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.: Desmond 12s in Munster Final.
Thanks to their 2-0 win against the Clare and District League in Ennis last Sunday (March 26th 2006) the Limerick Desmond under 12s will contest the Munster final against the Waterford and District League on Saturday next April 1st. The side will be captained by Ballingarry player Anthony Forde while Damien O' Donoghue; John O' Gorman; Patrick Healy and Dean Clancy are also in the squad.
This is the second time that the league 12s have made the final having won the competition in 2004.
.: League Cup Draw
Ballingarry were handed a tough draw in the last eight of the Premier Division Cup where they will travel to Glin. The last meeting of these sides a couple of weeks ago saw Ballingarry grab a last gasp equalizer in a game they could well have lost.
With the league seemingly beyond them Ballingarry must surely focus in in what could offer their best chance of a trophy this season.
.: Premier Title Hopes Fade - Ballingarry (0)0 Rathkeale (1) 2
Ballingarrys' title hopes faded with this home defeat on Sunday last (March 19th 2006) against Rathkeale. A goal in either half saw off the home sides' challange. Francis Kiely went closest for Ballingarry early on while Denis Kellys' headed effort in the second half was the nearest Ballingarry came to scoring.
Team: J.O' Grady; M. Condron; D.O' Grady; C. Kiely; A. Barrett; J. Scanlon; N. Condron; D. Clifford; F.Kiely; B. Hanley; D. Kelly.
Subs used: B. Kelly, D. Alymer
Referee: P. Manning.
.: Under 12s progress to last 8 - Ballingarry (0)3 Abbeyfeale Utd (0)0
Dean Clancy, Anthony Forde and Damien O' Donoghue were the Ballingarry scorers as Ballingarry progressed to the last eight of their domestic cup (Friday March 17th 2006). All the goals came in the second half of a game that looked difficult on paper. United were on top in the first period and looked favourites to progress but Ballingarrys' strong second half show paved the way.
.: Desmond under 12s almost in Munster final.
The Limerick Desmond under 12 side more than deserved their 1-1 draw against Limerick City at Athea last Sunday (March 12th 2006), a result that sees them almost certainly into the Munster final.
Ballingarry player Pa Healy excelled at full back while both Tommy Hannon atcentre half and captain Anthony Forde both enjoyed solid games.
.: Premier Division Latest: Ballingarry (0)1 Broadford United (0)0.
Ballingarry had to work hard to secure all three points against Broadford on Sunday last (March 12th 2006) in Ballingarry. Three good chances came their way during a fruitless first half but they took the lead just one minute into the second half when Aidan Barrett struck from close in after Scanlons' free wasn't cleared. Ballingarry were denied a certain penalty when Bart Hanley was bundled over mid way through a rip roaring second half. Ballingarry are now up to third place in the table.
Team: J. O' Grady; M.Condron; P. Corrigan; Darragh O' Grady; A. Barrett; N.Condron; M. Clancy;
D. Alymer; J. Scanlon; B. Hanley; D. Kelly.
Subs: C. Kiely for D. Alymer; D. Clifford for P. Corrigan.
Scorer: A. Barrett 46mins.
Referee: Liam O' Connor.
.: Under 13s News
The under 13 side coasted into the last eight of their cup on Saturday last (March 4th 2006) with a 5-0 win against Pallaskenry. All the goals came in the second half with Dean Clancy 2; Anthony Forde 2; Kevin Moynihan 1 and John O' Gorman 1, getting the goals.
.: Juniors drop vital points: Ballingarry 1 Glin Rovers 1.
Ballingarry dropped two vital points when they could only draw 1-1 with Glin Rovers on Sunday last (March 5th 2006). Darren Clifford struck the post while Aidan Barrett failed to hit the target when well placed before the visitors went ahead on the half hour. It could have been two early in the second half had not referee John Roche dissallowed a perfect "goal" when unsighted. Ballingarry finally got what they deserved in the final minute when Mike Clancy scored direct from a free for his first goal of the season.
The game will be remembered most for the fact that Colm Kiely became only the tenth player in the clubs history to make 200 competitive appearances for the club. His profile can be viewed in the "200 club" section of this site, by .
Team: J. O' Grady; M. Condron; A. O' Sullivan; A. Barrett; C. Kiely; J. Scanlon; D. Clifford; N. Condron; M. Clancy; Darragh O' Grady; F. Kiely.
