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.: FAI Summer Camp
The first club activity of the new season was completed last week (June 30th to July 4th) with the hosting of the fifth FAI Summer Soccer camp. 100 children took part in what was a most enjoyable and rain-free week of fun and football activity.
.: Presentation Night A Success
After a lapse of thirteen years Ballingarry AFC held a presentation night for their schoolboy teams at the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday night last June 20th. It proved a hugh success with a big crowd attending. Medals were presented to the under 10 B team, runners up in the under 10 Division 4 shield final while the under 12 and under 10 A squad were presented with medals of participation. The under 16s received their Division 1 runners up medals while the occassion was also used to present the winners medals to the under 17 squad.
In addition the various players of the year and each age group top scorers were honoured while the players who were part of the various inter league squads were honoured. Margaret Stokes of the LDSL and junior team manager George Quinlivan were the guests of honour.
Player of the year winners were:
Under 9 A - Aaron Smith
Under 9 B - Mikey Hickey
Under 10 A - Nathan Clancy
Under 10 B - Mark O Kelly
Under 11 - Ryan O Shea
Under 12 - Mark Danagher
Under 13 - David Condron
Under 14 - Damien O' Donoghue
Under 15 - Shane O' Doherty
Under 16 - Marcus Moore
Top Scorers were: Under 10 A - Daven O' Donnell; Under 10 B - Maurice Fitzgibbon; Under 12 - Denis Hayes; Under 14 - John O' Gorman and Under 16 Kevin Forde.
Rep awards went to: David Condron (Kennedy Cup); John O' Gorman and Jeff Doherty Under 14 squad; Shane Doherty and Kevin Forde Under 16 squad.
.: Latest News - June 10th 2008 - Annual General Meeting
At the clubs well attended AGM on Thursday June 5th 2008 all the outgoing officers and management well returned unopposed. The committees proposal for the introduction of a lifetime membership was passed as was the proposed name of the scheme which will be "The Ballingarry AFC Mikey Danagher Memorial Lifetime Membership Scheme". A debate was held on the proposed introduction of a junior B team with a decision deferred until nearer the seasons start.
The new committee for the season 2008/09 will be:
President: Moss Doody
Chairman: Pascal Moynihan
Vice Chairman: John Clancy
Secretary: James Clancy
Treasurer: Seamus Burke
Management Committee: Rory Alymer, Declan Hartnett, Tom Burke, Paul Molloy.
.: Latest news June 5th 2008
The season ended for Ballingarry at Athea last Saturday when the under 10 B Team were beaten 1-0 in the Division 4 shield final.
In other news it proved to be a historic occasion at Clounreask on Saturday (May 31st 2008) for the Limerick Desmond League as they defeated their Limerick counterparts from the LDMC to claim the Oscar Traynor trophy for the first time. The game produced no goals so the all Ireland title was decided on penalties with the locals coming out on top on a 4-3 scoreline. Congratulations to Cristy Purcill and his squad on a major achievement for the league.
.: Ballingarry Clinch Title In Style - Ballingarry 2 NCW Rvs 1
Ballingarry clinched the Division 1 title on Sunday last (May 25th 2008) following this 2-1 win against the only side that could have caught them, NCW Rovers. There is no doubt that Ballingarry deserved to win this league with a record that makes more than impressive reading. Onle one loss and five league goals conceded, one of these on Sunday, in an eighteen game programme is championship winning form.
This is George Quinlivans fifth trophy with the club and the first double completed by the juniors having already won the Division 1 league cup against Rathkeale B. Rovers however made Ballingarry battle all the way for the title and they themselves could have been champions had they won on Sunday. Indeed they took the lead through Joyce in the first half, a lead they held at the break but a Mike Corrigan headed goal from a corner and a Joe Scanlon penalty after Kennedy was fouled sent the game and ultimately the trophy Ballingarrys way.
.: Latest News - Ballingarry go for title.
Following last weekends results Ballingarry go into their last game of the season against NCW Rovers knowing that to avoid defeat will see them crowned Division 1 champions for the second time in their history.
Rory Alymer and Denis Kelly scored the goals against Rathkeale B that put them in this position, however Rovers 4-1 trouncing of Athea United also leaves the door open for them as a win will see then win the league. It promises to be a fine finale to a very successful season for Ballingarry having already secured the League Cup and promotion, the title on Sunday would be the icing on the cake.
To boost their confidence even further Denis Kelly has been voted Division 1 Player of the Year. In what proved to be a landslide victory for the player it sees a Ballingarry player getting a junior league award for the first time. He received his award from Bernie Danagher at a function in the Shannon House Foynes on Thursday last May 22.
The 16s lost out on a cup final when they went out to Broadford at the semi final stage last Sunday (May 18th 2008). They were two nil down when awarded a penalty but sadly Steven O' Briens poorly hit effort was saved. Kevin Moynihans late strike proved no more than a consolation.
The club will hold its AGM on Thursday June 5th at 8.30 in the clubhouse.
.: Latest News - Tuesday May 14th 2008 - 16s finish second as Kelly is named Player of the Year.
Under 16 Division 1 - Ballingarry 6 NCW 5
Ballingarry secured second spot in Division 1 in spectacular fashion winning by the odd goal in eleven. Alan Cronin 2, Steven O' Brien, Shane Doherty, Jeff Doherty and Marcus Moore were on the mark for the winners.
In junior football Denis Kelly was named as the LDFL division 1 player of the year. Its a major honour for the Ballingarry forward and represents the first occassion that a Ballingarry player has won a junior league award.
.: Result Sunday May 11th 2008 - Ballingarry Edge Closer
Junior Division 1 - Ballingarry 3 Breska Rovers 0
Denis Kelly's nineteenth goal of the season helped Ballingarry to a 3-0 home win against Breska Rovers. The result sees them needing just a single point from their two remaining games to secure an immediate return to the Premier Divison. Ballingarry lead two nil at the break thanks to goals from Kelly and Rory Alymer. They could even afford a dissallowed penalty from Joe Scanlon for encroachment into the area by a Ballingarry player. Francis Kiely's early second half strike coupled with their twelveth league clean sheet of the season saw them easy winners at the finish.
In other news Nathan Clancy was named as the LDSL under 10 division 1 player of the year on Saturday evening at the leagues function in NCW. He becomes the first Ballingarry player to win this particular award and only the second ever Ballingarry player to win a player of the year award. Philip Corrigan was the first when he won the LDFL under 18 division 2 award.
.: Latest News - Monday May 5th 2008 - 12s seasons ends on a low.
Broadford United 2 Ballingarry 1
Ballingarrys last game of a dissapointing season ended with champions Broadford United gaining a 2-1 win. Mark Danagher was the Ballingarry scorer. The result sees Ballingarry finish well down the second division table.
.: Latest News
As the season winds to its conclusion games are now coming fast and furious for the underage teams.
The under 10 A team played and lost their last league game on Thursday April 24th at home to Athea United with Alan Hanley getting Ballingarrys consolation in a 3-1 loss. On Wednesday both the under 14s and under 12s played and lost against Creeves (under 14) 2-1 and against Granagh United (under 12) 1-0. Dean Clancy was the under 14 scorer.
This season for the first time in a number of years the club will be holding an underage awards night where the various players from under 9 up to under 16 will be honoured for their various outstanding achievements throughout the season gone. There will be awards for the Player of the Year, top goalscorer plus any medals won by these teams will be presented as well. In addition players selected on the various developement squads will also be honoured. Players from under 12 down and players who did not win a medal will receive a medal of participation. The date for the event is Friday June 20th at the Rathkeale House Hotel.
.: Monday April 21st 2008
Under 16 Cup Quarter Final - Foynes 2 Ballingarry 5
Ballingarry progressed to the cup semi final at the expense of Foynes on a comfortable 5-2 scoreline. James Hayes (2), Padraig Callaghan, Mark Snow and John Walsh were the scorers that sees Ballingarry into only their third 16s semi. They will now travel to either Broadford or Killeaney for the right to meet either Breska Rovers or Askeaton in the final.
.: Juniors in line for historic double - Saturday April 12th 2008
Division 1 League Cup Final (Clonreask) - Ballingarry 4 Rathkeale B 0
Friday April 18th 2008
Juniors Division 1 - Ballingarry 4 St. Itas 0
Ballingarry juniors are in line for an historic double following their two emphatic victories in the past seven days. On Saturday April 12th last they won the first part of the Division 1 double when they totally outplayed Rathkeale B in the divisional cup final to hit four without reply. Denis Kelly kept his remarkable Clonreask scoring run going when he opened the scoring after just four minutes, he has never failed to score for Ballingarry at Clonreask in six games. Declan Normoyle added a second to make it two nil at the break.
In truth the result was never in doubt and Ballingarry could well have been five up at the break. However Rathkeale just could not stem the tide and further goals from Niall Condron and a sublime freekick from Francis Kiely ensured that the league cup visited Ballingarry for the first time.
