Ballymac Seniors Progress with Hard Earned Win over Cordal

Ballymac's Shane Dowling shoots for a score as Cordal defenders, John Brosnan and Micheál Cahill move in to block during Saturday evening's game in Ballymacelligott. Photograph: Tom O'Donoghue.
Ballymac’s Shane Dowling shoots for a score as Cordal defenders, John Brosnan and Micheál Cahill move in to block during Saturday evening’s game in Ballymacelligott. Photograph: Tom O’Donoghue.

Ballymacelligott 0-12 Cordal 1-6

Ballymac progressed to the Premier Junior Championship with a hard earned victory over Cordal on Saturday evening in Ballymac.
The teams were level after 15 minutes on 0-3 apiece with Phillip O Connor 0-2 and Niall Ó Ciardubháin 0-1 the Cordal scorers. Shane O’Reilly, Jonathon Keane and Tomas O’Connor replying for the home side.
Vincent Horan edged Ballymac ahead with a point but two more Phillip O Connor points saw  the visitors lead at half time by 0-5 to 0-4.
Ballymac played their best football in the 15 minutes after half time and points from Aidan Breen 0-3, Vincent Horan, Padraig McCarthy and Tomas O’Connor put them in the driving seat. Cordal hit back with a Brian Reidy point before Niall Ó Ciardubháin goaled to reduce the lead to a single point. Daniel O’Shea then pointed to extend the Ballymac lead.

Ballymacelligott V Cordal 16-4-2016
Jonathan Keane, Ballymacelligott evades the challenge of Cordal wing back Daniel O Connor during Saturday evening’s game in Ballymacelligott. Photograph: Tom O’Donoghue.

The final ten minutes were frantic. Cordal strove to rescue the game and they were indebted to goalkeeper, Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin who made a fine save from Micheal Reidy following a good run.
Ballymac also had their defence to thank for keeping a determined Cordal attack at bay with Liam Dunne in particular making some timely interceptions. Luke Sweeney had the final point of the game ensuring his side progressed.
Many thanks to all who turned up to support the lads on the night. Team : P Laide, L Dunne, M Leen, T J Casey, M Reidy, L Sweeney, D Long, S. Dowling, E Reidy, T O Connor, P McCarthy, S O Reilly, J Keane, D O Shea, V Horan. Subs : A Breen, M Shanahan, C de Lacey.

Draw Threw Up Local Derby
The draw for the Premier Junior Championship which took place on Sunday evening threw up another local derby for us as we travel to Killeen in Oakpark to take on Na Gaeil on Saturday evening next at 6.30pm.  Please keep an eye on facebook and twitter for any possible changes to this fixture.  Please make every effort to support the lads in this game as they endeavour to make the quarter finals of the Junior Championship.

On Friday evening Churchill hosted John Mitchels in the Semi-final of the division 4B County League. Churchill came out on top in this game and will now play Ballymac in the final on a date which will be confirmed later this week. Best of luck to our minor team in the final.

Kerry Minors
Well done to our club minor players Micheal Reidy and Tomas O’Connor who played with the Kerry minor tam in their victory over Waterford last week.  The lads and their team mates are now in a semi final against Clare which is to be played in the coming weeks.

Preparations are well underway for Bwildered which takes place in Gleanageenty on Saturday 30th April.  Please check or the dedicated facebook page for full details on how to enter.

FAOI 14 County League Division 2A: Fossa 1-7   Ballymac 6-10
We travelled to Fossa on a fine evening for football. Conditions were dry and the pitch was in good shape considering all the rain we have had From the throw in we had a very tight game with neither side giving too much space Dara Leen opened our scoring with a well taken goal.
This settled us and the boys began to open up the space and played their passing game to great effect. Aidan was beginning to find form also and finished the game with 2-1.
Half time Fossa 1-7 Ballymac 3-5
On resumption Fossa threw everything at us and opened the second half with two quick points. Our boys responded with a well taken goal by Sean Polman Daamen This broke the Fossa resolve and our boys were now on top all over the field. Johnny Lowe had a man of the match performance and is excelling on the half forward line. Our defenders didn’t give an inch and are a tight knit group.  Dylan and Cas in midfield gave a solid hour. In the final 10 minutes we owned the ball and ran out comfortable winners.
A great result which sets us up for a home Derby v Desmonds on Wednesday 20th.
Panel: Eoghan Kenny, James Bailey, Bryan Cassidy (0-1), Ciaran Brosnan, Adam Joy, Adam Kelly, Darragh Sweeney, Cian Godley, Darragh Broderick (0-1), Denis  Brosnan, Jonathan Lowe (1-0), Dara Leen (1-1), Aidan O’ Brien (2-1), Dylan Dunne Moriarty (0-3), Sean Horan, Cathal Culloty, Sean Polman Daamen (1-0), Tim Polman Daamen (0-1).

