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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.      

Our amalgamated Minor team exited the West Mayo Minor A Championship on Friday evening when a slicker and sharper visiting Burrishoole side were full value for the 11 points win in the 2-14 to 2-3 victory in Ballintubber G.A.A. Grounds . Played in cool,windy and sometimes wet conditions, the hosts started well with key player Dave Clarke having to line out at full-forward due to an knee strain and he bagged the games opening goal after the impressive Hugh Geraghty had earlier kicked over the games first score to push the Ballintubber/Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin side 1-1 to 0-1 in front . However Burrishoole were beginning to gain an upperhand in a number of postions and it was no surprise when they led at the break 1-5 to 1-2 with their goal coming just before the break as earlier a Dave Clarke free had kept the homeside in front. The second half saw the coastal side dominate further with a number of fine attacks ending in scores although Hugh Geraghty again pointed early in the half. As the game was heading to a comfortable win for Burrishoole, the amalgamated side were given a brief chance when Hugh Geraghty took his chance well when he blasted the ball to the net with the score now 1-12 to 2-3 inside the final 10 minutes. But another raft of points along with their second goal from Burrishoole saw them close out the game. Best for Ballintubber included Sean Murphy,Keelan McDonnell, Aaron Lally, Daragh McGovern and in defence where both John Kerrigan and Oran Scully tried hard in midfield while Hugh Geraghty and Dave Clarke were the main scorers in the attack.

Team that lined out : Tom McGing, Sean Murphy, Michael Loftus, Keelan McDonnell, Aaron Lally, Daragh McGovern, Dillon Moran, Oran Scully, John Kerrigan, Ronan McLoughlin, Mark Golden, Shane Corley, Hugh Geraghty (1-2), Dave Clarke (1-1, 1f), Mark Howley. Subs used : Peter Burke for Ronan McLoughlin        

 

Breaffy House Senior League Divison 1A Saturday August 16th

Davitts 0-6 1-16 Ballintubber

Our Senior team maintained their Division 1 League title push following a convincing 13 points win over Davitts in Ballindine on Saturday evening to remain 2 points clear at the top with just 4 games to go. Indeed the scoreline could have been more impressive but some wayword shooting in the opening half but the Abbeysiders did kick 11 points in the second half following a 1-5 to 0-3 lead at the break. They had a number of fine performances all over the field with the defence solid as usual while their movement at times impressed with many scores starting from deep . Cathal Hallinan impressed at centre-half-back where he even managed to fist over a point while his positioning was excellent with plenty of help from the quick moving Myles Kelly where Joe Geraghty was solid and reliable as ever. Both Declan Larkin and Brian Murphy cut out a number of attacks throughout the hour and impressed in the corners while Paul Earley made sure Brendan Walsh in goal had a quiet evening. A total of 0-4 came from the midfield partnership of Daire Summerville and Stephen Broderick despite the best efforts of the Davitts pair where the movement of Daire Summerville saw him involved in many scores as well as 3 of his own with Stephen Broderick looking very comfortable and always taking the right option time after time. In attack the Plunkett brothers were busy with Alan kicking 0-2 while Michael in the centre pointing once where Captain Damien Coleman got the games only goal following good work from Joe Geraghty. Inside in the full-forward line number 14 Ray Geraghty got his hands on a lot of ball where he also impressed with a return of 0-4 with 2 from frees with Padraig O’Connor adding 0-2 with 1 from placed balls. An interesting feature of the game was the positioning of Ruaidhri O’Connor who wore the number 13 jersey but he played everywhere but in the corner as he was very involved in a lot of the good work on the evening and managed to pop over a deserved point. Substitute Stephen Finnerty kicked over the games final score where other replacements Seanie Larkin and Conor Finnerty showed up well where the return of Danny Geraghty from the States should be an added boost as the season heads towards the business end.

 

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Cathal Hallinan (0-1), Joe Geraghty, Daire Summerville (0-3), Stephen Broderick (0-1), Alan Plunkett (0-2), Michael Plunkett (0-1), Damien Coleman (Capt) (1-0), Ruaidhri O’Connor (0-1), Ray Geraghty (0-4, 2f), Padraig O’Connor (0-2, 1f). Subs used – Stephen Finnerty (0-1) for Michael Plunkett, Seanie Larkin for Declan Larkin, Conor Finnerty for Padraig O’Connor, Danny Geraghty for Stephen Broderick  

Mayo Junior Championship Group 4 Sunday July 20th

Crossmolina B 2-12 2-5 Ballintubber B 

Our Junior team ended their Championship campaign when they put in a brave performance before succumbing to a sharper Crossmolina side played after our Senior teams win earlier on Sunday.  The opening half was played in rain for long periods as the visitors began well with scores from Eddie Burke as well as a cracking strike from corner-forward Stephen Finnerty to push the ‘Tubber boys 1-1 to 0-1 ahead after the opening 10 minutes. But the concession of 2 goals in as many minutes was a major set-back although 2 points from Darren Flannery ’45 and a pointed free from John Duffy saw the score at 2-1 to 1-3. But a raft of points from the hosts saw them push well ahead at the break at 2-7 to 1-3. While the Abbeysiders managed the hosts for most of the game, the inability to convert their scores came back to haunt them although it wasn’t for the want of trying. Despite conceding further points early in the second half, points from John Duffy and Conor Finnerty gave renewed hope. Indeed a number of goal chances were converted where David McHale was denied twice by the impressive Crossmolina ‘keeper before captain Tommy Kilcoyne finally got the goal their play deserved.  But back came Cross’ to close out the game and book their place in the last 8. The relegation play-offs beckon for the Abbeysiders which is something this team has has not encountered before with further details to be confirmed.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Sean Staunton, Alan Larkin, Seamus Thomas, Jonathan Nolan, Eoin Vahey, Liam Feeney, Michael Hoban, Darren Flannery (0-1, ’45), David McHale, Tommy Kilcoyne (1-0), Conor Finnerty (0-1), Stephen Finnerty (1-0), Eddie Burke (0-1), John Duffy (0-2).  Subs used – Michael Conroy for Eddie Burke, James McGing for Darren Flannery, Aidan Summerville for Jonathan Nolan   

Breaffy House Senior League Division 1C Sunday August 10th

Ballintubber B 2-6 0-10 Mayo Gaels 

Our Junior team made history on Sunday following 2 important wins in both the County Junior Championship and the Division 1C League campaign. Earlier in the day they deservedly came from Parke after a 3 points win over Knockmore B to secure their place in the County Junior Championship for 2015 while the win in Clogher over their neighbours Mayo Gaels on Sunday evening should guarantee their place in this Division for another year which is a fantastic achievement for the Club. The game in Clogher was a physical affair played in strong cross-field and sometimes showery conditions where the sun also joined in on occasion which made conditions difficult for both teams. In the end it was the great spirit of the hosts that saw them cross the line as tiredness was beginning to take hold where the lion-hearted Gary Loftus at centre-half-back showed the way while Ballintubber custodian Tom McGing pulled off a number of fine stops in the second half. However there was a number of Ballintubber players who worked their socks off and indeed the Abbeysiders should have been out of site well before the end but for some wayword shooting. The game started off in glorious sunshine with the sides matching each other as the homeside enjoyed the wind advantage but after 15 minutes it was all tied at 3 points apiece. The speedy Brian Walsh opened the scoring for the 'tubber while Alan Plunkett and a pointed free from full-forward Ray Geraghty levelled proceedings after the visitors had led. Midfielder Daire Summerville was coming more into the game and when he pointed a longe range free, it started a purple patch coming up to half-time. Indeed the same player was very much involved in setting up of the games first goal when he broke through the Mayo Gaels defence to set up Alan Plunkett who duly obliged by finding the net. Unfortunately indicipline resulted in a point for the Gaels before the interval to leave the score at 1-5 to 0-4. After a lengthy half-time Mayo Gaels came to the field in determined fashion as they pointed the halves first 4 points all courtesy of frees as Ballintubber were struggling against the wind. Things could have gone from bad to worse only for a point-blank save from Tom McGing in the Ballintubber goal which seemed to give renewed belief to his team-mates as the game clinching score was next to come. It was selfless work from wing-forward Michael Plunkett who found Eoghan Vahey inside where he spotted the onrushing Stephen Finnerty who buried the ball to the back of the net. It was no more than the Abbeysiders deserved and they could have put the game to bed but for a host of missed scoring opportunites with Michael Plunkett scoring his sides last score courtesy of good build-up play from substitute Damien Coleman. With the score now 2-6 to 0-8 it looked as if the game was over but credit to the South Mayo side as they tried to break down the stubborn Ballintubber defence where the youthful Gerry Canavan kicked over one of the scores of the game to reduce to deficit to just the one score. During what seemed like an extended injury time period, the Gaels did have one more chance but a cat like tip-over from Tom McGing resulted in the games last point but it was too little too late as local bragging rights were decided for now. As mentioned there was a number of fine performances where the Larkin brothers took over half the defence with the reliable Declan captaining the side while Seanie had a busy time in the corner while Alan was at number 5. The ageless Seamus Thomas got through the full game after having played earlier while nothing got through Gary Loftus in the centre of the defence with Liam Feeney doing well before being replaced by Keith Coleman. Joe Geraghty put in a good shift in midfield as did Daire Summerville who attacked on a number of occasions to good effect. On a difficult evening for shooting, the promptings of the Plunkett brothers in attack was key while the pace of Bryan Walsh also caused problems. Another player who got through a lot of work today was Stephen Finnerty whose goal secured the game as he had earlier impressed in Parke while Ray Geraghty and Eoghan Vahey showed their experience to help close out the game. A special word to the Management team of John Feeney, Lyndon Reilly, Gerry Dillon and Damien Corbett who had the team in super condition considering they had exited the County Junior Championship campaign only a few weeks ago. 

Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Seanie Larkin, Declan Larkin (Capt), Seamus Thomas, Alan Larkin, Gary Loftus, Liam Feeney, Joe Geraghty, Daire Summerville (0-1,1f), Michael Plunkett (0-1), Alan Plunkett (1-1), Bryan Walsh (0-1), Stephen Finnerty (1-1), Ray Geraghty (0-1,1f), Eoghan Vahey. Subs used : Keith Coleman for Liam Feeney, Damien Coleman for Stephen Finnerty, Michael Conroy for Seanie Larkin (inj). 