On Friday April 19th Ballingarry again got four against third placed St. Itas to consolidate their position at the top of the table. Both Kelly and Condron were again on the mark as Ballingarry dominated throughout. Second half strikes from Corrigan and Barrett hardly told the full story as Ballingarry could easily have got double figures from a wealth of chances created.
Elsewhere the under 12s bowed out of the cup in the second round at Askeaton (April 16th). James Kelly was on the mark in their 3-1 defeat. The 16s collected two points from two scoreless draws against Pallaskenry and Askeaton respectively, both at home with the latter result seeing Askeaton confirmed as champions. The 10A side have hit a sticky patch of late with three successive defeats. NCW (2-1), NCW Rvs (3-2) and Abbeyfeale United A (5-2). Richard O' Keeffe (NCW), Darren Roche and Alan Hanley (NCW Rvs) and Nathan Clancy 2 (Abbey) were on the mark. Abbeys win was enough to clinch the 1st Division title for the Fealesiders.
Saturday April 19th 2008
Youths Division 1 - Ballingarry 0 Glin Rovers 2
The youth team finished out their season on Saturday with a two nil defeat against champions Glin Rovers. Their campaign sees them finish runners up in the division which represents their highest ever finish in the league.
.: Results Weekending April 6th 2008
Under 17s Make History......Desmond Cup Holders Go Out
Saturday April 5th
Under 17 Cup Final - Ballingarry 1 NCW 0 (Alymer 5 mins)
Sunday April 6th
Desmond Cup 3rd Round - Rathkeale B 1 Ballingarry 0
Ballingarry under 17s won the Desmond cup on Saturday evening at Clonreask on a 1-0 scoreline. This was the first time the club has won this particular trophy and it was a glorious strike from Darren Alymer after just five minutes that clinched victory.
It was very much a backs to the wall effort from the winners as NCW threw everything at them especially in the second half. Ballingarry defended stoutly with John Ruttle in goal outstanding as was man of the match Marcus Moore.
On Sunday it was disappointment for the juniors as their grip on the Desmond cup which they won last season ended with defeat to Rathkeales second string side. The only goal of the game came early in the second half from a penalty. Both these sides meet again on Saturday next in the Division 1 League Cup Final.
.: Results Weekending March 30th 2008
Saturday March 29th
Under 10 Division 1 - Foynes 3 Ballingarry A 0
Under 13 Cup Round 1 - Creeves Celtic 2 Ballingarry 0 aet
Sunday March 31st
Under 16 Division 1 - Ballingarry 1 Pallaskenry 1
With no junior football at the weekend the focus was on schoolboy football with three teams in action. Unfortunately there was no winning team to report on. The under 10 A team were in Foynes where they were beaten 3-0 a scoreline that did their efforts no justice. Ballingarry had all the play but fell behind from the first attack from Foynes. Foynes second was an own goal while their third again against the run of play came in the final minute of the game.
The under 13s were at Creeves in the first round of their cup. No goals in normal time saw the tie go to extra time where Creeves progressed on a 2-0 scoreline.On Sunday the 16s were in action when they hosted Pallaskenry. Kevin Moynihans strike wasn't enough to secure all the points as the game finished 1 all.
.: Results Weekending March 23rd 2008
Under 10 Cup Round 2 - Adare United 1 Ballingarry A 6
Youth Division 1 - NCW Rvs 1 Ballingarry 3
Sunday March 23rd
Junior Division 1 - Ballingarry 0 NCW B 0
Monday March 24th 2008
Under 12 Division 2 - Kilcornan 5 Ballingarry 1
Ballingarrys under 10 A team are through to the last eight of the cup following a resounding victory in Adare on Saturday. Davin O' Donnells first of his two early in the game set the tone and although Adare equalised shortly after the result was never in doubt when Ballingarry went 2-1 up thanks to Nathan Clancy. Three more from Clancy with O' Donnells second saw a comfortable victory secured.
The youths kept their faint hopes of a league title intact with a 3-1 success in NCW. However Glins walkover victory against Rathkeale sees Glin almost certain of the title.
On Sunday the juniors failed to score while keeping a clean sheet. However the resulting 0-0 draw sees them extend their lead at the top as neither of their nearest challangers played. In the final game of the holiday weekend Ballingarrys under 12s were well beaten on a 5-1 scoreline by Kilcornan. Denis Hayes got the Ballingarry consolation.
.: Sunday March 16th 2008 - Ballingarry in League Cup Final.
