Penalty heartache for Youths, U14 Girls reach cup final, Juniors bow out of League Cup.

Sunday March 18th 2018

Premier Division League Cup Round 2 – Ballingarry 3 (Quaid, Kiely, O’Kelly) Glin Rvs 4
This was probably the last chance the team had of winning a major trophy but unfortunately it disappeared in the snow with the visit of Glin Rovers. Even though Ballingarry started the stronger it was the Rovers that opened the scoring when a free into the box was finished to the net. Ballingarry equalised with a beautiful finish from Tony Quaid following a fine move. Francis Kiely gave Ballingarry a deserved lead when he drove to the net from outside the box after Trojan work from Mark Hayes caused havoc in the visitor’s area. Glin drew level but again Ballingarry fought back when a fine strike from substitute Keith O’Kelly found the corner of the net. A fine save from Kenrick denied Glin an equaliser before the break.

The second half was just as even as the first with both sides committed to attack in what was dreadful conditions with snow falling throughout. Clear cut chances were few but when one presented itself to the visitors they gleefully accepted when a deft flick put their winger in to sent a powerful strike to the net. This was late in the game but Ballingarry did have one last chance to send the game to extra time when Mark Hayes effort from inside the area hit the post and was cleared with the keeper beaten.
Team: Kenrick; Ahern; Fitzgerald; Cahill; Moore; Clancy; Kiely; Quaid; Forde; Hayes; S O’Connor.
Sub used: O’Kelly

U16 Boys Division 2 – Ferry Rangers 2 Ballingarry 9 (Leahy 5, Casey, Storan, Quille)
Limerick Desmond Ladies Cup – Ballingarry v Rathkeale (Off due to snow on pitch)

Monday March 19th 2018

U12 Boys Division 6 – AK Utd C 2 Ballingarry B 2 (Lynch, Bridgeman)
Ballingarry came from 2 down to secure a point at Kilcornan. Eoin Lynch and Ciaran Bridgeman were Ballingarrys scorers.

U14 Girls Cup Semi Final – Newcastle West Town 0 Ballingarry 4 (McNamara 3, O’Dwyer)
Ballingarrys U14 girls became the first team from the club to reach a cup final this season as they easily brushed aside NCW Town on Monday. Ballingarry were slow to start finding it difficult to break down the home defence but once Nicole O’Dwyer opened the scoring the result was never in doubt. Nicole McNamara got the first of her hat trick following a neat one two with Sarah Hayes to give Ballingarry a two goal cushion at the break.
The second half saw Nicole Mac power the ball home as NCW delayed in clearing while her third was the icing on this semi-final cake.

Desmond Youth Cup Round 2 – Ballingarry 3 (Hayes 2, Casey) Broadford Utd 3 AET. (Broadford win on pens)
Ballingarrys efforts to make a first Desmond youth cup semi-final appearance in seven years ended from the spot on Monday last as division 1 leaders Broadford went through on penalties following a 3-3 draw. Ballingarry had Mark Hayes to thank for restoring parity before the break as Broadford took the lead early in the first half. The eventual winners raced into a 3-1 lead with just 10 minutes remaining but a grand stand finish from Ballingarry saw Hayes again and Darragh Casey send the tie to extra time.
Ballingarry dominated both periods of extra time but could not find the net leaving the game to be decided on penalties with United prevailing.

Latest News Week ending March 11th 2018 – Juniors shocked in cup as Youths march on

Saturday March 10th

U12 Girls Division 1 – Broadford Utd A 0 Ballingarry A 5 (O’Connor 2, Geary, Kenny, McNamara)
U12 Division 2 – Kilcolman Rovers 5 Ballingarry B 1 (Storan)
U14 Boys Division 1 – Ballingarry 2 (Foley, Hanley) Broadford Utd A 1
U16 Girls – AK Utd B 3 Ballingarry 8
Youth Division 2 – Ballingarry 6 (J O’Connor 2, S O’Connor 2, O’Kelly, Gallagher) Granagh Utd 0
Ballingarry went three points clear at the top of division 2 with this 6 goal defeat of neighbours Granagh United. Ballingarry are well in line to win the division with just three games remaining.

Sunday March 11th

Desmond Cup Round 2 – Ballingarry 2 AK Utd 3
Ballingarrys Desmond cup ambitions ended with the visit of division 1 side AK United in what was surely the shock of the round. A goal either side of the break had AK 2 up before Ahern pulled one back for the home side. United soon restored their two goal advantage before Mark Hayes set up a grand stand finish from the bench. It wasn’t to be however as AK held out for a famous victory.
Team: Browne, Ahern, Ryan, Fitzgerald, N Cahill, Clancy, Shanagher, P Ryan, Quaid, Smith, Kiely.
Used Sub: Hayes.

Division 3 – Ballingarry B v Glantine Rvs B (Walkover to Ballingarry B)

Yet another blanket cancellation – News Week ending March 4th 2018

The disruption experienced so far this season is unprecedented with yet another blanket call off due to the extraordinary snow fall from Thursday last. However the good news is that from 2019 football will be moving to the calendar year which basically means that the season will start and finish between February and November in the same year.

The format has yet to be decided but what is certain is that kids will no longer be expected to play and train during the winter months. This can only be a positive innovation, one that will insure that the children will have a positive experience of playing football and that playing on better surfaces in better conditions will make for better more skilful players. This only applies to underage football ie under 16 down. After what we have experienced so far this season Calendar Year soccer can’t come fast enough.