Subs: D. Alymer for O' Sullivan; P. Lane for M. Condron.
Referee: John Roche.
.: Desmond Under 12 Schoolboy Latest...
Limerick Desmond Under 12s recorded their second win in succesion in Clonmel when they defeated the South Tipperary under 12s on a 2-1 scoreline. Ballingarry boys Anthony Forde, Pa Healy and Damien O' Donoghue all started while John O' Gorman was introduced as a second half substitute. This latest victory sees them top thieir five team group that also includes Clare, Limerick County and Limerick City.
.: Ballingarry Ladies lift first ever Desmond Cup (4-3 on pens after 0-0 draw)
It was sweet revenge for Ballingarry on Saturday last (February 26th 2006) when they lifted the first ever Desmond Cup in the most dramatic of fashions in a penalty shoot-out and so denying St. Itas the honour of league and cup double.
Ballingarry went closest early on in what was a tremendous game when Theresa Mulcair beat the Itas defence but saw her effort come back off the post. It was an identical situation at the other end when the post saved Ballingarry from Majella Hunt after 35 minutes. Before either incident a bad bounce almost deceived Valerie Cremin in the Itas goal but she recovered well to gather.
The second half continued as the first ended with the high tempo maintained with Hunt again going closest for Itas. However for all their effort neither side could break the deadlock as the game entered extra time.
The first period of extra time almost got off to a sensational start as Elaine Foley almost put through her own and St. Itas goal while at the other end Fiona Hickey and Marie O' Grady combined to deny Marion O' Connell. With no goals after extra time, penalties were applied to decide the destination of the cup with Ballingarry keeper Fiona Hickey proving the hero as the saved two penalties and scored one.
Team: Fiona Hickey, Emma O' Grady, Rachel Hickey (capt), Orla Keating, Marie O' Grady, Emer Hickey, Carol Hickey, Amy McCarthy, Marian Neville, Olivia O' Keeffe, Theresa Mulcair.
Referee: Colm Dalton.
Pictures of the day can be seen in the Ladies section of the gallery.
.: 10s through to quarter finals
The under 10 side made light work of Pallaskenry in Pallas on Saturday last (February 25th) as they won 5-1 to qualify for the quarter finals of their cup. Goals from Denis Hayes (2), Ryan O' Shea, James Kelly and an own goal completed the rout.
.: Youths go out
The youths last chance to gain anything from a largely forgettable season ended last Saturday (February 25th) when they went out of the cup beaten 2-1 in Foynes. 2-nil down at the break, they never looked like winning with John O' Gradys' second half strike proving to be nothing more than a consolation.
.: Heartbreak for Ballingarry Ladies
Having finished level on 23 points each after ten Division 1 League games, Ballingarry and St. Ita's played off for the title on Sunday 19th February at Newcastlewest. It was heartbreak for the Ballingarry girls as they went under 0-1 with the goal coming in the very last minute of the game.
Team: Fiona Hickey; Emma O' Grady; Orla Keating; Marie O' Grady; Rachel Hickey; Eimer Hickey; Carol Hickey; Aimee McCarthy; Marion Neville; Olivia O' Keeffe; Theresa Mulcair.
Subs: Fiona Hennessey for Olivia O' Keeffe; Lisa Kelly for Aimee McCarthy.
.: Under 11s through to semi's
The clubs' under 11 side, and holders, are through to the semi-final of the under 11 cup without having to kick a ball in the quarter final. Opponents Old Mill failed to appear for last Saturdays game and so Ballingarry were awarded a walkover.
.: Desmond Under 12s win.
Ballingarry trio of Tommy Hannon, Anthony Forde and Pa Healy played a big part in the Desmond Schoolboys under 12 win against the Limerick County Schoolboys on Sunday last (February 12th).The Desmond boys were 1 up at the break and went on to win 3-1. John O' Gorman was introduced in the second half to give Ballingarry a very impressive representation of four players.
.: Under 15s Bow Out In Third Round.
The under 15 side bowed out of the cup on Saturday last (February 11th) on a 1-4 scoreline to Newcastlewest. Kieran O' Keeffe hit the crossbar from a free mid-way through the first half during a period when Ballingarry dominated. However two quick goals from the visitors near the end of the half paved the way for what was an easy victory at the finish.
.: Juniors Progress to 3rd Round.
