County Under 21 A Championship Semi-Final Saturday November 29th
Claremorris 1-13 1-7 Ballintubber
Our Under 21’s Championship campaign came to an end under lights in McHale Park when a James Shaughnessy inspired performance saw the South Mayo side through to the final . While the Abbeysiders will be disappointed they have reason to have many grievances on the evening when one of their players had to be left on the ground after a reckless challenge for nearly 40 minutes suffering from a collar-bone or shoulder injury while a spine injury was also feared . No stretcher appeared to be available in the County Ground which is far from ideal while no Order of Malta or indeed any other medical personnel were available in the ground bar the Club’s physio. The player who suffered was Bryan Walsh after Ballintubber had led at 0-4 to 0-3 following fine points from the afore mentioned Bryan Walsh , 2 Michael Plunkett scores while right-wing back Aaron Lally also chipped in with a point. The reckless challenge resulted in both teams having to leave the field for a considerable amount of time before the Ambulance team arrived with the remaining 10 minutes of the half playing out which saw Claremorris take advantage of the situation when they scored 6 points without reply with key forward James Shaughnessy the main score getter. Another set-back for the Abbeysiders was the hamstring injury suffered by corner back Sean Staunton before the interval with Claremorris leading 0-9 to 0-4. The second half continued in much the same vein with that player again James Shaughnessy having one of those evenings when everything he kicked it went over. It was midfielder Michael Plunkett who pointed his sides first score of the half from a free to reduce the leeway to 0-12 to 0-5 before Claremorris bagged their only goal with James Shaughnessy kicking over his sides final score. The boys in red staged a mini revival before the end with full-back Brian Murphy kicking over his sides 6th point before Eoin Heneghan added another. Indeed Ballintubber were dominating at this stage and it was no surprise when the hard-working Diarmuid O’Connor created his sides goal chance with full-forward David McHale knocking the ball to the net. However time had run out but the boys of the ‘tubber certainly played to the final whistle despite the many set-backs suffered during the game. Not forgetting the injured Stephen Finnerty, Dave Clarke as well as the suspended Conor Finnerty who all would have made a huge difference had they been available. However with most of the team still eligible next year there is a lot to look forward to with this group. Others to star for Ballintubber included John Kerrigan in defence while Joe Geraghty, Aaron Lally and Sean Kelly also did well. Diarmuid O’Connor and Michael Plunkett worked hard against a physical Claremorris midfield while the loss of Bryan Walsh was huge with Darren Flannery, Keelan McDonnell ,Eoin Heneghan, substitutes Aidan Sumerville and Patrick Burke all did well.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Sean Staunton, Brian Murphy (Capt) (0-1), John Kerrigan, Aaron Lally (0-1), Joe Geraghty, Sean Kelly, Diarmuid O’Connor, Michael Plunkett (0-3, 2f), Keelan McDonnell, Bryan Walsh (0-1), Darren Flannery, Eoin Heneghan(0-1), David McHale (1-0), Adrian Murphy. Subs used : Patrick Burke for Bryan Walsh (inj), Aidan Summerville for Sean Staunton (inj), Oran Scully for Adrian Murphy
Connacht Club Senior Championship Final Sunday November 23rd
Ballintubber 1-7 2-13 Corofin
Commiserations to our Senior team whose Championship campaign ended in their first ever Connacht final when a more seasoned and clinical Corofin side deserved their 6th title. The Abbeysiders were never able to reach the heights of their historic win over St. Brigids with nerves prominent but the team have given its supporters many memorable hours in possibly one of the most successful era’s in the Club history. Had some earlier chances been converted it may have caused Corofin some problems but their ranking as favourites for the All-Ireland series was cemented today as some of their support play and scores was impressive. It is said that you have to lose a final to realise and understand how to win one and that may indeed prove to be the case in the future. With the Ballintubber game plan well studied by Corofin Manager Stephen Rochford, they targeted the key scoring areas for the Abbeysiders and this certainly disrupted their free-flowing style as the only scorers on the day were a well-marshalled Cillian O’Connor while their spiritual leader Alan Dillon worked so hard and also scored his sides only goal in the second half with the play anywhere Diarmuid O’Connor putting in another energy sapping performance along with Damien Coleman. The Mayo Champions struggled in midfield where no clean ball was won but both Jason Gibbons and Stephen Broderick had their moments. The under pressure defence had a difficult hour but still had some star performers with Cathal Hallinan, Brian Murphy,Decaln Larkin, Myles Kelly, Michael Plunkett and Ruaidhri O’Connor giving their all with Brendan Walsh in goal given little chance with Corofin’s two second half goals. The game began brightly for the ‘home’ side and they played some decent football but no scores came about with a number of scoreable chances missed . The Galway side however eventually settled and it was left-corner-forward Ian Burke who caused most of the first half damage as he pointed his sides opening 2 scores. A sweet left wing strike from full-forward Cillian O’Connor had the Abbeysiders on the board but further Corofin attacks yielded points from Ian Burke and their centre-half-forward Micheal Lundy. Indeed Corofin attacked in numbers and had a number of players back when Ballintubber attacked with the biggest player on the pitch number 14 Greg Higgins prominent when defending. It was a pointed Cillian O’Connor free that left just two between the sides but for some resolute defending in the Ballintubber defence the score could have been more lop-sided. That man again Ian Burke again popped over his sides next score where pressure from the West Mayo side yielded another Cillian O’Connor converted free. However the huge Corofin support were treated to a tremendous point from their Captain Michael Farragher before Cillian O’Connor ending the half with another pointed free. With the score 0-7 to 0-4 in favour of the Galway side with the Mayo Champions far from their best it was hoped that the interval may turn things around.On a cold, calm sunny day with the odd passing shower thrown in to the mixture, the expected Ballintubber comeback never materialised with the opening point coming from the Corofin full-back Kieran Fitzgerald who somehow managed to go all the way before fisting over the first score of the second half. As much as the Abbeysiders tried to grasp the game it was the free-flowing football of the Galway Champions that again opened up the Ballintubber defence with the influential Gary Sice blasting home his sides first goal despite the best efforts of Ballintubber goalie Brendan Walsh. Corofin were rampant at this stage with midfielder Ronan Steede next to score before Ian Burke batted in his sides second goal. Another point from the same player suddenly had the game out of the reach of the boys of the ‘tubber at 2-10 to 0-4. Most teams would throw in the towel at this stage but not the boys in red who were living off scraps where one of the games brief highlights for Ballintubber being the well created goal for the clinical Alan Dillon. It all started when substitute Daire Summerville won possession deep before off-loading it to Damien Coleman with Alan Dillon finally finding space before he found a rare gap to squeeze the ball to the back of the Corofin net. Ballintubber needed to build on this but it was the visitors who scored the next 2 points to defer any kind of momentum. Another Cillian O’Connor pointed free followed with Alan Dillon expertly kicking over only his sides second and final point from play. Further pressure yielded another Cillian O’Connor pointed free before Corofin rounded off the impressive win with a fine Gary Sice point to close out the game. In truth the better team won and Corofin will take stopping as their flexible game has many strong points but Ballintubbr have nothing to be ashamed about as very few teams could even match of team of the calibre. 2014 will be remembered as the years Club won all the compititions in Mayo as well as finally breaking their duck in the Connacht Club Championship with their game against All-Ireland Club Champions of 2013 St. Brigid’s a few weeks back one of the best Club games of the season. The age profile of the team is quite young with just a few players over the 30 mark while our Under 21 side play in the County Semi-Final next Saturday at 6.00 in McHale Park against Claremorris at 6pm. Others to impress include Substitutes Ray, Joe and Danny Geraghty while Daire Summerville also showed up well in the second half.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Brian Murphy, Cathal Hallinan, Declan Larkin, Myles Kelly, Michael PlunkPlunkett, Ruaidhri O’Connor, Jason Gibbons (Capt), Stephen Broderick, Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon (1-1), Diarmuid O'Connor O’Co, Alan Plunkett, Cillian O’Connor (0-6, 5f), Padraig O’Connor. Subs used : Ray Geraghty for Padraig O’Connor, Daire Summerville for Alan Plunkett, Joe Geraghty for Declan Larkin, Danny Geraghty for Stephen Broderick.