 

 

 

Mayo Junior Championship Group 4 Sunday July 20th

Crossmolina B 2-12 2-5 Ballintubber B 

Our Junior team ended their Championship campaign when they put in a brave performance before succumbing to a sharper Crossmolina side played after our Senior teams win earlier on Sunday.  The opening half was played in rain for long periods as the visitors began well with scores from Eddie Burke as well as a cracking strike from corner-forward Stephen Finnerty to push the ‘Tubber boys 1-1 to 0-1 ahead after the opening 10 minutes. But the concession of 2 goals in as many minutes was a major set-back although 2 points from Darren Flannery ’45 and a pointed free from John Duffy saw the score at 2-1 to 1-3. But a raft of points from the hosts saw them push well ahead at the break at 2-7 to 1-3. While the Abbeysiders managed the hosts for most of the game, the inability to convert their scores came back to haunt them although it wasn’t for the want of trying. Despite conceding further points early in the second half, points from John Duffy and Conor Finnerty gave renewed hope. Indeed a number of goal chances were converted where David McHale was denied twice by the impressive Crossmolina ‘keeper before captain Tommy Kilcoyne finally got the goal their play deserved.  But back came Cross’ to close out the game and book their place in the last 8. The relegation play-offs beckon for the Abbeysiders which is something this team has has not encountered before with further details to be confirmed.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Sean Staunton, Alan Larkin, Seamus Thomas, Jonathan Nolan, Eoin Vahey, Liam Feeney, Michael Hoban, Darren Flannery (0-1, ’45), David McHale, Tommy Kilcoyne (1-0), Conor Finnerty (0-1), Stephen Finnerty (1-0), Eddie Burke (0-1), John Duffy (0-2).  Subs used – Michael Conroy for Eddie Burke, James McGing for Darren Flannery, Aidan Summerville for Jonathan Nolan   

Mayo Senior Championship Group 1 Sunday July 20th

Crossmolina 1-2 2-18 Ballintubber

Our Senior team breezed through to the Quarter Final stage for the 7th season in a row when a clinical second half performance saw them throw aside homeside Crossmolina in almost ideal conditions on Sunday. Despite the opening half being somewhat scrappy with both sides wasteful at various stages, the Abbeysiders would have been more  content at the 0-6 to 0-1 lead at the break where 3 Cillian O’Connor frees were added to by the hard-working Damien Coleman while the lively Ray Geraghty and attack-minded Gary Loftus also got in on the scoring. Indeed the hosts could have had the ball in the net but for some last gasp defending from midfielder Stephen Broderick whose general play shone throughout the game. While Alan Dillon had to come in as a blood sub for Jason Gibbons early in the game, the County midfielder got stronger as the game where his partnership with the afore mentioned Stephen Broderick could blossom further as the season gets in to the business end. With Cathal Hallinan keeping a close leash on the experienced Ciaran McDonald, the boys in red really pulled away in the second half. Further Cillian O’Connor frees were complimented with an excellent ’45 before the North Mayo side brought the best out of Brendan Walsh in the Ballintubber goal where they eventually scored their last point of the game. Such was the excellent defending of the Ballintubber defence where no frees were conceded, it allowed more opportunities at the far end where another Cillian O’Connor free was added to by a goal from substitute Alan Plunkett after good work from the full-forward.  The pressure from the West Mayo side was relentless as they kept gunning for more scores and when Jason Gibbons pointed it was now 1-11 to 0-2. The scores kept following too where Cillian O’Connor pointed his longest free of the day outside of the ’45 while another score from Alan Plunkett as well as a fine strike from Ray Geraghty put further light between the teams. During a brief attack the North Mayo side struck the crossbar but nothing seemed to work as their keeper failed to hold on to a high ball at the other end with the alert Alan Dillon on hand to get the games second goal. It was all one way traffic again where more scores followed with Alan Plunkett who made a strong case for a start in the Quarter-Final  kicking over another 2 points while Alan Dillon kicked over a peach of a point from way out. The games final goal had a Mikey Sheehy over Paddy Cullen look about it as Ciaran McDonald took a close in free quickly as the Ballintubber net was empty with the defence having their only blip on the day. The games final score came from one of the ‘Tubber’s stand-out performers as Gary Loftus was moved to the half-forward line where he added his second point to put the nail on Crossmolina’s Championship campaign for 2014.  As mentioned the defence was excellent and have been the corner-stone of the season where Paul Earley and Brian Murphy kept thing reasonably quiet in front of the shot-stopper that has become Brendan Walsh’s strong point. The youthful Michael Plunkett had a good debut in the half-back line with the close marking Cathal Hallinan not giving Ciaran McDonald much to work on while Ruaidhri  O’Connor  was as steady as ever on the wing. With midfield dominating for long stages where it was good to see Jason Gibbons get some badly needed action as he got stronger as the game developed while Stephen Broderick is looking more and more comfortable in the midfield slot with his timely interventions, positioning and selfless running a major boost to the Abbeysiders. Inside in the attack which took awhile to get going, but once they started to break down the tough tackling Crossmolina defence before the end of the first half the game opened up while the pressure the attack put on the homesides defence  was also very impressive. While Cillian O’Connor kicked over a total of 8 dead-ball scores, there were plenty of help from Damien Coleman (0-2), Ray Geraghty(0-2), while substitutes Alan Dillon 1-1 and 1-3 from Alan Plunkett set the stall with hard-work from Diarmuid O’Connor,  Daire Summerville and Padraig O’Connor were crucial to a lot of the scores. Next up is a Quarter-Final outing against one of the following of Garrymore, Ballaghaderreen  or Breaffy with details to be confirmed .

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus (0-2), Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Michael Plunkett, Cathal Hallinan, Ruaidhri O’Connor, Jason Gibbons (Capt) (0-1), Stephen Broderick, Damien Coleman (0-2), Diarmuid O’Connor, Daire Summerville, Ray Geraghty (0-2), Cillian O’Connor (0-8, 8f), Padraig O’Connor. Subs used – Alan Dillon (1-1) for Padraig O’Connor, Alan Plunkett (1-3) for Diarmuid O’Connor, Myles Kelly for Michael Plunkett, Declan Larkin for Brian Murphy, Joe Geraghty for Cillian O’Connor            

Mayo Junior Championship Group 4 Sunday June 22nd

Ballintubber B 1-9 3-10 Ardagh 

Our Junior team suffered a surprising defeat in Clogher in Round 2 of the County Junior Championship when a plucky Ardagh side finished strong to deservedly gain the important win in almost ideal conditions on Sunday. It has meant that the Abbeysiders chances of making the knock-out stages look remote as they suffered defeat in the opening Championship game down in Ardnaree. It was a game they could have won but a number of missed chances particularly coming up to half-time saw them only lead 1-5 to 0-6 after dominating for long stages. The goal came courtesy of John Duffy after good work from Stephen Finnerty and captain Tommy Kilcoyne while other scores came from Stephen Finnerty (0-3), John Duffy kicked the Abbeysiders first score with Tommy Kilcoyne also adding a score. The hosts started the second half well with wing back Johnny Nolan pointing 2 scores in a matter of minutes with his second a fisted attempt. The North Mayo side kept in touch with a pointed free and when John Duffy kicked over a long-range free it pushed the West Mayo side 4 in front at 1-8 to 0-7. But the game was changing as the visitors were winning a lot of ball around the middle and when they rattled in 2-2 in a 5 minute spell it suddenly had the homeside rattled. Despite the best efforts of Michael Hoban in midfield along with Keith Coleman and Eoghan Vahey in defence, Ballintubber could not recover with Ardagh putting the icing on the cake with the games third goal. In the closing stages substitute Alan Larkin scored the games final score before referee Mark Tuffy closed out the game.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Niall Hession, Seamus Thomas, Liam Feeney, Eoghan Vahey, Johnny Nolan (0-2), Michael Hoban, Darren Flannery, David McHale, Tommy Kilcoyne (Capt) (0-1), Ruaidhri Hallinan, Stephen Finnerty (0-3), James McGing, John Duffy (1-2, 1f). Subs used - Michael Plunkett for Ruaidhri Hallinan, Alan Larkin (0-1) for David McHale, Aidan Summerville for Niall Hession, Sean Staunton for James McGing

 

Mayo Senior Championship Group 1 Saturday June 21st

Ballintubber 3-16 0-11 Shrule-Glencorrib

Our Senior team got their Championship campaign back on track with a comprehensive win over visitors Shrule-Glencorrib in the sunny Ray Prendergast Memorial park on Saturday evening. It was the perfect response to the opening day defeat to County & Connacht champions Castlebar Mitchels where Mayo Senior manager and former Ballintubber manager James Horan will be delighted to hear about the form of Cillian O'Connor who bagged 2 goals while Alan Dillon impressed when scorng 1-3. Another positive was the return from injury of Jason Gibbons who came into the midfield area while the sharpness and hunger of the Abbeysiders was also impressive. In fairness to Shrule-Glencorrib they never gave up and the promptings of Mark Ronaldson who had an interesting battle with the nifty Brian Murphy kept them in touch but they were never able to open the hosts defence. The homeside were dealt a blow even before the game started when it was announced that the influential Ruaidhri O'Connor was unable to shake off a leg injury but his replacement Joe Geraghty took his chance well. It was the South Mayo side who dominated the opening minutes when full-forward Brian Murphy opened the scoring but it was a temporary spell as Ballintubber reeled off 5 points in quick succession as they targetted full-forward Cillain O'Connor who set up scores for midfielder Stephen Broderick, Alan Plunkett and his brother Padraig O'Connor while he also powerfully drove over a '45. Left-corner-forward Padraig O'Connor also showed well with a long-range point before Cillian O'Connor brought out a fine stop from Shrule-Glencorrib's 'keeper David Walsh. A brief attack from the visitors earned them a free that was converted by Mark Ronaldson but the next play saw the games opening goal. It was Stephen Broderick who made a fine catch at midfield before the ball broke inside to Diarmuid O'Connor who found the onrushing Alan Dillon to blast the ball to the net. The boys of the 'tubber were rampant at this stage with another goal following after brave work by Brian Murphy in defence who found Alan Plunkett where the sharp Cillain O'Connor was on hand to score the games second goal. Credit to the amalgamed side who wouldn't buckle as they pointed the next 3 scores to leave just 2 goals between the sides at 2-5 to 0-5 with the industrious Diarmuid O'Connor taking the initiative to kick over a fine long-range point with half-time quickly approaching. Another Mark Ronaldson point followed however with Cillian O'Connor scoring the final point of the opening half where he used his strength to outmuscle his marker to score his second point of the match to leave the interval score at 2-7 to 0-6. With the hosts playing against the wind in the second half the opening 4 scores were matched with 2 Eoin Ronaldson frees being cancelled by the hard work of Alan Dillon where the fitness levels of the boys in red really shone in the second half as they upped the tempo. Another pointed free from Cillian O'Connor was added to by the sensible fisted point from the sharp Alan Plunkett while centre-half-forward Diarmuid O'Connor tested the crossbar when his goal attempt came back out. With the defence well marshalled by Cathal Hallinan with selfless work by midfielders Daire Summerville and Stephen Broderick guaranteeing a good supply of ball for the Ballintubber attack. Another Alan Plunkett point followed with Cillian O'Connor scoring the games final goal following good work by Alan Plunkett and Padraig O'Connor. With the game over as a contest it saw further scores exchanged where 2 Cillian O'Connor frees were matched by Shrule-Glencorrib's best forward Mark Ronaldson where substitute Ray Geraghty and Alan Dillon added further points before and after Mark Ronaldson scored his sides final point. It was a big game for the Abbeysiders and they sent out the perfect signal with their final group game next month when they make the trip to Crossmolina to try and book a place in the Quarter-Finals for the 6th year in a row. Next weekend its back to the League fare although with both sides probably without their County contingent then its bound to affect Ballintubber more than most sides. Best for Ballintubber included the defence who had to contend with the Ronaldson brothers where Brian Murphy certainly matched his marker with good help from Gary Loftus and full-back Paul Earley in front of the steady Brendan Walsh. As mentioned Cathal Hallinan impressed while the prompting of Myles Kelly on the right and Joe Geraghty on the left in the half-back-line with substitute Declan Larkin also catching the eye. The midfield partnership of Daire Summerville and Stephen Broderick is working well together with both getting through a lot of work while Stephen Broderick kicked over the Abbeysiders opening point. Captain Damien Coleman again was busy in the half-forward line while Diarmuid O'Connor pointed, hit the crossbar and as usual worked his socks off where Alan Plunkett tagged on 3 points in another busy performance. Inside in the full-forward line Cillain O'Connor was the target man where he ended with a total of 2-5 with the roving Alan Dillon also scoring well in an excellent show with a 1-3 return all from play while the elder O'Connor Padraig impressed particularly in the first half with 2 fine points. Substitute Ray Geraghty added a late point with the Abbeysiders now scoring 4-38 over the past 2 games.

