Saturday November 30th
The title race went right to the wire with the winner of this clash claiming the laurels. In fact Ballingarry needed just to draw to finish top but that was never going to be an option as Ballingarry ran out easy winners at the finish. Two goals from Billy Kelliher and one each from Cathal McMahon; Adam Picard and Eoin Horgan saw Ballingarry finish with a flourish. Congratulations to Anthony McMahon and his squad.
FAI Youth Cup Round 3 – Ballingarry 0 Douglas Hall (CDSL) 3
Set pieces were Ballingarrys undoing as the better team went through on the day. An own goal after just five minutes had Ballingarry reeling when the ball was delivered from the left. Two good saves from Molloy kept Ballingarry in the game however two goals within minutes on either side of halftime sealed their fate.
The first on the stroke of the break was bundled over form a corner and the third five minutes after the restart from another dead ball this time from the right which was powerfully headed home from the edge of the box.
Ballingarry had two really good chances to force themselves back into the game however Mike Molloy touch deserted him at the vital moment and David Geary missed from six yards.
Sunday, December 1st
U/16 Girls Cup Final – Ballingarry 6 (Mullane 3, Madden, Hayes, Lawlee) Askeaton 0 (Mick Hanley Park)
Ballingarry were always red hot favourites to lift the cup but still they found it difficult to break down a committed and organised Askeaton defence. Donna Kenny had the ball in the net after five minutes but was ruled offside. However Ballingarry went ahead after 7 minutes. The goal all about powerful running form Amy Madden who after being put away by Ashling Daltons fine pass, finished in the tightest on angles at the keepers right post. In fairness to Askeaton they did threaten on the break and on more than one occasion O Shea, McMahon and Moran had to be at their best to divert the very real danger and even then Houlihan had to come from her line to clear when a goal looked a possibility.
The second half was just six minutes in when Ballingarry got their third. Some beautiful passing from Nessa Markham, voted player of the match for her tireless running and intelligent play throughout, and Molly McCarthy sent Sarah Hayes away down the left to finish beautifully to the far corner. Hayes the scorer became provider seven minutes later when her deft touch put Anna Mullane in to for her second.
Katie Lawlee was introduced and in the space of fifteen minutes managed to hit the post twice and score a real cracker when in her trade mark manner cut in from the left to strike. Mullane was the instigator of this Lawlee goal. At that point it was left to Captain Mullane to complete the scoring and indeed her hat trick with Ballingarrys sixth on the stroke of full time.
Quite a few of these girls have already won the double with the U14s however special mention to Katie Lawlee who has won the lot from U12 to U16 in her first season with the club.
Congratulations also to Micky Mac and Shane Markham and Martha O Connor for the many hours put into the preparation that have the rest looking on in wonder.
Premier Division – Glin Rovers 2 Ballingarry 0
Team: O Grady; Long; Flynn; Quinlivan; Fitzgerald; Lenihan; Ryan; R O Shea; S O Shea; Clancy; Meade.
Used subs: J O Connor; A O Connor; Tagney; Forde.