Latest Results Week ending December 1st 2019 – Girls achieve the impossible – Boys clinch 14s title – Youths bow out – Juniors lose at Glin

Saturday November 30th

U/14 Boys Div 2 – Rathkeale 1 Ballingarry 5 (Kelliher 2, Horgan, McMahon, Picard)
The title race went right to the wire with the winner of this clash claiming the laurels. In fact Ballingarry needed just to draw to finish top but that was never going to be an option as Ballingarry ran out easy winners at the finish. Two goals from Billy Kelliher and one each from Cathal McMahon; Adam Picard and Eoin Horgan saw Ballingarry finish with a flourish. Congratulations to Anthony McMahon and his squad.

FAI Youth Cup Round 3 – Ballingarry 0 Douglas Hall (CDSL) 3
Set pieces were Ballingarrys undoing as the better team went through on the day. An own goal after just five minutes had Ballingarry reeling when the ball was delivered from the left. Two good saves from Molloy kept Ballingarry in the game however two goals within minutes on either side of halftime sealed their fate.
The first on the stroke of the break was bundled over form a corner and the third five minutes after the restart from another dead ball this time from the right which was powerfully headed home from the edge of the box.
Ballingarry had two really good chances to force themselves back into the game however Mike Molloy touch deserted him at the vital moment and David Geary missed from six yards.

Sunday, December 1st

U/16 Girls Cup Final – Ballingarry 6 (Mullane 3, Madden, Hayes, Lawlee) Askeaton 0 (Mick Hanley Park)

Ballingarrys trophy crop continues to thrive with this the eight gong of a highly successful season. And with it an unprecedented underage girls clean sweep with this U16 cup now residing with the U12, U14 and now U16 girls doubles. Simply incredible.
Ballingarry were always red hot favourites to lift the cup but still they found it difficult to break down a committed and organised Askeaton defence. Donna Kenny had the ball in the net after five minutes but was ruled offside. However Ballingarry went ahead after 7 minutes. The goal all about powerful running form Amy Madden who after being put away by Ashling Daltons fine pass, finished in the tightest on angles at the keepers right post. In fairness to Askeaton they did threaten on the break and on more than one occasion O Shea, McMahon and Moran had to be at their best to divert the very real danger and even then Houlihan had to come from her line to clear when a goal looked a possibility.
Ballingarry would get the comfort of a second goal 26 minutes. Hannah Morans superb pass out from the back found Anna Mullane and after a neat interchange with Amy O Keeffe she slipped the centre half to drive home. It was the first of her three.
The second half was just six minutes in when Ballingarry got their third. Some beautiful passing from Nessa Markham, voted player of the match for her tireless running and intelligent play throughout, and Molly McCarthy sent Sarah Hayes away down the left to finish beautifully to the far corner. Hayes the scorer became provider seven minutes later when her deft touch put Anna Mullane in to for her second.
Katie Lawlee was introduced and in the space of fifteen minutes managed to hit the post twice and score a real cracker when in her trade mark manner cut in from the left to strike. Mullane was the instigator of this Lawlee goal. At that point it was left to Captain Mullane to complete the scoring and indeed her hat trick with Ballingarrys sixth on the stroke of full time.
This was not a vintage Ballingarry performance but still impressive. The back four of O Shea, McMahon, Moran and Dalton and later O Shaughnessy, while not always in control were always prepared to regain control and this they did at all times. Their willingness and bravery to play out from the back had to be admired. The engine room, mid field, is exactly that. Mullanes runs yielded 3 goals while the same feature lies within Amy Madden, remember the first goal? Markham’s energy and vision makes her a player of the match contender in most games, today was one of those days when her quality was recognised. The wide players Amy O Keeffe and Donna Kenny give most full backs enough to do to stop them doing anything other than defend and then Katie Lawlee arrives to torment further. Sarah Hayes finished and created a goal, there is no more can be expected from a number 9. On the day the cover released from the bench would be starters in every team in our league, Chloe O Keeffe, Emily Flynn, Dawn O Shaughnessy, Molly McCarthy and Katie Lawlee, a flawless squad.
Quite a few of these girls have already won the double with the U14s however special mention to Katie Lawlee who has won the lot from U12 to U16 in her first season with the club.
Congratulations also to Micky Mac and Shane Markham and Martha O Connor for the many hours put into the preparation that have the rest looking on in wonder.

