Cill Chómain 2-7 0-7 Ballintubber B
Our Junior teams interest in the County Junior Championship ended in Crossmolina on Saturday evening when favourites Cill Chomain eventually got the better of a brave Ballintubber performance in almost ideal conditions. In truth the old adage 'goal wins games' certainly holds true while the second half dismissal of midfielder Declan Larkin who accrued 2 yellow cards was another key factor. However despite all those setbacks the Abbeysiders gave as good as they got and had lady luck been on their side then who knows how they may have ended up. With the influential Michael Hoban still suspended and against a big, physical Cill Chomain side, the boys in red started brightly where captain Tommy Kilcoyne opened the scoring with a pointed free after the speedy Stephen Finnerty was fouled. Indeed the underdogs looked comfortable before lost possession resulted in the North Mayo side penetrating the Ballintubber defence to score the games opening goal. While it was a major setback the attitude of the Abbeysiders was excellent as 2 excellent Stephen Finnerty points levelled the game with less than half of the opening half remaining. But the North Mayo side eventually got their hands on more possession and finished the half strongly where they kicked over a combination of points both from play and frees to lead at the break 1-4 to 0-3. The second half saw the West Mayo side play into the strengthening wind and it was the reliable free taking of Tommy Kilcoyne who left just one score between the teams following another foul on Stephen Finnerty. But another setback followed when the impressive Declan Larkin received a second yellow following a hard shoulder challenge but it failed to dampen Ballintubber's drive. However Cill Chomain also had their moments as they rattled over a point and afterwards brought the very best out of Frank Walsh in the Ballintubber goal when he somehow kept out a goal-bound shot. The resultant '45 saw the North Mayo side put 4 points between the teams at 1-7 to 0-6 but a fine point from substitute Darren Flannery kept the game in the melting pot. When Alan Larkin pointed an excellent free from a tight angle to leave just 2 points between the sides, it still gave the 'tubber boys a fighting chance but the goal required just didn't come through. In fact it was the boys in white and black who finished stronger as they kicked over their last point while they also scored a fortunate goal before the final whistle blew. It was a harsh lesson for this young Ballintubber side who certainly could not be faulted for effort but they will have better days as next Wednesday evening they have the chance to reclaim the West Mayo Junior B Championship title when they take on Burrishoole in Islandeady. Best for Ballintubber included Frank Walsh in goal, Seamus Thomas, Alan Larkin and Keith Coleman in defence while Declan Larkin was doing well in midfield before he received his marching orders with captain Tommy Kilcoyne and the youthful Stephen Finnerty were the pick of the attack.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Damien Corbett, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Keith Coleman, Alan Larkin (0-1, 1f), Jonny Nolan, Joe Geraghty, Declan Larkin, Seanie Larkin, Tommy Kilcoyne (Capt 3f), David McHale, Stephen Finnerty (0-2), Eddie Burke, James McGing. Subs used : Darren Flannery (0-1) for James McGing, Sean Kelly for Damien Corbett, Sean Staunton for David McHale, Aidan Summerville for Seanie Larkin, Liam Feeney for Nial Hession
Shrule-Glencorrib 4-10 4-11 Ballintubber
Congrats to our Under 16 team who have almost qualified for the knockout stages of the Championship 3 campaign when they just did enough to outscore a battling homeside in a cracking encounter in Glencorrib on Tuesday evening. Despite losing the influential Patrick Burke to injury during the game and being without a host of the successful Under 14 players, the Management team of Marty Geraghty, John Jennings and Jim Twohig and all 14 players who togged deserve tremendous credit as their season continues to develop. Keep at it boys!!