Connacht Senior Club Championship Semi-Final Sunday November 9th
Ballintubber 3-10 1-13 St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
Congrats to our Senior team who finally made a Connacht final at the third attempt following a cracking 3 points win over 2013 All-Ireland Club Championship winners St. Brigid's in McHale Park on Sunday. Credit to both teams who played football the way it should be played with both teams scoring some smashing goals while crossfield long-range passes along with blocks and deflections in a game that had everything you would want in a Championship encounter. On a decent day for November with a brief shower in the opening half on a somewhat heavy pitch where a hop of the ball was sometimes a gamble, it again was the ability of the Abbeysiders to bag goals that got them through. They had heroes all over the pitch where the defence was well-tested but they passed the test with flying colours where the vision of corner-back Brian Murphy flying through the air to deflect a goal-bound flick will live long in the memory. The improving partnernship between Captain Jason Gibbons and the excellently positioned Stephen Broderick won a huge amount of ball while the goal-scoring instincts of Padraig & Cillian O'Connor as well as the fit-again Alan Plunkett saw the boys in red get over the line along with the promptings of the always available Alan Dillon. In truth there were so many other heroes with the youngest of the O'Connor's Diarmuid covering every blade of grass in another energy sapping performance. The game began with rain falling and it was the visitors who were well-supported and who began well and had two points on the board in the opening minutes where the boys of the 'tubber were finding the going tough. However an excellent Padraig O'Connor '45 got the show on the road but a pointed free from St.Brigid's full-forward Senan Kilbride had the game at 0-3 to 0-1. With Jason Gibbons and Stephen Broderick getting more into the game it allowed Alan Plunkett to kick over his first score of the game while Stephen Brodericks next play saw him put a high ball on top of Cillian O'Connor who managed to break it down to his brother Padraig who used his left peg to good effect as he bagged the games first goal. Back came the Roscommon champions however and they tested Brendan Walsh in the Ballintubber goal but he was more than equal to the attempt with play going into the Abbeysiders scoring half next where an excellent Alan Plunkett cross-field pass found the Mayo Championships top scorer Cillian O'Connor who comfortably pointed his first of the game. With Cathal Hallinan, Declan Larkin and Michael Plunkett as well as Ruaidhri O'Connor doing well in defence along with Brian Murphy and Myles Kelly, St.Brigid's next score came courtesy of midfielder Karl Mannion who pointed from distance. With the score 1-3 to 0-4 in favour of the Mayo champs, the visitors did miss a number of scoring chances until another Senan Kilbride free reduced the lead to one score. Back came the West Mayo side who created a patient score from deep with the alert Alan Plunkett on hand to blast the ball beyond St.Brigid's netminder Shane Curran to the net and push the Abbeysiders further out in front. One worry however was the number of scoreable frees that the Roscommon champions created as full-forward Senan Kilbride was on hand to score the next free. Back down the other end where Cillian O'Connor converted his sides final point of the half before another Senan Kilbride free left the interval score Ballintubber 2-4 0-7 St. Brigid's. The second half saw a rejuvenated St. Brigid's side begin strongly as they had scored the first 3 points of the half to level at 2-4 to 0-10. Just when it looked as if the experienced Roscommon side were taking a strangle-hold of the game, the wily Alan Dillon stood up and kicked over two badly-needed points to lift his team and the Ballintubber supporters. Back down the following end where the brave Michael Plunkett managed to block a goal-bound shot in a rip-roaring second half. But further pressure from the visitors yielded the next major of the game where midfielder Karl Mannion calmly hammered the ball from distance to the side of the net to push the Roscommon kingpins out in front again at 1-10 to 2-6. Play continued to go from end to end with Padraig O'Connor next to score when he left-pointed to level the sides again. It was during this stage that the Abbeysiders proved how good they can be when they scored a number of crucial scores that swung the game their way. Then it was the turn of midfielder Stephen Broderick to calmly point while good work from Diarmuid O'Connor allowed Alan Plunkett the space to convert his second point of the match as the boys of the 'tubber upped the tempo another notch. The games defining score was next when another Ballintubber attack with Stephen Broderick finding marksman Cillian O'Connor who just found just enough space blast the games final goal beyond Shane Curran to the corner of the net. It was now 3-9 to 1-10 but there was more drama to follow with the game in the closing minutes with another forceful St. Brigid's attack where the ball sprayed all in front of Brendan Walsh's goal before a cat-like leap from Brian Murphy pushed the ball out for a '45. However a quickly converted short '45 saw Frankie Dolan pop over his sides 12th score and they added two more scores to leave just two points 3-9 to 1-13 between the sides. However good work around the middle saw Stephen Broderick move the ball on before Diarmuid O'Connor was fouled with his brother Cillian calmly pointing the resultant free to ensure the historic win. It was cheers all round when referee Raymond McBrien blew his whistle for the last time as the Abbeysiders finally made it through to the Connacht Club final which takes place in 2 weeks time against Galway Champions Corofin in McHale Park. Now that the boys in red have finally make the breakthrough to their first ever Connacht final, more history can be added to the already 104 years Ballintubber G.A.A. Club have been in existence for as this team can achieve anything if the will is there because there is no doubt the talent certainly is. Others who starred in the win is Damien Coleman who unselfishly carried the ball and did a lot of the groundwork up front while substitute Paul Early took a big hit from the already booked Frankie Dolan towards the end.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Michael Plunkett, Cathal Hallinan, Declan Larkin, Myles Kelly, Brian Murphy, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jason Gibbons, Stephen Broderick (0-1), Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon (0-2), Diarmuid O'Connor, Alan Plunkett (1-2), Cillian O'Connor (1-3, 2f), Padraig O'Connor (1-2. '45). Subs used - Joe Geraghty for Myles Kelly, Daire Summerville for Damien Coleman (inj), Paul Ealey for Alan Plunkett, Ray Geraghty for Padraig O'Connor
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1A Sunday November 2nd
Charlestown 0-5 1-9 Ballintubber
