The short season finally finished for Ballingarry with the 16s losing in a penalty shootout at Askeaton.
The juniors went to Broadford but were well beaten in the Munster junior cup by a better home side.
Saturday December 8th
U16 Boys Shield Final Semi-Final – Askeaton 3 Ballingarry 3 aet (Ballingarry lose on pens)
It proved to be a glorious weekend for the club as two sides lifted silverware and two sides progressed in National cups.
The u12A girls proved too strong for Rathkeale in the Division 1 league final where a brace from Donna Kenny saw them lift the cup. Later on in the day in Glantine the boys u14 A side got their hands on the Division 2 shield with a penalty shootout victory over Kilcolman Rovers.
The girls u12 B team were beaten by the slimmest of margins in their shield final against Kildimo while the u14 boys B side went out in an eleven goal thriller against NCW B in the shield semi-final.
The youths marched on to host Mervue United in the last 16 of the FAI youth cup at the expense of Charleville. The all important came in the second half when one of the visiting Cork boys put through his own net. The win sets up a first ever meeting of Ballingarry and the Tribesmen after Christmas.
The u16 girls too had a famous win in Tipperary when they overcame a very physical Killavilla United outfit to reach the last 16. Amy O’Keeffe with two, Sarah Hayes with one and Nicole McNamara with a fourth sealed Ballingarrys passage.
Saturday December 1st
U14 Boys Div 2 Shield Final – Kilcolman Rvs 0 Ballingarry 0 aet (Ballingarry win 3-1 pens) U14 Boys Div 3 Shield Semi Final – Newcastle West Town B 6 Ballingarry B 5 (Kelliher 2, Mullane, Horgan) U/12 Girls Div 1 League Final – Ballingarry 2 (Kenny 2) Rathkeale 1 U12 Girls Div 2 Shield Final – Ballingarry B 0 Kildimo Utd 1 FAI Youth Cup Round 3 – Ballingarry 1 (og) Charleville 0
It will be finals all day Saturday next as both the girls U12 teams contest the league and shield finals in Feenagh while the U14 boys A team will play their shield final as well. It all adds up to a Super Saturday next weekend as the short season draws to a close.
Saturday November 24th – Abbeyfeale inflict more disappointment
U/16 Girls Div 1 League Final – Abbeyfeale Utd 2 Ballingarry 1 (McNamara)
More disappointment for Ballingarrys girls at the hands of Abbeyfeale as this friendly rivalry saw out another chapter at Glantine on Saturday. After a bright opening for Ballingarry the eventual winner took control hitting both the post and crossbar before they eventually took the lead after fifteen minutes. Sarah Hayes had Ballingarrys only real chance in the first half but she shot straight at the keeper.
The second half saw little change in the game with Abbey doing most of the pressing. Ballingarrys only chance falling to Amy O’Keeffe whose effort was blocked. Then when it seemed as the game was won up popped Nicole McNamara to send a free all the way to the net with the last kick of the game. Extra time produced just the one goal with Abbeyfeale securing the title half way through the second period of extra time.
U/14 Boys Div 2 Shield Semi Final – Ballingarry A 3 (Foley, Fenamin, E O’Connor) Breska Rvs 1
Ballingarry secured their place in the shield final with this home win against Breska. Kilcolman Rovers provide the opposition in the final.
U/16 Boys Div 1 2nd/3rd Place Playoff – Broadford Utd 3 Ballingarry 0 U12 Girls Div 2 Shield Semi Final – Ballingarry B 3 (Frawley 2, Hanley) Shannonside 0
The U12 girls B team joined the A team club mates in an end of season final with this deserved victory against Shannonside.
Sunday November 25th
Ladies Premier – Ballingarry 0 Abbeyfeale United 1
Congratulations and good fortune in equal measure to Ballingarrys Nicole McNamara who had been invited on trial with the Ireland U15 girls. A group of thirty girls, of which Nicole is one, will assemble in Abbotstown on Saturday December 1st next for assessment from which a squad of 20 will be selected for competition.
It a great honour not to mention an extremely difficult task to be selected for National team trials not just for the player and her family but for the club as well. Ballingarry AFC take immense pride form seeing the clubs players getting this form of recognition and we wish Nicole every success with her trial.