Ballintubber 5-10 4-3 Aghamore
Congrats to our Under 14 team who claimed the Under 14 3 Championship title for the first time ever when another goal-fest from Jamsie Finnerty helped claim the crown in hot, sunny conditions in McHale Park on Thursday evening. Aghamore this time were the recipients as the clinical forward scored 5-4 but in fairness the East Mayo side put it up to the Abbeysiders for long periods but lost their influential full-forward Bobby Douglas due to injury after he had found the net twice earlier. With the influential Finian Bourke in charge in defence while Ciaran Gavin as well as centre-half-forward Noel Geraghty pulling the strings throughout the hour, the Abbeysiders dominated but did have to withstand a number of Aghamore goals where their 3rd goal just after half-time reduced the lead to just 2 points but Jamesie Finnerty was always able to get the space the score a goal immediately. The opening half saw Ballintubber lead 2-7 to 2-2 at the break where right-half-forward Louis Hoban scored his sides opening 3 points all from frees while Ciaran Gavin also got on the scoring. Noel Geraghty was next to score but within minutes the East Mayo side had the ball in the Ballintubber net after a long ball was played through. Then it was the turn of Jamesie Finnerty to finally find the range with a number of scores in quick succession including the first of his goals. Back came Aghamore however where they forced custodian Arran Mannion into a smart save before eventually their full-forward hit a shot low into the net to leave just the minimum between the sides with half-time fast approaching. With play going from end to end it was hard-working midfielder Michael O'Brien who won a vital free which was comfortably tapped over by Ballintubber's number 13 before he bagged his second goal to leave the 5 points difference between the sides at the interval. The second half saw the Aghamore number 14 bury his second goal within the opening moments but almost immediately another Noel Geraghty pass found Jamesie Finnerty who found the net again. More Ballintubber dominance followed with midfield partnership of Jack Jensen and Michael O'Brien coming more into the game where Jamesie Finnerty again proved his class with his 4th goal where he weaved his way around a number of markers before finding the net. Indeed substitute Paul Heneghan was next to set up the elusive forward to point with the score now 4-8 to 3-2. Again Noel Geraghty set-up Jamesie Finnerty for his sides fifth goal which was followed by his final score of the game which came from a free. The gallant losers kept plugging away with late scores where the highlight was a cracker from right-corner-forward Phillip Lennon to finish the game out after another goal attempt was was pushed out for a '45 by the agile Cillian Redmond following a powerful free. This team have provided many memorable moments during the 2013 season where they have won the all that has been put in front of them where their excellent team ethic and coaching has been obvious throughout their campaigns. Of course their season is not over yet where they can still aim for the West Mayo Under 14B Championship in the coming weeks. Afterwards Captain Conor McNally accepted the shield in joyous scenes before the dedicated Ballintubber supporters With goalie Arran Mannion having little chance of keeping out any of the goals on the evening, his kick-outs nearly always found one of his team-mates. As mentioned full-back Finian Bourke was excellent where his strength and good reading of situations was an important factor while he had loads of help from Adam Lally and James Heneghan in the corners. With captain Conor McNally solid in the centre of the defence, his wing-backs Cillian Redmond and Cian Barrett also had their moments throughout the hour. The midfield worked hard as always where Jack Jensen is enjoying his midfield role where he has more to offer while one of the unsung heroes of the team was Michael O'Brien who never let the team down. Louis Hoban proved the importance of an accurate free taker from the left wing while Noel Geraghty was involved in creating so many of Jamesie Finnerty's goals as well as getting the chance to score a well-deserved point. Ciaran Gavin is another player who is an excellent ball-winner as well as a unselfish creator who is a key player to this team and is certainly one to watch out for. Everything that has been said about on this site about Jamesie Finnerty is only a piece of the potential of this player and there can't be many players of his age to score so much in one season. Other forwards such as Nial Staunton, Matthew Fox, substitutes Alan McHale and Paul Heneghan all made important contributions during the game. Other substitutes togged out on the evening included Luke Murphy, Alfie Jensen, Nathan Corbett, Jack McHale, Jack Walsh and Oisin Gannon who all gave this team excellent back-up. Compliments to our Management team of Alan Larkin and Alan Plunkett who are also key players for our Junior and Senior teams respectively where they give so much of their time to the Club which is so appreciated. Not forgetting Bord na nOg Secretary and P.R.O. Mike Murphy who somehow finds the time to be involved with this team while the wise words of Pat Barrett and Mayo Minor selector Martin Costello have all helped throughout the season.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Arran Mannion, Adam Lally, Finian Bourke, James Heneghan, Cillian Redmond, Conor McNally (Capt), Cian Barrett, Jack Jensen, Michael O'Brien, Louis Hoban (0-3, 3f), Noel Geraghty (0-1), Ciaran Gavin (0-1), Jamesie Finnerty (5-4, 1f), Niall Staunton, Matthew Fox. Subs used : Alan McHale and Paul Heneghan