Division 1 League Cup Semi Final - Ballingarry 2 NCW Rvs 2 AET
Ballingarry win 4-3 on penalties
Ballingarry will hope that it will be fifth time lucky in a league cup final as they booked their place in the final against Rathkeale B following this dramatic penalty shootout win on Sunday. A lively game throughout ended 1-1 at full time with Ballingarry ahead nearing the end from substitute Eoin Barretts goal. However the Rovers sent the game to extra time with a goal in the last minute of the game.
It was Ballingarrys turn in extra time to seal a last minute equaliser when Joe Scanlon tucked away a penalty after the visirors had taken a first period lead. Niall Condron had already been sent off with a Rovers player before the Rovers were further reduced with a second sending off. Scanlon, Corrigan, Darragh O' Grady and Francis Kiely were successful from the spot while John O' Gradys miss didn't matter in the end. This will be Ballingarrys third Division 1 final while they have appeared in two Premier finals. All previous four have been lost so they will be hoping that this time the only trophy to avoid them will at last visit Ballingarry.
.: Summer Camp Date Set
This seasons FAI Summer Soccer Camp will run from June 30th to July 4th. For those interested in sending their children to the camp visit where you will be able to book online. Forms for enrolment will be distributed through the school after the Easter holidays however with just 100 places available the advice is book early to avoid disappointment.
.: Results Weekending March 9th 2008
Under 10 Cup Round 1 - Ballingarry A 6 Bally Rovers 1
Under 17 cup semi final - Askeaton 0 Ballingarry 4
Sunday March 9th
Junior Division 1 - Athea United 0 Ballingarry 4
A great weekend of football saw all Ballingarry teams in action record important victories.
On Saturday the under 10 A team progressed into the second round of their cup with an easy 6-1 win against Bally Rovers. Nathan Clancy with a hat-trick, Daven O' Donnell with a brace and Sean Duffy with one were the Ballingarry marksmen.
Also on Saturday the under 17s made a piece of club history when qualifying for their first ever cup final at this age group. A visit to Askeaton was to provide a stern test however as the 4-0 scoreline suggests it was an easier than expected semi final win. Two goals from Shane O' Doherty and one each from Darren Alymer and James Hayes saw them book a final place against Newcastlewest.
On Sunday it was the turn of the juniors to notch up a high score when they visited Athea. Eoin Barrett with two, Niall Condron and Denis Kelly with one each saw Ballingarry coast to a 4-0 win and so maintain their lead at the top of the table.
.: Results Weekending March 2nd 2008
Saturday March 1st
Under 10 Division 1 - Ballingarry A 4 Askeaton A 2
Under 14 Division 1 - Ballingarry 0 Askeaton 1
Sunday March 2nd
Junior Division 1 League Cup 2nd Round - Breska Rovers 1 Ballingarry 3
Ballingarrys 10s A team recorded a great win at home to Askeaton and in so doing gave themselves an outside chance of making the shield final. Askeaton took the lead but a bundled effort from Daven O' Donnell and a screamer from Mikey Morrissey gave Ballingarry a 2-1 half time lead. Keith Murphys first goal for the club saw Ballingarrys lead extended early in the second half. The visitors pulled one back before Mikey Morrissey with another fine strike gave Ballingarry the three points.
The under 14s also hosted Askeaton in the afternoon but with a totally different outcome going down by the only goal of a fine game of football.
Sunday saw thw juniors into the semi finals of the league cup with a well deserved win in Clarina. Goals from Francis Kiely, Denis Kelly and a seasons first from Eoin Barrett saw Ballingarry through. Breskas goal towards the end proved no more than a consolation.
.: Weekend Results 24th February 2008
Saturday Feb 23rd
Under 12 Division 2 - Ballingarry 1 St Itas 2
Sunday Feb 24th
Junior Division 1 - Ballingarry 6 Foynes 0
Another highly productive weekend as far as the juniors were concerned, recording a massive 6-0 win against Foynes. Francis Kiely and Joe Scanlon with a brace each while Niall Condron and Denis Kelly rowed in with a goal each this coupled with NCW Rovers drawing 0-0 with Kilcornan sees Ballingarry go three points clear at the top. On Saturday the 12s were at home to St. Itas but unfortunately went down 2-1 with Darragh Kiely getting the Ballingarry goal.
.: Results Weekending February 17th 2008
Saturday February 16th 2008
Under 10 Division 1 - Athea United 1 Ballingarry A 1
Under 14 Division 1 - Abbeyfeale United 1 Ballingarry 0
Desmond Youth Cup Round 2 - NCW 1 Ballingarry 0
Sunday February 17th 2008
Desmond Cup Round 1 - Ballingarry 2 Foynes 0
Just one team out of the four in action recorded a victory over the weekend, that being the junior side on Sunday as they began their defence of the Desmond cup in style. Foynes proved tough opponents keeping Ballingarry at bay until fifteen minuted from the break. A corner to the holders was not cleared and Mike Corrigan was on hand to half volley to the net from the edge of the box. The second period saw Ballingarry continue as the better side but it wasn't until Denis Kelly got the winners second that Ballingarry could rest easy. The shine was somewhat taken off the result with the sending off of Declan Normoyle near the end.