Division 1 side Ballysteen made it difficult for Ballingarry but at the finish Ballingarry deserved to go through to the last 16 of the Desmond Cup. Denis Kelly gave them a tenth minute lead but the visitors fought back to level before half time. Second half substitutes Bart Hanley and Philip Corrigan proved inspired additions to the team as both scored in the final ten minutes to see the 2002 winners safely through.
Team: J. O' Grady; M. Condron; M. Clancy; Darragh O' Grady; C. Kiely; N. Condron; R. Alymer; D. Clifford; A. Barrett; F. Kiely; D. Kelly. Subs: Bart Hanley; Blaine Cagney; Philip Corrigan all used.
Referee: Liam O Connor.
.: Schoolboy News...
The clubs' under 16s became the first schoolboy cup casualty on Saturday January 29th last when they fell 0-1 away to Glin Rovers in the first round of their domestic cup. The only goal of the game came in the first half.
14s Sail Through.
The clubs' under 14 team eased their way through to the last 8 on Saturday last (Febuary 4th) with a very easy 4-0 win against Creeves Celtic. Two goals from Donncha O' Dea, one from Kevin Moynihan and a brilliant individual effort from Padraig O' Callaghan sent the home side through. O' Callaghans' goal will live long in the memory for the manner in which he beat five opponents before side footing to the net.
.: Desmond Cup Draw
The draw was made for the first round of this years Desmond Cup competition on Wednesday evening last (January 25th) at the Rathkeale House Hotel. Ballingarry have been drawn to play Ballysteen at home, with the tie due to take place on Sunday 5th February.
.: Girls held by St. Itas at home
Ballingarry AFC Ladies team had to be content with a 1-1 draw in their penultimate league game against St. Itas. Trailing 0-1 at the break, a goal from Carol Hickey got Ballingarry back on level terms in the second half, but neither side could find a winner. Ballingarry are still top of the table with one game to go, and also still remain on course for a league and cup double.
.: Barrett header seals victory
Kildimo United were the visitors to Ballingarry on Sunday last (January 22nd), but came away empty handed from a tight game. Eoin Barrett headed home a corner mid-way through the first period to give the home side a lead they never relinquished. Darragh O' Grady, Francis Kiely and Bart Hanley all went close to making it 2-0 late on.
Team: J. O' Grady, Darragh O' Grady, M. Clancy, C. Kiely, E. Barrett, A. Barrett, N. Condron, D. Clifford, D. Alymer (B. Hanley), D. Kelly, F. Kiely (B. Kelly).
.: Schoolboy news - Under 15s advance in cup
Ballingarry AFC under 15 team have made the last 4 of the cup, thanks to a 3-0 home success over Shauntrade on Saturday last (January 21st). The home side lead 1-0 at half time with a strike by Darren Alymer, and goals followed after the break from Kieran O' Keeffe and Mark Snow, to ensure passage into the semi-finals.
.: 'Kick Start One' Course
Darragh O' Grady, Rory Alymer, Darren Alymer, and James Clancy completed the "Kick Start One" course, and now join Kent Martin and Eoin Barrett on the road towards a coaching badge.
.: Three points for the visitors in Ballybrown
Ballingarry visited struggling Breska Rovers on Sunday last January 15th 2006. A first half goal by Aidan Barrett gave the visitors the lead only for Breska to draw level by the break. A 65th minute winner by Francis Kiely proved decisive on the day, adding to the 3 goals he already scored against Breska this season.
.: Christmas Charity Match
Ballingarry AFC held a charity match on St. Stephen's Day last in aid of the local senior citizens. The 'semi-final' saw the Ballingarry past player XI, managed by Moss MacAuliffe, beat the over 35's team in a penalty shootout. However it was the girls team which won the day, beating the past player selection also in a shootout. The ladies team showed their male counterparts a thing or two about taking spot kicks! The day was well attended and hugely enjoyed by all involved.
Some photos of the day are now on the gallery page.
Schoolboy Cup Draws
Ballingarry enjoyed considerable luck when the underage cup draws were made recently with all teams, other than the under 16s, coming out of the hat first.
The draws are:
Under 11s (holders) v Old Mill (h)
Under 12s v Abbeyfeale United (h)
Under 13s v Pallaskenry (h)
Under 14s v Creeves Celtic (h)
Under 15s v Shountrade (h)
Under 16s v Glin Rovers (h)
The youth team, winners in 2001, were drawn away to Foynes.