connor who had their best game in a ballybunion shirt
Daniel Walsh (Pa Riordan ’80)
Conor McAuliffe Goal ’65
Kevin Kelleher Goal ’42 (Sean Farrell ’72)
Cian O Connor