James Clancy R.I.P.

It is with a heavy heart and with the deepest of sadness that we regret to announce the untimely passing of our cherished friend James Clancy, Club Secretary for over 30 years and founding member of Ballingarry AFC. James worked passionately for the club and was instrumental in building it into one of the finest sports clubs and soccer grounds in the country. James’s role as secretary was impeccable, his record keeping and attention to detail was one to behold, he kept stats on every player that ever played for the club down through the years , what they scored and who it was against. He liaised with League delegates from all over and did his job seamlessly in order for the club to run as smooth as possible all while working away quietly in the background, never one to look for praise or recognition for the mammoth work he did. He was the back bone of the club the vein that constantly pumped new energy and enthusiasm for it to flourish and grow . James was a quintessential clubman and was held in very high esteem by all that had the privilege of knowing him, he was always there for everyone in the club , there wasn’t a question that James could not answer and if he couldn’t he would always be there to help find out. He gave an absolute life time of service to the club and will be truly missed .
Aside from the club nothing equalled James’ devout love for his family, his loving wife Maria, his adoring children Megan, Nathan and Abbie who have lost their husband and Dad and to his Mam, Dad, brother John, sisters and extended family our sincerest of sympathy and deepest condolences go out to you during this heartbreaking and difficult time.
James we salute you , May your soul rest in peace , fly high above us and we have no doubt you will be looking down over us wishing us nothing but the best !
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Munster Youth Cup Final date

Munster Youth Cup final Ballingarry AFC v Villa FC will be played in Ozier Park Waterford on Saturday August 15th next, kick off 3pm. Ticket information to follow.