FAOI 12 Blue Team
The U-12 boys played Austin Stacks last Sunday evening on the main pitch in Ballymac. The first half was a close encounter but Stack’s took their chances better than the home team to lead by seven points at half-time. However in the second half Ballymac rose to the challenge and Gary Lynch scored a great goal straight from the throw in. This was followed by a further goal from Adam Wharton. The lads tagged on a further ten points in total to run out winners on a score line of 3-15 to 4-07. This was a very entertaining game with the home team performing extremely well in the second half in particular.

FAOI 12 Gold Team
Our Gold Team had a convincing victory over Austin Stacks on Sunday evening last.  The game was over as a contestant at half time as goals by our lethal inside forwards Michael Prendergast and Luke McGill ensured we built up a big lead.  Good link play by half forwards Evan Boyle and Niall Collins ensured a good supply of ball to the inside players, while midfielders Sean Rice and Diarmuid Galvin were also to the fore.  Stacks came more into the game in the second half but our defence were in no mood to give up easy scores with Luke Horgan, Jack O Connor and Micheal Culloty outstanding while Tommy Palmer in goals was soundness personified.  Best wishes are also extended to Aidan Horgan and Raymond Lowe who missed the game due to illness and injury and hopefully it wont be long before we see the 2 boys back in the gold jersey again.

Ballymac brought their U10s to Churchill on Sunday for a challenge game at 11.30am. The boys performed outstandingly well on a lovely morning. Best on the day in the U-10 group were: Jack Joy, Micheal Savage, Evan O’Brien, Tom Long, Luke Silles, Jamie Lynch, Jack Slattery and Jamie Burke. Many thanks to Churchill for organising a great day.

Ballymac also brought their U8s to Churchill on Sunday for a challenge game at 11.30am. The boys played really well on a lovely morning for football. Best on the day in the U-10 group were: Michael Quirke, Sam Boyle, Conor Lynch and Ryan Burke. Many thanks to Churchill for organising a great day.

U-6 Academy Boys  and Girls had another big turn out on Sunday and everyone had lots of fun learning their skills. The coaches would like to thank all of them who turned  up to the hall every Sunday. Next Sunday the 24th of April we move outside to the football pitch. So bring a bottle of water and gum shield.

We had a large turn out of girls for training on Sunday morning last and an improvement in the girls skills is being shown with every passing week.  Those to impress on the day were: Katie Landers, Laobhaoise Mansfield, Niamh Rice and Katie Hobbart.

Commiserations to our figure dancers coached by Josephine Fearns – who were not successful in the Scor na bPaisti County Final held in Foilmore on Sunday last.  Nevertheless it was a great achievement for them to reach the county final. This now brings down the curtain on Scór activities for the year.  Many thanks to Scor officer, Anthony Curran and his wife Nora for the work they have put in to the organisation of Scór within the Club.

Community Games
Ballymacelligott Community Games are holding their Athletics evening on Monday April 25th at 7:15pm at An Riocht track Castleisland.  Participants must be over 6 ,under the age ,of event before July 31st and from Ballymacelligott parish.
Registration 2euro at the door.  Tiny tots race
Under 8-under 16….the first 3 to qualify will run at county athletics June 11th and 12th.

Nohoval National School Bake Sale on Sunday April 24th
The day is fast approaching for the Nohoval National School annual Bake Sale. It will take place in St. Brendan’s Hall, Ballymacelligott on this Sunday April 24th, from 10.30am to 2pm.
Tea and Coffee will be available if people want to sit and chat for a while.
There will also be a raffle and the prizes include: a signed Kerry jersey; family passes to lots of attractions; hotel and beauty vouchers, etc.
There will be face painting and a nail bar for the kids and a Children’s Art Display to enjoy. At 12noon renowned chef, Mark Doe will be on hand for a Cupcake Decorating Demonstration.    Come along and enjoy!

Club Lotto Pot at €2,300

The lotto was held in the Halfway Bar on Monday, 11th April for a jackpot of €2,300.  Numbers drawn were 1,11,16,28.  There was no winner.
Lucky Dips: 1. Sam Mansfield, Elton House; 2. Patsy Dooley, Ballymac; 3. Tom Reidy, Kielduff;
4. Naomi Reidy, Trophy World; 5. Ruairi Rahilly, Ballymac (online).
Sellers Prize : Tom Leen. The lotto now stands at €2,400 and can be played with a click here: