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.: €20,000 county council grant awarded to club.
Ballingarry AFC has been awarded a sum of €20,000 in funding from Limerick County Council under the Community Sports & Cultural Grant Scheme 2006. It is hoped that the funds will go towards the cost of the clubs' new astroturf training pitch, the work on which is currently being undertaken.
.: Ballingarry boys shine as Desmond League lift Kennedy Shield.
Both Ballingarry players, Kevin Moynihan and Anthony Forde, did well as the Desmond Schoolboys League lifted the Kennedy Shield 2 at UL on friday last (June 16th 2006).
During the six games played on the way to their success Forde played a part in all, scoring two goals and a penalty in the final shootout while Moynihan figured in five, having received an injury against South Tipp which kept him out of the next game against NEC.
Results: Limerick District 2-0 Limerick Desmond
South Tipp 2-0 Limerick Desmond
Limerick Desmond 2-1 NEC
Shield 1/4 Final: Limerick Desmond 3-1 North Tipp
Shield semi-final: Limerick Desmond 1-0 Cavan
Kennedy Shield 2 Final: Limerick Desmond 2-2 Sligo-Leitrim (Limerick win 4-3 on pens)
.: Under 12s Finish Second.
The season ended for the club with the under 12 side playing their last game on Sunday last (June 11th 2006). Like the 14s it was heartbreak as NCW held them to the draw that sees NCW win the title and Ballingarry finish second. It was an almost identical season to the 14s, as the 12s too lost in their cup semi final against NCW and finished second in division just three points behind NCW.
All schoolboy and youth's results and standings for season 05/06 are now updated .
.: €50,000 lotto sports grant awarded to club.
Ballingarry AFC are pleased to announce the allocation of €50,000 from the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism under the 2006 Sports Capital Programme. The club will look at the installation of new pitch floodlighting as one of the options for using the funds.
.: Disappointing end to junior season.
The curtain came down on Ballingarrys' 21st season in junior football on Sunday last (June 4th 2006) with a home defeat against champions NCW on a 3-2 scoreline. A result that sees Ballingarry finish fifth on 25 points, a massive 18 points behind the winners. A forgettable season in which they made little or no impact and never looked like they might win a trophy. Division 2 side Feenagh put them out of the MJC in the third round, Kerry side Ballybunion Celtic sent them packing in the first round of the FAI, in the Desmond cup 1st Division Carrig Celtic beat them 4-3, while in the Premier Division League Cup 1st round Glin Rovers enjoyed a 3-1 success.
.: Heartbreak for Under 14s.
Ballingarry under 14 side experienced league heartbreak on Sunday last (June 4th 2006) when they lost the Division 1 League title by just one point. Having received a walkover from St. Ita's earlier in the day, they awaited the Askeaton v NCW result. With ten minutes remaining and that game all square it looked as if Ballingarry may claim the title, however a late surge saw Askeaton score three times and so finish just one point above Ballingarry.
This brings to a close the under 14 season. A second place finish in the top flight and a semi final appearance in the cup represents a satisfactory season for Pascal Moynihan and Kent Martins' team.
.: Under 8 Division 1 Shield Final - Ballingarry (0)3 NCW (0)0.....Under 8s lift silverware.
For the first ever time the clubs' under 8 side won a league trophy when the lifted the Division 1 Shield in Newcastlewest (Sunday May 28th 2006). After dominating the first half without scoring, it finally came good in the second period when Nathan Clancy opened the scoring from ten yards. When Davin O' Donnell added a second shortly afterwards it all but sealed the issue and when he scored his second and Ballingarrys' third it cemented a fine performance.
Squad: Alan Hanley; Bradley Daly; Mikey Hickey; Mikey Morrissey; Cathal O' Keeffe; Nathan Clancy; Edward Houlihan; Tiernan Fitzgerald; Brendan Lynch; Davin O' Donnell; Jack Banks; Jack O' Keeffe; Robbie Lynch; Jason Murphy; P.J. Noonan; Mark Storin.
Under 8 B team Unlucky - Division 5 Shield Final - Askeaton (1)2 Ballingarry (1)1 - Sunday May 28 2006
After taking the lead in a tight game Ballingarry B finally fell to a second half strike. Darragh O' Shea put his team ahead during early Ballingarry domination but a penalty for Askeaton just before the break changed the game with Askeaton scoring early in the second period and holding out for the win.
.: Juniors continue to fall in Premier Division - Glin Rovers 3 Ballingarry 1
Phil Lane's first goal for Ballingarry wasn't enough as they fell 3-1 in Glin.
