A youthful JK Bracken's side miss-fired in a wind-assisted first half, but will be happy in the knowledge they carry a goal threat as they head toward the knock-out stages of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship Séamus Ó Riain Cup - JK Bracken's finished second in their group behind Burgess in top spot.
Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling
Championship Séamus Ó Riain Cup
JK Bracken's 3-19 Ballingarry 0-20
JK Bracken's started like a train when Andrew Ormond hit 1-1 and with the wind aiding them they lost an edge to their play when hitting some fifteen wides.
Ballingarry, who needed a miracle to make the knock-out stages, stuck to their task when hitting three encouraging points without reply. The deadly-accurate Ian Ivors was key to their challenge.
Four points were evenly shared as the first quarter past. The Templemore boys finally hit a purple patch when hitting five points unanswered and such was the pressure both Ballingarry corner-backs went into the ref's book.
Andrew Ormond was the one receiving special attention.
JK Bracken's allowed Ballingarry back into it as they stopped short puck-outs and coupled with good fielding Ballingarry hit five of the last seven points of the half.
Ballingarry, with the wind, would have been hopeful of a good half to end the year. All was going according to plan when they took the lead in the 37th minute.
The game was very stop-start as the final quarter approached and then there was a four-minute spell that changed the complexion of the game.
An injury to Gerry Fitzgerald was quickly followed by the score of the day to level it.
There was a long ball delivered up the field - three men went up to contest the ball and Andrew Ormond caught before bursting away to point while John Edward Molloy’s efforts to stop Andrew saw him sent off.
The JK Bracken's focus was now sharpened and when a point was on they opted for a team move which resulted in a Shane Doyle goal. Over the next seven minutes their lead would become insurmountable. Lyndon Fairbrother hit two. Then there was an Andrew Ormond goal and a converted Shane Doyle line ball which were the pick of the scores.
Darren Russell in goal was called on to dampen any Ballingarry hopes. And, the frustration boiled over as Philip Ivors was shown a straight red.
With time running out Brian Norton hit three excellent points to cut the lead to a final tally of ten.
JK Bracken's: Darren Russell, Michael Egan, Jordan Moloney, Jack Fogarty, Eanna McBride, Tom Murphy, Cathal Scully, Shane Doyle (1-2), Dean McEnroe (0-1), Shane Scully (0-3), Paddy Cadell (0-2), David O’Shea (0-1), Andrew Ormond (2-4), Adrian Bourke, Jack Kennedy (0-2).
Ballingarry: David Walsh, John Walsh, Sean Doherty, John Edward Molloy, Paul Butler, Ger Fennelly, Brian Norton (0-3), Ciaran Shelly (0-1), Cillian Tuohy (0-1), Philip Ivors (0-1), Ian Ivors (0-10, 0-8 frees, 0-1 '65s), Eamon Tuohy (0-1), James Burns, Gerry Fitzgerald (0-1), Adrian Cleere (0-2).
Referee: Michael Murphy (Toomevara).