Congrats to our Senior team who reclaimed the Division 1A title after a battling 7 points win in hardy conditions in Charlestown on Sunday. It was only the Club’s second time to claim the Tommy Hoban cup with 2011 being the last time but this time they went the whole season undefeated in the League campaign where many games were won without the County contingent. On a heavy pitch that was well drenched in the minutes leading up to the start of the game, the Abbeysiders started with only 2 of the O’Connor’s while Alan Plunkett was also held back until later in the game. The main talking point of the opening half was the dismissal of Cillian O’Connor who was harshly double carded in a matter of minutes midway through the half . However it never unsettled the Abbeysiders who deservedly led 0-7 to 0-2 at the break. It was marquee forward and recent All-Star Cillian O’Connor who kicked over the games opening score following an excellent crossfield pass from his brother Diarmuid. Then the player who makes Ballintubber tick Alan Dillon was next to score when he pointed from distance to put two between the sides. With the wind mainly at the back of the visitors, it looked as if the traffic would keep going one way but in fairness to the hosts they didn’t buckle and were to level the match in the following minutes with full-forward Colm Maye kicking his sides second point following a pointed free. With the hosts needing a win to maintain their Division 1A status, they were giving as good as they get however persistence from Ray Geraghty saw wing forward Daire Summerville avail of a break when he calmly put his side back in front. Further pointed frees from Cillian O’Connor pushed the Abbeysiders further out in front. Then the harsh booking of Cillian O’Connor after he was pulled to the ground where Charlestown midfielder Tom Parsons was also booked although why the Ballintubber player was booked at all is a mystery as he had been singled out since the game began and was certainly the victim on this occasion. While the second yellow was probably warranted as a result of a clumsy high challenge, nonetheless the top scorer of the Mayo Senior Championship was shown red . But such is the maturity of this team that they played some of their best football coming up to high time as the extra space up front resulted in 2 excellent points before the break where Stephen Broderick pointed following good work from Joe Geraghty while another Geraghty this time Ray who took over the free-taking duties showed what he can do when converting the games final score of the first half to leave the interval score 0-7 to 0-2 in favour of the visitors.
The second half was a low scoring affair and the West Mayo side were well in control with one of the biggest cheers of the day reserved for corner-back Declan Larkin who was outstanding on the day and he capped it off with a long range point. While the homeside did keep at it and scored the games next score, the match had a lot of defending as the playing surface worsened with the games only goal coming about inside the closing 10 minutes. It was the hard-working Damien Coleman who broke through the Charlestown defence before he was hauled to the ground with referee Michael Daly having no doubts but to award a penalty. Up stood Ray Geraghty who excellently buried the ball to the corner of the net and finish the game as a contest. Ballintubber’s final score came about following excellent vision from Alan Dillon who spotted substitute Alan Plunkett free with the Moorehall native sensibly pointing. Before the end the East Mayo kicked over 2 fine points but in truth it was mere consolation as they will now be playing in Division 1B for 2015. As for the boys of the ‘tubber they have joined a unique batch of Clubs who have won all the domestic honours in Mayo in one season with the Senior Championship title now joined by the Division 1A cup while the Michael Walsh Secondary League as well as the County Cup and not forgetting the Kelly Cup will all be on show at the Club’s annual dinner-dance next January. While next Sunday they are stepping into a much higher level they take on the 2013 All-Ireland Club winners St. Brigids from Roscommon in the Connacht Club Semi-Final in McHale Park at 2pm in what has the makings of a cracker. Consistency has been the key to their season and they have been fortunate with injuries although Gary Loftus is one who will be out until the new year, however he continues to tog out with the players and still has a huge part to play. The Defence which has been the bedrock of the this team continues to excel with a miserly 0-5 conceded today and they will have to be at their very best to keep out the likes of Senan Kilbride as well as the influential Frankie Dolan amongst others next Sunday. However when you have one of the games best markers in full-back Cathal Hallinan along with the sharp Declan Larkin who certainly put his name into the mix for a start next Sunday following a fine performance along with a rare point. Brian Murphy uses his speed to great effect and while he may be light for the conditions today, he certainly makes up for it in heart and excellent positioning. Behind the defence is one of the Counties best shot stoppers with another clean sheet today for Arsenal supporter Brendan Walsh with the half-back line also impressing where Myles Kelly is getting better as the season goes on where he picked up a huge amount of ball . With the nippy and sharp Michael Plunkett showing up well also in the half-back-line while he was well supported by the strong Joe Geraghty who put in a good shift before being replaced by the experienced Ruaidhri O’Connor. Captain Jason Gibbons continues to lead the way and his partnership with Stephen Broderick is getting better where Jason accepted the Division 1A Cup from County Board Chairman Paddy McNicholas. Conditions were far from ideal for the forwards but they still got the key scores with that man again Alan Dillon getting through a huge amount of work with his vision creating a number of important scores as well as pointing in the opening half from distance. Again Damien Coleman did a lot of the unseen work that is required for the attack with his burst forward creating the penalty towards the end of the game. Once again Diarmuid O’Connor proved how important his role is with his remarkable fitness and work-rate as his got his hands on the ball so many times throughout the game with home-again Danny Geraghty replacing him towards the end. In the full-forward line the luckless Cillian O’Connor had scored 0-3 before his dismissal, however he will be fine for next Sunday’s crucial encounter. It was a chance for Ray Geraghty who certainly took his chance with a fine performance as he won all ball directed towards him and took the his scoring opportunities well including the vital penalty. Not forgetting the work done by Daire Summerville who got in on the scoring and certainly gave the management plenty to think about for next Sunday’s big Championship encounter. With substitute Alan Plunkett scoring his sides final point, he certainly looks another option for the attack against St.Brigid’s .
