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

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)

Results Week ending January 13th 2019 – Youths win well as juniors draw

The youths got back on track with a well deserved win at NCW while two goals from Conor Laffan secured a point in Broadford for the juniors.

Saturday January 12th

Youth Division 1 – NCW T 1 Ballingarry 5

Sunday January 13th

Premier Division – Broadford Utd 2 Ballingarry 2 (C Laffan 2)
Team: O’Grady, Fitzgerald, Cahill, Moore, J O’Connor, A O’Connor, Smith, Moore, C Laffan, K Laffan, Quinlivan.
Used sub J O’Kelly.

Results Week ending January 6th 2019

2019 started as 2018 finished with both the youths and juniors suffering defeat.

Saturday January 5th

Youth Division 1 – Broadford Utd 2 Ballingarry 0

Sunday January 6th

Premier Division – Ballingarry 0 Abbeyfeale United 6

Team : O’Grady, Fitzgerald, Cahill, Long, Flynn, Hartnett, S O Connor, J O Connor, A O Connor, Laffan, Smith.

Used subs: Danvers, Meade, Storin.

Happy Christmas from Ballingarry AFC

The Management Committee of Ballingarry AFC would like to wish all involved with the club a very happy Christmas and peaceful 2019