Brian Duignan got the crucial late equaliser for Ballinamere.
Ballinamere had to come up with a dramatic equalising point to draw with Shinrone deep into injury time, having only minutes before looked to be heading for victory in Rath earlier this evening
The game reached an exciting climax in the final minutes when Adrian Cleary shot to the net to put Shinrone level, after they had trailed since the 24th minute.
A point almost immediately afterwards from DJ McLoughlin then put Shinrone in front, something which hadn’t looked likely for long periods of the second half.
Ballinamere, having done most of the running throughout the game, now looked like they would rue some poor wides in the closing minutes as they went in desperate search of a score to tie the game.
With only seconds remaining the ball was worked out to Brian Duignan on the right wing and he shot over the point to draw the sides level, four minutes into injury time.
The free-scoring game was an entertaining one, and while Ballinamere dominated for long spells in the second half, they could never stretch far enough away from Shinrone to ensure victory.
Shinrone also showed great resilience following Ballinamere’s third goal with just under ten minutes remaining which put them behind by 5 points. They picked off a couple of points in those final minutes before their second goal almost put them on the road to victory.
As the final whistle blew, it was Shinrone who looked the more relieved despite the fact they came so close to a classic smash-and-grab result.
* See Midland and Tullamore Tribune on Wednesday for full report.
Shinrone: Killian Sampson 0-9 (3 frees, 1 65, 1 sideline), Adrian Cleary 1-3, Conor Doughan 1-1, Sean Cleary, Donal Morkan and Dan Doughan 0-2 each, Ciaran Cleary, Mark Morkan and DJ McLoughlin 0-1 each
Ballinamere: Scorers: Brian Duignan 0-12 (9 frees), John Murphy 3-0, Aaron Maher 0-4, Darragh Wyer 0-2, Ciaran Burke 0-1.
Ballinamere: Dan Wyer; Luke Nolan, Chris McDonald, Barry Cleary; Joe Maher, Gerry Spollen, Jack Fogarty; Ross Ravenhill, David Magner; Cormac Spollen, Darragh Wyer, Ciaran Burke; John Murphy, Brian Duignan, Aaron Maher. Subs: Mike O’Brien for Cormac Spollen (40 mins); Jack O’Brien for Jack Fogarty (50 mins).
Shinrone: Conor Cleary; Joe Cleary, Darren O’Meara, Mark Morkan; Declan Cleary, Michael Cleary, Dan Doughan; Donal Morkan, Killian Sampson; Adrian Cleary, Jason Sampson, Ciaran Cleary; JP Cleary, Conor Doughan, Sean Cleary. Subs: Denis Coonan for Joe Cleary (28 mins), DJ McLoughlin for JP Cleary (44 mins), Michael Cordial for Ciaran Cleary (53 mins).
Referee: Shane Guinan