Ballintubber team that lined out - Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Cathal Hallinan, Joe Geraghty, Daire Summerville, Stephen Broderick (0-1), Damien Coleman (Capt), Diarmuid O'Connor (0-1), Alan Plunkett (0-3), Alan Dillon (1-3), Cillian O'Connor (2-5, '45, 4f), Padraig O'Connor (0-2). Subs used - Declan Larkin for Myles Kelly, Jason Gibbons for Padraig O'Connor, Ray Geraghty (0-1) for Diarmuid O'Connor, Bryan Walsh for Damien Coleman.

 

Breaffy House Senior League Division 1A Saturday June 14th

Ballintubber 1-22 1-5 Ballaghadereen 

An early Cillian O'Connor goal set up league leaders Ballintubber to a comfortable win over understrength visitors Ballaghaderreen in sunny Clogher on Saturday evening! The half-time lead of 1-8 to 0-3 was the least the hosts deserved after playing some fantastic football with one eye on next weekends crucial Senior Championship encounter against Shrule-Glencorrib also in Clogher . The game also saw the return of Cathal Hallinan to action after he was out due to a lengthy injury where he manned the centre-back role impressively. With Declan Larkin, Joe Geraghty and County star Jason Gibbons ruled out due to injury coupled with the fact that the East Mayo side were minus Mayo pair of Andy Moran and David Drake while key midfielder James Kilcullen is an important member of the Sligo side due to take on Galway in the Connacht Championship semi-final next Saturday evening, it meant the game might have lost its attraction to some degree but it was still a highly impressive performance from the homeside. The opening half saw Ballintubber sharply out of the blocks where the alert Alan Plunkett was at the end of a number of Ballintubber scores during the half while full-forward Padraig O'Connor was out in front to link plus pop over a few fine points. Other scores saw Cillian O'Connor as well as his younger brother Diarmuid kick other scores while the Ballintubber defence was excellent where Gary Loftus impressed at right-corner-back where the defence linked well with the hard-working midfield of Daire Summerville and Stephen Broderick where the second half saw more benefits from that. The expected comeback from Ballagh' never materialised as the tremendous work-rate and fitness level of the hosts impressed where they racked on another 14 points with the East Mayo scoring their goal in the last minute. Both midfielders got on the score board while unselfish work from County star Alan Dillon saw him involved in many of the scores while another highlight was the long-range point taking of Padraig O'Connor with Damien Coleman also involved in the making of a number of points. A strong second-half performance from midfielder Daire Summerville saw him add 3 points with Stephen Broderick also adding his now usual point while Cillian O'Connor who was a constant threat as he scored a number of frees. Other scorers in the half included Alan Dillon following good work from wing back Ruaidhri O'Connor, while one of the biggest cheers of the evening was for a point expertly kicked over by Gary Loftus with Alan Plunkett adding another score before Diarmuid O'Connor kicked over his second score of the half. Indeed such was the dominance of the homeside that the score read 1-19 to 0-5 before substitute Bryan Walsh added point number 20 close to the end. The games final point was converted by substitute John Duffy before the visitors added the games second goal. The win sees Ballintubber remain the only side in Division 1A with a 100% record after 3 games while their next game in the Division takes place at the end of the month when they take on second placed Knockmore away with further details to be confirmed. The dominance of the defence was central to the win where Paul Earley again looked composed at full-back where he attacked of occasions while Brian Murphy at left-corner again impressed despite having to give height advantage to his marker. Myles Kelly was busy as usual from right-half-back linking defence to attack with Ruaidhri O'Connor also linking well before an ankle injury resulted in him being replaced by Keith Coleman. Indeed all Ballintubber subs added to the win with Mayo Minor Dave Clarke making his first league appearance as substitute from left-half-back. As mentioned next weekend is Championship weekend as the Abbeysiders will be keen to get their Championship campaign back on track with Fixture details to be posted on the site tomorrow night.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus (0-1), Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Cathal Hallinan, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Daire Summerville (0-3), Stephen Broderick (0-1), Alan Plunkett (0-5), Diarmuid O'Connor (0-2), Damien Coleman (Capt), Alan Dillon (0-1), Padraig O'Connor (0-3), Cillian O'Connor (1-4, 2f). Subs used : Keith Coleman for Ruaidhri O'Connor (inj), Dave Clarke for Myles Kelly, Bryan Walsh (0-1) for Damien Coleman, John Duffy (0-1) for Diarmuid O'Connor, Stephen Finnerty for Alan Dillon.

 

Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 1 Semi-Final Monday June 2nd

Ballintubber 3-4 3-15 Ballina Stephenites 

Commiserations to our Under 14 team who were beaten in the Division 1 league semi-final on Monday evening by a bigger more physical Ballina side in Clogher. The scoreline does not really reflect the efforts of this side who beat a number of big guns on the way and will have better days in the upcoming Championship. On a dry surface with a hint of a wind, the homeside got off to a dream start when a speculative Alan McHale effort went over the head of the Ballina goalkeeper into the net. However within minutes the game was level after a raft of points from the visitors although a Ciaran Gavin pointed free had the Abbeysiders back in front. It was tit for tat at this stage as the sides were level again before a fine Alan McHale point made it 1-2 to 0-4. But the strong Ballina midfield partnership were beginning to dominate and the game was beginning to slip from Ballintubber's grip as the North Mayo side hammered over another succession of points as well as the games opening goal. It left the half-time scoreline Ballina 1-8 to 1-2 for Ballintubber . The homeside needed to get off to a good start and when Alan McHale pointed a free to cancel out an earlier Ballina effort it still left 6 points between the sides. Despite the best efforts of midfielder Ciaran Gavin, Finian Burke, Cillian Redmond, Adam Lally and Jack Walsh in defence, the constant pressure broke Ballintubber resistance as the Stephenites rammed in another 2-4. A brief Ballintubber attack brought the best out of the Ballina goalkeeper during this spell with the score now reading 3-13 to 1-3. Many teams would have folded at this stage but credit to the boys of the 'tubber as they staged a mini revival when corner-forward and one of the best players on view Alan McHale scored a peach of a goal into the top left corner of the net following his left-footed strike. Almost immediately Ballintubber had the ball in the net again following a strong run from Ciaran Gavin who blasted the ball to the Ballina net. There was goalmouth action at the other end when Ballintubber custodian Arran Mannion produced a top class reflex save to tip over a goalbound effort . With time almost up full-back Aran McDonnell who was moved into midfield kicked over the Abbeysiders final point of the game while Ballina Stephenites kicked over a point of their own as they booked a final spot against Westport. 

Ballintubber team that lined : Arran Mannion, Oisin Gannon, Arran McDonnell (0-1), Jack Walsh, Cillian Redmond, Finian Burke, Adam Lally, Ciaran Gavin (1-1, 1f), Michael Fleming, James Heneghan, Alfie Jensen, Matthew Fox, Paul Heneghan, Alan Fox, Alan McHale (2-2). Sub used - Nathan Corbett

Michael Walsh Senior League Final Sunday June 1st

Ballintubber 1-12 0-5  Garrymore 

Congrats to our Senior team who claimed the Michael Walsh Senior League title after a comprehensive 10 points win over Garrymore in mainly dry but blustery Hollymount on Sunday. The Abbeysiders needed a response after last Sunday's disappointing Championship defeat and they more than did that with a strong second half display where wing forward Bryan Walsh got the games only goal. Other highlights included the display of Stephen Broderick who lined out in midfield while the point taking of Alan Plunkett along with the impressive free-taking of Padraig O'Connor all added to the win. The opening half was nip and tuck with the teams locked together on 4 occasions where Ballintubber just about shaded it when taking a 0-5 to 0-4 half-time lead. Scores came from Bryan Walsh, captain Damien Coleman, Alan Plunkett along with midfielders Daire Summerville and Stephen Broderick. With the wind in favour of the South Mayo side for the second half, it was expected that the Abbeysiders would struggle slightly but they played some of their best football during this spell. It was full-forward Padraig O'Connor who led the way with a fine left-footed point after good work from the busy right-half-back Myles Kelly. Further pressure resulted in a converted Padraig O'Connor free and when Garrymore centre-half-forward Caolan Crowe kicked over his second point to make 0-7 to 0-5 it looked as if the game was going to come to light. However the boys of the 'tubber had other ideas as they racked up a string of points where a brace of Alan Plunkett points pushed the sides further apart. With the Ballintubber defence again impressive, any breakaway Garrymore attacks were comfortably dealt with and when Bryan Walsh won the ball on the right wing he raced forward to unleash a thunder bolt of a strike to the back of the Garrymore. It was a goal that would grace any final and was no more than the West Mayo side deserved. Another Padraig O'Connor pointed free followed while referee Ger Lohan then flashed 2 red cards for an off the ball incident with Ballintubber's Bryan Walsh the unlucky recipient while Garrymore's David Dolan was also sent off. With the game over as a contest only 2 more scores followed as Padraig O'Connor pointed an excellent '45 while he also kicked over another free to end proceedings. Afterwards County Board delegate Ger McHugh presented the Michael Walsh cup to Ballintubber captain Damien Coleman. It should be noted that the lack of a working scoreboard was not ideal for a final where a good crowd attended and paid their admission fee. Next weekend the semi-finals of the County cup are fixed for with further details to be listed in Fixtures when available. Best for Ballintubber included Declan Larkin, Paul Earley and Brian Murphy in the full-back-line in front of net-minder Brendan Walsh who had a quiet afternoon. Gary Loftus impressed at centre-half-back with loads of help from Myles Kelly and Ruaidhri O'Connor on the wings. New midfielder Stephen Broderick looked comfortable in his new role and linked up well, with Daire Summerville getting through a lot of work where both got their names on the scoreboard. The attack worked well when direct ball was targetted deep into the full-forward line with Padraig O'Connor an ideal outlet where he scored a total of 0-5 where his free-taking style from the ground was refreshing. The pace of Bryan Walsh and his ability to read situations also caught the eye while his return of 1-1 was deserved despite his dismissal. Captain Damien Coleman also showed up well including a fine point with Alan Plunkett kicking over 3 points thoughout the 60 minutes. Ray Geraghty and John Duffy worked unselfishly with substitute Stephen Finnerty also added to the win. 