.: All-Weather Astroturf Training Pitch - Progress Report
The development project of installing a state-of-the-art astroturf training pitch is now in full swing, with work expected to commence on the facility during the week ended Friday 26th May 2006. The construction will take place to the south side of the current playing pitch, and the main pitch will lose a few yards in length as a result. Work is expected to be completed in 2 to 3 months, and once completed, it is envisaged that the facility will be available for rent by other sporting organisations. The project was made possible by funding from the National Lottery Sports Grant of last year. Please return to the website for more updates on this venture...
.: Under 14 Cup Semi-Final.....Newcastlewest inflict more misery.
Ballingarrys' under 14s followed the route of the 12s when they were knocked out of the cup at the semi final stage on Monday May 22nd 2006. Again it was Newcastlewest who did the damage. Newcastle now progress to meet Foynes thanks to their 3-1 home success in this game.
.: Under 12 Cup Semi-Final - Double Dream Ends For 12s - Ballingarry (0) 0 Newcastlewest (1)3
Ballingarrys under 12 cup notions ended at home to Newcastlewest last Saturday (May 20th 2006) when they went down 3-0 to the visitors. Newcastle were 1 up at the break having scored from one of the few occassions they left their own half. Ballingarry were dominant but failed to score and once Newcastle scored a second the writing was on the wall. The final nail was driven in the last minute to confirm Ballingarrys' fourth under 12 cup semi final defeat in a row.
.: Under 13 Cup Final (May 15th 2006) - 13s Make History - Ballingarry 2 Askeaton 1
Ballingarrys under 13 side wrote themselves into the clubs' history books when the lifted the under 13 cup for the first time when defeating holders Askeaton. Even after going a goal down after just ten minutes the issue never seemed in doubt as Ballingarry looked the better side from the start. Dean Clancy levelled on fifteen minutes following great work from man of the match and captain John Walsh before Walsh gave them the lead five minutes later when he headed home Fordes' cross.
The second half was comfortable for Ballingarry as they stroked the ball around with Damien O' Donoghue masterful at the back. Full credit to the management team of John Clancy, Noel Forde and Conor O' Donoghue for the manner in which they prepared their team.
Under 10s season ends in relegation.
The clubs under 10 side played their last game on Monday May 14th last with a 1-1 draw with Kilcornan. It was disappointment for the management team of Eoin Barrett; Tadhg Keating and Noel Hayes who now see their team relegated to the third division.
.: Juniors draw blank - Foynes 0 Ballingarry 0
Ballingarry could only muster a draw against Foynes on Sunday last (May 7th 2006) at Borrigone. Neither side could find the net in this largely unimportant Premier fixture.
.: 13s final put back.
The much awaited under 13 cup final fixed for Thursday next (May 11th) has been put back to Tuesday May 16th due to the involvement of so many players in the under 12 All Ireland quarter final against Kilkenny on this Saturday May 13th.
.: 10s go out to Adare.
The under 10 side went out of the cup on Saturday last (May 6th 2006) when they were well beaten by Adare United 5-1. The side have two league games remaining with relegation to the third division almost certain.
.: Two 8s teams in shield finals.
Both the clubs' under 8 sides qualified for their respective shield finals when the B side followed the A team into their final. The A side will play NCW in the Division 1 final while the B team will play Askeaton in the Division 5 final. Both games will be played at Newcastlewest on Sunday May 28th 2006 next.
.: Under 13s Final Fixed
Ballingarrys' under 13s will head for Clounreask on Thursday May 11th next where they hope to make history by lifting the under 13 cup. Askeaton will provide stiff opposition as Ballingarry seek to win their first ever under 13 trophy. The game kicks off at 6.45 pm.
.: Ballingarry AFC Under 11s Lose Final - Abbeyfeale United (2) 4 Ballingarry (0) 0
Ballingarrys' under 11 side failed to retain the under 11 cup today (April 23rd 2006) when they were well beaten by Abbeyfeale United at Clounreask, Askeaton in the final. Two first half goals set the winners well on their way by half time with two more added in the second half to give Abbey a well deserved under 11 cup victory.
.: Junior Season To End Trophyless - Glin Rovers (0)1 Ballingarry (1)1 3-1 aet.
Ballingarrys' last chance of a trophy faded at Glin last Sunday (April 23rd 2006) when the home side put them out of the Premier Division League Cup. Denis Kellys' early first half strike looked as if it may have been enough as the game entered its' last minute. But it wasn't to be as Rovers scored a late late equaliser to send the game to extra time. Glin forged ahead during the first period before Ballingarry
were offered a glorious chance to draw level. Unfortunately Joe Scanlons' penalty was easily saved by the keeper. Glin added a third in the second period of extra time to put the issue beyond doubt.
.: Summer Camp Dates Confirmed.