Premier Division – Glin Rovers 2 Ballingarry 0
Team: O Grady; Long; Flynn; Quinlivan; Fitzgerald; Lenihan; Ryan; R O Shea; S O Shea; Clancy; Meade.
Used subs: J O Connor; A O Connor; Tagney; Forde.

Results Week Ending November 24th 2019 – 14s 1 Point from Title – U12 Girls Complete Double – Juniors Suffer First Defeat

Saturday, November 23th

U/14 Boys Div 2 – Broadford Utd 1 Ballingarry 3 (Hayes 2, Picard)
Ballingarry set up a grandstand finish to the division 2 league race with this fine win at Broadford. Two Zack Hayes goals and one from Adam Picard ensured their last game against Rathkeale will be a winner takes all event when Ballingarry face the second placed homeside for the title. A point will see Ballingarry crowned.

Sunday November 24th

U12 Girls Cup Final (Feenagh) – Ballingarry 8 (Lawlee 3; O’Dwyer 2; Russell; Mulqueen; Frawley) Rathkeale 0

Ballingarry completed the U12 girls double with an emphatic 8-0 win against Rathkeale at Feenagh, it sees Ballingarry retain the double won in 2017/18. The game was all but won at the break with Ballingarry already 4-0 up with goals from Katie Lawlee (2) Sarah Frawley and Aoife Russell on the scoresheet. Lawlee sealed her hattrick in the second half with Abbie Mulqueen and Kayley O’Dwyer with the other two.

Premier Division – Ballingarry 0 Broadford United 2
Once Balllingarry were reduced to 10 in the first quarter of the game their unbeaten domestic start to the season was always going to be under threat. Two nil was the final outcome with a goal in either half for the visitors.
Team: O Grady; Quinlivan; Fitz; Flynn; Cahill; Lenihan; Quill; Forde; Clancy; O Kelly; Meade.
Used Subs: A O Connor; D O Kelly; Molloy; Storin; K O Kelly.

Ladies Premier Division – Breska Rvs 2 Ballingarry 2

The Flag at Ireland v Denmark

 

 

The Flag with Denmark fans before the Euro 2020 qualifier November 18th 2019.

Latest Results Week ending November 10th 2019 – 16s Lift Shield in Classic – Youths progress in FAI.

Wednesday, November 6th

U/16 Boys Div 1 Shield Final (Glantine) – Ballingarry 6 (Geary 2, Molloy 2, Bridgeman, Moran) Broadford Utd 5

In a tremendous encounter Ballingarry got their hands on the Division 1 shield overcoming Broadford United on a 6-5 score line. At one point Ballingarry found themselves 4-2 down but fought back bravely to draw level then go 5-4 ahead only to see Broadford score a fifth to seemingly send the game to extra time. However captain Mike Molloy had other ideas and straight from the kick off sent a glorious winner over the keeper to the net for surely one on the most spectacular winning goals ever scored by a Ballingarry side.
Team: Lynch, Bridgeman, Ruddle, Quinn, Sheehy, Madigan, E Lynch, Kelly, Molloy, McGoey, Geary.
Used subs: Moran, Keating, Storin, Foley.

Saturday November 9th

FAI Youth Cup Rd. 2 – Ballingarry (Molloy 2, Madigan) Avenue Utd CDSL 2 aet

If Ballingarry had lost this game it would have been major disappointment having played far better throughout than their guests. They created enough chances to be out of sight long before the game was sent to extra time with a goal two minutes from time that the referee deemed had crossed the line following Molloys save. This goal almost from an identical set piece from the opposite end of the pitch to the goal that gave Avenue the lead sixteen minutes into the game. Before that opener Ballingarry saw Molloy strike the crossbar and Quill draw a superb save from the visiting keeper.
Then the lead goal from a brilliantly placed free kick form twenty yards out from the right of the box. It was a goal that gave them a half time lead and while Ballingarrys approach work was better the United’s it was still Avenue that went the closest with two efforts that flew past both Molloys posts.
The second half was a different story with Ballingarry coming into their own. Geary will be disappointed not to have equalised form point blank after Madigan set up the chance, this just before Mike Molloy got the all-important first Ballingarry goal. A free was awarded for a hand ball and Molloy drove home for 20 yards. It took two more minutes for Ballingarry to forge ahead. A fine flowing move saw Geary cross from left to right where the impressive Lee Madigan headed home form six yards. Tagney missed to seal the deal before Storin made a superb tackle to deny the visitors. Then the goal that sent the tie to extra time.
The first period was just 4 minutes in when Ballingarrys progress to host Douglas Hall was sealed and again it was Mike Molloy who stroked the ball home from the edge of the box. From there to the finish Ballingarry were untroubled and probable should have got another couple however a combination of poor finishing and worsening under foot conditions kept the tally at three.
Team: J Molloy, Tierney, Tagney, Kelly, Storin, Madigan, Quill, Casey, M Molloy, Geary, Lawlor.
Subs: Sheehy, Ruddle, Lynch, Bridgeman, Lynch, Southgate.

