Results Week ending March 24th 2019 – Youths reach league cup final – Juniors bow out of cup.

Sat March 23rd.

Youth Div 1 League Cup Semi final – Askeaton 0 Ballingarry 1 (Singh)

A late Dylan Singh goal saw Ballingarry through to the Division 1 league cup final where they will face Broadford United.

U12 Boys Div. 1 – Ballingarry A 1 (Meehan) Abbeyfeale 1

On Saturday 23rd March the U12 Boys were at home to Abbeyfeale United. The opposition started strongly putting pressure on the home back line. This didn’t last as Ballingarry took control and dominated large periods of the first half without creating any clear cut chances.

The second half started in the same vein and the home side were rewarded with a goal after just two minutes from James Meehan. The quality of football being played was a joy to watch and appreciated by all the spectators. While Ballingarry created more chances they were unable to finish in the net due to in part some fine saves by the opposition keeper.

Credit to Abbeyfeale who never gave up and got the equaliser with the last kick of the game to leave Ballingarry very disappointed boys after a tremendous display of football.

U12 Boys Div. 4 – Ballingarry B 2 (OG, Bernie) Granagh Utd 1
The B team were in action straight after the A game. This time at home to local rivals Granagh United. In an even affair they found themselves 1 down after a converted free kick just outside the box. This setback spurred the Ballingarry lads into action and they were on top for the remainder of the first half with their superiority rewarded with a goal before the break from a corner which was deflected into the net.

The second half was even enough but overall Ballingarry were slightly the stronger side and got the deserved winner from a late Billy Bernie strike with only minutes left on the clock

Sunday March 24th.

Desmond Cup Rd. 2 – Broadford Utd 1 Ballingarry 0

A second half strike saw Ballingarry bow out of the Desmond cup at Broadford.
Team: O’Grady, Healy, Fitz, Quinlivan, Flynn, Moore, Forde, J O’Connor, A O’Connor, Smith, Laffan.
Used Subs: O’Kelly, Quille, Ling, Cahill.

Results March 18th 2019

Monday March 18th

U/12 Boys Division 1 – Ballingarry 4 (McMahon, Molloy, Magner, Meehan) Breska Rvs 0

On this bank holiday Monday the boys under 12 A team had an early 10am start against Breska Rovers. Starting very brightly they were in control for large periods of the first half taking the lead after 4 minutes following a great run and finish by Jack McMahon. A free kick after some trickery by Kieran Long just outside the box was spilled by the keeper with Liam Molloy first to react to make it 2 nil. Breska threatened a few times but the home defence were on top with Thomas Moran and David Moloney in great form. On 22 minutes Daniel Magner got on the end of a corner to leave it 3-0 at the break.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Ballingarrys boys picking up the pace. They knew that they would need to keep their concentration as Breska would come out strong looking for the goals that would see them back in the game. Cillian McMahon kept things going in midfield to ensure Ballingarry stayed focused. James Meehan scored on 31 mins after some fine work down the left by Cathal Markham. Credit to Breska who never gave up and created some chances where Milo Kane in goal was called into action. Up front Rudi Picha ensured the Breska defense didnt get ant time to rest with constant pressure.

Results Week ending March 10th 2019 – Blanket call off Sunday

All junior games both men and ladies were postponed on Sunday due to weather warning.

Saturday March 9th

U/12 Boys Div 1 – Granagh Utd A 1 Ballingarry A 1 (McMahon)
U/12 Boys Div 4 – Abbeyfeale Utd B 2 Ballingarry B 0
U/16 Boys Div 1 – Newcastle West Town 4 Ballingarry 1 (Geary)

Sunday March 10th

Desmond Cup Rd 2 – Broadford Utd v Ballingarry off

Results Week ending March 3rd 2019 – Nicole stars for Girls in Green While WFAI needs to look in the mirror.

Congratulations to Nicole McNamara who made her debut for the Republic of Ireland on Saturday against Northern Ireland and received the Player of the Match award for her performance at centre half. Nicole has played all her underage football for Ballingarry and needless to say the club is immensely proud to see another player from the club join the increasing number of players to don the Green of Ireland.

