Ballymac seniors made the long journey to Portmagee on Sunday last to take on Skellig Rangers in round four of the County League. Both teams were on four points coming into this round. Ballymac travelled down with a depleted panel missing many of their regular first team players.
However, great credit is due to the players that travelled and a great spirited team display saw them emerge victorious on a scoreline of Skellig Rangers 1-8 Ballymacelligott 0-13.
Ballymac played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and the game was ten minutes old before the first score was registered by Aidan Breen with a point from play.
The home side who were now playing a sweeper responded with two pointed frees from their corner forward Dara O’Sullivan. This was the Rangers total score for the first half.
Ballymac went on to score three more points before the short whistle. These came from Aidan Breen, Luke Sweeney and Eanna Reidy. Half time score was Skellig Rangers 0-2 Ballymac 0-4
Ballymac opened the second half in blistering form and kicked six points in the first seven minutes without reply from the home side. Five of these points came from play, scores coming from Aidan Breen, Vincent Horan, Christy Leen and two from Padraig McCarthy. The sixth point coming from a free from Vincent Horan.
Skellig Rangers introduced Ciaran Keating and this kick started their fight back into the game.They scored three points in succession, two coming from Dara O Sullivan and the other from centre forward Diarmuid Keating.
Vincent Horan increased Ballymac’s lead to six points with a pointed free in the fifteenth minute. Martin O Sullivan , full forward for the home side reduced the lead with a point from play. Luke Sweeney and Dara O Sullivan exchanged points and with ten minutes remaining there was five points between the teams.
Aidan Breen increased Ballymac’s lead with a point in the 21st minute . This was to be Ballymac’s last score of the game. The home side piled on the pressure which resulted in them being granted a penalty in the 23rd minute.
Martin O’Sullivan goaled and this left just three points between the sides. This was reduced to two when Diarmuid Keating pointed from play. Ballymac were under seige for the last five minutes and did very well to hold on to their two point lead. The final whistle was welcome and Ballymac emerged victorious on a scoreling of Skellig Rangers 1-8 Ballymac 0-13.
Team: Padraig O’Connor , Liam Dunne, Michael Leen, T.J. Casey, Mike Sweeney. Cian Counihan, David Long, Luke Sweeney, Eanna Reidy, Christy Leen, Aidan Breen, Sean Savage, Vincent Horan, Michael Herlihy, Padraig McCarthy, Subs used: Padraig Laide, Steven Bermingham, William Casey.
On Saturday evening next we welcome table toppers Fossa to Ballymac for a round five Co. League game. This game is due to throw in at 7.pm. Please come and support the lads in this vital game.
Ballymac Juniors Draw With Churchill
Ballymac played host to Churchill on Friday last in the third round of the county Junior league. Both squads were very depleted and ended up sharing the spoils at the end of full time..
Jonathan Keane opened the scoring in the first minute with a point from play, Churchill responded a minute later.
Points from Chris Leen and two from Daniel O’Shea pushed the home side ahead. Churchill went on to score five more points before half time , four of these coming from frees from their corner forward Oisin O’Brien. On the stroke of half time Daniel O’Shea goaled for Ballymac to leave the half time score at Ballymac 1-4 to Churchill 0-6. Within five minutes of the restart the sides were level.
Shortly after Michael Herlihy got a hand to a high ball that came into the square and goaled for the home side. A point from Daniel O’Shea put Ballymac four in front. For the next fifteen minutes Churchill completely dominated and scored five points without reply.
With two minutes to the final whistle Patrick O’Connor levelled matters for Ballymac. A point each from play, Ballymac’s coming from Gene O’Keeffe left the final score at Ballymac 2-7 to Churchill 0-13
Ballymac are away to Clounmacon this Friday 10th June at 7.30pm in Round Four of Group 2. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter Accounts later in the week in case of change of time. Support for our players in these games is much appreciated.