Ballintubber team that lined out - Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Gary Loftus, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Daire Summerville (0-1), Stephen Broderick (0-1), Bryan Walsh (1-1), Ray Geraghty, Damien Coleman (0-1), John Duffy, Padraig O'Connor (0-5, 3f,'45), Alan Plunkett (0-3). Sub used - Stephen Finnerty for John Duffy.

 

Mayo Senior Championship Group 1 Sunday May 25th

Ballintubber 0-12 1-12 Castlebar Mitchels

Our Senior teams Senior Championship campaign began on Sunday but a strong first half performance by County & Connacht champions Castlebar Mitchels was enough for them to claim the bragging rights and the opening 2 points in Group 1.On a cool, brisk but dry day, the Abbeysiders were left to rue a number of scoring chances including a disallowed goal in the second half against a dominant Castlebar side who mainly ruled the roost in the midfield area. With both teams missing a number of players due to injury, the loss of Mayo midfield star Jason Gibbons was huge while Cathal Hallinan was another key player who was sorely missed.In truth though the Mitchels breezed through the opening half after Richie Feeney broke through for the games only goal. Before that the teams had matched each other where Neil Douglas and Cillian O'Connor traded 2 points apiece where 3 were converted frees while Cillian O'Connor had expertly looped over a fine point with his left peg. Midfielder Danny Kirby pushed the Mitchels out in front before Richie Feeney was at the end of a move to bury the games only goal . A smartly taken Ray Geraghty point rose 'tubber spirits but the accurate Neil Douglas whose free-taking was impressive put 4 between the teams again. Wave after wave of Castlebar attacks saw further scores where captain Donal Newcombe found himself at the wrong end of the pitch to calmly add another score. During a brief Ballintubber attack good work from Alan Dillon found the onrushing Ray Geraghty who scored again from the left side to keep the Abbeysiders in touch at 0-4 to 1-6 as the half was coming to an end. Good thinking from Cillian O'Connor saw him avail of a quick free to point but each time Castlebar came back and added another 2 scores before another Cillian O'Connor pointed free left the half-time score at 1-8 to 0-6. The game needed the Abbeysiders to start the second half well but it was Patrick Durcan who pushed the Mitchels 6 points in front after another breakaway attack. What was noticeable throughout the game was the number of passes that went astray which may be due to both sides wearing very similar jerseys. Back to the match where Cillian O'Connor kicked over another pointed free but the influential Neil Douglas was on hand to keep the town side 6 points ahead. However after Diarmuid O'Connor was brought to midfield it seemed to give the homeside some brief control in this area with the next 2 points coming courtesy of Cillian O'Connor's free-taking. But another spell of Castlebar pressure should have seen them put the game to bed as they missed a number of scoring chances including testing the crossbar. Again it was the reliable free-taking of Neil Douglas who pushed Mitchels 5 points ahead as the Abbeysiders gave one huge effort with the game inside the last major period. A ball over the top saw Cillian O'Connor get some space inside his marker Tom Cunniffe to shoot for goal but Castlebar net-minder Ciaran Naughton made a fine save at the expense of a '45. Further Ballintubber pressure saw Cillian O'Connor point over 2 frees which also saw the ball enter the net in between those scores after a direct ball in from Alan Dillon but the goal was cancelled after it was claimed Ballintubber had 16 players on the field during this time which was quite unclear at the time. When a huge Diarmuid O'Connor long-range punt hopped over the bar, suddenly there was just one score between the sides at 0-12 to 1-11. Indeed the boys of the 'tubber did have other chances but were unable to convert and when Castlebar attacked one last time they won yet another free with the accurate Neil Douglas kicking over to ensure the win. Before the end Danny Kirby received a second yellow card from referee Eamonn McAndrew but in truth Castlebar were the deserving winners throughout the hour and will take stopping. While its a set-back for Ballintubber after suffering their first defeat of 2014, sometimes a team can learn more from a defeat and with the next game in the Championship pencilled in for the weekend of June 21st in Clogher against Shrule-Glencorrib who drew with Crossmolina. Best for Ballintubber included the overworked defence where Declan Larkin, Paul Earley and Ruaidhri O'Connor stood out . Diarmuid O'Connor tried hard when especially when brought to midfield where he added a point while in attack despite being well-marshalled Cillian O'Connor managed a total of 0-9 between frees and play with Ray Geraghty also adding 2 points from play in the opening half. Alan Dillon also worked hard to break down a stubborn Castlebar defence while captain Damien Coleman and full-forward Stephen Broderick also gave it their all.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Joe Geraghty, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Dean Gavin, Daire Summerville, Diarmuid O'Connor (0-1), Alan Dillon, Damien Coleman (Capt), Ray Geraghty (0-2), Stephen Broderick, Cillian O'Connor (0-9, 7f). Subs used - Alan Plunkett for Daire Summerville, Padraig O'Connor for Stephen Broderick, Bryan Walsh for Ray Geraghty

 

 

 

Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 2 Final Monday May 12th

Claremorris 6-6 1-6 Ballintubber

Commisserations to our Under 16 team who put it up to favourites Claremorris in McHale Park during cool, showery and sunny conditions on Monday evening during the final of the Division 2 League final. Despite the Abbeysiders playing against a much bigger,physical team Claremorris who had comfortably beaten Ballintubber in the qualifying rounds, the youthful team had the South Mayo boys on the rack early in the second half. But power and a bit of luck was with Claremorris who scored their clinching goals when attacking at pace or when pumping high ball towards the Ballintubber full-back-line. The sending-off of Jamesie Finnerty after a bit of a skirmish towards the end didn't help while Ballintubber 'keeper Niall Staunton pulled off a fantastic penalty safe during a hectic second half. In fact the game started off at a 100 miles pace as the boys in blue laid siege towards the Abbeysiders goal and it took the best out of Niall Staunton to prevent a goal in the opening minute. However they followed almost immediately with a goal and were dominating all over the field. Jamesie Finnerty broke the play by squeezing by his marker to calmly shoot the ball to the corner of the net to give his side some breathing space. But it was only temporary as Claremorris racked up another 1-2 before a Jamesie Finnerty free had the score reading 2-3 to 1-1. While the South Mayo side did add another point, slowly but surely Ballintubber were beginning to come more into the game. Great defending by Gavin Roache and Finian Burke in the full-back-line along with brave performances from the half-back-line of Sean McNally, Hugh Geraghty and Luke Byrne helped Ballintubber midfield duo of Michael O'Brien and Darragh McGovern start winning more ball. Smart vision from Jamesie Finnerty which saw him find centre-half-forward Noel Geraghty with a top class pass who popped over a vital point. In fact Ballintubber dominated over the following period but unfortunately they failed to put the scoreboard under pressure as a number of scoring opportunities were wasted. Some great defending from Claremorris as well as top-class goalkeeping from custodian Brian McGuinness somehow kept 2 Jamesie Finnerty goal-bound opportunities out. Captain Stephen O'Malley however kicked over a fine point from the right-wing to give the 'tubber boys renewed hope going into the half-time break with only 5 points between the sides at 2-5 to 1-3. Ballintubber continued their dominance during the early stages of the second half with Hugh Geraghty availing of a Stephen O'Malley pace to reduce the deficit to 4 points. Further pressure saw Jamesie Finnerty have another goal-bound kept out when 'keeper Brian McGuinness tipped over at the expense of a point. Another attack saw Jamesie Finnerty smack a tremendous shot against the crossbar with Stephen O'Malley popping over a resulting free. With the score Claremorris 2-5 to Ballintubber 1-6 unfortunatley that was as good as it got for the Abbeysiders as a long ball against the run of play ended up in the Ballintubber net. However Ballintubber seemed to be denied an almost certain penalty when number 15 Jack Jensen seemed to be tripped by the Claremorris netminder but amazingly the referee never seemed to notice. Further missed chances as well didn't help with Niall Staunton bravely saving a well-struck penalty but within the next 30 seconds the ball was back in the Ballintubber net. Frustration in the Ballintubber attack when the Claremorris netminder refused to release the ball after a Ballintubber free was awarded with Jamesie Finnerty receiving a red card from referee Gerry Carmody. In the closing minutes Claremorris put the game to bed with 2 late goals to totally distort the scoreline in what was a brave performance from a young Ballintubber team who will have better days. 

Ballintubber team that lined out - Niall Staunton, Gavin Roache, Finian Bourke, Sean McNally, Hugh Geraghty (0-1), Luke Byrne, Michael O'Brien, Darragh McGovern, Stephen O'Malley (0-2,2f), Noel Geraghty (0-2), Ciarain Gavin, Jamesie Finnerty (1-2, 1f), Jack Jensen. Sub used - Sean Conway for Jack Jensen

 

Senior Football League Division 1C Sunday May 11th

Ballintubber B 0-6 0-14 Ballyhaunis 

It was historic day for our Junior team as they opened their first ever Division 1C League campaign in Clogher on Sunday but a sharper Ballyhaunis side proved too good. The hosts were always chasing the game and needed to start well but scores were hard to come by on another windy day. The East Mayo side had the wind at their backs for the opening half and were full value for their 0-7 to 0-3 lead at the break. The Abbeysiders points came from Daire Summerville who kicked over a huge '45 against the wind as well as a point from a free while full-forward Tommy Kilcoyne batted over a point. The expected comeback however never materialised in the second half and the sending off of Danny Geraghty only added to their problems. With Mayo star Keith Higgins popping up a number of positions throughout the hour, the visitors attacked with pace on numerous occasions resulting in a number of scores. However good work from the likes of Michael Hoban in midfield and the hard-working Tommy Kilcoyne kept the Abbeysiders in touch while the pace of Bryan Walsh and substitute Stephen Finnerty almost got the games only goal in the last few minutes. It was another Daire Summerville '45 that kept Ballintubber in touch as the second half resumed while he also added a second free. Again it was Tommy Kilcoyne who scored his sides final point of the half but the game was over as a contest. Next up is a trip to Swinford next weekend.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Sean Larkin, Gary Loftus, Seamus Thomas, Gary Dillon, Danny Geraghty, Alan Larkin, Michael Hoban, Daire Summerville (0-4, 2'45's 2f), John Duffy, Alan Plunkett, Padraig O'Connor, James McGing, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-2), Bryan Walsh. Sub used - Stephen Finnerty for John Duffy,Darren Flannery for Gary Dillon, Brian Feeney for Alan Plunkett,Sean Staunton for Seamus Thomas, David McHale for James McGing   

Senior Football League Division 1A Saturday May 10th

Ballintubber 0-11 1-6 Breaffy  

A Cillian O'Connor inspired performance helped the Abbeysiders to a win over neighbours in the opening round of their Senior League Division 1 campaign in blustery Clogher on Saturday evening. The Ballintubber and Mayo star kicked over a total of 8 points in a faultless display of free-taking and from play although worryingly he came off injured in the closing minutes after a late challenge. On an evening of heavy rain as well as a strong wind, conditions were far from ideal but credit to both teams to keep the crowd entertained throughout the hour. It was the visitors who had the benefit of the wind but in truth both teams seem to play as well against the wind as with it. Breaffy opened the scoring after both teams had missed opportunities with Cillian O'Connor levelling with a sharp left-footed point almost with his back to the goal. That started a brief period of dominance for the hosts as a pointed free was followed with one handed catch from the games top scorer who managed to evade some tight marking and quickly turn to put the Abbeysiders 0-3 to 0-1 in front. Back came Breaffy however to reduce the leeway with a point of their own with another left-footed strike from Cillian O'Connor to put 2 between the teams again following good work from full-forward Stephen Broderick. While the Ballintubber defence was again outstanding, the Breaffy attack did get brief chances to penetrate with Brendan Walsh in goal equal to anything kicked in his direction. As the half was ending Breaffy centre-half-forward Conor O'Shea kicked over a huge point from way out with the benefit of the wind to leave just the minimum between the teams. The homeside did have other scoring chances at the end of the half but only a Cillian O'Connor pointed free resulted to leave the hallf-time score 0-5 to 0-3 to the boys in red. The second half started well for the boys in blue as they had levelled within a matter of minutes despite playing against the wind plus the loss of midfielder Seamus O'Shea who did not start the second half. Again it was that man Cillian O'Connor who again used his leg peg to push Ballintubber back in from while a pointed free also followed to create that 2 points lead. A monster '45 from Breaffy & Mayo custodian Robert Hennelly had the Breaffy support in full voice as the game was still in the melting pot. Indeed the score seemed to spur Breaffy as they were unlucky not to bag the games first goal when a shot came off the crossbar. With Jason Gibbons again outstanding in midfield while his midfield partner Dean Gavin also impressed where Ray Geraghty was at the end of a passing move to point well. Further pressure from the hosts saw Jason Gibbons take the sensible option and point his sides 10th point to push 4 between the teams at 0-10 to 0-6. Just when it looked as it the game was almost decided a swift attack from the visitors saw the ball come back off the crossbar again but this time a forward was on hand to blast the rebound to the net. However an excellent response saw substitute Alan Plunkett point from the right wing to close out the scoring and get the Abbeysiders off to the ideal start. Next up is a visit to Ballina for round 2 of the League . Luckily the injury to Cillian O'Connor at the end of the game is not as bad as first feared following a kick to his ankle. Others to impress as well as the defence included Jason Gibbons and Dean Gavin in midfield while Alan Dillon, Diarmuid O'Connor, Damien Coleman all had their moments in the half-forward line. Ray Geraghty scored a crucial point and impress in the corner while Stephen Broderick was strong on the ball before being replaced.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Joe Geraghty. Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jason Gibbons (0-1), Dean Gavin, Diarmuid O'Connor, Alan Dillon, Damien Coleman, Ray Geraghty (0-1), Stephen Broderick, Cillian O'Connor (0-8, 4f). Subs used - Gary Loftus for Joe Geraghty, Alan Plunkett (0-1) for Stephen Broderick, Sean Larkin for Myles Kelly, Daire Summerville for Cillian O'Connor (inj).         

 

Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 2 Semi-Final May 5th

Ballintubber 2-11 2-6 Cill Chomain 

Congrats to our Under 16 who qualified for the Division 2 League final after win over visitors Cill Chomain on Tuesday evening! Details of the final will be posted on the website when confirmed.

 

West Mayo Kelly Cup Final Monday May 4th 

Ballintubber 0-9 0-6 Castlebar Mitchels 

Our Senior team picked up their first honour of the 2014 season when they deservedly claimed the Kelly Cup for the first time since 2007 after holding out the County & Connacht Champions Castlebar Mitchels in Breaffy on Bank holiday Monday afternoon. With both teams minus their County players, the fare on offer was extremely competitive with both teams having one eye on the Senior Championship encounter in less than 3 weeks time. In the end it was the Abbeysiders who got over the line but they had to withstand 2 late goalscoring opportunities from the Mitchels as marvellous defending and blocking from the likes of Brian Murphy and Declan Larkin prevented the ball from crossing the line as Castlebar threw everything bar the kitchen sink during the closing minutes. Conditions on the day were greasy as intermittent rain on a solid surface fell from time to time with the opening half very much nip and tuck with Castlebar midfielder Ger McDonagh opening the scoring but that was cancelled after 2 pointed frees from Ballintubber centre-half-forward Ray Geraghty. Back came the town side to level before an excellent left-footed point from left-half-forward Damien Coleman had the 'tubber boys in front again. Again the Mitchels levelled before quick thinking from a Daire Summerville '45 who found the alert Bryan Walsh with the Ballyglass stalwart popping over the leading point. It was James Durcan from the Mitchels whose quick movement caused problems in the Ballintubber defence as he levelled affairs yet again before he replied with another score shortly after a third Ray Geraghty free left the half-time score at 0-5 apiece. Indeed both teams did have a number of goal scoring opportunities during the opening 30 minutes but a combination of fine defending and good goal-keeping as well as poor shot selection meant that there was little to seperate the sides. The second half was a more cagey affair with scores harder to come by as both teams defended stoutly. It was Castlebar who opened the scoring in what became their only score of the second half as fine defending from the likes of Paul Earley, Declan Larkin and Brian Murphy in the full-back-line along with the fit-again Myles Kelly, Danny Geraghty and his brother Joe kept the Mitchels at bay. Good work from hard-working midfielder Dean Gavin found full-forward Stephen Broderick who calmly levelled the game at 6 apiece. The full-forward caused a number of problems for Castlebar full-back Alan Feeney and he was to play a big part in the win. The games next score came about as a result of a poor kickout from the Castlebar custodian with Daire Summerville taking his point well courtesy of his left-peg. The 'boys of the 'tubber' squandered a number of chances over the following moments however and experienced midfielder Michael Hoban then received a black card as exchanges were becoming more intense. With centre-half-back Danny Geraghty also having to come off due to injury the Abbeysiders were still dominating the possession stakes with great persistance from full-forward Stephen Broderick enabling him to kick over his sides 8th point. With time running out the Mitchels tried to burst through the Ballintubber defence but brave defending was the order of the day where Brian Murphy, goal-keeper Brendan Walsh and Declan Larkin through their bodies on the line to somehow keep the ball out. It was substitute Stephen Finnerty who kicked over the games final point before referee Kevin Corcoran blew his whistle for the final time. With the Senior Leagues beginning the win is a nice bonus but in reality the real business begins next weekend when Breaffy come to Clogher for a 6pm start next Saturday evening for Round 1. Others to star include Michael Hoban while Alan Plunkett was very much in the thick of things while substitutes Gary Loftus and John Duffy also added to the win. Afterwards West Board PRO Shane Quinn presented the Kelly Cup to Ballintubber captain Damien Coleman.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Danny Geraghty, Joe Geraghty, Dean Gavin, Michael Hoban, Bryan Walsh (0-1), Ray Geraghty (0-3, 3f), Damien Coleman Capt (0-1), Daire Summerville (0-1), Stephen Broderick (0-2,) Alan Plunkett. Subs used - Gary Loftus for Danny Geraghty (inj), John Duffy for Bryan Walsh, Stephen Finnerty (0-1) for Michael Hoban.

 

West Mayo Kelly Cup Final Saturday May 3rd

Ballintubber 2-18 0-7 Burrishoole 

Our Senior team booked their place in the Kelly Cup final after an emphatic 17 points win in Clogher on Saturday evening over visitors Burrishoole. On a calm,mild and cloudy evening, the hosts never looked in trouble where the return on Myles Kelly from a cruciate injury as well as the return also of Gary Dillon from the USA helped to book the final position. The Abbeysiders led 0-10 to 0-2 at the break as the fitness and sharpness of the homeside was evident right from the start while Ray Geraghty was continuing his impressive form at centre-half-forward where his return of 0-7 from frees and from play added to the comfortable win with one of his points scored without the aid of his right boot as his footwear change prevented him in being able to change over in time before the ball was in his hands. Goals in the second half from the unselfish Bryan Walsh following good build-up work from substitute Stephen Finnerty as well as a well taken goal from the impressive full-forward Stephen Broderick put a more realistic look to the scoreboard. With the return of Brendan Walsh in goal from the Mayo panel whose kick-outs and shot-stopping was to the fore as usual behind a solid defence where Danny Geraghty used his power to drive a number of attacks as well as adding to the scoreboard while his brother Joe along with the fulll-back-line of Declan Larkin, Paul Earley and Brian Murphy kept things tight. Both midfielders of Dean Gavin and Daire Summerville got through a lot of work where another highlight was the high-fielding of Dean Gavin who also added to the scoreboard with a deserved point while his midfield partner chipped in with a pointed '45. The attack also had its moments while the pace of Bryan Walsh caused a number of problems as well as the promptings of Ray Geraghty and Stephen Broderick. With all 6 starting forwards scoring including a point apiece from the hard-working Damien Coleman and Alan Plunkett, the game was decided well before the end with substitutes Stephen Finnerty and John Duffy closing out the scoring. While the final has been fixed for this Monday at 1pm in Breaffy, both finalists Ballintubber & Castlebar Mitchels have agreed and requested an alternative date which has to be confirmed.  