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin (0-1), Cathal Hallinan, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Michael Plunkett, Joe Geraghty, Jason Gibbons (Capt), Stephen Broderick (0-1), Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon (0-1), Diarmuid O’Connor, Ray Geraghty (1-1, 1f & pen), Cillian O’Connor (0-3, 2f), Daire Summerville (0-1). Subs used – Ruaidhri O’Connor for Joe Geraghty, Alan Plunkett (0-1) for Stephen Broderick, Danny Geraghty for Diarmuid O’Connor, Bryan Walsh for Damien Coleman.
MD Roofing Services Under 21 A Championship Monday October 27th
Knockmore 0-9 0-11 Ballintubber
Congrats to our Under 21 team who made it through to the knock-out stages of the Under 21A Championship once again after overcoming hosts Knockmore on a mild, murky but mainly dry bank holiday Monday. It was a backs to the wall situation as the Abbeysiders were caught late by Charlestown in Clogher in the opening round and had to win to have any chance of a later date. On a slippy and sometimes heavy pitch, the visitors have to thank the boot of midfielder Michael Plunkett who took to the free-taking duties like a duck to water as he expertly pointed 6 times through-out the game while his midfield partner Diarmuid O’Connor also stood out and was involved in a lot of the key moments. The homeside had already qualified following their 7 points win over Charlestown and matched the visitors point for point in the opening half which ended at 5 apiece where both sides missed a number of chances. Indeed indiscipline for both teams saw a lot of pointed frees with Stephen Finnerty opening Ballintubber’s account which was levelled and added to inside the opening 10 minutes. A Michael Plunkett pointed free followed before the North Mayo side took the lead again. Indeed the West Mayo side could have had the games only goal but centre-half-forward Bryan Walsh’s goal attempt was well saved by the Knockmore custodian. With the tall David McHale in at full-forward, his height advantage paid dividends in the next play when he managed to use his strength to point his sides third score. Again it was David McHale who won crucial possession in attack before being fouled with the sharp Stephen Finnerty punishing the indiscretion with his second pointed free. The Ballintubber defence was coping well where captain Brian Murphy at full-back had things under control while he had good help from the youthful John Kerrigan and Sean Staunton. But it was Knockmore who were to score twice more before the half ended before one of the best passages of play saw right-corner-forward Conor Finnerty win possession deep in his half before carrying the ball into the scoring zone and kicking over his sides fifth point to tie the teams at the interval. The second half began with Michael Plunkett converting a Diarmuid O’Connor free but indiscipline at the other end had the sides level again. The teams were to tie again at 0-7 each where another well-taken Michael Plunkett free was added, however the game began to swing to the Abbeysiders in the following minutes. Again the promptings came from Diarmuid O’Connor and Michael Plunkett who may not be the tallest midfield but if you have good football instincts then a lot can happen. Further pressure from the visitors saw another Michael Plunkett pointed free with Conor Finnerty kicking over a fine point on the left side following good work from Diarmuid O’Connor and the youngest player on the team Aaron Lally from right-half-back. It was all Ballintubber at this stage where further attacks yielded two further pointed frees from the boot of the accurate Michael Plunkett to push the boys of the ‘tubber 0-11 to 0-7 in front. The Abbeysiders were sporting the white strip worn by our Senior team in the previous weekends County final win, however they had to withstand a brief comeback from Knockmore who pointed 2 frees of their own before referee John Glavey called a halt to the proceedings. This grade has always produced some top quality football and it is a shame that it pushed back to the end of the season. However Ballintubber can only keep going and with a lot happening with our Senior team who go for a clean sweep of titles in Mayo next weekend, details of the Quarter-Finals will be announced in due course. Others to shine for Ballintubber included Tom McGing in goal while Joe Geraghty at centre-half-back held the central position well with Darren Flannery doing well in his new role of left-half-back. Eoin Heneghan and Adrian Murphy tried hard before being replaced by Dave Clarke and Aidan Summerville respectively while John Kerrigan was the unfortunate one to receive a black card during the closing minutes where Oran Scully replaced him. The Management team of Sean Corcoran,Pat Lally and Tommy Kilcoyne will be delighted to have made the breakthrough to ensure Ballintubber fans will have further interest in the fortunes of this team for another while longer.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, John Kerrigan, Brian Murphy (Capt), Sean Staunton, Aaron Lally, Joe Geraghty, Darren Flannery, Diarmuid O’Connor, Michael Plunkett (0-6,6f), Stephen Finnerty (0-2,2f),Bryan Walsh, Eoin Heneghan, Conor Finnerty (0-2), David McHale (0-1), Adrian Murphy. Subs used : Dave Clarke for Eoin Heneghan, Aidan Summerville for Adrian Murphy, Oran Scully for John Kerrigan (Black card).