Munster Youth Cup Semi-final – The Green and Gold Still Dreaming

Ballingarry (1) 1 (M Molloy 4 min) Bridge United (0) 0

A glorious Summer’s day at The Paddocks brought a glorious result for Ballingarry as the Green and Gold Munster youth cup dream lives on with the final now awaiting Ballingarry.
It was the Desmond Leagues very own Super Sunday with three clubs involved in colossal Munster collisions but it was Ballingarry alone who came through to carry the leagues standard to the next stage and what an occasion it promises to be when they face Villa FC of Waterford for the opportunity to become the first Desmond District Leagues Munster youth cup winners.
Saturday August 15th is a date for your diary when no doubt the final venue will be awash with Green and Gold.
It really was a fine game of football between two very evenly matched sides and while the scoreline rightly suggests a tight fought game Ballingarry were deserving winners as they forged the better chances with trojan performances in all departments. The only goal of the game was scored within the opening five minutes, Bridge could have went ahead when Leon Daly, the smallest but one on the best players on show, with brilliant trickery beat Tierney on the wing to cross where Maxwell forced a fine save from Molloy from a diving header, Molloy’s quick thinking put Reece Kelly away down the left to find Mike Molloy thirty five yards out form goal, spotting the keeper off his line he sent a truly magnificent effort sailing over the stranded Fitzpatrick’s head for a wonder goal. He was 35 yards from goal just four minutes had gone on the click. The battle evolved from here and a real game resulted.
Twelve minutes in United had an opportunity when Tagney, who was a Herculean captain throughout, fouled Kirkland but the free from Maxwell was well wide .A glorious chance fell United’s way though after fifteen minutes when Dube’s neat cross from the right found Evan O Callaghan unmarked sixteen yards out but he volleyed just over. It was a lucky escape for Ballingarry.
Ballyingarry had forced a number of early corners before the visitors got their first on 22 minutes but is proved an easy save from Molloy in goal who it must be said had an easy game throughout not being forced into any serious save although there was one scary moment in the final minute of the game when he tried to find Geary with a quick clearance only for the ball to strike his own player to rebound back into the box, he recovered well and a lesson no doubt learned.
The game was at this point a fast flowing even affair and while Bridge did have slightly more possession Ballingarry were always comfortable with their defence of Tierney, Tagney, Storin and Kelly giving a masterclass in defending, with the two full backs dynamic when attacking. Ballingarry went close to doubling their lead fifteen minutes form the break when following a foul on Madigan, Quill delivered for Molloy to head over. Just before that a lightening break through Casey saw the mid fielder cross from right to left for tireless Geary to shoot wide.
United saw O Callaghan send a long-range effort well over just before the centre half, Storm Devanney, made a tremendous run form his own half but shadowed by Quill all the way ran the ball out, typical marvelous work for Quill. The half ended with the winners on the attack when Geary’s corner came to nothing.
The second half was barely in progress when United s Dube, following a deft turn, worked Molloy in goal with the resultant corner fruitless.
Five minutes into the half came one of the highlights of the game. Molloy’s magic down left channel left Bridge captain Kelly stranded Molloy’s cross had the keeper all at sea and when Casey turned the ball back across the box it seemed the inrushing Adam Hickey must score but somehow left back Luke Shea threw himself at the ball for a an unbelievable block. It was the type of moment that could and probably should have inspired those around him.
Three corners in quick succession in the 60th minute should have yielded Ballingarry their insurance with the ball skimming the post from both Casey and Tagney.
Casey was again in the thick of things with a brave block nineteen minutes from time before Geary shot wide when well placed. Casey again could have done better when Madigan’s driven cross from the left found him arriving but again Shea was there to deny Ballingarry. United unloaded the bench as the game neared its end but to no avail and when the final whistle sounded it signaled scenes of real celebration for the Green and Gold.
Another tremendous performance from this Ballingarry side following on from the heroics in Cork in the quarter final. Well drilled, well prepared with a desire to win a competition and a belief that some in our league believe can be done. Credit to Dean and John Clancy for the professional approach and Shane Markhan and Mike Boyle for the help over the past few weeks.
The final beckons for Ballingarry, has there ever been a bigger sporting occasion for a club from The Garden Town, 36 years the Club has been waiting for a day like this, it has finally arrived.
Come on You Boys in Green and Gold. (COYBIG&G.)
Ballingarry AFC: Jack Molloy; TJ Tierney; Kieran Tagney (capt); Reece Kelly; Kieran Storin; Josh Quill; Darragh Cassey; Adam Hickey; David Geary; Mike Molloy; Lee Madigan.
Unused subs: Mick Lawlor; Mark Ruddle; Brian Sheehy; Cathal McMahon; Nessan Leahy; Cian McGoey.
Bridge United: Will Fitzpartrick; Leon Kelly (capt); Luke Shea; Liam Buckley; Storm Devanney; Kyle Walker (Adam O Sullivan 65 mins); Tharbsio Dube (Eli O Sullivan 88 mins); Scott Kirkland; Conor Maxwell; Leon Daly; Evan O Callaghan (O Lionain 53 mins).
Unused subs: Michael Carey; James Egan; Coby McDonald; Conor Morey.
Referee: John McNamara.

Ballingarry AFC Weekly Lotto Draw – Next Jackpot: €20,000

The numbers drawn in Ballingarry AFC Clubhouse on Sunday August 2nd were 7, 11, 17and 18. There was no jackpot winner, the lucky dip winners were €50 Anthony Hehir, €30 Mane Hickey and €20 went to Grace & Christy. Next weeks jackpot will be €20,000 and the draw will take place Sunday August 9th in the clubhouse.

Thank you for your support. You can now play Ballingarry AFC lotto online.

Regards, Ballingarry AFC Committee

History Beckons for the Boys in Green and Gold

Munster Youth Cup Semi-final: 
Ballingarry v Bridge United,
Sunday August 2nd 2020,
The Paddocks, Ballingarry

Should Ballingarry claim a spot in the Munster Youth Cup final they will be carrying the Limerick Desmond League flag that was only ever before carried into the final once when Glin Rovers did so in 1984. But to do so they will first have to overcome a formidable opponent in visiting Bridge United from Sixmilebridge in Clare.

Several Desmond clubs have progressed to the penultimate stage in the past including Ballingarry in 2002 but none other than the afore mentioned Glin have graced the final, this Ballingarry side will be desperate to go one step further than that 2002 side and reach the final and face either College Corinthians or Villa who face off in the other semi.

Ballingarry have travelled a difficult path to get to this stage and had to win on the road on four of the five rounds to date to secure this home fixture with the Banner men.

Granagh United provided the first test with the added ingredient of a local derby adding spice to a game that Ballingarry won 3-1 with goals from Mike Molloy 2 and Mike Southgate.

