Ballingarry AFC Fun Run April 8th 2018

Ballingarry FC second annual Fun Run was held on a beautiful Spring day on April 8th 2018.

96 people registered with Marie O’Grady, Kathleen O’Hanlon and Fiona Murphy chief organisers plus a host of others who helped on the day. First runner home was Shane Quille.

More photos available in gallery page.

Latest Results Week ending April 8th 2018

Monday April 2nd

U13 Boys League – Ballingarry 3 (McMahon 3) Newcastle West Town 2
A Cathal McMahon hat-trick, one from the spot, sealed a fine victory for Ballingarry in Woodfield. In what was a very competitive game with both teams willing to play open constructive football Ballingarry just had that little extra to win the game.

Tuesday April 3rd

U16 Boys Division 2 – Ballingarry 6 (Southgate 3, Casey, Quille, Leahy) Athea Utd 0

Wednesday April 4th

U12 Girls Division 1 – AK Utd 0 Ballingarry A 4 (Kenny 2, Geary, O’Connor)
Ballingarry consolidated their place at the top of the division with this comprehensive victory in this top of the table clash.

Thursday April 5th

U12 Girls Division 2 – Ballingarry B v Kildimo Utd @ 6.30pm P O’Connor
U12 Boys Division 1 – AK Utd A 1 Ballingarry A 0
Ballingarry with an understrength team were undone by a superb half volleyed goal with Jack McMahon outstanding for Ballingarry in a holding role.

Saturday April 7th 

U8 Girls – Shannonside 1 Ballingarry 3
U10 Boys – Ballingarry A 6 Abbeyfeale Utd A 3
U12 Girls Division 1 – Ballingarry A 4 (O’Connor 2, Kenny 2) Broadford Utd A 0
U12 Girls Division 2 – Newcastle West Town B 2 Ballingarry B 6 (Frawley 4, Storin, Hanley)
U16 Girls – Ballingarry 1 (Mullane) Newcastle West Town 7

Underage Draw Results

The underage fundraising draw was held in the Clubhouse on Thursday April 5th 2018.
The results are:

1. Tickets to Ireland v : USA – Donie O’Grady.
2. Tickets to Ireland v : Denmark – Louise Kelly.
3. Tickets to Ireland v : Wales – James Alymer.
4. Tickets to Ireland v : Northern Ireland – Luke Hayes.
5. Tickets to FAI Cup Final : – Mike O’Connor.

Promoters Prize: Brian McMahon.

Congratulations to all our winners. The club would like to thank our managers, promoters and our patrons for their help and support in promoting our draw.

Results Week Ending April 1st 2018 – Juniors back in title race. Youths pick up first silverware. Ladies in cup semi final. U12 Girls go top.

Monday March 26th

U12 Boys Division 1 – Broadford Utd A 6 Ballingarry A 0
A much under strength Ballingarry gave a good account of themselves and even dominated the early stages before being finally beaten at Broadford.

Tuesday March 27th

U12 Girls Division 1 – Ballingarry A 1 Abbeyfeale Utd A 0
Ballingarry moved to the top of the table with this 1-0 win against visiting Abbeyfeale United. Lucy Fitzgibbon with the only goal of the game early in the first half secured pole position for the squad with five games remaining.

U13 Boys League Cup – Kildimo Utd 6 Ballingarry 2
U16 Boys Division 2 – Granagh Utd 2 Ballingarry 2
Ballingarry saw a two goal lead slip in controversial fashion as the league title was taken out of their hands at neighbours Granagh United.

Wednesday March 28th

U12 Girls Division 2 – Broadford Utd B 1 Ballingarry B 3 (Frawley 2, Storin)
A brilliant game of football saw Ballingarry pick up all three points.

