After a rather condensed season with such a long break in the middle the Under 13 team made it to the semi final of the league cup and quarter final of the Desmond cup. Their nemesis Kildimo defeated them on three occasions on their home turf and were the eventual winners of both competitions. A huge positive for the squad was that they played great football and with a bit of luck could have knocked them out of the Desmond cup. Overall though it was a good season with some new faces added to the squad this year that slotted in well and were a great asset to the club.
On Saturday June 2nd the team had a very enjoyable day out paintballing at Combat Zone in Ballyhahill with 19 out of 21 on the squad attending. Though it was a large group, every one of the lads was well behaved both to and from the venue on the bus, followed all instructions given by the instructors at the venue and were good reps for Ballingarry FC. A great day for all was rounded off at the clubhouse where they took a team photo and presented some awards.
Congratulations to Anna Mullane and Chloe O’Keeffe who were voted U16 Girls Division 1 Player of the Year and U12 Girls Inter League Player of the Year respectively. Pictures show both receiving their awards at the LDS/GL Awards Night in Rathkeale House Hotel on June 4th 2018 last.
Congratulations to Adam Shanagher who vas voted LDFL Division 2 Youth Player of the Year and Anna Mullane who won the LDS/GL U16 Division 1 Player of the Year.
Wednesday May 23rd 2018
Girls U14 Division 1 Title Playoff
– Ballingarry 2 (Hayes, O’Dwyer) Abbeyfeale Utd 0
On a glorious Summer evening at Woodfields Ballingarry finally got the upper hand on Abbeyfeale United and lifted the Division 1 title thanks to this 2-0 playoff win in a tremendous game. Having finished level on points at the end of the league a playoff was required to separate the sides and following the disappointment of losing the cup final to Abbeyfeale it was a truly fitting end to the season for this bunch of girls.
Ballingarry took an early lead when Sarah Hayes reacted fastest when the keeper fumbled Siobhra Walsh’s delivered free. Ballingarry were comfortable for the remainder of the half and added to their lead early in the second half when Nicole O’Dwyer finished from a goal mouth scramble. This second goal was the cushion Ballingarry needed and from here on Ballingarry were always in control.
It would be unfair to single out anyone player for their performance, suffice to say that all girls were magnificent on the night and thoroughly deserving of the success.
Friday May 18th 2018
Division 3 – Ballingarry B 1 (Mulqueen) Creeves Celtic 0
Ballingarry B finished their season with a 1-0 win against Creeves with Brian Mulqueen getting the only goal. The team finished 3rd just 2 points off the promotion position.
Sunday May 20th 2018
U16 Cup Final – Abbeyfeale United 1 Ballingarry 0
Ballingarry were unlucky to lost the 16s cup final in Woodfields on Sunday as Abbeyfeale United won a tight game by the only goal. Ballingarry had chances to score both before and after the winning goal with Michael Southgate unlucky. It was always going to be a low scoring game and unfortunately from a Ballingarry point of view it was United who got the all important winner with fifteen minutes remaining.
U14 Girls Division 1 – Abbeyfeale United 2 Ballingarry 2 (Walsh 2)
This draw means that both teams will have to meet again to decide the title destination in a playoff as both have finished level on points. Siobhra Walsh gave Ballingarry the lead twice only for United to come back on both occasions. Her first was direct from a corner in the first half with Abbeyfeale equalising on the stroke of half time. Her second from a free just after the restart was cancelled form the spot midway through the second half. Although Abbeyfeale had the better of the second half Ballingarry rode their luck and can look forward to the winner takes all confrontation on Wednesday next in Woodfields.
Tuesday May 8th
U12 Girls Cup Final
– Newcastle West Town 0 Ballingarry 3 (O’Connor 2, Kenny)
Ballingarry ended an unprecedented seasons in girls football for the club by securing the League and Cup double with this totally deserved win against NCW Town in Rathkeale last Tuesday evening. The first ever girls cup success for the club, the 12s did it in style as they completed the season winning all the league and cup games without conceding a single goal.
Ballingarry dominated from start to finish and once Donna Kenny put the winners a goal up there was no way back for NCW. A second Ballingarry goal from player of the match Kate O’Connor had NCW Town reeling and by the time she got her second NCW were well beaten. Congratulations to the girls and Manager Kevin O’Dwyer and assistant Rebecca Noonan on a wonderful season as their team become the first team from the club to win a girls cup competition.
U16 Boys Cup Semi Final – Ballingarry 1 (Quille) Askeaton 0
Ballingarry will contest the under 16 cup final against Abbeyfeale United following their 1-0 success against Askeaton.
Monday April 23rd
U12 Boys Division 1 – Ballingarry A 3 Newcastle West Town A 3
Tuesday April 24th
U16 Boys Division 2 – Ballingarry 2 (Molloy 2) Ferry Rangers 2
Wednesday April 25th
U12 Girls Division 1 – Ballingarry A 2 AK Utd 0
Ballingarry saw out a tremendous season by beating visiting AK to end their campaign winning all their games without conceding a single goal. Both Ballingarry goals came in the second half with first Emma McNamara and then Donna Kenny sealing victory. In between AK were awarded a penalty but the kick was driven well over the bar to preserve Ballingarry flawless defensive record this season. The season is not over yet for the girls as they look forward to the cup final against NCW Town.
Thursday April 26th
U12 Girls Division 2 – Ballingarry B 0 Kilcolman Rovers 4
U16 Cup Quarter Final – Broadford Utd 2 Ballingarry 3 (Quille 2, Geary) aet.
Saturday April 28th
Youth Div 2 League Cup Final – Ballingarry 0 Pallaskenry 2
A really good game with both teams employing totally different tactics saw Pallaskenry pull off somewhat of a shock in denying Ballingarry the second part of the Division 2 double. Ballingarry dominated throughout but found the winners goalkeeper in Man of the Match form with a string of fine saves with one outstanding save near the end in particular keeping Pallas in the game and when the chances presented themselves they gleefully accepted.
Keith O’Kelly had Ballingarrys best chance of the game when one on one with the keeper put blasted straight at the number 1. As the game wore on it always looked that the first goal could well win it and so it came to pass when Pallaskenry scored from a corner midway through the second half. Ballingarry tried hard and continued to force the play but it was the winners who finally got the all important second with 10 minutes to go.
After the game the clubs Youth player of the year award was presented to Adam Shanagher by manager Dean Clancy.
Sunday April 29th
Division 3 – Broadford Utd B 1 Ballingarry B 1 (Mulqueen)
Ladies Desmond Cup Semi Final – Kilcolman Rovers v Ballingarry (Off due to waterlogged pitch)