Next up were Broadford United who Ballingarry found to be such a difficult opponent at this age group over the past number of seasons. The 4-1 victory at the very least dispensed with the hex that United held over them during those seasons when they pipped Ballingarry in most competitions. On the mark for the winners that day were Mike Molloy with another brace, David Geary and Darragh Casey.

St Itas predictably provided a stern test in the 3rd round with Ballingarry’s Mile Molloy and David Geary helping Ballingarry to pass that particular exam on a 2-0 scoreline,a victory that saw them in the open draw.

On to Waterford where their easier that the 2-1 AET scoreline victory would suggest with goals again form Molloy and Kieran Storin setting them up for an epic encounter in Cork against the holders Carrigaline United.

This game will stand to Ballingarry as they face into this semi-final plus it will have provided an invaluable education to team managers Dean and John Clancy as to the character lurking within this squad.

Finding themselves 2 goals in arrears early in the second half could and in many cases would have seen many a side crumple but not this Ballingarry outfit. They fought back with Storin again on the mark and a first in the competition from Josh Quill with an own goal completing the scoring to level and indeed sent Ballingarry ahead only for the home side to send the game to extra time in the dying moments and when eventually the game needed penalties to decide the boys in Green and Gold displayed courage and character and no little skill in converting their four spot kicks.

Managers Dean and John Clancy will have left nothing to chance in preparing the squad for this game having enrolled experienced coaches Shane Markham and Mike Boyle to assist with the final preparations.

Sunday’s game will be an epic historic occasion for the club, unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions only 200 people in total will be allowed into the ground with entry by ticket only.

Prediction: This crop of boys in Green and Gold to upstage the class of 2002.

Ballingarry AFC Weekly Lotto Draw – Next Jackpot: €20,000

The numbers drawn in Ballingarry AFC Clubhouse on Sunday July 26th were 18, 19, 27 and 28. There was no jackpot winner, the lucky dip winners were €50 Liz Hopkins, €30 Muire Barrett and €20 went to Liz Sheehy. Next weeks jackpot will be €20,000 and the draw will take place Sunday August 2nd in the clubhouse.

Thank you for your support. You can now play Ballingarry AFC lotto online.

Regards, Ballingarry AFC Committee

Moss McAuliffe R.I.P.

Ballingarry AFC is deeply saddened by the death of our former Chairman, manager and President Moss McAuliffe who sadly passed away today Wednesday July 22nd last.
Moss was a founding member of our club in 1984, our first team manager who guided the team to their first title in 1986. He was the clubs first Chairman and first President.
He was a hugely popular figure within the club and the wider community, a man who was held in the highest esteem by everyone that knew him, he will be sadly missed.
The club would like to offer its deepest sympathy to his wife Mary, son Moss Jnr, and daughters Michelle, Fiona and Lorraine and his extended family and many friends.
May he rest in peace.
The club will be forming a guard of honour at the Church Ballingarry on Friday next July 24th.
Anyone who had or has involvement with club and would like to be part of the our guard of honour please meet across from the church at 12.30pm.

O’Grady appointed A team manager

O’Grady was appointed as the fourteenth different manager of Ballingarry AFC, read more here.

Ballingarry AFC Weekly Lotto Draw – Next Jackpot: €20,000

The numbers drawn in Ballingarry AFC Clubhouse on Sunday July 19th were 18, 19, 27 and 28. There was no jackpot winner, the lucky dip winners were €50 John Clancy, €30 Gerry O’Donovan and €20 went to Tracy Foy. Next weeks jackpot will be €20,000 and the draw will take place Sunday July 26th in the clubhouse.

Thank you for your support. You can now play Ballingarry AFC lotto online.

Regards, Ballingarry AFC Committee

History Beckons For The Boys In Green and Gold

After months of waiting a date has finally been confirmed for the much anticipated Munster Youth Cup semi final against Bridge United of Clare. The date is Sunday August 2nd and the venue is The Paddocks, home of Ballingarry AFC.
It’s a date for your diary as it will be arguably the biggest game ever played by the club in Ballingarry which could lead to without question the greatest game ever featuring a team from the club, the Munster Youth Cup Final.
The game will be previewed nearer the time.