On Saturday the club recorded no win from the three teams in action. In the morning the under 10 A side were involved in a cracker as the league resumed after the Winter break. Athea went a goal up with a super strike in the first half with Tiernan Fitzgerald getting Ballingarrys second midway through the second. Ballingarry had chances to win but a fine display from the home keeper ensured a share of the points.
The under 14s went down in Abbeyfeale while the youths disappointed in NCW going out of the Desmond youth cup by the only goal of the game.
.: Sunday February 10th 2008 - Four Goal Kelly Sends Juniors Top
Abbeyfeale United B 0 Ballingarry 4
While sending Ballingarry to the top of division 1 Denis Kelly wrote himself into the clubs record books becoming the first player in the clubs history to register four goals in a game on a second occassion. This result coupled with NCW Rvs 2-1 loss to Rathkeale B sees Ballingarry go top.
.: Results Saturday February 9th 2008
Youths Division 1 - Ballingarry 1 Rathkeale 1
With just four games remaining this was a crucial game for the youths with the resulting draw taking the title destination out of Ballingarrys hands. Marcus Mooore was the Ballingarry scorer in a game that finished all square at 1-1. Ballingarry must now hope to win all their remaining games and hope that Glin slip up along the way for Ballingarrry to succeed.
.: Results Weekending January 27th 2008
Saturday January 26th 2008
Under 12 cup Round 2 - Foynes 1 Ballingarry 2
Youths Division 1 - Ballingarry 3 NCW 0
Sunday January 27th 2008
Juniors Division 1 - Breska Rovers 0 Ballingarry 2
After the long enforced break due to the weather it was all systems go this weekend with all three teams in action recording wins.
On Saturday the 12s were at Foynes in the second round of the cup. Denis Hayes scored to tie the game and seemed to send the game to extra time but a surging run from Darragh Kiely into the box with just three minutes left saw the Ballingarry player fouled. Mark Danagher showed great calm to slot the ball home and send Ballingarry through to the last eight.
Later on that day NCW visited Ballingarry for their youth division 1 encounter with just nine players. Ballingarry made hard work of what should have been an easy game. However the three goals secured the points with Shane Doherty, Kevin Forde and Darren Alymer on the mark.
On Sunday the juniors travelled to Clarina where Rory Alymer and Eoin Kennedy from the spot kept Ballingarrys promotion hopes well on track.
.: Results Weekending January 6th 2008
Saturday January 5th
Under 17 Cup Round 2
Ballingarry 1 Glin Rovers 1 aet Ballingarry win 5-4 on pens
Sunday January 6th
Junior Division 1 - Ballingarry 3 Abbeyfeale United B 0
A great weekend on the playing front for Ballingarry as both teams in action making progress.
On Saturday the under 17s recorded a first as they progressed into the semi finals on the domestic cup. A hard fought encounter against visitors Glin Rovers went all the way to penalties following a 1-1 draw. Kevin Forde was the home sides scorer in the first half. Forde was again on the mark during the shootout as was John Ruttle, James Hayes, Marcus Moore and Steven O' Brien as Ballingarry went through 5-4.
On Sunday the juniors cut the lead at the top of Division 1 to just two points with a well deserved win against Abbeyfeale United B. Francis Kielys early strike had the home side up by the minimum at the interval with further second half goals from Denis Kelly and Darragh O' Grady making sure of the points.
With just half of their league programme now completed Ballingarry find themselves well placed for a rapid return to the premier.
.: Latest Club News January 5th 2008
All the action on the pitch was confined to the clubs underage sides with all the teams down to play cup football.
While the 16s, 15s, 13s and 12s remain in their respective cup competitions, it was disappointment for the boys of the 11s, 14s and youths.
Under 11 Cup Round 1 - Ballingarry v Athea United w/o to Athea
Under 13 Cup Round 1 - Creeves V Ballingarry OFF
Under 14 Cup Round 1 - Ballingarry 0 Granagh United 1
Under 15 Cup Round 1 - Ballingarry 3 Glin Rovers 0
Under 16 Cup Round.1 - Ballingarry 6 Bally Rovers 0
Munster Youth Cup Round 1 - Rathkeale 3 Ballingarry 1