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Danny Geraghty (0-1), Joe Geraghty, Daire Summerville (0-1, '45), Dean Gavin (0-1), Gary Dillon (0-1), Ray Geraghty (0-7, 4f), Damien Coleman (0-1), Bryan Walsh (1-1), Stephen Broderick (1-2), Alan Plunkett (0-1). Subs used - Stephen Finnerty (0-1) for Gary Dillon (inj), Frank Walsh for Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus for Myles Kelly, John Duffy (0-1) for Alan Plunkett, Darren Flannery for Daire Summerville       

Kelly Cup Group 1 Saturday April 12th

Ballintubber 2-17 0-6 Breaffy 

Our Senior teams impressive start to the new season continued in fresh, windy conditions in Clogher on Saturday evening when they comfortably overcame last years County Finalists Breaffy. With both teams minus their County players although Alan Dillon was available to the Abbeysiders where he was very much involved in a lot of the major scores. The hosts played against the strong wind in the opening half but were stilll able to lead at the interval 1-6 to 0-4 where the pace of Bryian Walsh caused endless problems for the visitors defence as he got the games first goal while he could have bagged another one only for the Breaffy custodian to effect a fine save. Other scorers included Ray Geraghty with 0-3 where 2 came from frees while Bryan Walsh also pointed with other scores coming from Alan Plunkett and full-forward Stephen Broderick. Last years Mayo Minor free-taker Liam Irwin was causing some difficulties for the Ballintubber defence, his effect was quickly closed out when the tigerish Brian Murphy marked him at the beginning of  the second half. Indeed the recently returned from injury Alan Dillon was coming more into the game and with the strong wind at their backs the hosts upped the ante. Despite a number of wides following early scores from the afore mentioned Bryan Walsh and substitute John Duffy, the visitors were not able to handle the fast movement of the Ballintubber attack . Further scores followed however with Alan Dillon kicking over his first before a smart pass from Brian Walsh found Alan Plunkett who put the game to bed with a well-taken goal. More Bryan Walsh points followed where the score now read 2-11 to 0-5 before homesides dominance resulted in more scores for Alan Dillon, Ray Geraghty, substitute Stephen Finnerty and hard-working midfielder Daire Summerville before substitute Alan Larkin and a final Alan Dillon point closed out the game. A late Alan Durcan free was followed by referee Mel Kenny's final whistle where the win puts the 'tubber boys in a strong position for the knock-out stages. Not forgetting the defence who were solid where again Paul Earley at full-back, Declan Larkin and Brian Murphy impressing in front of 'keeper Frank Walsh who to pull off a fine save towards the end of the first half.It was another steady performance from the half-back-line of Michael Plunkett, Joe Geraghty and Ruaidhri O'Connor while Dean Loftus and Daire Summerville got through a lot of work in midfield. Keep an eye on fixtures for the teams next outing!

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Declan Larkin, Paul Earley, Bryan Murphy, Michael Plunkett, Joe Geraghty, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Dean Loftus, Daire Summerville (0-1), Bryan Walsh (1-4), Ray Geraghty (0-4, 2f), Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon (0-3), Stephen Broderick (0-1), Alan Plunkett (1-1). Subs used - John Duffy (0-1) for Stephen Broderick (inj), Gary Loftus for Ruaidhri O'Connor, Alan Larkin (0-1) for Paul Earley, Stephen Finnerty (0-1) for Damien Coleman, Darren Flannery for Dean Loftus  

 

Michael Walsh League Quarter-Final Saturday April 5th

Ballintubber 2-16 012 Crossmolina 

Our Senior team booked a place in the Semi-Final of the Michael Walsh League after a convincing win over visitors Crossmolina played in mild but cloudy and damp conditions in Clogher on Saturday evening. With both teams minus their County players plus other injuries, many fringe players got their chance where 2 of last years successful Minors from Mayo's success Michael Plunkett and Bryan Walsh certainly added more options to the Ballintubber panel. While the hosts were somewhat sluggish to start, reliable free-taking from Padraig O'Connor and Ray Geraghty keep the homeside in touch before a fortunate goal from a Padraig O'Connor point attempt suddenly had the score 1-3 to 0-4. After that the home side opened up the scoring with a host of scores coming from Alan Plunkett (0-2), Padraig O'Connor (0-2, 1f) while another Ray Geraghty free was added to by the alert Bryan Walsh with midfielder Dean Gavin kicking over the final point of the half to leave the interval score 1-10 to 0-5 to the boys in red. It was the West Mayo side who continued to dominate the opening stages of the second half where fine work from midfielder Daire Summerville saw him open the scoring before pressure from full-forward Stephen Broderick saw him flick the ball to the net after the ball seemed to have been in the hands of the Crossmolina 'keeper. With the game all but over as a contest Ballintubber continued to dominte where attacking half-back Michael Plunkett hammered the Crossmolina crossbar before Padraic O'Connor pointed another free. With the score 2-12 to 0-5 it was understandable that the game would peter out although further scores did arrive from Alan Plunkett (0-3) thanks to unselfish work from corner-forward Bryan Walsh while the hard-working Damien Coleman also added a point. Before the end Crossmolina and Mayo legend Ciaran McDonald was introduced to the full-forward line where he showed glimpses of the class that he still has where a number of points he scored were even applauded by Ballintubber supporters. Both sides play each other in the Senior Championship next July in Crossmolina where exchanges are bound to be much closer. Others to star for Ballintubber included full-back Paul Earley who looked very assured while corner-backs Declan Larkin and Brian Murphy had things under control. Joe Geraghty was solid in the centre while captain Ruaidhri O'Connor tried to attack when needed as did Michael Plunkett. Both midfielders of Daire Summerville and Dean Gavin worked hard throughout the hour with both adding to the scoreline. In attack all 6 forwards scored with Padraic O'Connor being top scorer with 1-5 while Alan Plunkett also added 0-5 while direct ball to the games other goal scorer Stephen Broderick at full-forward seemed to cause problems to the opposition full-back line. Other important contributions came from Ray Geraghty who kicked over 2 frees with his left-foot while Damien Coleman and Bryan Walsh also played key roles in the win. 

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Declan Larkin, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Michael Plunkett, Joe Geraghty, Ruaidhri O'Connor (Capt), Dean Gavin (0-1), Daire Summerville (0-1), Alan Plunkett (0-5, 1f), Ray Geraghty (0-2,2f), Damien Coleman (0-1), Bryan Walsh (0-1), Stephen Broderick (1-0), Padraig O'Connor (1-5, 4f). Subs user - Alan Larkin for Joe Geraghty, Gary Loftus for Bryan Walsh, Stephen Finnerty for Padraig O'Connor, John Duffy for Ray Geraghty, Sean Larkin for Declan Larkin

 

County Minor League Division 1 League Final Friday October 25th

Ballintubber 4-8 1-9 Claremorris

Congrats to our Minor team who ended the season in style when a 3-5 return from full-forward Bryan Walsh seen the Abbeysiders retain the title!!

Breaffy House Senior League Division 1A Sunday October 20th

Castlebar Mitchels 2-11 2-7 Ballintubber

Our Senior team suffered their third league defeat of the season when a sharper Castlebar side held out to claim the league points on offer and cement their position at the top. With both sides without a number of key players where the Abbeysiders had to line out without Alan Dillon, Cillian O'Connor and midfielder Jason Gibbons due to injury, it was a competitive outing in unseasonally warm, sunny conditions in Mulvey park on Sunday morning. The hosts led at the break 1-5 to 0-4 with corner-forward Tom King scoring his sides goal while the Abbeysides scorers included 3 Padraig O'Connor frees while the determined Tom Earley also got on the scoreboard. Ballintubber had as much possession as the Mitchels but were unable to probe the Castlebar defence enough to test the Castlebar netminder with Tom King at the end of good approach play to bag the games second goal at 2-6 to 0-6. Before the end substitutes Damien Coleman and Stephen Finnerty added some respectability to the scoreboard when they both found the net but the game had been decided before then. Best for Ballintubber included Brendan Walsh in goal while the defence did well considering the pressure if was under on occasion with Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan and Paul Earley showing well in the full-back-line. Tom Earley kicked over 2 points from centre-half-back while Ruaidhri O'Connor also showed well. Others to try hard included Diarmuid O'Connor who eventually ended up in midfield while his brother Padraig was accurate with the frees with substitutes Damien Coleman and and Stephen Finnerty impressing when introduced.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Tom Earley (0-2), Ruaidhri O'Connor, Danny Geraghty, Dean Gavin, John Duffy, Alan Plunkett, John Duffy, Damien McGing (0-1), Ray Geraghty, Padraig O'Connor (0-4, 4f). Subs used : Damien Coleman (1-0) for John Duffy, Stephen Finnerty (1-0) for Dean Gavin, Declan Larkin for Brian Murphy

Breaffy House Junior League Division 1D Saturday October 19th

Westport B 1-7 0-18 Ballintubber B

Our Junior team made history on Saturday evening when they gained promotion to Division 1C for the first time ever after a deserved 8 points win over homeside Westport in ideal conditions in Westport. The Abbeysiders were the better team all through but were unable to get the elusive goal that their performance deserved. However they suffered a setback early on when centre-half-back Joe Geraghty had to leave the field of play after suffering from a broken tooth following an accidental collision. It took a number of missed scoring opportunities before full-forward Ray Geraghty kicked over the games opening point with his left peg. Shortly after the hosts levelled before a host of fine points from Damien Coleman (2) with right-corner-forward Stephen Finnerty also converting his chance. However all that good work was undone when possession was lost in the Ballintubber defence with Westport taking advantage to score the games only goal. With the game all square the Abbeysiders continued to dominate with Ray Geraghty coming into his own during this spell where kicked over the halves 5 remaining scores to push the boys in red 0-9 to 1-1 ahead at the break. The opening minutes of the second half saw a rejuvenated homeside squeeze their way back into the match when they pointed 3 times in as many minutes to leave just 2 points between the sides. It was captain Tommy Kilcoyne who got Ballintubber back in their stride when he pointed an excellent score following a fine catch. Indeed this score seemed to settle the boys of the 'tubber as Stephen Finnerty also pointed a fine score from a difficult angle. It was during the spell that Westport suffered their first sending-off but they came back to score their fifth point with the game now 0-11 to 1-5. Another Ray Geraghty free was cancelled when another breakaway attack which allowed the coastal side to leave just one score between the sides. More indicipline was to follow however for Westport when their right-corner-back received his second yellow card. Ballintubber took advantage straight away where a plethora of points followed. Another Tommy Kilcoyne free was followed by points from substitutes Alan Plunkett and County Minor Bryan Walsh (0-2) who also added pace to the attack as well as Damien Coleman who also added to the tally with Tommy Kilcoyne closing the visitors scoring before Westport kicked over the games final point. This team have been knocking at the promotion door over the past few seasons and they have consistently qualified for the County Junior Championship knock-out stages where Manager John Feeney along with his selectors Lyndon Reilly and Gerry Dillon can look back on an impressive season which also included the West Mayo B Championship title in their first season at this role. The Division 1D League winners were Killala who were awarded the league points in the final round after Castlebar B failed to fulfill the fixture which is something that should not be happening at this level. Best for Ballintubber on another proud evening included minor Dave Clarke in goal whose commanding presence and lengthy kickouts was a feature. At full-back Damien Corbett rolled back the years when he put in a stormer while he was ably assisted by Keith Coleman with the experienced Seamus Thomas using this ball-catching skills to good effect when brought further out the field. Alan Larkin put in a good shift in the half-back line to cover up for the loss of Joe Geraghty while Liam Feeney and substitute Sean Kelly also had their good moments . At midfield Declan Larkin impressed again in the postion while he had good support from Daire Summerville. In attack Ray Geraghty was the star of the show when he scored a total of 0-7 with 3 from frees. However he had good support from captain Tommy Kilcoyne who also scored from frees and play with corner-forwards Stephen Finnerty and Damien Coleman causing a lot of problems for the Westport defence where they scored 0-5 between them. There were also hard-working performances from Seanie Larkin and Darren Flannery while substitutes Alan Plunkett and Bryan Walsh also caught the eye.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Dave Clarke, Keith Coleman, Damien Corbett, Seamus Thomas, Liam Feeney, Joe Geraghty, Alan Larkin, Declan Larkin, Daire Summerville, Seanie Larkin, Tommy Kilcoyne (Capt) (0-3, 2f), Darren Flannery, Stephen Finnerty (0-2), Ray Geraghty (0-7, 3f), Damien Coleman (0-3). Subs used : Sean Kelly for Joe Geraghty (inj), Bryan Walsh (0-2) for Liam Feeney, Alan Plunkett (0-1) for Daire Summerville, Jonathan Nolan for Stephen Finnerty, Ruaidhri Hallinan for Damien Coleman.

