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

Ballingarry AFC Weekly Lotto Draw – Next Jackpot: €17,100

Jackpot of €17,000 Not Won.

There was no winner of this weeks jackpot. The numbers drawn in Dinnys Bar on Sunday last were: 12; 19; 26; 28.

The three lucky dip winners were: €50 Val Hickeys. €30 John Cronin. €20. Biddy Brosnan. Next weeks jackpot has now increased to €17,100 and the draw will be held in The Corner Bar. Anybody who would like to become a patron of the clubs weekly lotto draw and give themselves a chance of winning the jackpot can ring James Clancy at 087 1301004.

Tickets priced at €2 for one or 3 for €5.

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

Ballingarry AFC Weekly Lotto Draw – Next Jackpot: €17,000

Jackpot of €16,900 Not Won.

There was no winner of this weeks jackpot. The numbers drawn in Dinnys Bar on Sunday last were: 8; 12; 27; 30.
The three lucky dip winners were: €50 Mikey Byrnes. €30 Paddy Hennessy. €20. Eamonn Lynch. Next weeks jackpot has now increased to €17,000 and the draw will be held in Barretts Bar.

Anybody who would like to become a patron of the clubs weekly lotto draw and give themselves a chance of winning the jackpot can ring James Clancy at 087 1301004. Tickets priced at €2 for one or 3 for €5.

Ballingarry AFC Weekly Lotto Draw – Next Jackpot: €16,900

Jackpot of €16,800 Not Won.

There was no winner of this week’s jackpot. The numbers drawn in Trainors Bar on Sunday last were: 4;20;26;30.

The three lucky dip winners were: €50 Martha O Kelly. €30 Roisin Daly. €20. Marie Quinn. Next week’s jackpot has now increased to €16,900 and the draw will be held in Dinnys Bar.

Anybody who would like to become a patron of the clubs weekly lotto draw and give themselves a chance of winning the jackpot can ring James Clancy at 087 1301004.

Tickets priced at €2 for one or 3 for €5.

Results Week ending January 20th 2019 – Girls progress to last 8 – Ladies progress to semis

The girls and ladies led the way this weekend past with major wins.

Saturday January 19th

FAI U/16 Girls National Cup Rd. 4 – Ballingarry 2 (McNamara 2) Killenaule Moyglass 1

Ballingarry progressed to the last 8 of the National cup following a difficult examination at The Paddocks. The visitors proved capable opponents and carried the game to Ballingarry for the opening twenty minutes. Once Ballingarry got going they always looked the more likely and once Nicole McNamara opened the scoring on the half hour they began to control the game.

McNamaras score was a sublime finish across the keeper ending a move she began herself in midfield. She doubled the winners lead just after half time when she slotted home following Trojan work from Molly McCarthy in the middle. Ballingarry could have had more before the visitors reduced the deficit with fifteen to go.

After a slow start Ballingarry really got going with Laura McMahon and Molly McCarthy having fine games.

Sunday January 20th

Ladies Limerick Desmond Cup Quarter Finals – Ballingarry AFC 1 Charleville AFC 1 aet (Ballingarry win on pens)

Ballingarry AFC Weekly Lotto Draw – Next Jackpot: €16,800

Jackpot of €16,700 Not Won.

There was no winner of this week’s jackpot. The numbers drawn in Condrons Bar on Sunday last were: 8;13;18;20

The three lucky dip winners were: €50 Eve Higgins. €30 Rose English. €20. Dinny Keating. Next week’s jackpot has now increased to €16,800 and the draw will be held in Trainors Bar.

Anybody who would like to become a patron of the clubs weekly lotto draw and give themselves a chance of winning the jackpot can ring James Clancy at 087 1301004.

Tickets priced at €2 for one or 3 for €5.