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1A Saturday October 25th
Ballintubber 1-9 0-8 Crossmolina Deel Rovers
Our Senior team kept up their push in the Division 1A league title race when they had to battle hard against a well organised Crossmolina side in windy but mainly dry conditions to gain the league points on offer in Clogher on Saturday evening. With the Abbeysiders on the crest of a wave after last Sundays historic third Senior County title, it was a more difficult game than expected with the hosts fielding all bar 3 of the team that was successful with the notable absentee being All-Star Cillian O’Connor. With the County finalists Castlebar Mitchels also winning it means the title race will go down to the final day as Ballintubber lead the Division 1A table on 19 points from 10 games while their illustrious town neighbours have 17 points. After a week of celebration it was no surprise that some of the players took a while to get into their groove as the North Mayo side played defensively for long periods as scoring opportunities were limited as a result. However the homeside always had that bit extra although it took a few late scores from the youthful Michael Plunkett to put the game to bed. The opening half ended with the Abbeysiders 0-4 to 0-3 in front where they should have more scores on the board against a more economical visiting side. The first half scorers included Alan Plunkett and Damien Coleman while Padraig O’Connor pointed twice including a free from the hand. While the Deel Rovers side had the legendary Ciaran McDonald lining out in the middle of the park, they levelled the game in the opening minutes of the second half. However a batch of points from Stephen Broderick, Michael Plunkett and a Padraig O’Connor free pushed the boys of the ‘tubber 0-7 to 0-4 in front but the stubborn resistance of the visitors was plain to see with the main forward Fionnan Duffy kicking over a huge long range free to give the significant Crossmolina support plenty to shout about. A second point from the hard-working Damien Coleman put 3 between the sides again and indeed the boys in red should have more on the scoreboard but for some more wayward shooting. A significant change in the second half saw the impressive Michael Plunkett moved into the attack and it proved an important switch which showed as the game entered the melting pot. Again it was left to Fionnan Duffy to keep the North Mayo side in touch when he pointed 2 more frees and when further missed opportunities from the off-key Ballintubber attack, it looked as if the misses would come back to haunt them. Thankfully the stern Crossmolina resistance was finally broken through and it took smart play from Michael Plunkett who was at the end of the move to find the corner of the net. It was relief all round with daylight fading fast although another Fionnan Duffy free left just one score between the sides before that man Michael Plunkett sealed the important win with the games final point. Next up will be a visit to Charlestown next Sunday at 12noon on a ground that has never been the happiest of hunting grounds with the defeat back in 2011 almost causing the Abbeysiders to miss out on their first Division 1A league title. Not forgetting the Connacht Club Semi-Final on Sunday week November 9th in McHale Park against Roscommon kingpins St. Brigids so plenty to look forward to ! Best for Ballintubber included Cathal Hallinan at full-back while he had plenty of help from Declan Larkin with Myles Kelly getting through plenty of work while he was ably supported by Joe Geraghty and Ruaidhri O’Connor. The midfield pairing of captain Jason Gibbons and Daire Summerville impressed while the move of Michael Plunkett into the attack was an important move as he ended up with a return of 1-2. Padraig O’Connor ended with a total 0-3 while Damien Coleman scored 0-2 with Alan Plunkett opening the scoring. The always industrious Alan Dillon was prominent while Stephen Broderick added a score while the youngest of the O’Connor’s Diarmuid was also involved in a lot of the scores.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Cathal Hallinan, Michael Plunkett (1-2), Myles Kelly, Joe Geraghty, Ruaidhri O’Connor, Jason Gibbons (Capt), Daire Summerville, Alan Plunkett (0-1), Stephen Broderick (0-1), Damien Coleman (0-2), Alan Dillon, Diarmuid O’Connor, Padraig O’Connor (0-3, 2f). Subs used – Bryan Walsh for Alan Plunkett, Ray Geraghty for Stephen Broderick, Brian Murphy for Myles Kelly.
Mayo Senior Championship Final Sunday October 19th 2014
Ballintubber 2-9 1-9 Castlebar Mitchels
Our Senior team regained the Moclair Cup after overcoming holders Castlebar Mitchels in mainly dry,sunny but cool conditions in Elvery’s McHale Park on Sunday.The Abbeysiders, sporting the new white kit kindly sponsored by loyal sponsor Michael Corrigan of Corrigans Store had the O’Connor brothers to thank for their sides 2 goals with Padraig scoring first while Cillian bagged his only minutes later during a scoring blitz in the opening half. In a repeat of the 2010 & 2011 finals the Abbeysiders always looked likely winners despite an edgy opening 5 minutes when Castlebar started off with a 2 point lead where midfielder Barry Moran and late substitute Eoghan O’Reilly began the scoring. Then it was the experience of Alan Dillon who kicked an excellent crossfield pass towards Padraig O’Connor who hammered the ball to the Mitchels net while the second goal saw the usually reliable Tom Cunniffe misjudge a Jason Gibbons pass to allow Cillian O’Connor cut inside and hit the Mitchels net . It was then a pointed free from Cillian O’Connor that suddenly had the Abbeysiders 2-1 to 0-2 in front. The Mitchels were rattled and it showed but the boys of the ‘tubber were stuggling to gain primary possession around the middle despite the best efforts of Jason Gibbons and Stephen Broderick as the townside kicked a number of poor wides while having the benefit of the breeze. It was the experienced Richie Feeney who kick-started the Castlebar recovery when he kicked over a fine long range point which seemed to ignite his team with Neil Lydon and Fergal Durkin also pointing to leave just 2 points between the teams. Unselfish work from the industrious Diarmuid O’Connor saw a scoring opportunity for Player of the Match Alan Dillon who calmly slotted over the point his side needed. However a second pointed free from Eoghan O’Reilly left the interval score 2-2 to 0-6 where both teams had plenty to ponder over the half-time break. With the breeze now at the backs of the boys of the ‘tubber, it was no surprise when midfielder Stephen Broderick kicked over the first of his scores following good work from Alan Dillon and Padraig O’Connor. This however only brought out the best in the Mitchels as they scored their only goal where midfielder Barry Moran was on hand to flick the ball to the back of the Abbeysiders net despite the best efforts of Brendan Walsh in goal. The sides were now level at 2-3 to 1-6 and serious questions were being asked with the cool head of Cillian O’Connor pointing a free although that was cancelled moments later when Castlebar number 14 Aidan Walsh also pointed a free. The defining moments of the match were decided in the following minutes where both the youth and the experienced members of the Ballintubber team showed what they were about. One of the heroes of last years All-Ireland Minor success Diarmuid O’Connor took the game by the scruff of the neck when he pointed twice in as many minutes. His first came about when he was attacking the goal where he sensibly left-fisted the ball over the bar with his other point one to remember when he kicked a huge point from the right side to push his side 2 in front. In this spell it was a second point from the alert Stephen Broderick who availed of a short Cillian O’Connor free to suddenly push Ballintubber 2-7 to 1-7 in front. However back came the Mitchels with midfielder Danny Kirby and the influential Richie Feeney both pointing fine scores in what turned out to be their sides final scores of the game. With the game still in the melting pot it took two further points from the goalscoring O’Connor brothers to put the game to bed when Padraig scored after the ball fell his way and while it looked as if a goal chance was on he took the sensible option and took the point. It was left to Cillian O’Connor who probably didn’t have his greatest day in the free-taking duties but he hit an absolute belter of a free from out near the sideline in front of the press box to score the games last point . Shortly after referee Eamon McAndrew blew his final whistle amidst great scenes of jubilation as Ballintubber were top of the pile in Mayo again and will now face the Roscommon kingpins St. Brigids who claimed their 5th successive County title on Sunday November 9th in McHale Park. Thats for another day however as players and supporters will no doubt enjoy the celebrations. The Abbeysiders had stars and leaders all over the field when the game was in the melting pot and will look with tremendous pride in what is without further doubt the greatest team in the Clubs proud and illustrious 104 year history. From the defence that had to contend without the fearless Gary Loftus, they dealt with most attacks where their central players for Castlebar were Richie Feeney and further out the field Neil Douglas. With the reliable Brendan Walsh in goal where you had Cathal Hallinan at full-back who kept a close reign on Richie Feeney which was central while Brian Murphy and Paul Earley more than matched their men with the youthful Michael Plunkett manning the centre-back role excellently . Myles Kelly also put in a good shift while Ruaidhri O’Connor had another excellent display in the left wing position. While not a lot of clean ball was won in midfield both Captain Jason Gibbons and Stephen Broderick working hard throughout the hour against a big midfielder Mitchels pairing with Stephen Broderick also able to add to the scoring. Scores were much harder to come by today but when you have the likes of Alan Dillon who always excels for his Club along with the energy of Diarmuid O’Connor you have always have scoring potential as 0-3 were added from this line. Not forgetting the hard work of Damien Coleman who is having one of his best years following a number of injury limited seasons. Inside in the full-forward line the well-known Cillian O’Connor scored 1-3 with his points all coming from frees while his goal was another highlight where he has built a good understanding with his brother Padraig O’Connor who also shone with his 1-1. The industrious Alan Plunkett had a quieter day where he was well marshalled while substitutes introduced were Joe Geraghty who certainly got stuck in while Daire Summerville and Ray Geraghty were also brought into the action before the end. Behind any great team there has to be a great Management and that was proven this year where the team have played 25 times with only one loss and one draw and that Management team comprises of Peter Ford and former player Tony Duffy who have really worked hard with this bunch of players and are now reaping the rewards. Others to mention include Ger Brady who has become a huge part to this set-up while the 2 Jims, Jim O’Toole and Jim Twohig have been central to the success over the years while Ruaidhri Hallinan looks after the stats for the 2014 season.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Brian Murphy, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Michael Plunkett, Ruaidhri O’Connor, Jason Gibbons (Capt), Stephen Broderick (0-2), Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon (0-1), Diarmuid O’Connor (0-2), Alan Plunkett, Cillian O’Connor (1-3, 3f), Padraig O’Connor (1-1). Subs used : Joe Geraghty for Paul Earley, Daire Summerville for Alan Plunkett, Ray Geraghty for Padraig O’Connor .
Ballintubber 9-11 2-12 Knockmore
In the proud history of Ballintubber G.A.A. Club a lot a memorable days were had but this Sunday was probably one of the best as our Senior team blew aside their bogey team to qualify for their fourth Senior County final in five years. It was a day when the team just finally clicked with a remarkable tally of goals where the 4 O'Connor brothers bagged 6 between them, surely its one for the history books of not only Ballintubber G.A.A. but the vaults of the G.A.A. in general. In truth it wasn't a case that Knockmore collapsed, the movement and quick passing of the Abbeysiders was so clinical it reminded one of Mayo's demolition of Galway in last years Connacht Championship. On an almost perfect day with a slight breeze played in sometimes mild, sunny conditions, the boys in red got to business early. On a pitch that could have done with a trim, it was Cillian O'Connor who opened the scoring when he was picked out by Alan Plunkett in what was a hint of what was to come. Mayo stalwart Kevin McLoughlin levelled for Knockmore before Diarmuid O'Connor kicked a huge point from under the stand . Then the find of the season midfielder Stephen Broderick caught a kick-out and then linked up well before he was at the end of the move to point the 'tubber's third point of the game. Ballintubber were dominant in so many positions with the games opening goal next when full-forward Cillian O'Connor opened the way for brother Diarmuid O'Connor to score his first goal of this years Championship. A brief response followed from the North Mayo side when their right half back and captain Kieran Langan pointed a free to leave just 4 between the sides at 1-3 to 0-2. That was all just before the goalrush after Cillian O'Connor pointed his second score. It was the hard-working Damien Coleman who made his sides second goal when he found Cillian O'Connor who calmly found the net. Then it was the O'Connor brothers breaking Knockmore hearts again when Diarmuid set up Padraig to hit the net for a third time. Another attack saw the alert Alan Dillon finding Cillian O'Connor with a sweet ball before the full-forward flicked the ball to the net. It was now suddenly 4-4 to 0-2 but credit to Knockmore they didn't roll over as their captain Kieran Langan pointed twice in as many minutes with one coming from a free while Ballintubber custodian Brendan Walsh was called into action when the saved well at the expense of a '45. That same '45 was pointed by Knockmore netminder Colm Reape to reduce the lead further somewhat but it just kickstarted the Abbeysiders into action again. With the defence well on top when the always reliable Cathal Hallinan was keeping key man Keith Ruttledge quiet while promptings from the likes of full-back Gary Loftus, the youthful Michael Plunkett and the experienced Ruaidhri O'Connor meant plenty of ball upfront with Alan Dillon next to point when pointed a fine score from the right wing. Then the vision of Cillian O'Connor who found midfielder Stephen Broderick on the way to goal who managed to flick the ball ball the helpless Colm Reape in the Knockmore goal. A brief respite for the parish of the backs when left-corner-forward Gerard Gaughan got on the scoreboard to leave a 5-5 to 0-6 deficit. Before this remakable half ended however the net was to be tested a few more times as Player of the Match in the Quarter-Final win Alan Plunkett was at the end of a Padraig O'Connor pass to find the net once again. Then the provider became the scorer next time when Padraig O'Connor pointed his sides sixth score with Knockmore finally breaking through the Ballintubber defence during the next attack to score their first goal when right-corner-forward Darren McHale finally broke through to hammer the ball to the net. But the half did see the green flag once more when Alan Plunkett was at the end of a Cillian O'Connor pass to find the net and leave the interval score a remarkable 7-6 to 1-6. No doubt a lot of different words were sent to each team at the break and the North Mayo side did begin the half brightly with roving midfielder Kevin McLoughlin pointing a free with Kieran Langan also converting his to leave 16 points between the sides. Off went the boys in red on the attack again and Alan Plunkett converted his only point of the game following a good pass from Padraig O'Connor. Then it was the turn of the fourth O'Connor to find the net when the attacking Ruaidhri was spotted by Alan Dillon and he blasted the ball to the Knockmore net despite the best efforts of the Knockmore 'keeper Colm Reape. It was his brother Padraig who scored next with a sensibly converted point with the Abbeysiders final goal arriving shortly after with Cillian O'Connor completing his hat-trick . While the game was well over as a contest with only pride at stake for Knockmore, two more scores from wing back Kieran Langan kept the scoreboard ticking before midfielder Andrew Keane hammered in his sides second goal with the score now 9-8 to 2-10. A Cillian O'Connor free following with 2 Kevin McLoughlin points ended the Knockmore return where substitutes Ray Geraghty and Bryan Walsh also getting in on the scoring when they both pointed for Ballintubber . It was the most remarkable of games and a game where one got to see the potential of the Ballintubber team but nothing has been won and the defeat of the 2012 final to Ballaghaderreen is still a scar that never healed. With a repeat of the 2011 and 2010 final now on the cards following Castlebar Mitchels far from impressive win against a game Garrymore side, the boys of the 'tubber will no doubt have to contend with a much more solid defensive set-up in the final as games between these teams tend to be cagey affairs. With bragging rights and more at stake, the build-up with be interesting and no doubt create plenty of talk locally in what could be a cracking final. Next weekend its back to League fare when Ballintubber travel to Garrymore for a 12.00 start on Sunday as they aim to retain top spot in Division 1A.
Ballintubber team that lined out - Brendan Walsh, Myles Kelly, Gary Loftus, Paul Earley, Michael Plunkett, Cathal Hallinan, Ruaidhri O'Connor (1-0), Jason Gibbons (Capt), Stephen Broderick (1-1), Alan Dillon (0-1), Diarmuid O'Connor (1-1), Damien Coleman, Alan Plunkett (2-1), Cillian O'Connor (3-3, 1f), Padraig O'Connor (1-2). Subs used : Brian Murphy for Paul Earley, Daire Summerville for Diarmuid O'Connor, Ray Geraghty (0-1) for Padraig O'Connor, Danny Geraghty for Jason Gibbons, Joe Geraghty for Ruaidhri O'Connor, Bryan Walsh (0-1) for Cillian O'Connor
Ballintubber 0-10 1-9 Charlestown Sarsfields
Our Under 21 team were caught late on when a late Charlestown goal changed the fate of this competitive Championship encounter in ideal conditions in Clogher on Saturday evening. The Abbeysiders led for most of the game and should maybe have put the game to bed when they got a penalty after Bryan Walsh made a fantastic catch following a crossfiled pass from Conor Finnerty with a foul occurring inside the '21. In a game where scores were hard to come by with both teams cancelling each other out for long periods, the hosts led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break having had some good spells of possession where Diarmuid O'Connor stood out in midfield with his prompting pushing the boys in red on. It was Darren Flannery who opened the scoring with a fine pointed free with corner-forward Conor Finnerty scoring the games second point following good work from wing back Michael Plunkett. However a pointed free from the East Mayo reduced the deficit before a fine Bryan Walsh point was added to by a second Darren Flannery free which pushed 3 between the sides. However the visitors were coming more into the game with their short passing opening up more chances and added a second point before Stephen Finnerty kicked his sides fifth point. With play going from end to end it was no surprise when 2 quick points from the Sarsfields had just one score between the teams. Back came the West Mayo side to kick over their final points of the half with determined play from midfielder David McHale kicking over a fine point while was followed by a Bryan Walsh score after good work by Dave Clarke. However Charlestown had the last say of the half with one final point to leave the score 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval. The second half was a more cagey affair and the visitors began in determined fashion as they had levelled the game for the first time after 2 quick scores. Then the penalty incident where Bryan Walsh's drive was deflected to the post by the Charlestown netminder and the visitors then almost scored a goal of their own before having to settle for a leading point. It was a long range point from Conor Finnerty who levelled the sides again with another key moment following when Diarmuid O'Connor broke through the Sarsfields defence before the Charlestown netminder had to use his feet to keep out the goal bound shot. However a fine point from distance from Diarmuid O'Connor though pushed the Abbeysiders back in front and when Dave Clarke broke through shortly after for his sides final score it put 2 scores between the sides with less than 5 minutes to go. Then the games deciding score arrived when a high ball was directed to the Ballintubber goal with goalkeeper Tom McGing attacking the ball along with a Charlestown forward with the ball breaking to a another onrushing Charlestown forward who managed to squeeze the ball in to the Ballintubber net. The next attack saw more Charlestown pressure and they had more fortune when another high ball came off the post with an alert forward hammering the ball off the top of the crossbar for the games final point. While the boys in red tried to muster chances to get back into the game it was too late as referee Martin Murphy blew the final whistle. While defeat is hard to take especially at home, the Abbeysiders still have a chance of making the knock-out stages although they will have to do it the hard way with a trip to Knockmore where fixture details are to be confirmed. Best for Ballintubber included captain Brian Murphy who impressed at full-back, while right-corner back John Kerrigan blocked a certain goal with Michael Plunkett at right-half-back prompting his team on numerous occasions. As mentioned Diarmuid O'Connor put in a huge shift while David McHale tried hard with Bryan Walsh scoring twice as did Conor Finnerty with other scores coming from Darren Flannery with 2 frees while Stephen Finnerty and Dave Clarke also chipping with a score apiece.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, John Kerrigan, Brian Murphy (Capt), Aidan Summerville, Michael Plunkett, Joe Geraghty, Aaron Lally, Diarmuid O'Connor (0-1), David McHale (0-1), Stephen Finnerty (0-1), Darren Flannery (0-2, 2f), Bryan Walsh (0-2), Conor Finnerty (0-2), Eoin Heneghan, Dave Clarke (0-1).
Ballintubber 1-14 0-9 Ballaghaderreen
An Alan Plunkett inspired display helped the Abbeysiders to the last 4 of the Mayo Senior Championship after he racked up 1-6 on an almost perfect evening for football in McHale Park. This was a big test for Ballintubber as they finished strongly despite being down 0-6 to 0-5 at the break despite the East Mayo side dominating around the middle. Interestingly the first score did not arrive until after the opening 10 minute with the West Mayo side missing a number of chances before Ballagh’s Andy Moran popped over the opening point. It was Alan Plunkett who kicked over his sides first point with the sides level again at 0-2 after midfielder Daire Summerville kicked over a long range score. This started a spell of dominance for the boys in red as good prompting from the likes of Ruaidhri O’Connor and Gary Loftus in defence saw scores follow for Alan Plunkett who pointed twice and indeed further scores should have followed. The failure to win more possession around the middle as well resulted in Ballagh’ scoring twice to level at 0-4 apiece before Barry Regan put them back in front. Before the break the border side made it 0-6 to 0-4 and were full value for their lead before an inspirational long range point from Alan Dillon lifted Ballintubber spirits as they headed in for the half-time break. Some strong words were bound to have been said at the break as the boys in red were a driven team in the second half. It was the hard-working Daire Summerville who got the teams level when he pointed from the right wing with Player of the match Alan Plunkett fisting over shortly after. With Ballintubber ‘keeper Brendan Walsh deploying a short kickout on occasions it gave more possession to his team although Ballaghaderreen did level the game at 0-7 apiece. Then the experienced Alan Dillon kicked over another long range point while Alan Plunkett also fisted over his fifth point of the game with the game opening up more. However the West Mayo side were tested at the other end when it looked as if Andy Moran was going to bag a goal but a combination of Gary Loftus and ‘keeper Brendan Walsh somehow kept the ball out. It was a big play as the Abbeysiders then went down the field where left-half-forward Damien Coleman kicked over a fantastic point with his left peg with the momentum with the ‘tubber side. The well-marshalled Cillian O’Connor at full-forward then kicked over his only point from play and suddenly there were 4 points between the teams. A Barry Regan point followed with the games only goal then following where a Padraig O’Connor ’45 dropped short with Alan Plunkett getting the final touch to batt the ball to the net with some help from Cillian O’Connor. While Ballagh’ did try to get back into the game with the following point to leave the score 1-11 to 0-9 before two Cillian O’Connor frees as well as final point from Alan Plunkett closed out the game and get the Abbeysiders to the Semi-Final stage for the first time since 2012. At the time of writing their opponents will be either Breaffy or Knockmore with further details to be listed in Fixtures when available. There were a number of fine performances on the evening where Cathal Hallinan restricted Mayo captain Andy Moran to just one point from play while Myles Kelly and Brian Murphy put their bodies on the line time after time. Gary Loftus had another outstanding game while Ruaidhri O’Connor put in a huge shift with his attacks crucial throughout the hour with Michael Plunkett also having a good evening. While the midfield did not enjoy as much possession as expected, both Captain Jason Gibbons and Daire Summerville got through a huge amount of work with Daire kicking over two crucial points. With a return of 1-6 Alan Plunkett had possibly his finest hour in a Ballintubber jersey with more to come from the Moorehall native while the hard-working Diarmuid O’Connor and Damien Coleman also made important contributions with Damien kicking over one of the games best scores. A lot has been written on the site about Alan Dillon over the years and on Saturday evening he again proved how important he is to this team with two huge points at critical times. The O’Connor brothers were well marked in the full-forward line and on occasion Cillian had two markers but he still got three points on the board with Padraig unlucky not to have scored on the evening but he still played a key role.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Myles Kelly, Gary Loftus, Brian Murphy, Michael Plunkett, Cathal Hallinan, Ruaidhri O’Connor, Jason Gibbons (Capt), Daire Summerville (0-2), Alan Plunkett (1-6), Diarmuid O’Connor, Damien Coleman (0-1), Alan Dillon (0-2), Cillian O’Connor (0-3,2f), Padraig O’Connor. Subs used : Paul Earley for Brian Murphy, Ray Geraghty for Padraig O’Connor.
Breaffy House Division 1A League Sunday September 7th
Ballintubber 0-17 1-11 Kiltane
A return of 0-11 from the boot of Padraig O'Connor saw the Abbeysiders overcome a battling Kiltane side in ideal conditions in Clogher on Sunday. The eldest of the O'Connor brothers rolled back the years with a top class display of free-taking with 9 frees and a '45 as the hosts were asked serious questions and finished strongly with 2 Damien Coleman points along with a Alan Plunkett score pushing the homeside across the line and maintain their unbeaten Division 1A record after the sides had been level on a number of occasions. Played in sometimes glorious sunshine, the visitors certainly caused some tricky moments especially when they scored the games only goal early in the second half after the sides had been level at 0-7 apiece. The opening half saw the 'Tubber side begin with 3 of the County players with Cillian O'Connor out due to an operation carried out on the eye wound he suffered during Mayo's heartbreaking All-Ireland Semi-Final replay defeat in Limerick last weekend. Also out was the influential Stephen Broderick and Joe Geraghty although the game also seen the return of Danny Geraghty late in the match . The opening half ended at 0-6 each where Mickey Sweeney caused all sorts of problems for the Ballintubber rearguard where he kicked 0-3 including a '45 although the influential Cathal Hallinan eventually curbed his influence for long periods in the second half. It took 0-5 from the in-form Padraig O'Connor mainlly from frees while Alan Plunkett also chipped in with a point with Ballintubber's best player Alan Dillon, who suffered from an injury just before the break. The second half saw the North Mayo side begin well which generated a strong response from the Abbeysiders with Jason Gibbons and Daire Summerville coming more into the game in midfield where Padraig O'Connor's frees including a '45 as well as a free from over 50 yards out were some of the highlights. The sides were level on 5 occasions in the second half where some tremendous defending from the likes of Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly,Cathal Hallinan as well as great link-up play from Ruaidhri O'Connor pushed the homeside on. Strong play from midfield with Kiltane's John Reilly prominent where his free taking kept the visitors in the game as they levelled the game at 0-14 to 1-11 with the game in its final minutes. The hard-working Damien Coleman impressively pointed twice while Alan Plunkett kicked over the games final point to gain the important win. The boys in red know that they will have to improve for next Saturday evenings Senior Championship Quarter-Final against Ballaghaderreen with the game fixed for 6.30 in McHale Park. Others to show up well included Diarmuid O'Connor while substitute Stephen Finnerty also looked lively where with 3 games left in the League where the next game is a visit to Garrymore with dates to be confirmed.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Myles Kelly, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Michael Plunkett, Callinan Hallinan, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jason Gibbons (Capt), Daire Summerville, Alan Plunkett (0-3), Diarmuid O'Connor, Damien Coleman (0-2), Alan Dillon, Ray Geraghty (0-1), Padraig O'Connor (0-11, '45, 9f). Subs used : Stephen Finnerty for Alan Dillon (inj), Danny Geraghty for Brian Murphy, Declan Larkin for Paul Earley, Brian Walsh for Ray Geraghty.
Under 14s win County Final
Our under 14 squad had a fantastic and well deserved victory in Championship 'C' final played in McHale Park on Thursday 18th. Naomh Padraig ( an amalgamation of Kilala, Lacken, Kilfian and Balycastle) provided the opposition. The final score was Ballintubber 7-10 to Naomh Padraig 3-14. Well done to the management team of MJ Ruddy, Declan Joyce, Frank Walsh, Kevin Shannon and Damien Flately and the panel Diarmuid Heneghan, Ciaran Heneghan, Magnus Malone (capt), Sean McEvilly, James King, Josh Mahon, Darragh Joyce, Caobhlin Flately, Cillian Joyce, Stephen Burke, Bobby Reilly, Colm Larkin, Matthew Coyne, Robbie Finnerty, Damien Jennengs, Luke Biggins, James Lally, Noah Corbett, Sean Duffy, Nathan Gibbons, Jack Clarke, Dean O'Malley.