Thursday March 29th

U14 Boys Division 1 – Ballingarry 0 Kildimo Utd A 2

Friday March 30th

U16 Boys Division 2 – Ballingarry 6 (Leahy 2, Quill 2, Casey, Southgate) Newcastle West Town 2

Saturday March 31st

Youth Division 2 – Pallaskenry 0 Ballingarry 1 (O’Kelly)

Ballingarrys decision to re-enter the youths league has proved to be a successful one with the youths team lifting the youths division 2 league trophy last Saturday in Pallaskenry defeating the home side 1-0 in an eagerly contested game. The permutations where simple – it was must win for Pallas to keep alive their hopes of winning the league, the visitors however could afford a slip up and still hold the upper hand. It’s been 7 years since Ballingarry last entered a youth team. That team of course went on to win the Division 1 and Desmond youth cup double. This youth team is managed by Dean Clancy and assisted by John Clancy and Gary Shanahan. Dean himself was top scorer for that double winning team  scoring many crucial goals that including the cup final winner 5 minutes from time. The young manager had a selection dilemma to deal with before kick-off with the unavailability of 3 starters, keeper Jack Molloy and Josh O’Connor unavailable and Seanie O’Connor ruled out with an ankle injury.

But such is the depth and strength of the squad he was able to call on Keith Kelly former LDSL Kennedy cup keeper to step in for the day. Kelly who had been mostly operating as a centre forward for the team all season and with 13 goals to his credit coming into the game would be an obvious loss out field, but the scoring potential of the team would still be a serious one with Hayes and Gallagher up front who themselves have 25 goals between so far this season. Pallas showed their intentions and started very brightly with a high tempo and intensity to their game, but Ballingarry stuck to their game plan of keeping things tight at the back a defensive display lead by captain Long who was impeccable throughout as were  all the other 4 defenders used on the day. All though the surface was difficult it didn’t deter Shanagher and Quille in middle of the park from keeping the ball on the ground and constantly providing  probing balls through the Pallas defence for Gallagher and Hayes to latch onto. On the 24th minute it was from one of these probing through balls that Ballingarry won a corner their 5th of the half that provided the visitors best chance when Gallagher’s header came back off the post from Meads delivery with the ball being cleared off the line by a Pallas defender. Pallas’s best chance came when Kelly misjudged a cross and he was relieved to see the ball clip the cross bar and go over for a corner.

Ballingarry were happy to start the 2nd half still on level terms and with a formation change with included switching keeper Kelly to centre forward proved to be a master stroke as Kelly went on to hit the winner on 73 minutes when he latched onto Meads  back post cross after the winger had made a brilliant run down the left wing beating 3 Pallas players in the process. Pallas threw everything at the visitors in the last 15 minutes causing one moment of concern when replacement keeper Tagney needed two attempts to deal with a good strike from the Pallas forward. With the league title now in the bag the team and management can focus on a possible league and cup double as they await the winners of Kilcolman Rovers and Granagh United in the league cup semi final.

Team: K Kelly C Tagney A Long C Fitzgerald L Flynn A Shanagher J Quille M Southgate A Meade M Hayes P Gallagher. Subs used: B Mulqueen and K Storin.
Manager Dean Clancy assisted by John Clancy and Gary Shanahan.

U12 Boys Division 1 – Abbeyfeale Utd A 2 Ballingarry A 1
Ballingarry were unlucky to return home empty handed as a string of fine saves by the homew keeper denied the visitors form turning over ahead. Ami Yadav kept United at bay as they started the second half strongly. Ballingarry conceded form a corner mid way through the second. Ballingarry got a deserved equaliser through Jack McMahon and came close to going ahead as they pushed forward. However with just two minutes remaining Abbeyfeale got what proved to be the winning goal.

U12 Boys Division 6 – Ballingarry B 0 Feenagh 0
This was Ballingarry football at its best as the young boys played all the football but just could not find the net.

U15 Boys Cup – Broadford Utd 3 Ballingarry 0
Ballingarry bowed out of the cup at the first hurdle.

