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.

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.

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.

Ballingarry AFC Annual General Meeting

Ballingarry A.F.C. will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday next July 30h 2020 at 9 P: M in the Clubhouse.

In accordance with club rule no. 12 all nominations and motions must be in writing and either handed, posted or emailed to the Hon. Secretary to reach him not later than one week prior to the meeting i.e. Thursday 23 rd July 2020.

In accordance with club rule 12a. Nominations and motions can only be accepted form fully paid up members.

LDFL Season Cancelled

The following statement has been released by the management committee of the Limerick Desmond Football League.

Following consultations with the clubs and in response to the Covit 19 pandemic the MC of the limerick Desmond Football League have decided to cancel the 2019/20 season with immediate effect. As per FAI guidelines the 2020/21 season will commence on weekend of 16/18 October 2020

Ballingarry AFC White Collar Boxing Fundraiser

On behalf of the Ballingarry AFC Finance Committee, we would like to thank all of those involved in our recent White Collar Boxing fundraiser. We are completely overwhelmed at the generosity of our local community and of course our local businesses who never fail to amaze us with their ability to support.

We would like to thank the boxers for their commitment and training which was clearly on display the night of the event- Each and everyone should be very proud of their achievements. Thanks also to the Rathkeale Boxing Club for their professionalism in preparing our boxers so well and making our fight night a real success.

We felt that in these strange and difficult times, some happy news never goes astray and as agreed up front, we wanted to share the details of the success of the fundraiser- which brought in a whopping profit of €52,133. for our club. This money will go to improving our facilities with the ultimate goal of providing an additional pitch where our growing club can flourish.

We are aware now more than ever the importance of supporting our local businesses and wanted to share this message to encourage this whenever and wherever possible- they are the life and soul of the community.

Youths shoot into Munster Youth Cup semi-final

February 23rd 2020 – Munster Youth Cup Semi Final – Carrigaline United 3 Ballingarry 3 aet (Storin; OG; Quill) Ballingarry win 4-2 on penalties.

Ballingarry will revisit a stage that has eluded them for almost twenty years when they face Bridge United of Clare in the Munster Youth Cup semi- final. An epic game in Cork against Carrigaline United, the holders, offered everything including a penalty shootout that saw Ballingarry prevail.

Not since 2002 have Ballingarry experienced such dizzy Munster heights when they faced and lost to another Cork opponent Douglas Hall at Turners Cross in the penultimate stage however, Ballingarry will be hoping that they can go one step further when they host Clare side Bridge United at the end of March.
Following a shaky opening fifteen minutes during which the home side dominated indeed scoring from the first corner of the game after just five minutes when their 6 foot 4 inch centre half headed in at the back post, Ballingarry settled and the game developed into an exciting even affair.

In fairness but for two magnificent saves from Mike Molloy in goal for Ballingarry the game could have been lost by the break. The first after seventeen minutes when his point blank block denied a certain goal and again on 31 minutes when he finger tipped a 30 yard blockbuster onto the crossbar. In between Gearys free delivered into the box saw the homesides keeper deny Casey with an excellent save. Another delivery from Geary from a corner evaded everyone to drift out at the far side for a throw, any touch would have yielded a goal. Ballingarry were threatening and will be wondering how they didn’t go in at the break level when Madigans free from the left was met by Casey but his header was brilliantly saved by the keeper only for the ball to fall to Kieran Storin but with the goal at his mercy he somehow blazed wide. He would make up for this miss in spades in the second half.

The second half started with the visitors on top and another glorious chance went a begging when a beautiful layoff from Geary put Mike Southgate clean through but the keeper did superbly in coming off his line to save, still Southegate will be disappointed. United went two up just 4 minutes into the half . A long ball was delivered from left to right where their forward half turned and shot in the one move to provide the two goal cushion.

Ballingarry responded in truly wonderful fashion scoring the all important next goal just eight minutes into a hectic second half. Geary delivered the corner, a game of pin ball ensued with the keeper saving bravely before Storin drove to the net. A massive goal at a crucial time. In the space of two minutes in the 60th and 62nd Ballingarry scored twice to go ahead. Quills driven corner from the left was too hot for the keeper to hold when it struck his chest and rebounded onto the post and into the net, an own goal for sure, the second put Ballingarry ahead and it was Josh Quill who drove home to the delight of his team mates from the edge of the box. As Carrig pushed forward looking for an equaliser they left massive gaps at the back. Ballingarry had chances to seal the game but they found a fine keeper in their way . Casey and Madigan were denied while Geary was off target. United were now all out in search of a passage to extra time. The post was struck on 80 minutes while a superb effort screamed past the far post. Then with just four minutes of normal time remaining the homeside forced extra time. Another corner undone Ballingarry as the ball was driven in at the near post.