Ballintubber 3-8 0-14 Castlebar Mitchels
Congrats to our Junior team who qualified for the West Mayo Junior B final for the first time since 2009 when they defeated holders Castlebar Mitchels in Clogher on Wednesday evening in a cracking encounter. The last time the sides met was during the qualification stages when the Mitchels racked up 6 goals in Mulvey Park to record a comfortable win at the end of June but it was a different Abbeysiders who took to the field even without the influential Michael Hoban and Seanie Larkin. Inside the opening minutes the homeside set out their intentions when a high ball was broken down by David McHale before centre-half-forward Alan Larkin kicked it over the line to open the scoring. The Mitchels added their first score via a pointed free before the impressive Stephen Finnerty kicked over his first score of the evening. While the visitors did kick over the next 2 points, good work from Liam Feeney and Eddie Burke allowed Stephen Finnerty a clear run at goal where he unleashed a top-class goal to the roof of the net. Another point followed from the corner-forward but the visitors ended the half strongly to leave the half-time score at Ballintubber 2-2 0-6 Castlebar Mitchels. The second half continued to entertain the small crowd where left-corner-forward Eddie Burke was first to score when he sensibly popped over a point as both sides matched each other point for point during the early stages with Eddie Burke again on the scoreboard. Then it was the turn of captain Tommy Kilcoyne who kicked over an excellent long-range free before further points from the Mitchels suddenly left the scoreline at 2-5 0-10. With the Management team of John Feeney, Lyndon Reilly and Gerry Dillon switching wing-back Declan Larkin to midfield after the restart, the benefits were soon to be seen. It was right-half-forward James McGing who kicked over a vital point after a spell of Ballintubber pressure before the games third goal what was to decide the outcome. Again James McGing was involved before he found the onrushing Declan Larkin who hammered the ball to the net. Further pressure followed where Stephen Finnerty hammered the crossbar before getting his hands on the ball to tap over another score where suddenly there were 6 points between the teams. While the townside did come back where they hit the crossbar shortly after but brave defending from the likes of Keith Coleman, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas along with substitute Sean Staunton before the Mitchels kicked over 3 further scores with the score now 3-7 to 0-13. Again it was the top forward on view Stephen Finnerty who benefitted from unselfish work from wing-forward David McHale to kick over the insurance point. However there were a few late surges from Castlebar but the best they could muster was just one more point before referee Denis Harrington blew his whistle for the last time. Others to star for the 'tubber included Sean Kelly at right-half-back while Frank Walsh was steady in goal where the experienced Damien Corbett was forced off at half-time due to injury. Liam Feeney was give a new role of midfield in the opening half and he gave it everything while Joe Geraghty worked hard before going to centre-half-back. Alan Larkin was another important player in the win while Eoin Heneghan was a late sub before the full-time whistle.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Sean Kelly, Damien Corbett, Declan Larkin (1-0), Liam Feeney, Joe Geraghty, James McGing (0-1), Alan Larkin (1-0), David McHale, Stephen Finnerty (1-4), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-1, f), Eddie Burke (0-2). Subs used : Sean Staunton for Damien Corbett, Eoin Heneghan for Eddie Burke
Ballintubber 2-9 1-8 Davitts
Congrats to our Under 16 team who picked up their second win in Championship when they came from behind to overcome a game Davitts side in sunny conditions in Ballintubber G.A.A. Grounds on Tuesday evening. In truth, the homeside should have won this game well before the end but a costly number of misses almost came back to haunt them before sharp-shooter Stephen O'Malley got the all important second goal in the closing 10 minutes to push them back into the lead for the last time. The game was always interesting as the visitors were more clinical up front with less possession but when the game was in the melting pot in the closing periods, the Abbeysiders just wanted it that much more. The opening half was dominated by the homeside as they led 0-3 to no score after 20 minutes with scores coming from Stephen O'Malley, wing-back Keelan McDonnell while midfielder Stephen Chambers also got in on the scoring. However the game was turned on its head when a free from Davitts somehow found its was into the Ballintubber net and within minutes the South Mayo side were suddenly in the lead. The sign of a good team is how they react to a set-back and right-half-forward Darragh McGovern helped that when he used his left boot to good effect to score Ballintubber's opening goal. Then Stephen O'Malley availed of a fine David McHugh pass to put 3 between the teams again before right-corner-forward David McHugh benefitted from a fine catch from midfielder Aran Lally to push the scoreline to 1-5 to 1-1. However a late pointed free kept the South Mayo side in touch before the interval to leave just 3 points between the sides. The second half saw Davitts get the opening point before the West Mayo side went through a wasteful patch and when Davitts pointed again you began to wonder. However a second score from Darragh McGovern pushed the 'boys of the 'tubber two in front before the visitors hit a purple patch with 4 points in quick succession. But