Ballymacelligott GAA are holding a recycling drive this Saturday 11th June 11am to 2pm and Sunday 12th June 11am to 2pm. We can accept items such as men and women’s clothing, children’s clothing, curtains, towels, soft toys, shoes, handbags, belts, laptops, mobile phones etc. We cannot accept dirty or wet clothing, mats/carpets, duvets, pillows or books. On June 24th, 25th & 26th our club will be hosting 3 visiting teams from Fethard Co. Tipperary, Dunshaughlin Co. Meath & Boston North East USA for Féile 2016. All proceeds raised from this recycling drive goes towards supporting Féile 2016 in Ballymacelligott. Please Support Generously!!
Junior And Leaving Certificate Exams
Best wishes to all club members who are undertaking the state exams in the coming week.
Cúl Camp 2016
The Cúl Camp in Ballymacelligott this year will take place between July 25th and 29th from 10am to 2.30pm daily. Bookings can be made at the following www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps. Free Jersey, Training Top and Back Pack.
Our U-14A boys played in the Castleisland District League against Knock/Brosna on Sunday evening. We had a full panel of 17 present but our hosts however were only able to field 12 so we were required to do likewise.
This may have been a fortunate turn of events as the warm weather meant we were able to roll fresh subs on/off throughout the game whist our hosts tired. The fresher players certainly made a difference on their introduction. And whilst the game was competitive in parts our ability to score goals was a telling factor. 10 scores to 9 at the final whistle showed not much difference in the chances created between the sides, but goals win games and we ran out comfortable winners on the night on a score line of 7-3 to 1-08.
Well done to the players and the mentors. A good start for our boys and next up will be Castleisland Desmonds at home on this Wednesday evening. Our boys will be hoping to turn over the result in the recent Eric Mason blitz.
Faoi 14 B
The boys U14B team kick start their Castleisland League campaign this Wednesday 8th June when they travel to Cordal to take on Cordal Scartaglen for a 7.30 throw in game.
Faoi 12 Blue Team
Our Blue Team kept up their 100% record in Division 1A of the U 12 Co. League with a good victory over Kilcummin on Sunday evening last. They play their final game in this phase of the competition away to Laune Rangers this weekend.
Our U 12 Gold team had a one point victory over Kilcummin on Sunday last. Ballymac started the stronger and goals from Michael Prendergast and Niall Collins and points from Diarmuid Galvin, Sam Mansfield, Manuel Sanchez and a super score from distance from Jack O Connor saw us lead comfortably at half time on a scoreline of 2 – 8 to 0 – 3. Great defensive work in this half by Michael Culloty and Luke Horgan meant Kilcummin scores were hard earned. Early second half goals from Padraig Heffernan and Javkaloav Orgonbagor added to the Ballymac tally. Cian McCarthy, Raymond Lowe and Aidan Horgan were also to the fore early in the second half. However with such a big lead our lads became a little complacent and allowed Kildummin back into the game with goals which our goalkeeper Tommy Palmer could not be faulted for. However, we just managed to cling on at the end on a final score of Ballymac 4 – 11 Kilcummin 5 – 7.
Our U10’s will have their next outing in the U10 Go Games this week in Currow on Tuesday the 7th of June at 7.00pm. We will have games on the night against Castleisland Desmonds, Currow, Cordal and Scartaglen.
The academy for our U-10 panel continued last Sunday morning with challenge games against Austin Stacks in Ballymac last Sunday morning. The games were very enjoyable for the boys on a lovely morning. Many thanks to Austin Stack’s for travelling for the games. Academy continues as usual next Sunday morning the 12th of June. Kerry are playing Clare in the semi final of the Munster SFC at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney at 3.30pm.
The academy for our U8 panel continued last Sunday morning with a good turnout on the day. On Sunday the 5th of June our U8 boys will played challenge games against Austin Stacks in Ballymac. Good games were enjoyed by the boys and they are developing their skills week by week. Academy continues as usual next Sunday morning the 12th of June.
U6 Academy Boys & Girls had a good outing last Sunday and everyone had lots of fun learning their skills. Academy continues next Sunday the 29th of May on the main pitch so come along and bring your water and gum shield.