Sunday April 1st

Premier Division – Ballingarry 1 (Ahern) Abbeyfeale Utd 0
With seven games remaining Ballingarry find themselves right back in the title race following this fantastic if unlikely win against table toppers Abbeyfeale United. A very under strength Ballingarry weathered the storm that the visitors blew up almost from the off and when the opportunity presented itself they took it gleefully.
For all their effort United hardly created a clear cup chance until five minutes from time. Then when it seemed they must score up popped veteran Mike Ahern with an impossible clearance from under the crossbar after keeper Shanaghan had been lobbed. By then Ballingarry were a goal to the good and what a strike it was. Ballingarry were a awarded a free twenty five yards out, down the right. Ahern stepped up to send a sensational effort to the far corner of the net. The strike was worthy of the 11 man celebration that it triggered.
United had been warned. Dean Clancy had already brought a fine save from Quirke while Mark Hayes should really have scored from the spill. Ahern went close when his corner was a foot away from the net while Hayes had threatened in the first half. All this before the Ballingarry winner.
Ballingarry are the first club to inflict defeat on Abbeyfeale this season and with seven games to go and just four points behind surely if there is a will in the Ballingarry management and players they will find a way.
Team: Shanaghan, Ahern, Fitz, Cahill, O’Grady, Clancy, Moore, Kiely, Hayes, P Ryan, Browne.
Sub Used: Hartnett.

Division 3 – Carrig Celtic B 0 Ballingarry B 2 (Walsh 2)
Ladies Desmond Cup – Ballingarry 1 (Condron) Rathkeale 0

Results Week Ending March 25th 2018

Saturday March 24th

U12 Girls Cup – Askeaton 0 Ballingarry A 4; Ballingarry B 0 Abbeyfeale Utd 5
Youth Division 2 – Ferry Rangers 0 Ballingarry 6 (Hayes 2, Gallagher 2, O’Kelly, Meade)
Ballingarry took another giant step towards the division 2 title with this comprehensive win in Tarbert. Ballingarry now need four points form their two remaining games to be crowned champions.
Team: Molloy, Flynn, O’Connor, Long, Tagney, Shanagher, Meade, Mulqueen, Hayes, Gallagher, O’Kelly.
Used Subs: Leahy, Fitzgerald.

Sunday March 25th

Premier Division – Ballingarry 4 (Quaid 2, Forde, S O’Connor) Athea Utd 1
The scoreline probably flattered Ballingarry a little however they were the better side and were never really in danger of dropping points once Tony Quaid put them a goal up. Kevin Forde added a second when he headed home from a corner. United reduced the deficit from the spot early in the second half when Kelly pushed the striker in the box. But Quaid restored their two goal cushion before Sean O’Connor tapped into an empty net on the stroke of full time after Quaid had forced a save form the keeper.
Team: O Kelly, Ahern, Cahill, Fitzgerald, Clancy, Quaid, Ryan, Forde, S O’Connor, Hayes, Moore.
Used Subs: Kiely, Long, Browne, O’Grady.

Division 3 – Creeves Celtic 4 Ballingarry B 1 (O’Callaghan)
Ladies Premier Division – Ballingarry 1 Abbeyfeale Utd 0

Penalty heartache for Youths, U14 Girls reach cup final, Juniors bow out of League Cup.

Sunday March 18th 2018

Premier Division League Cup Round 2 – Ballingarry 3 (Quaid, Kiely, O’Kelly) Glin Rvs 4
This was probably the last chance the team had of winning a major trophy but unfortunately it disappeared in the snow with the visit of Glin Rovers. Even though Ballingarry started the stronger it was the Rovers that opened the scoring when a free into the box was finished to the net. Ballingarry equalised with a beautiful finish from Tony Quaid following a fine move. Francis Kiely gave Ballingarry a deserved lead when he drove to the net from outside the box after Trojan work from Mark Hayes caused havoc in the visitor’s area. Glin drew level but again Ballingarry fought back when a fine strike from substitute Keith O’Kelly found the corner of the net. A fine save from Kenrick denied Glin an equaliser before the break.