Mayo Senior Championship Quarter-Final Sunday October 6th

Knockmore 1-15 1-10 Ballintubber

Our Senior team exited the championship in McHale Park on Sunday when a hungrier and more direct Knockmore side deservedly booked a place in the last four. In truth the Abbeysiders never reached the heights expected while they were without top forward Cillian O'Connor while his older brother Ruaidhri failed a late fitness. Indeed it must be mentioned that Knockmore suffered a major setback just moments after they came to the pitch when marquay forward Aidan Kilcoyne appeared to have suffered a knee injury where he had to be strechered off. On a warm and sometimes sunny day, it was the North Mayo side who had the elements at their back as they used the stiff wind to good advantage to take the lead where county star Kevin McLoughlin opened the scoring with a pointed free. It was full-forward Padraig O'Connor who levelled within minutes before Knockmore went back in front. Play ebbed and flowed as both sides were still finding their way when County Minor Diarmuid O'Connor levelled the game with a fine point from distance. Next it was the turn of Kevin McLoughlin to kick Knockmore's next point when he also pointed from distance to make 0-3 to 0-2. Next major play saw Alan Dillon kick across a high ball towards the Knockmore goal where their 'keeper seemed to struggle with while a combination Alan Plunkett and Damien McGing made sure the ball crossed the line to push the Abbeysiders in front at 1-2 to 0-3. But the goal only seemed to spur Knockmore further as the quickly pointed twice to level as well as bringing the best out of Brendan Walsh in the Ballintubber goal.One of the highlights of the opening half saw Jason Gibbons in midfield catch before offloading to the onrushing Alan Dillon to push Ballintubber out in front which turned out to be the last time in the match. After that it was all Knockmore as they racked up another 0-5 where full-forward Declan Sweeney scored three top class points for the North Mayo side during this spell to push them 0-10 to 1-3 ahead at the break. The second half needed a strong start for an out-of-sorts Ballintubber side and they began well when again Jason Gibbons won vital possession in midfield while finding Diarmuid O'Connor who kicked over the opening point. But the comeback suffered a major setback when a high ball came off the post to an awaiting Knockmore forward who hammered it to the roof of the Ballintubber net. Credit to the boys of the 'tubber as kicked over the next 4 points courtesy of 3 Padraig O'Connor frees while Ballintubber's best player Jason Gibbons also pointed. With the score 1-10 to 1-8 in favour of Knockmore who were now facing into the stiff breeze, it was expected that the West Mayo side would push on but it was the underdogs who took the game by the scruff of the neck to quickly score the games next 4 points. This was the stage of the game that in effect decided the encounter as Ballintubber were struggling to be as direct as their opponents and as a result were finding scores harder to get. Towards the end another Padraig O'Connor free was added to by Jason Gibbons to give some respectability to the scoreboard. Knockmore has become the bogey team for Ballintubber in recent times as was the case in 2009 at this stage of the championship while recent league games have generally been won by the North Mayo side. Eitherway the championship campaign comes to a halt although the Division 1A League title is still a possibility with 4 games to go. Best for Ballintubber on the day were captain Cathal Hallinan, Gary Loftus, Brian Murphy and Tom Earley in defence, Jason Gibbons was the stand-out midfielder on the field while up front Alan Dillon,  Diarmuid O'Connor & free-taker Padraig O'Connor as well as the hard-working John Duffy stood out.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan (Capt), Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Tom Earley, Declan Larkin, Jason Gibbons (0-2), Danny Geraghty, John Duffy, Alan Dillon (0-1), Diarmuid O'Connor (0-2), Alan Plunkett (1-0), Padraig O'Connor 0-5, 5f), Damien McGing. Subs used : Dean Gavin for Danny Geraghty, Ray Geraghty for Alan Plunkett, Daire Summerville for John Duffy, Damien Coleman for Damien McGing.

Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday September 15th

Knockmore 1-7 1-6 Ballintubber 

Our Senior team suffered their second league defeat of the season when leaving blustery Knockmore on Sunday. Having been behind at the break 0-7 to 0-2 after playing against the gale force wind, the Abbeysiders came more into the game in the second half. It was full-forward Padraig O'Connor who scored 'tubber's only goal but a late goal from the hosts with just 5 minutes to go was enough to seal the points. Both sides will be meeting in a few weeks time in the Quarter-Final Senior Championship when both teams will have their full compliment of players.

Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday September 1st

Ballintubber 0-10 0-8 Claremorris 

Our Senior team maintained their good form when they resumed their Division 1A League campaign after grinding out a win over a wasteful Claremorris side in blustery conditions in Clogher on Sunday to remain joint top in the Division. With the Abbeysiders having to line out without the Senior & Minor County players due to Mayo's All-Ireland final involvements, the hosts were never allowed to relax as both sides cancelled each other out for long periods where the Ballintubber full-back-line of Captain Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley and Declan Larkin were excellent all throughout. It was the West Mayo side who led at the break 0-4 to 0-3 after they made better use of possession where a sharp looking Alan Plunkett pointed 3 times while Damien McGing also got on the scoreboard after lot of ball was fed off full-forward Padraig O'Connor. Indeed it was Padraig O'Connor who opened the second half scoring after a fine '45 was converted and the boys in red went 0-7 to 0-4 ahead following further points from Padraig O'Connor and midfielder Dean Gavin. But back came the South Mayo side with a few scores of their own to level at 0-7 apiece with 10 minutes remaining. In fact the visitors should have gone on and taken the lead but their wayward shooting came back to haunt them. It was right-half-back Gary Loftus who pushed Ballintubber back in front where the score seemed to give renewed relief to the homeside as wing forward John Duffy also popped over a fine point while full-forward Padraig O'Connor took advantage of good build-up play from full-back Cathal Hallinan to kick over his third point of the game. A late James Shaughnessy free for the visitors did mean a few anxious moments before referee Liam Devenney blew his whistle for the last time. Others to shine included goalkeeper Frank Walsh while Brian Murphy impressed again at centre-half-back while Ruaidhri O'Connor was also busy. All 3 substitutes made their mark where Stephen Finnerty, Alan Larkin and the experienced Michael Hoban helped to close the game out.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Declan Larkin, Cathal Hallinan (Capt), Paul Earley, Gary Loftus (0-1), Brian Murphy, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Dean Gavin (0-1), Tom Earley, Joe Geraghty, Damien McGing (0-1), John Duffy (0-1), Alan Plunkett (0-3), Padraig O'Connor (0-3, '45), Conor Finnerty. Subs used : Stephen Finnerty for Conor Finnerty, Alan Larkin for Joe Geraghty, Michael Hoban for Dean Gavin

 

West Mayo Minor A Championship Semi-Final Monday September 2nd

Ballintubber 1-11 3-6 Louisburgh

Our Minor team were beaten in the Semi-Final stage of the West Mayo Championship on Monday evening in Clogher when a late Louisburgh rally saw the visitors cross the line in a gripping encounter. The Abbeysiders were forced to line out without the influential Michael Plunkett due to injury and and it showed for long periods in the opening half as Louisburgh took the game to the homeside when they raced into a 1-4 to 0-1 in the opening 15 minutes. With Diarmuid O'Connor grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck in midfield, it saw the homeside slowly come back into contention courtesy of points from Stephen Finnerty, Rory Murphy, Dave Clarke and a Bryan Walsh free to leave just one score between the sides as the half entered its final seconds. But the last play saw the coastal side run at the Ballintubber rearguard and despite the best efforts of Tom McGing in the Ballintubber goal a second goal was scored to leave the interval score 2-4 to 0-4. However the opening moments of the second half saw a high ball breaking fall to Bryan Walsh who hammered the ball to the Louisburgh net. It began a long period of dominance for the Abbeysiders as they pointed from the likes of Stephen Finnerty, Bryan Walsh with 2 pointed frees while Dave Clarke pushed the boys in red out in front for the first time in the game at 1-8 to 2-4. In between the scores Louisburgh almost scored their third goal only for a fine Tom McGing save where the alert Sean Staunton managed to somehow managed to clear the ball off the line afterwards. When corner-forward Lorcan Biggins used his left foot to good effect to point it looked as if Ballintubber were going to finish the game out. A brief Louisburgh attack however saw them keep in touch with a breakaway point before further points from Bryan Walsh pushed the 'tubber boys 1-11 to 2-5 in front as the game entered its final minutes. However a late surge from the visitors saw them break through to score a cracking goal to the corner of the Ballintubber net which levelled the game for the last time. As the game was heading towards extra-time Louisburgh attacked again where their County midfielder Padraic Prendergast was fouled just outside the '45 but referee Kevin Corcoran then moved the ball up within scoring range as both teams had mixed emotions on his decision where a pointed free followed. In truth Ballintubber did have a number of chances before the end but they were not able to add to the scoreboard. However the Abbeysiders still have a chance to claim some silverware in the Division 1 League final with date to be confirmed. Best for Ballintubber were Diarmuid O'Connor who ran himself to a standstill in midfield while Sean Kelly and Sean Staunton were the pick of the defence while the youthful Aaron Lally is one for the future after he changed to wing back. While the forwards took awhile to get into the game, Stephen Finnerty, Dave Clarke and Bryan Walsh did most of the scoring.