Extra time flew by with no real chances leaving penalties to decide. Once Jack Molloy saved the first effort you knew Ballingarry would not miss and progress. M Molloy; Geary; Quill and Tagney were flawless form the spot while Carrigs second pen flew over the bar.

It would be easy to say penalties are a lottery but are they really? No one from the winners had to volunteer, no one hid at the back to avoid the responsibility, they ran to the spot without fear, this comes from preparation and Ballingarry were prepared, they will be prepared for the semi final as well.

Team: J Molloy; Tierney; Storin; Tagney; Kelly; Casey; Quill; Southgate; Madigan; M Molloy; Geary.
Used Subs: McGoey; Ruddle;

Ballingarry AFC – Commemorating a Common Brother: Hibs away fixture to Ballingarry results in stronger ties.

Most people with an interest in Soccer and living in Ballingarry will know of the connection between the West Limerick village and Hibernian FC in Edinburgh, which is one of Scotland’s biggest football clubs. Weaving this connection together there is a fascinating story about one man’s crusade to tackle social and cultural issues of the poorer Catholic’s in the city of Edinburgh during the second half of the 19th century.

Hibernian or Hibs as they are commonly known as were formed in 1875 by Canon Edward Joseph Hannan who was born in Ballingarry in 1836 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1860. Following his ordination he travelled to Edinburgh in 1861 on holiday and was persuaded to stay by the bishop to run the recently re-inaugurated St Patrick’s parish church. During his long period in Edinburgh he did much to address the social problems of the poorer Catholics in the city and founded a local branch of the Catholic Young Men’s Society (CYMS) in 1865, which had been founded in Ireland by his uncle, Monsignor Richard B. O’Brien.

In 1871 he became the priest in charge at St Patrick’s. He did much for the inhabitants of “Little Ireland”, the Irish community in Edinburgh, centred around the Cowgate area. In 1875, together with the 21 year old Michael Whelahan of the CYMS, and in part to mark the centenary of The Liberator Daniel O’Connell’s birth, he founded Hibernian Football Club.

Hannan served as the club’s first Manager and as President until his death. Despite only starting as a church club, Canon Hannan did much lobbying resulting in acceptance of the team playing for the Scottish Cup in 1877, only two years after their foundation. He lived in the house attached to St Patrick’s Church. He died of pneumonia on the 24th of June 1891.

On Friday January 24th, 2020, five members of St Patricks Hibernian supporters branch, Dougie McLeod, Paddy Power, Stuart McLeod, Brian Duffy & Willie Wilson visited Ballingarry. Here they discussed with Ballingarry AFC, represented by John Cronin, Marie Quaid, Paschal Moynihan and James Clancy, their proposed presentation of a replica mosaic plague, its original significance of the iconic badge and, the original plaque that had been located above the Easter Road Main Entrance of Hibs FC since time remembered. The Harp proclaiming the Clubs Irish routes and the now main reason on returning the iconic Hibernian Harp to its founding fathers’ birthplace, Ballingarry.

During discussions which were extremely productive and are ongoing, there was a general agreement that this project will proceed and to target completion, most likely in September 2021. The visiting party were taken on a tour of the locality on Saturday January 25th where they visited local places of interest.

Updates will be posted as the project develops.

Results Week Ending February 2nd 2020 – Youths win 6 pointer

Saturday Feb 1st

Youth Div 1 – Askeaton 0 Ballingarry 1 (Southgate)
Ballingarry continued their good run of form as they claimed all 3 pts away to table toppers Askeaton on Saturday. After a poor first half performance Ballingarry stepped it up in the 2nd half and were full value for their 1-0 victory in the end. Michael Southgate came off the bench to strike the winner on 28 minutes after a good run down the right. Indeed, the same player was disappointed not to have got he’s second 10 minutes later when he should have finished with a clear strike on goal from 12 yards. 
Team: J Molloy C Tagney K Storin TJ Tierney A Hickey D Casey J Quille L Madigan D Geary M Molloy.
Used Subs: M Southgate E Foley. Un used Subs: C McGoey and Mark Ruddle.

Sunday Feb 2nd

Premier Division – Abbeyfeale United 5 Ballingarry 1 (Molloy)
A first junior goal for Mike Molloy wasn’t enough as Ballingarry were well beaten at Abbeyfeale.

Ladies Premier – Ballingarry 0 Breska Rovers 1