The second half was just as even as the first with both sides committed to attack in what was dreadful conditions with snow falling throughout. Clear cut chances were few but when one presented itself to the visitors they gleefully accepted when a deft flick put their winger in to sent a powerful strike to the net. This was late in the game but Ballingarry did have one last chance to send the game to extra time when Mark Hayes effort from inside the area hit the post and was cleared with the keeper beaten.
Team: Kenrick; Ahern; Fitzgerald; Cahill; Moore; Clancy; Kiely; Quaid; Forde; Hayes; S O’Connor.
Sub used: O’Kelly

U16 Boys Division 2 – Ferry Rangers 2 Ballingarry 9 (Leahy 5, Casey, Storan, Quille)
Limerick Desmond Ladies Cup – Ballingarry v Rathkeale (Off due to snow on pitch)

Monday March 19th 2018

U12 Boys Division 6 – AK Utd C 2 Ballingarry B 2 (Lynch, Bridgeman)
Ballingarry came from 2 down to secure a point at Kilcornan. Eoin Lynch and Ciaran Bridgeman were Ballingarrys scorers.

U14 Girls Cup Semi Final – Newcastle West Town 0 Ballingarry 4 (McNamara 3, O’Dwyer)
Ballingarrys U14 girls became the first team from the club to reach a cup final this season as they easily brushed aside NCW Town on Monday. Ballingarry were slow to start finding it difficult to break down the home defence but once Nicole O’Dwyer opened the scoring the result was never in doubt. Nicole McNamara got the first of her hat trick following a neat one two with Sarah Hayes to give Ballingarry a two goal cushion at the break.
The second half saw Nicole Mac power the ball home as NCW delayed in clearing while her third was the icing on this semi-final cake.

Desmond Youth Cup Round 2 – Ballingarry 3 (Hayes 2, Casey) Broadford Utd 3 AET. (Broadford win on pens)
Ballingarrys efforts to make a first Desmond youth cup semi-final appearance in seven years ended from the spot on Monday last as division 1 leaders Broadford went through on penalties following a 3-3 draw. Ballingarry had Mark Hayes to thank for restoring parity before the break as Broadford took the lead early in the first half. The eventual winners raced into a 3-1 lead with just 10 minutes remaining but a grand stand finish from Ballingarry saw Hayes again and Darragh Casey send the tie to extra time.
Ballingarry dominated both periods of extra time but could not find the net leaving the game to be decided on penalties with United prevailing.

Latest News Week ending March 11th 2018 – Juniors shocked in cup as Youths march on

Saturday March 10th

U12 Girls Division 1 – Broadford Utd A 0 Ballingarry A 5 (O’Connor 2, Geary, Kenny, McNamara)
U12 Division 2 – Kilcolman Rovers 5 Ballingarry B 1 (Storan)
U14 Boys Division 1 – Ballingarry 2 (Foley, Hanley) Broadford Utd A 1
U16 Girls – AK Utd B 3 Ballingarry 8
Youth Division 2 – Ballingarry 6 (J O’Connor 2, S O’Connor 2, O’Kelly, Gallagher) Granagh Utd 0
Ballingarry went three points clear at the top of division 2 with this 6 goal defeat of neighbours Granagh United. Ballingarry are well in line to win the division with just three games remaining.

Sunday March 11th

Desmond Cup Round 2 – Ballingarry 2 AK Utd 3
Ballingarrys Desmond cup ambitions ended with the visit of division 1 side AK United in what was surely the shock of the round. A goal either side of the break had AK 2 up before Ahern pulled one back for the home side. United soon restored their two goal advantage before Mark Hayes set up a grand stand finish from the bench. It wasn’t to be however as AK held out for a famous victory.
Team: Browne, Ahern, Ryan, Fitzgerald, N Cahill, Clancy, Shanagher, P Ryan, Quaid, Smith, Kiely.
Used Sub: Hayes.

Division 3 – Ballingarry B v Glantine Rvs B (Walkover to Ballingarry B)