Castlebar Mitchels 6-6 2-4 Ballintubber
An understrengh Junior team suffered their second defeat in the West Mayo Junior B Championship in sunny Mulvey Park on Wednesday evening when a more economical homeside deservedly claimed the points. In truth the game was decided just before the break as the sides were nip and tuck after 20 minutes when the hosts led 0-3 to 0-2 where right-corner-forward Stephen Finnerty and Darren Flannery had kicked over the 'tubber points. Then in the space of 5 minutes the game was ended as a contest as 3 goals in quick succession left the half-time score 3-3 to 0-2 to the townside. Influential midfielder Michael Hoban was brought on for the second half as the Mitchels dominated the centre for long stages during the opening half. While Castlebar opened the scoring with 2 swift scores , 2 Tommy Kilcoyne points followed with one being a fine pointed free. But a fourth Castlebar goal really put the game beyond recovery but credit to the Abbeysiders as they replied with 2 goals in quick succession. Captain Tommy Kilcoyne managed to score the first goal while Stephen Finnerty availed of a goalkeeping fumble to suddenly reduce the leeway to 7 points at 4-5 to 2-4. But that was as good as it got as another batch of Mitchels goals was scored within minutes in the closing stages as well as the games last point. With the upcoming crucial County Junior Championship against Kilmovee Shamrocks pencilled in for this Saturday evening in Clogher at 7pm, it will be a chance for the team to get back on track. Best for Ballintubber included Aidan Summerville, Declan Larkin, Seanie Larkin and Liam Feeney in defence, substitute Michael Hoban in midfield while Darren Flannery also had his moments and kicked over a point while best in attack included Captain Tommy Kilcoyne who scored 1-2 and Stephen Finnerty who added 1-1 with substitute James McGing also getting on the scoreboard.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Aiden Summerville, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Jonathan Nolan, Declan Larkin, Liam Feeney, Darren Flannery (0-1), Damien Corbett, Tommy Kilcoyne (1-2, 1f), Conor Feeney, Seanie Larkin, Stephen Finnerty (1-1), Rory Murphy, Dave Clarke. Subs used : Michael Hoban for Damien Corbett, John Feeney for Conor Feeney, James McGing for Rory Murphy, Sean Kelly for Dave Clarke, David McHale for Frank Walsh
Ballintubber 1-16 1-4 Shrule-Glencorrib
Our Senior team booked their place in the last 8 of the Mayo Senior Championship for the sixth year in a row when they comfortably overcame visitors Shrule-Glencorrib in Clogher on Sunday. Even without County Stars Alan Dillon and Cillian O'Connor, the Abbeysiders were in total control where Jason Gibbons was outstanding again in midfield where his first half goal was a highlight while the free taking of Padraig O'Connor 0-6 in total was also crucial. Another positive was the return from injury of Danny Geraghty who put in a fine performance in midfield but the serious knee injury sustained by influential right-half-back Myles Kelly early in the second half is a worry. On a sometimes blustery day with passing showers, the hosts started slowly against the wind and despite having a lot of possession it was a breakaway attack that saw Mark Ronaldson open the scoring when he pointed from the left wing to give the visitors the lead. Again it was Mark Ronaldson who was on the scoreboard minutes later as the South Mayo side made the most of their chances. But with Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty starting to dominate around the middle it eventually led to further chances for the Abbeysiders with a Padraig O'Connor pointed free following. Moments later the game was tied at 0-2 apiece when left-corner-forward Ray Geraghty blasted over a huge point from distance. Further pressure resulted in 2 more scoring opportunities for the 'tubber boys where Padraig O'Connor converted both frees from his hands. The unusually quiet Daire Summerville was next to score when he was at the end of a passing move to put 3 points between the teams. Another passing move saw Jason Gibbons steal inside the South Mayo sides defence where both Damien McGing and Ray Geraghty helped to find the midfielder who unleased a low shot to the corner of the Shrule-Glencorrib net to give the homeside the goal their play deserved. Just before the interval another pointed free from Padraig O'Connor saw them head in at the break 1-6 0-3 ahead. The second half was only minutes old when the unlucky Myles Kelly suffered what looked like a serious knee injury where he eventually had to be stretchered off. The Abbeysiders then seemed to up their performance when they kicked over 5 points in quick succession to push to 1-11 to 0-3 ahead. It was Jason Gibbons who led the way with his first point while that was added to by a long distance Ray Geraghty effort with his left foot. Further points in this spell came from another Padraig O'Connor free while right-corner-back Gary Loftus managed to sneak forward to pop over a point while right-corner-forward Damien McGing also kicked over a fine point with his right boot. Against the run of play however Shrule-Glencorrib managed to register 1-1 in the space of minutes to suddenly just leave 7 points between the sides. However it was only a blip as the West Mayo side resumed their