back came the Abbeysiders where Stephen O'Malley eventually got inside his marker to shoot low into the net to put Ballintubber back in front. Indeed Stephen O'Malley kicked a number of excellent points during this phase to push the West Mayo side 2-8 to 1-8 in front. However there was to be one more push from the border side who won a debatable free which was blasted towards the Ballintubber goal but a combination of hands including midfielder Aran Lally ensured there was to be no more scores conceded before a late Stephen O'Malley free from the ground guaranteed the win. This team worked hard for their win which was achieved without a number of Under 14 players who will be involved in Thursday evenings Championship final in McHale Park. Captain Sean Murphy impressed at left-corner back while he got good support from Seanie McNally in the other corner while goalie Luke Byrne could not be faulted for the goal in a 13-a-side encounter. The half-back line had a number of hard triers where the strength of Hugh Geraghty was important on occassion while the strong defending of Micheal Conway along with the sometimes stylish play of Keelan McDonnell also stood out. With a tall midfield partnership of Stephen Chambers and Aran Lally, the Abbeysiders were guaranteed plenty of possession which was crucial to the win. With both wing forwards scoring the important goals where Darragh McGovern also used his strength to good effect while once Stephen O'Malley got closer to goal you always felt he was going to get the crucial scores where his return of 1-5 was important. With a lot of play going through centre-half-forward Patrick Burke, a lot of scores came about as a result of his unselfish work which was also important to the result. Inside in the full-forward line David McHugh had a fine opening half with a point as was as an assist while Ronan McLoughlin in the other corner always made himself available and was another important player during the win. Young Noel Geraghty was an unused sub although he will be an important player on Thursday evening for the Under 14's who take on Aghamore in McHale Park at 6.30 for the 3 Championship final!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Luke Byrne, Seanie McNally, Sean Murphy (Capt), Hugh Geraghty, Micheal Conway, Keelan McDonnell (0-1), Stephen Chambers (0-1), Aran Lally, Darragh McGovern (1-1), Patrick Burke, Stephen O'Malley (1-5, 3f), David McHugh (0-1), Ronan McLoughlin .
Ballintubber B 4-8 0-13 Kilfian
Our Junior team qualified for the knock-out stages of the County Junior Championship in roasting, sunny conditions in Clogher on Saturday when disposing of Kilfian. While the Abbeysiders took awhile to get going, a well-taken Stephen Finnerty goal just before the break pushed the homeside 1-4 to 0-6 at the break after visitors Kilfian asked a lot of questions when they led by 0-3 to no score and 0-5 to 0-2 at different stages during the opening half. Indeed a second goal was finished to the net shortly after the restart when Stephen Finnerty got at the end of a move involving midfielder Joe Geraghty and corner-back Keith Coleman to put 4 points between the teams. With influential midfielder Michael Hoban and his new partner Joe Geraghty coming more into the game with points from wing forward James McGing and the creative Alan Larkin following before James McGing finished off a fine left-footed goal to have the 'tubber boys 3-6 to 0-7 in front. Whiile the North Mayo side kept in touch with a few scores, a fourth goal finished the game as a contest when the lion-hearted full-forward Eddie Burke took adavantage of a smart James McGing pass to expertly place the ball into the top right corner of the net with the scoreline 4-8 to 0-9. While Kilfian kept going and did add a number of points before the end, the ability of the Abbeysiders to convert goalscoring chances was the difference in the end. Ballintubber needed to respond after the recent drubbing in Ardnaree and while it took awhile to get going a number of key factors were instrumental to the win. Certainly the return of all 3 Larkin brothers who were central to the win with Alan creating a number of scoring chances as well as Seanie while Declan got better as the game went on. With Michael Hoban and Joe Geraghty dominating the midfield zone particularly in the second half, it gave more scoring opportunities to James McGing who contributed 1-2 in the second half while the livewire that has become Stephen Finnerty in the right-corner who managed to add 2-1 where his goals both sides of the interval were crucial to the win. With Captain Tommy Kilcoyne popping over the frees and a penalty, one of the biggest roars of the evening came for a cracking fourth goal from Eddie Burke. However a win is never secure unless your defence is on top where the nimble Seamus Thomas was excellent in the left-corner back position with Nial Hession and Keith Coleman also prominent in the full-back line. Minor Sean Kelly put in an impressive shift at left-half-back while the experienced Damien Corbett held the central defensive position securely throughout the hour. Details on the draw for the Quarter-Finals will be announced in due course where the Club can look forward in having interest in both Senior & Junior codes.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Declan Larkin, Damien Corbett, Sean Kelly. Michael Hoban, Joe Geraghty (0-1), James McGing (1-2), Alan Larkin, Seanie Larkin, Stephen Finnerty (2-1), Eddie Burke (1-0), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-4, pen 3f) Subs used : Sean Staunton for Sean Kelly, David McHale for Seanie Larkin, Eoin Heneghan for Stephen Finnerty, Liam Feeney for Declan Larkin
Ardnaree Sarsfields 4-15 1-6 Ballintubber B
Our Junior team were well beaten by a clinical Ardnaree side in Round 4 of the County Championship in sunny conditions on Saturday evening. The scoreline may be a bit harsh on the visitors as they battled gamely for most of the hour but the pace and power of the homeside along with clinical finishing left a big difference in the scoreline. It was the first defeat in this years Championship for this side but they can still qualify for the last 8 again by winning in Clogher against Kilfian in the coming weeks in the final group game. The opening half saw the hosts take control during the early stages and had raced into a 2-5 to 0-1 lead as the Abbeysiders just couldn't get their hands on the ball. However the remaining 10 minutes of the half saw Ballintubber enjoy their best period when they outscored the North Mayo side 1-3 to 0-2 where Captain Tommy Kilcoyne reacted to a high ball to batt it to the net while he also scored his sides 3 points from frees to leave the interval score Ardnaree 2-7 to 1-3 Ballintubber. The West Mayo side needed to start the second half strongly but it was the locals who took control again when they scored 1-6 without reply. In fairness to the Ballintubber side they kept plugging away with scores from Tommy Kilcoyne while Stephen Finnerty and James McGing also added a point apiece but a fourth Ardnaree goal was scored shortly before the end. With the County finalists for the past 2 seasons in excellent form and no doubt will be the team to beat, there will be a chance for the boys of the 'tubber to redeem themselves in the final game in Group 4 where pride can be restored to the red jersey.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Sean Staunton, Damien Corbett, Sean Kelly, Michael Hoban, Rory Murphy, Jonathan Nolan, Joe Geraghty, Darren Flannery, Stephen Finnerty (0-1), James McGing, Tommy Kilcoyne (1-4, 4f). Subs used - Eddie Burke for Jonathan Nolan (inj), Liam Feeney for Sean Kelly, Aidan Summerville for Sean Staunton, Eoin Heneghan for Stephen Finnerty, Conor Feeney for Darren Flannery (inj).
Swinford 0-9 2-14 Ballintubber
Our Under 21 team have almost guaranteed themselves a place in the Quarter-Final stage of the County A Championship for a remarkable 9th season-in-a-row when they totally blew homeside Swinford away in hot,sunny conditions on Tuesday evening. Despite not having a host of regulars such as Mayo Minor Michael Plunkett, Brian Murphy, Conor Finnerty, Rory Murphy and not forgetting Mayo Senior star Cillian O'Connor, the Abbeysiders who had no less than 8 Minors in action who all stood up to the challenge and let their football do the talking. Despite a rocky start when the homeside had led at 0-3 to 0-1 in the opening 10 minutes, the game was nip and tuck when the sides were tied at 0-4 apiece as the visitors were finally finding their way where top scorer Stephen Finnerty scored twice while Brian Walsh and corner-forward Eoin Heneghan also got on scoring list. While the East Mayo side did lead once more, a Bryan Walsh goal after left-half-forward David McHale had unselfishly carried the ball in from deep with the Mayo Minor expertly finding the corner of the net. With that score, the boys of the 'tubber took off with a succession of further scores with the impressive Stephen Finnerty popping over 2 further scores with one being a free. While Swinford tried to keep in touch, another goal this time from the hard-working Diarmuid O'Connor after another impressive move where full-forward Bryan Walsh was also involved before the Mayo Minor midfielder used his left peg to find the net. Next it was Bryan Walsh to score after good work from Eoin Heneghan to push the boys in white 2-7 to 0-5 in front. Before the break however the hosts did manage to manufacture a goal chance but expert covering from right-corner-back John Kerrigan ensured the chance was thwarted when he cleared the ball off the goal-line. The halves final score came from 'Player of the Match' Stephen Finnerty who availed of good work from Dave Clarke to leave the half-time score 2-8 to 0-5 to the visitors. The expected Swinford revival began with a pointed free shortly after the restart but in truth once Ballintubber racked up 4 points in quick succession the game was over as a contest. The points came from Stephen Finnerty (2) while David McHale also scored a deserved point with Dave Clarke also kicking over a fine left-footed score. The final goal chance for Swinford was blasted over the bar for another consolation point and even when a a long-range goal attempt was lashed at the Ballintubber goal, Minor 'keeper Tom McGing brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar. With the game coming to an end, pointed frees from Bryan Walsh and Stephen Finnerty emphasised the difference between the sides on the scoreboard. Before the end the homeside did score again before teak-tough right-half-back Sean Staunton kicked over the games last score with a fine point. Next up will be a game in Clogher against Aghamore with details to be confirmed although Tuesday July 23rd has been mooted for the next round of Under 21 Championship games. Ballintubber had stars all over the field but others who impressed included Nial Hession at full-back while the tight-marking and anticipation of Aidan Summerville was another highlight at left-corner-back. Captain for the evening was Keith Coleman who held the central position in the half-back line competently while minor Sean Kelly got better and better as the game went on. While Joe Geraghty may not have scored from centre-half-forward he was involved in so much that was good in Ballintubber's play while his bravery to unselfishly lay off the final ball with substitutes David Staunton, Adrian Murphy and Ronan Larkin all got some game time.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, John Kerrigan, Nial Hession, Aidan Summerville, Sean Staunton (0-1), Keith Coleman, Sean Kelly, Diarmuid O'Connor (1-0), Darren Flannery, Stephen Finnerty (0-7, 2f), Joe Geraghty, David McHale (0-1), Eoin Heneghan (0-1), Bryan Walsh (1-3), Dave Clarke (0-1). Subs used : David Staunton for Eoin Heneghan, Adrian Murphy for Diarmuid O'Connor, Ronan Larkin for Bryan Walsh