Results Week Ending February 25th 2018

Saturday February 24th

U10 Boys Group 1 Dual – Ballingarry 4 AK Utd A 6
U12 Girls Division 2 Ballingarry B 4 (Frawley 4) Shannonside B 1
U12 Girls Cup – Shannonside A 0 Ballingarry A 10 (O’Connor 5, Kenny 3, McNamara 1, Fitzgibbon)
U14 Boys Division 1 – Ballingarry 1 Abbeyfeale Utd A 3
U16 Girls – Broadford Utd 0 Ballingarry 11
Youth Division 2 – Ballingarry 4 (O’Kelly 4) Pallaskenry 1
Ballingarry confirmed themselves as favourites for the title here with a comprehensive defeat of the only other real challengers in the division. Keith O’Kelly enjoyed a famous outing by scoring all four goals for the winners.

Sunday February 25th
Premier Division
– Ballingarry 1 (Joyce) Broadford United 3
Ballingarrys first defeat of the season came about when 10 man Broadford asked serious questions about their title credentials. Ballingarry took the lead after 13 minutes when Seoirse Joyce scored direct from a free just outside the box when Forde was fouled, an offense that saw the defender see red being deemed last man back.
Ballingarry held the lead until the break, Forde had a good chance to double their lead but carried the ball too wide before shooting. However once Broadford equalised there was only going to be one winner as their pace up front caused major problems for the Ballingarry rear guard. Ballingarry will be disappointed but they still occupy second spot and have much to look forward in the sefond half of what so far is a very successful season.
Team: Kenrick, Ahern, Browne, Fitzgerald, Kiely, Clancy, J O’Connor, Ryan, Forde, Smith, Joyce.
Used subs: Hayes, S O Connor, Quaid.

Ladies Premier – Ballingarry 1 (Coughlan) AK Utd 0

Results Week ending February 18th 2018

Saturday February 17th

U12 Boys Division 1 – GB Rovers A 6 Ballingarry A 0

Sunday February 18th

U16 Boys Division 2 – Ballingarry 7 (Southgate 2, Casey, Geary, Molloy, Kelly, Quille) Kilcoman Rovers 0
Desmond Cup Round 1 – Ballingarry v Ferry Rangers (Walkover to Ballingarry)
Desmond Cup Round 1 – Carrig Celtic 5 Ballingarry B 0

Results Week Ending February 11th 2018

Just one game survived the weather, the U16 girls enjoyed a good home win over Kildimo United.

Under 16 Girls Division 1 – Ballingarry 4 Kildimo Utd 0

Results Week ending February 4th 2018 – 12s and 14s exit cup while 16s score 9

Saturday February 3rd

U12 Boys Division 6 – Ballingarry B 1 (Molloy) Kilcolman Rovers B 4
The under 12 boys B team were home to Kilcolman today in the league. They started very brightly and were one up thanks to a Liam Molloy goal in the first half. Kilcolman equalised shortly after that to leave the score at the break 1-1. The second half saw a change and Kilcolman had 3 unanswered goals. Final score 1-4.

U12 Boys Cup – Broadford Utd A 3 Ballingarry A 1 (McMahon)
The under 12 boys had an early start this Saturday away to Broadford in the cup. A very entertaining first have saw the teams going in 0-0. Ballingarry started brightly in the second half and went one up thanks to a Jack McMahon goal. Broadford fought back and levelled against the run of play. They then pushed on to score a further two leaving the final score 3-1. A great performance from Ballingarrys boys today and very unlucky to come away empty handed.

U14 Boys Cup – Ballingarry 0 Granagh 3 AET

U14 Girls Division 1 – Newcastle West Town 0 Ballingarry 6 (McNamara 2, Hayes 2, O’Dwyer 2, Kenny)
Ballingarry got back to winning ways following their defeat in Dublin last day out. This was another fine performance against a physically stronger team but Ballingarrys strength is their sheer footballing ability and this again shone through as they ran up another big score. Missing several starters made little difference as Ballingarry were three up by the break. Another three in the second half made it comfortable.

Youths Division 2 – Ballingarry 4 (Kelly 2, Hayes, Shanagher) Mountcollins 1
Ballingarrys Youths returned to league football and winning ways with a 4-1 victory at home to Mountcollins on Saturday. But even though having the lions share of possession in the first half Ballingarry found themselves down 0-1 at halftime. The visitor’s goal coming from a corner after a rare excursion into the Ballingarry half. The bumpy pitch and strong wind made it difficult to sting passes together but to their credit Shanagher and Quille in the middle of the pitch never resorted to long ball and were determined to try to keep possession when others struggled to do so.
Ballingarrys possession increased even more in the second half and they were rewarded 10 minutes in when Kelly got his first of the day brought about by his own determination dispossessing the Mountcollins defender and firing home his shot from 20 yards. It was Kelly again 10 minutes later scoring his 7th of the season finishing from close range from a Hayes cross from the bye line. Shanaghers 30 yard wind assisted free kick sailed in over the keeper made the points safe on 69 minutes. And Hayes capped off a very good 2nd half performance by scoring his 11th youth goal of the season with a close range strike.

Team: Molloy, Long (capt,) O’Connor, Flynn, Tagney, Shanagher, Quille, Southgate, Mulqueen, Hayes, Kelly. Subs used: Storan, Meade, Fitzgerald and Geary.

Sunday February 4th
U16 Boys Division 2 – Athea Utd 0 Ballingarry 9 (Geary 2, Leahy 2, Southgate, Quille, Madigan, Casey, Kelly)
Ladies Premier Division – Ballingarry 1 (O’Connell) Breska Rvs 1
Junior Division 3 – Ballingarry B v Carrig Celtic B (Walkover To Ballingarry)