This years' FAI Summer Soccer Camp at Ballingarry will run from July 3rd to July 7th inclusive. Forms will be distributed through the school. Persons wishing to enroll their children online can do so by visiting . Bookings confirmed before June 1st will receive a 10 euro reduction.
.: Season to have exciting end for underage teams.
With all competitions now winding down it looks as if the clubs under 14s are best placed to lift a league title. With six to play in Division 1 they sit on top by one point with the crucial game at home to Askeaton to come. A win here could well clinch the title.
The 12s too are in with a real chance of Division 1 league honours as they fight it out with Newcastlewest and Askeaton, whose good form of late sees them join the race for the title. Both have to visit Ballingarry as part of Ballingarrys' remaining five games while Askeaton have to travel to NCW. It promises to be a nailbiting finish with the title probably leaning slightly towards Ballingarry.
The 16s too have it all to play for with just four division two games left and six points behind. However two of those games are against Killeaney who lie top.
The 10s face relegation from Division 2 while the 8s are in line for a Division 1 shield final place.
In cup competition the 11s and 12s will be hoping to follow the lead shown by the 13s who qualified for their cup final recently. Both have semi finals to play while the 14s will appear in the quarter final of their cup. The 10s too are in the quarter final while both the 15s and 16s are out of their cups.
.: Juniors bow out - Carrig Celtic (0)2 Ballingarry (0)2 4-3 aet.
Ballingarrys juniors exited from the Desmond Cup to Division 2 side Carrig Celtic at the last 8 stage on Sunday last (April 16th 2006) in a game that went to extra time to decide the outcome. Schoolboy defending just after the interval saw the homeside race into a 2-0 lead, the first from the spot. It looked as if that would be enough for Celtic as the game entered the final 10 minutes but goals from Joe Scanlon and Darragh O' Grady sent the game to extra time.
Ballingarry allowed their hosts reclaim the two goal advantage before O' Grady with his second gave Ballingarry a glimmer of hope. It was'nt to be enough as the Premier side went out.
Team: O' Grady; M. Condron; M. Clancy; Darragh O' Grady; C. Kiely; N. Condron; J. Scanlon; B. Kelly; F. Kiely; D. Clifford; Cagney.
Subs: Alymer for Kelly.
Scorers: D. O Grady 2; Scanlon 1.
Referee: John O Hara.
.: Schoolboys cup news - Under 13s on the brink of history...Under 11s in final also.
Abbeyfeale United (0) 0 Ballingarry (1)1
Ballingarrys' under 13 side qualified for their first ever cup final last Saturday (April 15th 2006) with a hard earned win against Abbeyfeale United. Both sides struggled to come to terms with a big field with chances few and far between. The breakthrough for Ballingarry came early in the first half when Kevin Moynihan scored from the spot after a blatant foul on Anthony Forde. It proved to be the winner that sees Ballingarry chase history in their final.
The Under 11 team have also reached final of their cup after beating Killeaney 3-2 away this evening (April 16th). Goals from Liam O' Sullivan (2) and 1 from Ryan McCarthy sees the side on course to retain the cup they won last year. Abbeyfeale United await Ballingarry in the final.
.: Juniors in last 8: Adare United B (0)0 Ballingarry (0)1
Ballingarry booked their place in the last eight of the Desmond cup and a trip to Carrig Celtic thanks to Francis Kielys' sole strike last Sunday (April 9th 2006) in Adare. A poor game produced just the one goal when Kiely pounced ten minutes from time to intercept a poor back pass to slot home.
Team: O' Grady; Clifford; Alymer; C. Kiely; Barrett; Scanlon; Darragh O' Grady; N. Condron; B. Kelly; F. Kiely; D. Kelly.
Subs: O' Sullivan for B. Kelly.
Referee: N. Allen.
.: Cup Draws
The clubs under 12 side were drawn away to Athea United in the last eight of their cup while the under 13 side will have to travel to Abbeyfeale in their semi final.
The juniors meanwhile will travel to Carrig Celtic in their quarter final of the Desmond cup while should they overcome Glin Rovers in the league cup quarter they will entertain either NCW or Breska Rovers in the semi.
.: Munster Final this Wednesday.
The Desmond Schoolboys under 12 Munster final date against Waterford will be staged on this Wednesday April 12th 2006 in Cooke Park, Tipperary. Ballingarry have four players on the panel. Anthony Forde (capt); John O' Gorman; Pa Healy and Tommy Hannon will be hoping to add a Munster medal to their already growing collection of honours.
.: Munster Final Off.
The under 12 Munster final between the Limerick Desmond and Waterford Leagues fixed for Saturday next April 1st has been cancelled due to the expected bad weather. The game will now be refixed for a later date with the expected venue to remain University of Limerick.