Ballina Stephenites 1-8 0-13 Ballintubber
Our Senior team cemmented top spot in Group 2 of the Mayo Senior Championship when they came from St. James Stephens Park with the spoils in a sometimes robust encounter against Ballina Stephenites. With both teams having already qualified for the Quarter-Finals, the game still had all the qualities of a traditional knock-out encounter where the Abbeysiders led at the break 0-6 to 0-4 after having to endure a sticky opening 15 minutes. The hosts raced into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead during this spell and they were full value as the visitors took some time to settle. Evan Regan was the real thorn in the Ballintubber defence as he kicked a number of scores with Patrick McHale also getting in on the scoring while full-forward Padraig O'Connor kept the 'tubber boys in touch with an impressive left-footed point. It was a patient move started from defence that got Ballintubber moving when midfielder Danny Geraghty broke through to kick over an important point. With key players such as Alan Dillon amd Jason Gibbons coming more into the game while left-half-back Ruaidhri O'Connor linked with the attack on numerous occasions, it created further scoring opportunities as good build-up play from Alan Dillon allowed Padraig O'Connor another point opportunity while he gladly converted. Suddenly it was all Ballintubber as they were picking up the breaks in midfield while the next score saw Daire Summerville create a chance for Ruaidhri O'Connor travelling from defence who used his left-boot to good effect to level proceedings at 0-4 apiece. A rare Ballina attack followed however and again goalkeeper Brendan Walsh did what he has consistently done since he took took over the number 1 position when he brilliantly deflected a point-blank shot out for a '45. The closing period of the first half saw the West Mayo resume their dominance when Padraig O'Connor proved again how important his role is since taking over the free-taking duties from his injured brother Cillian when he pointed a long-distance free. With half-time fast approaching another patient move saw substitute Alan Plunkett race through to calmly kick over his sides final score to leave the interval score 0-6 to 0-4 in favour of the visitors. The second half began as the first ended when Alan Plunkett scored again after being at the end of another build-up move and when 2 further pointed scores with one being a converted free while the other was an excellent '45 from Padraig O'Connor, it suddenly had a 5 points difference 10 minutes into the second half. Eventually the homeside got off the mark when they finally broke down the Ballintubber rearguard to point but a fine Jason Gibbons catch saw County Star Alan Dillon kick over the first of his scores. But disaster for the Abbeysiders who were in complete control when the Stephenites won a penalty after Patrick McHale was hauled to the ground where right-half-back Brian Murphy had to be carried off the pitch as he seemed to hurt his right ankle during this play. Former County player Pat Harte hammered the penalty to the Ballintubber net and suddenly there were only 2 points between the sides. However this Ballintubber side have proven over the years that when the chips are down they just simply hold their heads and get back at what they are best at and when corner-forward Damien McGing caught a high ball and expertly kicked it over the bar, it was back to business. Impact sub Alan Plunkett was next to score when he pointed his third score of the match with Alan Dillon scoring his sides final score of the match when busy substitute John Duffy created the space before the experienced Dillon found the gap with the ball landing on the roof of the net. While the North Mayo side did kick over the games last 3 scores in the closing minutes to leave just one score between the sides, you always felt Ballintubber had another gear if needed. With the Quarter-Final date probably in August sometime, it will give some time to players to recover from injuries as the number 5 jersey seems to be injury prone with Brian Murphy following the influential Myles Kelly on the treatment table while it was great to see Alan Dillon get the full hour in which will be a bonus to the Mayo camp as well. While the defence went through their shaky moments early on as the Stephenites threw everything at them, the experience of the Earley brothers Tom and Paul shone through time after time while Ruaidhri O'Connor shone at wing back and seems to be playing his best football of the year where his point was a highlight. While corner-back Gary Loftus had a difficult start, he came more and more into the game while he was replaced just before Brian Murphy got injured, he was brought on again to shore up any gaps. Cathal Hallinan was solid as usual at full-back while Brian Murphy did well before his injury with Brendan Walsh in goal reliable as ever. With the Ballintubber midfield starting slowly, once Danny Geraghty pointed it seemed to settle the team as they drove on from that while Jason Gibbons had an excellent second half. Both Daire Summerville and Dean Gavin working hard creating space for others which was a crucial feature to the teams performance while Alan Dillon is recovering well from his recent injuries and his performance was a huge plus with 2 well-taken points. At full-forward Padraig O'Connor is enjoying his role of free-taker-in-chief and kicked a number of excellent scores as well while Damien McGing is a key ball winner inside with his score in the second half another highlight. While Ray Geraghty in the other corner did not enjoy as much space as the Shrule-Glencorrib game but he battled well before the tricky John Duffy replaced him. Another plus was the introduction of Alan Plunkett who tapped over 3 scores and looked like his old self and his recent injury problems while Mayo Minor midfielder Diarmuid O'Connor also helped in closing the game out.