It’s off to Spain now at Easter for Nicole as Ireland compete in the Bob Doherty cup against England, Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar.

Saturday March 2nd

WFAI U16 Girls National Cup Semi Final – Hanover Harps (Carlow) 7 Ballingarry 0

Ballingarry can hold their heads high in defeat in full knowledge that the fact that this game went ahead at all made a mockery of the National cup competition and brings into question the commitment of the FAI towards promoting women’s football at all.

The notion that Ballingarry were forced to play a game of such importance without one of the best eleven players in Ireland, who was on International duty and winning the Player of the Match award at the very same time as this National cup semi-final was being staged leaves one speechless. Would it have happened in any other code? Doubtful.
Ballingarry made every effort possible to have this game rescheduled but every road traveled proved a cul-de-sac.
Ballingarry were brave throughout and as always did the club proud but without the services of Nicole McNamara, Anna Mullane and Siofra Walsh all big players for the club it enabled make a good team, with 12 Gaynor cup players, look like world beaters.

What was a truly memorable cup adventure ended on a sour note.

U/14 Boys Div 2 – Ballingarry 5 (Mullane 3, Lenihan, Clancy) Athea Utd 0
Youth Division 1 – Ballingarry 0 Broadford United 1
A goal in the fourth minute of added time saw Ballingarry hopes of winning the league disappear as Broadford United claimed the title.

Sunday March 3rd

U/12 Girls Div 1 – Abbeyfeale Utd 0 Ballingarry A 2 (O’Dwyer, Russell)

Congratulations to Colaiste na Trocaire U15 1st and 2nd year team on their Munster Final success last Friday in Newport where they beat Presentation Secondary School Thurles.

Trailing 1-0 with ten minutes remaining they first drew level through an Abbie Clancy header before Nicole McNamara with a twenty yard free kick won the game in the final minute. The entire eleven players used during the game are all Ballingarry AFC players.

Results Week ending February 17th 2019

Sunday February 17th – BALLINGARRY BOW OUT WITH HEADS HELD HIGH – By Frank Nelligan

FAI Youth Cup Round 4 (last 16) – Ballingarry 1 (M. Hayes 5) Mervue United 2 (L. Neravan 19, M. Deveney 97) (aet)

A gallant defeat was the lot of Ballingarry in the last 16 of the FAI Youths Cup on Sunday afternoon, beaten 2-1 in extra-time by Galway visitors, Mervue United. There was little between the teams in the first-half and so 1-1 was a fair score at half-time. It was Balllingarry who opened the scoring in the 5th minute, Mark Hayes heading past Patrick Moynihan from a cross by Garret Sparling. Mervue drew level in the 19th minute when Lewis Neravan’s header from Mark Melodin’s cross took a wicked defelction, totally wrongfooting goalkeeper Keith O’Kelly.

Mervue were by far the better team in the second-half, most of which was played in the Ballingarry half. Through well-organised and committed defending, Ballingarry managed to prevent Mervue from converting their superiority into scores, which meant that they were in with a chance themselves of scoring a winner against the run of play. They very nearly did just that in the 80th minute when Hayes was unlucky to see his curling effort from 16 yards come back off the post.

Mervue didn’t manage to maintain their high gear in extra-time but they did score the winner midway through the first period, substitute Mikey Deveney, the smallest player on the pitch, heading inside the right-hand post from a cross by another substitute, Ryan Gallagher.

Long before these Youths players were born there was an ITV show called Opportunity Knocks where host Hughie Green used a clapometer to get an indication from the audience as to their views on the popularity of the various contestants. There was no clapometer in Ballingarry last Sunday but the volume levels from the well-populated stand was a good indicator as to how this game went. The approving roars were fairly constant in the first-half as the home supporters had plenty to enthuse about. Ballingarry were matching the visitors for passing and movement in a high-tempo contest and they were immense in pressing as a team.