fine point scoring when substitute Brian Murphy got up the field to calmly kick over a good point. Further Ballintubber pressure saw Padraig O'Connor point another free, this time from the ground and near the sideline almost 40 yards out. Another substitute John Duffy also got his name on the scoresheet when he availed of a loose ball to put 10 points between the teams at 1-14 to 1-4. With the game decided it was further points from Jason Gibbons with a final Padraig O'Connor free closing out the scoring in what was a very efficient performance. With the other game seeing Ballina Stephenites secure a one point win over Claremorris, it sees both Ballintubber and Ballina already through to the Quarter-Finals with a round of games left to go where both teams must meet in Ballina in a few weeks time. The defence came through unscathed despite a few difficult moments early on where goalkeeper Brendan Walsh had a quiet afternoon. The full-back line also were rarely tested although Mark Ronaldson did give some trouble during the opening moments but the combined efforts of Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan and the reliable Paul Earley closed out most attempts with Gary Loftus getting a fine point. With Tom Earley solid at centre-half-back, Myles Kelly was having a steady game on the right wing before his unfortunate injury while Ruaidhri O'Connor also had his moments. The midfield area was the fulcrum for the win with Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty renewing their partnership where Jason ended with 1-2 while this game will have brought on Danny Geraghty a lot after his recent ankle injury. The half-forward line got through a lot of ball when setting up the scores where Daire Summerville kicked over a point while Dean Gavin played deep in the opening half where he picked up a lot of breaking ball with Alan Plunkett also linking up well. The full-forward line was where most of the scores came from with Damien McGing looking sharp where he was also involved in creating the goal while also kicking over a point while Padraig O'Connor was back on free-taking duties with all the hours of practice helping him to score 0-6 where Ray Geraghty kicked over 0-3 in an impressive first Championship outing. All subs contributed where both Brian Murphy and John Duffy kicked over a point apiece while Mayo Minor Diarmuid O'Connor also showed up well when introduced.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus (0-1), Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Danny Geraghty, Jason Gibbons (1-2), Daire Summerville (0-1), Dean Gavin, Alan Plunkett, Damien McGing (0-1), Padraig O'Connor (0-6, 6f), Ray Geraghty (0-3). Subs used : Brian Murphy (0-1) for Myles Kelly (inj), John Duffy (0-1) for Alan Plunkett, Diarmuid O'Connor for Dean Gavin
Ballintubber 4-12 4-10 Burrishoole
Congrats to our Under 14 team who maintained their excellent form to build on their recent League success by eventually getting the better of a determined Burrishoole side in Ballintubber G.A.A. Pitch on Thursday evening. Next Thursday evening they make the trip to Hollymount to take on the Hollymount-Carramore side where victory would book a place in the knock-out stages!!
Ballintubber 2-10 0-9 Westport
Our Junior team maintained their recent rich vein of form with a win in Clogher against Westport in the Junior B Championship. The game was decided in the opening 5 minutes when the homeside had 2-1 scored as the visiting side struggled to get into the game. Goals from Minor Rory Murphy playing at full-forward and Eddie Burke followed the opening point of the game from the afore mentioned Eddie Burke. On a calm,dry evening played in sometimes sunny conditions, the visiting Westport side did eventually get their opening point but further points from Minor Stephen Finnerty, who was to be a real thorn in the Westport defence pushed the Abbeysiders 2-3 to 0-1 in front. With an experienced midfield partnership of player-manager John Feeney and Damien Corbett more than holding their own at midfield in front of a sometimes very disciplined defence where Seamus Thomas excellently played the captains role in the left-corner-back position. With Westport trying to open up the hosts defence, they made little head-way for long periods where Aidan Summervile and full-back Nial Hession also showed up well. Another Minor Sean Kelly got better as the game went on at number 5 while Seanie Larkin and Liam Feeney more than held their own in their respective positions. As the half wore on, the sides matched a point apiece where smart play and pace from Stephen Finnerty saw him kick one of the scores of the half . With the coastal side slowing getting more hands on the ball however where they were able to point twice in quick succession before a direct ball into Rory Murphy saw him kick over the halves final point to leave the interval score Ballintubber 2-5 0-4 Westport. A more focused Westport side began the second half strongly as they racked up 3 points in quick succession as the homeside struggled to get their hands on the ball. However the introduction of substitute Michael Hoban into midfield slowly turned the tide where the next score came courtesy of James McGing after good work from John Feeney. While Westport did threaten a number of times, calm disciplined defending curtailed any goal chances although they did manage to muster up a point during this spell. With the game entering its final quarter, the pace of Stephen Finnerty came to the fore as he travelled from deep to kick over his 4th point of the evening and he was to kick over a pointed free shortly after. Two long range points followed from the experienced midfield duo of Michael Hoban and John Feeney respectively to close out the game although Westport did manage a pointed free before the final whistle. Others to show up well included Conor Feeney at centre-half-forward while Jonathan Nolan also linked up well at times from the number 12 position. Goalie Dave Clarke who is still a Minor for next year also impressed with his lengthy kickouts. Next Wednesday evening the Junior team travel to Mulvey park to take on the holders Castlebar Mitchels with final match details to be confirmed.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Dave Clarke, Aidan Summerville, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas (Capt), Sean Kelly, Seanie Larkin, Liam Feeney, Damien Corbett, John Feeney (0-1), James McGing (0-1), Conor Feeney, Jonathan Nolan, Stephen Finnerty (0-5, 2f), Rory Murphy (1-1), Eddie Burke (1-1). Subs used : Kevin Corcoran for Eddie Burke, Michael Hoban (0-1) for Liam Feeney, David McHale for Conor Feeney, Eoin Heneghan for Stephen Finnerty
Ballintubber 10-13 Erris St. Pats 2-7
Congrats to our Under 14 team who made history on Monday evening when they claimed the Division 4 League title for the first time ever after another impressive display where their consistent goalscoring ability was shown to good effect. If there was a 'Player of the Match' it probably would go to right-corner-forward Jamesie Finnerty who was top scorer again where this time he racked up a remarkable tally of 6-5. However there were a number of impressive displays where left-half-forward Ciaran Gavin scored an impressive 2-2 and who was also involved in setting up most of the goals while goalie Arran Mannion pulled off a string of fine saves where the no-nonsense Finian Bourke controlled the last line of defence with Michael O'Brien impressing at number 6. Both hard-working midfielders Jack Jensen and Louis Hoban also showed up well while Noel Geraghty and Matthew Fox also played major parts in what was a real team performance. The game itself promised a lot but there was really only one team in it as the football sharpness, fitness and clinical finishing of the Abbeysiders showed through time and time again despite the best efforts of the Erris boys. At half-time the boys in red held a 5-7 to 1-5 lead where scores came from Jamesie Finnerty (2-4), Ciaran Gavin (1-1), Matthew Fox (1-0), Alfie Jensen (1-0) while further scores came from Noel Geraghty where a fine point came from wing back Cian Barrett. Another hightlight of the half was the brave stops by Arran Mannion in goal who kept out a number of piledrivers. While the Erris St Pats boys tried gamely to get back into the game in the second half, they were unable to break down the Ballintubber defence with a host of scores following from the likes of Ciaran Gavin who point his second score before the goal machine that is Jamesie Finnerty bagged 2 goals in quick succession while the busy Ciaran Gavin goaled again. With the score now reading 8-8 to 1-5, the game had been decided but the Erris boys kept plugging away and forced 'keeper Arran Mannion into another fine save. It was Jamesie Finnerty who was to score next with a fine point but the boys with the orange strip scored their second shortly after. Almost immediately Jamesie Finnerty cancelled out the goal with another goal of his own where further scores came from Louis Hoban (free), yet another Jamesie Finnerty goal while Ciaran Gavin kicked over his last score of the match. As the game petered out, the Erris St Pats team kicked over their last 2 points before substitute Alan McHale kicked over the games last score. Afterwards there were great celebrations as Captain Conor McNally was presented with the shield from County Secretary Vincent Neary. With both teams playing with a full compliment of 15 players, Ballintubber had other fine performances from the likes of Luke Murphy and James Heneghan in defence with Niall Staunton showing up well in the full-forward line. Compliments must also go to the Management team of Alan Larkin, Alan Plunkett, Mike Murphy and Pat Barrett who had the team in tip-top condition as they also looked well in their new strip with matching kit where the jerseys were sponsored by Martin Burke's County Cleaners who cleans all the Clubs kits for free. This team are back in action this Thursday evening when they play in the Group A Section 3 of the County Championship when Burrishoole make the trip to Ballintubber G.A.A. Grounds for a 7pm start. Please show your support on the evening!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Arran Mannion, Finian Bourke, Luke Murphy, Conor McNally (Capt), James Heneghan, Michael O'Brien, Cian Barrett (0-1), Jack Jensen, Louis Hoban (0-1,1f), Matthew Fox (1-0), Noel Geraghty (0-1), Ciaran Gavin (2-3), Jamesie Finnerty (6-5), Alfie Jensen (1-0), Niall Staunton. Subs used : Alan McHale (0-1) for Alfie Jensen, Cillian Redmond for Conor McNally, Jack McHale for Alan McHale, Oisin Gannon for James Heneghan, Adam Lally for Luke Murphy.
Ballintubber B 0-13 1-6 Knockmore B
Congrats to our Junior team who made it 2 wins from 2 in the County Junior Championship in Group 4 when they deservedly got the better of Knockmore in very hot, sunny conditions in Clogher on Saturday evening. In a sometimes very physical encounter, it took a strong second half performance from the hosts with the influential Michael Hoban putting in a top drawer performance in midfield while Ray Geraghty was the stand-out forward on view where he racked up a total of 0-8 between frees, play and a remarkable score from the sideline in the second half. However there were many other fine performances with captain Tommy Kilcoyne as usual a key player while all 3 Larkin brother Alan, Declan and Seanie showed up well with Mayo Minor Joe Geraghty, who is also in the middle of his Leaving Cert was certainly not holding back. The opening half however was dominated by the homeside but Knockmore were causing problems for the Ballintubber defence, so much so that the visitors led 1-3 to 0-3 at the break. The goal came about after pressure and quick movement from the Knockmore attack who left goalkeeper Frank Walsh with little chance. That left the score 1-3 to 0-2 to the North Mayo side as earlier full-forward Tommy Kilcoyne had opened the scoring with a pointed free while Ray Geraghty pointed with a fine individual score while he also kicked over a free to leave just the goal between the sides at the interval. The second halves early stages saw the 'Tubber boys miss a number of scoreable chances although it was the hard-working Seanie Larkin who kicked over a long-range point to leave just 2 scores between the sides. However, despite not having as much possession, the North Mayo side picked up 2 points in quick succession where the dominance of Michael Hoban at midfield eventually bore fruit with the 7 points following from the likes of Tommy Kilcoyne,wing-back Jonathan Nolan while Ray Geraghty really showed off all his skills where he pointed 0-5 during this spell. While most were from frees following constant Ballintubber pressure, his point from a disputed sideline was the score of the match as it maintained the Abbeysiders dominance. With the defence looking more and more solid as the likes of Keith Coleman, Seamus Thomas as well as full-back Nial Hession keeping things at bay, it meant very few scoring opportunities although the visitors did manage just one more point. Again the response from the boys in their alternative white strip was impressive as late points from Dean Loftus with his left peg following unselfish work from Alan Larkin with Ray Geraghty closing out the game when he also availed out good work from Alan Larkin before referee Mark Tuffy blew his whsitle for the last time. Others to show up well included Darren Flannery and James McGing in another important win. Next up is a home game in 2 weeks time against Kilmovee Shamrocks in what will have bearing on this groups final standing.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Joe Geraghty, Declan Larkin, Jonathan Nolan (0-1), Darren Flannery, Michael Hoban, James McGing, Dean Loftus (0-1), Seanie Larkin (0-1), Ray Geraghty (0-8, 5f), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-2, 1f), Alan Larkin.