Sunday November 10th

Ladies Premier Division – Charleville 3 Ballingarry 0

Latest Results Week ending November 3rd 2019

Friday Nov 1st

FAI Junior Cup Rd. 3 – Bridge United CDSL 3 Ballingarry 2 (Flynn, Meade)
Ballingarry fell at the first FAI hurdle in Ennis on Friday against Bridge United by the odd goal in five. Bridge took the lead from the spot in the first minute only for the visitors to draw level through Luke Flynns first goal for the club to see the sides level at the break. Andrew Meade gave Ballingarry an early second half lead only for the home side to respond twice to eventually go through.
Team: O Grady, Quinlivan, Flynn, Cahill, Meade, P Ryan, Moore, O Shea, A O Connor, J O Connor, Clancy.
Used Subs: Quille, Tagney, Forde, Pat Ryan, Long.

Sat Nov 2nd

Boys U12 Div. 1 – AK Utd 0 Ballingarry A 0

Results Week ending October 27th 2019 – Brilliant U16 girls clinch first title – Youths progress in Munster.

Saturday, October 26th
Munster Junior Cup Round 2 – Ballingarry 4 (Molloy 2, Geary, Casey) Broadford Utd. 1
Ballingarry at last put the Broadford hex to bed with an emphatic win to progress to the third round of the Munster youth cup. Ballingarry took to lead through Mike Molloy first of two only to sloppily let it slip before the break but a commanding second half performance saw three unanswered goals from Molloy again, Darragh Casey and David Geary to see them play Itas away in round 3.

Sunday, October 27th
U16 Girls – Ballingarry 6 (Lawlee 4, Kenny, Madden) Abbeyfeale Utd 3

Ballingarry had to come from behind twice to seal their first ever U16 girls league title pipping Abbeyfeale United in the final game of the season. It was the manner in which they responded to going behind in such a crucial game that impressed the most. Two goals down in the first quarter, an own goal and a scrappy second, would have seen a lesser outfit crumble but not this particular side. They stuck to their principles which is a possession game using the entire pitch content to be patient knowing that chances will come. And they did come. Donny Kenny cut the deficit when she pounced following a spill by the keeper and the Katie Lawlee swept home an equaliser. Abbey responded well going ahead again with a powerfully headed third before Ballingarry replied for a third time with Lalee them finisher after magnificent work from Madden.

A breath-taking first half ended all square. The second half was Ballingarry at their best. Lawlee put them ahead when she slotted inside the post just after the re start. Her third soon followed before a deflected Amy Madden effort flew in over the keeper before Katie Lawlee rounded a staring performance with her fourth and Ballingarrys sixth five from time.

While the first half was an exciting and even encounter the second half was sheer brilliance form the winners. Their defence came into their own after a shaky start while the mid field took total control against a physically stronger opponent. Their ability to pass and go is truly a delight with few if any team in the league capable of managing. Katie Lawlee was drafted into this game as a late replacement and what a response. Four goals in her first U 16 game.

Captain Houlihan was solid as ever receiving superb cover from Flynn and later Moran, McMahon and Chloe O Keefe, O Shea and Dalton. At midfield Markham, Amy O Keeffe, Madden and Mullane dominated and produced when needed while Kenny and Lawlee and when introduced Dawn O Shaughnessy were also superb driving at the opposition relentlessly. Ballingarry have now claimed the U12, 14 and 16 league titles. The under 14 cup resided in Ballingarry also while both the 12s and 16s await their respective cup finals. Unprecedented success has already been realised, is there more to follow?

Ladies Premier. – Breska Rovers 0 Ballingarry 5 (Noonan 2, Mulcaire, Shanagher, Moloney)

The Flag in Switzerland

Spotted in Geneva last week at the Euro 2020 Q v Switzerland was the much travelled Ballingarry Flag.