Saturday October 27th 2018.
With FAI CEO John Delaney in attendance Ballingarry AFC enjoyed another memorable occasion in their history. Delaney was at the Paddocks to unveil a plaque presented to the club by the FAI on their notable achievement of being awarded the FAI Club Mark.
As always Ballingarry AFC are showing leadership when it comes to promoting and fostering football in the proper manner within the Limerick Desmond area. They are the first club within the Limerick Desmond area to be awarded this quality mark and indeed just the twelfth club in Ireland to achieve this mark. When considering there are 2000 clubs in the country then it strikes home where Ballingarry AFC are in this respect.
Also in attendance were Joan Croke LDLL, John Roche Referees Society, Joe Hogan LDFL and Charlie Boyle LDS/GL.
A special mention to Shane Markham, Mickey McNamara and Jason Quinn who dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy to achieving this recognition for the club.
Sunday October 28th – Juniors get first win.
Munster Junior Cup Round 2 – Shauntrade 0 Ballingarry 2 (K Laffan, Moore)
Having played well enough to have won the previous Sunday, Ballingarry will be relieved to have played well and win to progress to the third round in Munster in their most recent outing. Kevin Laffans first goal for the club, a superbly placed effort from outside the box, sent Ballingarry on their way in the first half. Marcus Moore’s powerful shot mid way through the second sealed Ballingarrys first win of the season.
Team: O’Grady; Cahill; Flynn; Hanley; C Laffan; K Laffan; Danvers; Long; O’Kelly; A O’Connor; Healy.
Used Subs: Moore; Mulqueen.
Monday October 29th – Four teams qualify for league finals
Ballingarrys under 12 boys B team and their U16 and U14 girls teams joined their U12 girls A team in their respective league finals after winning their last league games over the weekend.
U/12 Boys Div 6 – Pallaskenry 1 Ballingarry B 2 (Long, Daly)
On this bank holiday Monday Ballingarry boys under 12 B team made the away trip to Pallaskenry for an early 10am start. Needing a win or draw to make the league final they knew it was in their own hands. Starting very brightly they took control for large periods of the first half. While dominating in possession they had a few moments when their back line was called into action and they duly answered.
With 2 minutes to half time it was 0-0 but after some nice work down the right touchline Pallaskenry broke the deadlock to leave it 1-0 to the home side. The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Ballingarry picking up the pace.
Playing out from the back, through midfield Kieran Long got on the end of a pass from Ben Daly. Long still had a bit of work to do but made no mistake in getting Ballingarry back on level terms. With confidence high they pushed for a winner. The Pallaskenry keeper made some fine saves to keep it level until a cracker from Ben Daly got the roof of the net with 10 minutes remaining. The final score was 1-2 to Ballingarry.
Huge thank you to all who came out to support is today. Great to see so many there.
U/14 Boys Div 2 – Broadford Utd A 3 Ballingarry A 1 (Moran)
U/14 Girls Div 1 – Shannonside 1 Ballingarry 7 (McNamara 5, Clancy, C O’Keeffe)
Another high scoring win for Ballingarry sees them in the Division 1 league final against Abbeyfeale United. Nicole McNamara with 5 goals was the star of the show with Abbie Clancy and Chloe O’Keeffe getting the other 2.