After Mervue’s equaliser, Ballingarry continued to show plenty of ambition as they sought to regain the lead. They came close midway through the half when Cian Kirwan fired across goal from a cross by Sparling and his effort was kept in by Hayes, who fired wide of the near post. In the 39th minute, a Kirwan free-kick was almost deflected into the net by a defender but, luckily for Mervue, it hit the side-netting instead.

The Ballingarry supporters had much less to get excited about in the second-half, though there was plenty to admire about the team’s defending. Centre-half Adam Long, who had headed off the line in the 16th minute, was impeccable in his positioning and timing of tackles, while, beside him, the aerial prowess of Luke Flynn proved crucial on a few occasions. The under-pressure back four needed help from their midfield and they certainly got plenty of that from Josh Quille, who made lots of vital tackles and challenges.

Manager Dean Clancy and his father John, who is his assistant, knew that as long as they could keep the tie level they had a player up front in Hayes who could prove the difference if a chance came his way. The Mervue defenders were also aware by now of the threat posed by Hayes and they closed him down in a pincer movement to snuff out the danger when he collected a Quille pass in the 77th minute, three minutes before his curler that deserved a goal but hit the post instead.

The Mervue management knew that it would take something special to break the Ballingarry resistance which is why they brought on two very good attacking players, Deveney and Gallagher, in the 55th minute. Deveney soon caught the eye for his dribbling ability, a not uncommon strength for a player who is close to the ground, and so it was somewhat surprising that it was with a header that he won it for Mervue in extra-time.

The Galway side are now through to the quarter-finals and could progress further as they are a good side, with creative central midfielders in Neravan and David Sheridan, strong runners in wide players Charlie Flipe and Tony Lupe and a clever number 10 in Calvin Tore.

Ballingarry’s FAI Youths odyssey has come to an end but they still have everything to play for on the domestic front. In the Cup competitions, they are through to the semi-finals of the Desmond Youths Cup and have yet to begin their Youths Division 1 League Cup campaign. They will be crowned League Champions if they win their last two league games.  The more difficult of the two is undoubtedly the match at home to leaders Broadford United but succeeding in that challenge is definitely within their compass if they can maintain the intensity and quality that they produced in the first-half against Mervue and if they get the same level of enthusiastic support as was evident last Sunday.
Balllingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Kieran Storin, Ciaran Tagney, Adam Long, Luke Flynn, Cian Kirwan, Josh Quille, Garrett Sparling, Mike Molly, Mark Hayes, Dylan Singh. Subs: Andrew Meade for Singh, inj (17 mins), Michael Southgate for Kirwan (62 mins), Nessan Leahy for Molloy, inj (92 mins), Mark Sheehan, Darragh Casey, Brian Mulqueen.
Mervue United: Patrick Moynihan, Mark Melodis, Calpar Zetonski, Ethan Connolly, Matthew Ryan, Charlie Flipe, David Sheridan, Lewis Neravan, Tony Lupe, Calvin Tone, Campbell Idumudia. Subs: Mikey Deveney and Ryan Gallagher for Lupe and Idumudia (55 mins), Jack Rooney, Jordan Finnerty.
Referee: Pat O’Connor.

Ladies Premier – Abbeyfeale United 1 Ballingarry 1 (Coughlan)

Latest Results Week Ending February 10th 2019 – Galway Girls no match for Ballingarry

WFAI National Cup 4th Round – Salthill Devon 1 Ballingarry 1 (Hayes 31) AET (BGarry win 4-1 pens)

It was the Ballingarry that left Galway singing Ay I Ay I Ay last Sunday as they progressed to the last four of the WFAI Women’s Cup and a meeting with Hanover Harps of Carlow.

This was an epic encounter more so because of the elements than the opposition and although the final scoreline and a penalty shoot success may indicate a close fought battle the truth was that Ballingarry were deserving winners in the end and but for a combination of bad luck and stout defending would have booked their passage long before the finish. Ballingarry had their home work done, this was evident ten minutes in when the home game plan of playing out from the back was abandoned such was the intense high press from the front three of Amy O’Keeffe, Abbie Clancy and Sarah Hayes. It was a tactic that almost yielded the perfect start when Hayes closed down the full back leaving the keeper to make a desperate clearance as Clancy closed in.