Cailini Faoi 14
Our under 14 Girls team played round five of Division two on Thursday evening in Castleisland Desmond’s GAA Pitch.
It was an eagerly anticipated encounter as Ballymac have had the edge in the recent encounters.
Ballymac played the better of the first quarter but poor target shooting saw them kick three wides while The home team got their first point on five minutes.
The teams went to a water break on fifteen minutes due to the hot conditions and it was Desmonds again who were most accurate on resumption scoring a further goal and two points before the break. Half time score Castleisland Desmond’s 1-3 to 0-0 Ballymac.
First score in the second half was critical and the home team struck for a goal 30 seconds after resumption.
Ballymac were narrowly wide four minutes later but finished to the net on 37 minutes with a high ball in from Caroline Hurley secured by Kate O’Connor and finished to the net with conviction by Aisling O’Connell who must be commended for playing while obviously ill.
Desmond’s responded with a goal on 40 minutes, Ballymac pointed on 42 Minutes through a free from Lisa Curran and a two minutes later from a well taken point from Caroline Hurley.
The ball was dangerously played around the Desmond’s box on a further three occasions but the home team cleared their lines each time. That was to be the end of Ballymac’s scoring in the match but the girls contested every ball to the end, Desmonds ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-2.
While the game did not go our way it opened the opportunity to give some of the younger girls match time with Feile just around the corner.
Most notable on the night were Sinead McKeown for Ballymac and Sadbh Prendiville for Desmonds both of whom who gave a master class in football and were a joy to watch.
Team: Ellie Sugrue, Sophie O’Donoghue, Roisin Long, Aoife Galvin, Cait Rice, Sinead McKeown, Caoimhe O’Carroll, Aisling O’Connell, Eve Creedon, Emily O’Brien,Emily O’Donoghue, Kate O’Connor, Lisa Curran, Ellie McElligott & Millie Dunne, Subs: Caroline Hurley, Laura Dunne, Holly Geary,Precious O’Shea, Mary Ann Fleming.
Scorers for Ballymac: Aisling O’Connell 1-0, Lisa Curran and Caroline Hurley 0-1 each.
Special congratulations to Aisling O’Connell on playing her part in winning the Munster U-14 title in Mallow. Your club, your team mates and your mentors are very proud of you.
We also wish Cora Savage and Cathriona Sommers a speedy recovery from injury their silken skills are missed on the pitch.
The result leaves Ballymac with one game to play in the county league and that is against Na Gaeil on Tuesday evening in Ballymac 8pm.
Cailini Faoi 10
Our U-10 girls travelled to Connolly Park on Sunday morning last to play Austin Stacks. This was a well contested game between two evenly matched teams. Our girls are continuing to improve with every performance. Many thanks to Stacks for hosting us and providing us with much needed liquid refreshment after the game!!!
Ballymacelligott Community Alert Group
There will be a Community Alert Group Meeting this Wednesday June 8th at 8pm in St. Brendan’s Hall, Ballydwyer. We will also be looking at the issue of setting up a Cardiac Response Group in Ballymacelligott so everybody is very welcome to this meeting!!
St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society
The Society is holding its Annual Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday, June 25th 2016. The Bus leaves Ballydwyer Creamery at 6.40am, The Earl of Desmond Hotel at 6.45am, Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church Tralee at 6.55am and Listowel Square at 7.20am. Contact June Fitzgerald at 066 71 37236 for further details.
Club Lotto at €3,100
The lotto was held in Glenduff House on the 30th May 2016 for a lotto jackpot of €3,000. Numbers drawn were 5.10.19,24. There was no winner. Lucky Dip winners: 1. Kathy Reidy, Reamore; 2. James Godley, Rathanny; 3. Mike Sugrue, Barakilla; 4. Siobhan Flahive, Ballymac and 5. Anthony Curran, Tylough. Sellers Prize : Tom Leen. The lotto now stands at €3,100 and can be played at www.ballymacgaa.com