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Brian Murphy, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor (0-1), Jason Gibbons, Danny Geraghty (0-1), Daire Summerville, Dean Gavin, Alan Dillon (0-2), Damien McGing (0-1), Padraig O'Connor (0-5, 2f, '45), Ray Geraghty. Subs used : Alan Plunkett (0-3) for Daire Summerville, Diarmuid O'Connor for Gary Loftus, Gary Loftus for Brian Murphy (inj), John Duffy for Ray Geraghty
Ballaghaderreen 2-8 2-9 Ballintubber
Congrats to our Minor team who qualified for the Division 1 League final for the second year in a row when they bravely withstood a second half comeback from homeside Ballaghaderreen which was played in glorious sunny conditions on Friday evening. After their last visit to this venue where they suffered a 21 points defeat only a few months ago, this team have since won all their games in Division 1 and the win was achieved with a highly impressive opening half where they led 2-6 to 1-4 at the break while the second half was full of heart and tremendous defending as the hosts threw everything at the Ballintubber defence. In the end it was a pointed free from County star Bryan Walsh that was the difference but a goal in the closing moments from the East Mayo nearly got them back where a late missed free saw the Abbeysiders back in the final again in their quest to retain this title. The game began at a blistering pace as Diarmuid O'Connor and Rory Murphy took an early stranglehold in midfield as the visitors racked up 1-2 inside the opening minutes. It was direct ball into Dave Clarke at full-forward which saw him hoof an up and under where the alert Patrick Burke flicked a goal beyond the Ballaghaderreen 'keeper. Further pressure saw pointed frees from Dave Clarke from distance while right-half-forward Stephen Finnerty also added a pointed free. But the excellent start was cancelled in the following 10 minute spell where Ballagh' scored 1-2 of their own with limited use of the ball. With both teams missing a key player where Michael Plunkett continues to suffer hamstring problems while Cian Hanley is away on holidays, the West Mayo side took the lead again when Captain Stephen Finnerty led the way with his second score of the game but again back came the East Mayo side to level for the second time. Then a key monent of the game where patient work from Diarmuid O'Connor saw him link with Stephen Finnerty who found the Bryan Walsh inside the full-back line where he calmly found the net. With the defence getting on top of the Ballagh' attack where Aaron Lally was excellent while Sean Kelly and Oran Scully were containing their markers, it allowed centre-half-back John Kerrigan to steal forward and kick over a fine point to put 4 points betweeen the teams. With the tight-marking of Sean Staunton and Mark Golden on the wing-back positions , it allowed further attacks before more scores followed. With the slight breeze and strong sun favouring the 'tubber boys, more pressure allowed Dave Clarke to kick over another fine pointed free where this time it came from his hands while the hard-working Diarmuid O'Connor kicked over his sides final point of the half. Shortly before the half ended however the homeside kept in touch with a point to leave just 5 points between the sides. Inside the opening seconds of the second half, the hosts should have scored their second major when they hit the crossbar while great defending from Tom McGing in goal along with brave defending from Mark Golden somehow kept the ball out. Further attacks saw more pressure on the Ballintubber defence but a combination of excellent disciplined defending along with poor shooting saw the 'tubber boys withstand the early pressure. Indeed a rare attack almost saw Diarmuid O'Connor net his sides third goal but it was cleared out for a '45. Up stood Dave Clarke who kicked over one of the scores of the game with an impressive point to push the Abbeysiders 5 points in front again. But that was as good as it got as Ballaghaderreen picked up most ball around midfield to kick over the games next 3 points while further good defending from the boys in red resulted in a number of missed scoring opportunities. Further brave work from the travelling Oran Scully allowed Bryan Walsh the chance to point which he duly did to relieve the pressure on the overworked Ballintubber defence. Back came Ballagh' however in the closing stages to reduce the lead to just one score but try as they might they couldn't break down the strong Ballintubber defence. This allowed Bryan Walsh to kick over his sides last pointed free before the late goal and missed free allowed the Abbeysiders back into the final again. Others who helped in the win included Lorcan Biggins and Sean Murphy in the corners while substitute Jarleth Staunton helped the defence on numerous occasions in the second half. The other semi-final saw Claremorris beat Ballina by 10 points with details on the final to be confirmed!