Ballingarry almost went ahead after fifteen minutes when O Keeffe marauded down the left and her driven cross just evaded both Clancy and Hayes. O Keeffe was to torment her marker for the entire game with her powerful runs always a threat. It was a day that Nicole McNamara could well have had a hattrick. Once in the first half when the side netting was struck, once in the second half when she rounded the keeper only to see a magnificent goal line clearance save the day and once in extra time when the keeper denied her in a one on one.

When Salthill threatened to overrun Ballingarry in the second half with the wind in their favour they found the visiting defence magnificent. Both full backs, Saoifre Walsh and Abbie O Shea knew the threat posed from two lightening fast wingers and they respond in Trojan fashion with O Shea in particular one of the winners stand out players. The centrehalf pairing of Molly McCarthy and Laura McMahon were flawless in their protection of Keeper Ciara Houlihan who herself made a crucial save to parry the ball against the post, this in the first held when the sides were tied at 1.1. The home side had taken the lead after 29 minutes when a shot come cross from the left deceived Houlihan and the ball ended in the net. However a team is at its most vulnerable just after scoring and this was indeed the case as Ballingarry equalised within two minutes of the restart.

Leah Twomey combined with Anna Mullane to start the move from midfield combining with O Keeffe for Mullane to carry the ball into the box from where her fine cross was met first time by Sarah Hayes who had timed her arrival at the far post to perfection.

The second half saw Devon enjoy most of the possession but they found a Ballingarry rearguard in unbeatable form and indeed it was Ballingarry that had the better chances on the break. McNamara’s shot off the line was one while Clancy had a goal rule offside. Extra time arrived which presented two memorable moments. Abbie O Sheas clearance with the Devon player bearing down on goal and then the keeper’s brave denial of Nicole McNamara’s effort.
Safe to say that the penalty shootout was a display of nerves of steel from the Ballingarry players.

Keeper Houlihan saved the first two with the second a fine save while Amy O Keeffe, Nicole McNamara, Abbie Clancy and Sarah Hayes took the perfect spot kick.

4-1 on penalties saw Ballingarry make club history becoming the first side to carry the famous Green and Gold into a National semi final.

Saturday February 9th

Desmond Youth Cup Quarter Final – Ballingarry v Ferry Rangers ( W/O to Ballingarry)

Sunday February 10th

Desmond Cup Round 1 – Ballingarry 3 (Forde 2, Hartnett) Rockhill Rvs 0
Ladies Premier Division – Ballingarry 2 (Mullane, Noonan) Breska Rvs 1

Results Week ending January 27th 2019 – Ladies and Youths stay on course – 16s to travel to Galway

Ballingarrys ladies and the youths kept their title hopes very much alive with wins over the weekend.

The under 16 girls will travel to Galway for the last 8 National cup after being drawn away to Salthill Devon. The game is fixed for Sunday February 10th.

Saturday January 26th

Askeaton 0 Ballingarry 1 (Geary)
David Geary came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in this crucial league game for both teams, and in doing so keeps Ballingarry’s title aspirations alive. In truth Ballingarry fully deserved their victory as there were dominant for most of the game. An outstanding team performance all round as they demonstrate in every position the desire and work ethic required to win these tight games.

More “big” games on the horizon for this group of players and keeping momentum going will prove crucial.

Team: K Kelly, K Storin, A Long, L Flynn, C Tagney, G Sparling, J Quill, M Southgate, C Kerwin, N Leary and D Singh. Subs: B Mulqueen D Geary and M Sheahan.

Sunday January 27th

Premier Division – Ballingarry v Granagh Utd (postponed, referee unavailable)
Ladies Premier Division – Ballingarry 5 (Fitzgerald 2, Noonan, Shire, Sheehy) Kilcolman Rvs 1