Ballintubber team that lined out :Tom McGing, Jarleth Staunton, Sean Kelly, Oran Scully, Sean Staunton, John Kerrigan, Mark Golden, Diarmuid O'Connor (Capt), Rory Murphy (0-1), Stephen Finnerty (0-2), Dave Clarke (0-2), Aaron Lally, Lorcan Biggins (0-1), Bryan Walsh (1-5, 4f), Sean Murphy. Subs used : Michael Conway for Sean Murphy, Oisin McGovern for Oran Scully (inj)

Ballintubber B 3-12 0-9 Castlebar Mitchels B

Our Junior team maintained their promotion push when they overcame Castlebar Mitchels second string in Clogher on Sunday. On a changeable day played in sometimes showery conditions, the availability of a number of senior players for the hosts certainly helped while the return of Michael Hoban from suspension was another bonus. The game was well matched in the opening half where a Padraig O'Connor goal was the main difference which had the Abbeysiders 1-7 to 0-4 at the break. Other scores came from Ray Geraghty (2), Tommy Kilcoyne, Stephen Finnerty, Padraig O'Connor as well as cousins John Duffy and Alan Plunkett. However the game was decided in a 2 minute spell when goals from Stephen Finnerty and captain Tommy Kilcoyne ended the game as a contest as there was no way through a no-nonsense Ballintubber defence where Joe Geraghty looked comfortable in his new role of full-back where he had plenty of help from Keith Coleman, Seamus Thomas, Brian Murphy and the Larkin brothers Alan at centre-half-back with Declan on the wing. Another scorers in the second half included the busy John Duffy who ended with a total of 4 points while a pointed '45 from Padraig O'Connor was another highlight with Alan Plunkett also contributing. It should be mentioned also the contribution of new goalkeeper Dave Clarke who is still minor next year and who is also a noted place kicker with our Minor team as he pulled off 2 important stops during the hour. Keep an eye on fixtures for details on any future matches involving this team as there are still 5 League matches left in Division 1D and such is the tightness of this division that there are now 5 teams tied at the top of the table where the Abbeysiders head the division due to a better scoring difference!

Ballintubber team that lined out : Dave Clarke, Keith Coleman, Joe Geraghty, Seamus Thomas, Brian Murphy, Alan Larkin, Declan Larkin, Michael Hoban, Daire Summerville, John Duffy (0-4), Tommy Kilcoyne (1-1), Alan Plunkett (0-2), Stephen Finnerty (1-1), Padraig O'Connor (1-2, '45), Ray Geraghty (0-2). Subs used : Liam Feeney for Seamus Thomas, Eoin Heneghan for Stephen Finnerty, Sean Staunton for Alan Larkin, Nial Hession for Tommy Kilcoyne, Sean Kelly for Declan Larkin.

Burrishoole 3-19 1-8 Ballintubber

Commisserations to our Under 14 team who ended a highly successful season by coming second best to an impressive Burrishoole side in dry conditions in Westport on Thursday evening in the final of the West Mayo B Championship. With a more physical and bigger Burrishoole side having the advantage of a stiff wind, the coastal side took advantage of the elements by laying siege to the Ballintubber goal in a performance of direct football. When key Ballintubber forward Jamesie Finnerty had to retire early due to a leg strain, it only added to the Abbeysiders problems as they were unable to win vital possession which resulted in further pressure on an already overworked defence. Indeed the Newport side had 6 points on the board before the Abbeysiders registered their first point courtesy of Jamesie Finnerty just before his injury. Further pressure resulted in another raft of Burrishoole points where great shot stopping from Ballintubber custodian Arran Mannion along with brave defending from Finnian Bourke in particular kept the score down to 0-12 to 0-1 entering the closing minutes. But 2 goals in quick succession put the game out of reach for the 'tubber boys as the interval score read 2-12 to 0-1. The second half saw Burrishoole continue to dominate possession where they added further points before the hard-working Ciaran Gavin stemmed the tide with the first of his impressive points. A high ball from Ballintubber resulted in Niall Staunton getting a touch to the ball before it hit the net to give the Ballintubber supporters a brief ray of hope. Back came Burrishoole however with more points while again Ballintubber 'keeper Arran Mannion was called into action before the inevitable third goal was scored. With the score now 3-18 to 1-2 and the game well out of bounds, the cosing stages of the game was dominated by the boys in red as they outscored their opponents 0-6 to 0-1 in the closing minutes. Points from Louis Hoban (0-2), impressive substitute Alan McHale, Ciaran Gavin (0-3) as well as a rasper from Noel Geraghty smashing off the crossbar ended the contest in a surprisingly one-sided encounter. However the team and management can look back in pride on a highly impressive season where the highlight was the County Championship 3 title with many of this team available for 2014.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Arran Mannion, James Heneghan, Luke Murphy, Finnian Bourke, Matthew Fox, Conor McNally, Cillian Redmond, Jack Jensen (Capt), Michael O'Brien, Louis Hoban (0-2f). Noel Geraghty, Ciaran Gavin (0-4, 2f), Jamesie Finnerty (0-1), Niall Staunton (1-0), Paul Heneghan. Subs used : Alan McHale (0-1), Adam Lally, Nathan Corbett

Ballintubber 0-7 0-1 Burrishoole

Congrats to our Junior team who deservedly claimed the West Mayo Junior B Championship title for the first time since 2009 after victory over a 14 man Burrishoole side in Islandeady on Wednesday evening. In a game that never really got the large crowd roaring, it was a match that seen the Abbeysiders kick a large number of wides and in truth they were never really worried as the Newport side were never able to open up a solid Ballintubber defence. With playing conditions greasy it was the boys in red who played against the dying wind in the opening half where James McGing opened the scoring in the early minutes. Ballintubber were dominant in most positions throughout the field but a combination of poor shooting as well as good goal-keeping from the Burrishoole netminder Keith McManamon kept the scoreboard inactive for long periods. Then in the space of seconds both teams lost a midfielder each when Darren Flannery was upended in an off-the-ball incident which resulted in him coming off injured while referee Declan Corcoran deemed the the incident to warrant a red card for the Burrishoole midfielder. It meant that Alan Larkin became the extra player for the 'tubber and he excelled in the role throughout the remainder of the match. It was Seanie Larkin who was the other scorer during the opening half after good work from the travelling full-back Keith Coleman to leave the interval score 0-2 to no score. The second half was much the same where the expected Burrishoole backlash never came to anything as it was Alan Larkin who kicked his second excellent free in as many matches to put 3 between the sides. Next it was the turn of attacking wing back Nial Hession to swerve over a fine point as the large Burrishoole support waited for their teams response. Amazingly the best they could muster was a pointed free from full-forward Adrian Grealis which turned out to be their only score of the game. Further points followed from substitute Sean Staunton while captain Tommy Kilcoyne pointed the last 2 scores of the match courtesy of a point from play and a late free. Afterwards captain Tommy Kilcoyne accepted the cup on behalf of his team-mates and it is some consolation for last Saturday evening County Championship Quarter-Final defeat. This team play in Division 1D of the Leagie next Sunday at 12noon in Clogher against old foes Castlebar Mitchels B. Best for Ballintubber included all the defence who kept out all the the highly-rated Burrishoole side could muster where Minor Dave Clarke had a quiet evening in goal while the full-back kine of Aidan Summerville, Keith Coleman and Seamus Thomas were excellent. As mentioned Alan Larkin used his experience to pick up any loose ball in the defence while his pointed free as well as point from Nial Hession was also a highlight with Sean Kelly doing well before being replaced by Sean Staunton who also got on the scoresheet. The midfield of Declan Larkin and Darren Flannery were going well until the unfortunate injury to Darren although both substitute Damien Corbett and the versatile Joe Geraghty also helped in the role. Inside in the forward line James McGing opened the games scoring and was involved in a number of other scores while David McHale tried hard at number 12 before being replaced by Johnny Nolan. While the lively Stephen Finnerty was well marshalled by the Burrishoole defence, he still caused loads of problems with Captain Tommy Kilcoyne who got the all-important late scores with Seanie Larkin playing a number of roles throughout the hour including a vital point in the second half. The Management team of John Feeney, Lyndon Reilly and Gerry Dillon also are to be complimented in having the team in good condition where promotion from Division 1D is still a distinct possibility with 6 games left to go.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Dave Clarke, Aidan Summerville, Keith Coleman, Seamus Thomas, Nial Hession (0-1), Alan Larkin (0-1), Sean Kelly, Declan Larkin, Darren Flannery, James McGing (0-1), Joe Geraghty, David McHale, Stephen Finnerty, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-2, 1f), Alan Larkin (0-1). Subs used : Damien Corbett for Darren Flannery (inj), Johnny Nolan for David McHale, Sean Staunton (0-1) for Sean Kelly

Ballintubber 1-17 1-5 Tourmakeady

Our Senior team qualified for the Semi-Final of the Michael Walsh League after a comprehensive win over Tourmakeady in blustery,showery conditions in Clogher on Sunday. With the Abbeysiders without their County players who are involved with the Mayo Senior & Minor teams, it gave others a chance and many took their opportunities well. The hosts led 1-9 to 0-5 at the break with the lively John Duffy availing of a Damien McGing pass to score the Abbeysiders only goal of the match early in the opening half while points from Alan Plunkett (0-3), Padraig O'Connor (0-2, 2f), Ray Geraghty with 2 top class left-footed points with Damien McGing and Daire Summerville also getting in on the scoring. The second half began with a goal for the visitors who were playing against the wind but amazingly that turned out to be their only score of the match as Ballintubber in their new strip popped over another 8 points where Padraic O'Connor put on a display of place-kicking. The left-corner-forward pointed 2 consequetive '45's while he kicked over a sideline ball from the stand side that most forwards would not even contemplate. The impressive Damien McGing who was involved in a lot scores added 2 further points while Padraig O'Connor added another 2 points also while John Duffy scored the games last point. Details of the Semi-Finals opposition will be confirmed shortly and will be listed in fixtures. Others to stand out included the defence of Frank Walsh in goal, Declan Larkin, Cathal Hallinan and Paul Earley in the full-back-line. Brian Murphy slotted well into the centre-half-back position with Joe Geraghty and Ruaidhri O'Connor also showing well.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Declan Larkin, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Joe Geraghty, Brian Murphy, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Daire Summerville (0-1), Tom Earley, John Duffy (1-1), Damien McGing (0-3), Alan Plunkett (0-3), Conor Finnerty, Ray Geraghty (0-2), Padraig O'Connor (0-7, 2f, 2 x '45's). Subs used : Keith Coleman for Joe Geraghty, Stephen Finnerty for Conor Finnerty, Alan Larkin for Declan Larkin, Seamus Thomas for Daire Summerville .

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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. 

 

 

 

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