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.