Ballintubber team that lined : Tom McGing, Aaron Lally, John Kerrigan (0-1), Oran Scully, Sean Staunton, Sean Kelly, Mark Golden, Diarmuid O'Connor (0-1), Rory Murphy, Stephen Finnerty (0-2, 1f), Bryan Walsh (1-2), Patrick Burke (1-0), Lorcan Biggins, Dave Clarke (0-3, 2f, '45), Sean Murphy. Sub used : Jarleth Staunton for Sean Murphy
Ballintubber B 2-12 1-9 Kilmovee Shamrocks
Our Junior team made it 3 wins out of 3 in the County Junior Championship in Clogher on Saturday evening when a strong second half display was enough to see off visitors Kilmovee Shamrocks. Captain Tommy Kilcoyne rolled back the years with an impressive performance where his haul of 0-8 as well as goals from Stephen Finnerty and substitute Eddie Burke ensured the important win. However there were many other fine performances where the experienced Michael Hoban in midfield put in another huge shift while Damien Corbett also impressed both in midfield and centre-half-back after Declan Larkin was forced off injured just before the interval. With corner-back Seamus Thomas also catching the eye, the win was done the hard way as the Abbeysiders conceded a bad goal coming up to half-time where they were behind 0-6 to 1-4 at the interval. It was the lively Stephen Finnerty who levelled the game within minutes and Darren Flannery tied the teams again with a fine kick from a '45. Then it was the turn of Tommy Kilcoyne to open his account with the first of his frees to push the Abbeysiders out in front for the first time in the game. Overlapping wing-back Jonathan Nolan then used his pace to bang over a fourth point to put 2 points between the teams. On a dry, cloudy evening where a light crossfield wind seemed to fade as the game went on, the East Mayo side then hit a purple patch as they scored 1-2 to rattle the homeside. But the boys in red reacted instantly when a number of attacks earned a number of scoreable frees with the accurate Tommy Kilcoyne kicking over 2 more frees before the half-time break where Kilmovee led 1-4 to 0-6. Within minutes the game was level when Tommy Kilcoyne availed of a breaking ball to kick over his first point from play as the teams again traded points to level two more times. Another Tommy Kilcoyne free was scored during this spell while Stephen Finnerty kicked over his second point of the hour when he availed of good build-up play from right-half-forward James McGing to level at 1-6 to 0-9. With the Ballintubber defence getting to grips with the East Mayo sides attack where Nial Hession, Keith Coleman and Seamus Thomas let very little through while Minor Sean Kelly at right-half-back was coming more into the game with Seanie Larkin also winning a number of kick-outs in the half-forward line. With full-forward Rory Murphy brought to midfield towards the end of the first half, the Connacht Under 19 rugby player was using his strength to good effect to compliment the good work of Michael Hoban. Even though the travelling team did take the lead for the final time, the next play changed the course of the game where Stephen Finnerty took advantage of a saved Eddie Burke goal attempt to expertly find the corner of the net to push the 'tubber boys out in front. A breakaway Kilmovee attack saw them point almost immediately but the next attack involving Michael Hoban and Stephen Finnerty gave the alert Eddie Burke a chance he was not going to miss when he buried the hosts second goal via the post. Even though it looked as if the West Mayo side were starting to pull away at 2-9 to 1-8, Ballintubber 'keeper Frank Walsh was forced into action when a harmless looking low cross was flicked toward the goal where a strong right hand forced the ball out for a '45. The East Mayo side did kick over their final point of the game shortly after but after that it was all the homeside where the influential Tommy Kilcoyne pointed 3 times before the final whistle. With the next game away in Ardnaree who have also won their opening 3 games, it will be a big test for the Abbeysiders who will certainly not be found wanting as they hopefully will be able to select from a full panel as a number of regulars are currently out injured.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Sean Kelly, Declan Larkin, Jonathan Nolan (0-1), Damien Corbett, Michael Hoban, James McGing, Darren Flannery (0-1, '45), Sean Larkin, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-8, 6f), Rory Murphy, Stephen Finnerty (1-2). Subs used - Eddie Burke (1-0) for Declan Larkin (inj), John Feeney for Stephen Finnerty (inj), Liam Feeney for Sean Kelly, Aidan Summerville for Seanie Larkin
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.