Ballintubber 8-10 6-8 Crossmolina
Congrats to our Under 14 team who qualified for the Division 4 League final after a cracking win over a game Crossmolina side in boiling conditions in Ballintubber G.A.A. Grounds on Tuesday evening. The win sees them take on Erris St Pats with match details to be confirmed. With the North Mayo side victors in the qualifying round, the boys from the 'Tubber certainly made up for that defeat in a display full of passion along with tremendous will to win where they came from behind a number of times throughout the hour before coming out worthy winners. With Jamesie Finnerty the top forward on view where he eventually racked up a hugely impressive 5-7, the win however saw a real team effort with tremendous defending from the likes of Finian Burke, Conor McNally, James Heneghan, Michael O'Brien and Cian Barrett while goalkeeper Aaron Lally had a busy hour making a number of fine stops. Jack Jensen worked hard in midfield before switching with Michael O'Brien while Louis Hoban was involved in a lot of scores while scoring an important 2-1 throughout the hour. The attack saw tremendous work from Matthew Fox and the influential Ciaran Gavin on the wings with Noel Geraghty in the central postion also making valuable contributions. With the game 13-a-side it gave the speedy Jamesie Finnerty more space to destroy the oppositions defence although he had plenty of helpers where Niall Staunton at left-corner-forward winning crucial ball while the onrushing Ciaran Gavin who covered a huge amount of ground also linking up well on numerous occasions. Of course the game will be remembered for the amazing number of scoring attempts that either hit the crossbar, post, goalkeeping saves as well as tremendous defending although in truth both teams let their attacking do the talking. Despite the hot, sunny conditions on a fast pitch, credit must go to both teams for the high tempo they managed to maintain throughout the hour to keep the sizeable crowd entertained. It was the visitors who started brightly where they twice tested Aaron Lally in the Ballintubber goal before having to settle for a point. The first ball to Jamesie Finnerty saw him cut through the Crossmolina defence to score his first goal of the evening. Indeed he pointed twice shortly after as well as hitting the crossbar while the hard-working Louis Hoban scored the Abbeysiders second goal to put 7 points between the teams at 2-2 to 0-1. Then it was the turn of Cross' to use their bigger players to good effect when they scored 3-1 without reply in as many minutes which included a missed penalty where Ballintubber custodian Aaron Lally saved but was unable to keep out the rebound. Then it was the turn of the hosts to open up the Crossmolina defence when Jamesie Finnerty bagged his second goal to level at 3-2 apiece. Both sides exchanged 0-2 apiece where yet again Jamesie Finnerty was on the scoreboard before Crossmolina scored their fourth goal. With the all-action first half coming to a close, the West Mayo side finished strongly with scores from Jamesie Finnerty pointing while Louis Hoban scored his second goal following a long range free that found its way to the net to leave the interval score Ballintubber 4-5 4-4 Crossmolina. The second half saw the Deel Rovers side level the game yet again and go on to push ahead when they added another 1-1. Again the 'tubber boys responsed well with Finian Burke starting to drive out of the Ballintubber defence where Ballintubber hit a purple path where 3-1 was scored in a 5 minute spell with 'Player of the Match' Jamesie Finnerty scoring all 3 goals while Louis Hoban pointed to push the Abbeysiders 7-6 to 5-6 in front. While Cross' tried to keep in touch with 2 more points, further scores from the Jamesie Finnerty (0-2) along with a deserved 1-1 from the busy Ciaran Gavin ended the game as a contest. While the North Mayo side did score a late goal, Matthew Fox ended the scoring to guarantee a final place with the games closing score. Credit also to Ballintubber Management who have the team in tip top condition where their fitness levels guaranteed a strong finish!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Aaron Lally, Conor McNally, Finian Burke, James Heneghan, Michael O'Brien, Cian Barrett, Jack Jensen, Louis Hoban (2-1), Matthew Fox (0-1), Noel Geraghty, Ciaran Gavin (1-1), Jamesie Finnerty (5-7), Niall Staunton. Subs used : Paul Heneghan, Cillian Redmond, Adam Lally
Ballycastle 0-4 1-9 Ballintubber B
Well done to our Junior team & Management as they began the new Championship campaign with a deserved win in scenic Ballycastle on Sunday where a converted penalty from captain Tommy Kilcoyne before the break kickstarted the win. With a small attendance on view mainly due to the biggest Championship game of the year on tv, it was a battle for long periods of the game particularly in the opening half as the homeside had the benefits of the strong wind. But controlled defending from the likes of Keith Coleman, Michael Conroy, Joe Geraghty and Declan Larkin ensured Frank Walsh in goal had a quiet afternoon while corner-forward Alan Larkin helped out on a number of occasions to mop up any breaking ball by playing the sweeper role to perfection. Despite playing against the wind, it was centre-half-forward Dean Loftus who opened the scoring with a fine point although the North Mayo side did level shortly after. With Tommy Kilcoyne and Ray Geraghty playing deep in the full-forward line, both players were able to use their ball-winning capabilities where Ray Geraghty won and converted the first of his frees. Unfortunately that was as good as it got for the visitors until moments before the half-time interval as Ballycastle hit 3 unanswered points to suddenly push them 0-4 to 0-2 ahead. Then the score that turned the game as Tommy Kilcoyne was pulled to the ground inside the '14 yard line where referee Mark Tuffy had no hesitation in signalling a penalty. Up stepped Ballintubber's captain who hammered the ball to the roof of the net to leave the half-time score Ballycastle 0-4 1-2 Ballintubber B. The opening 10 minutes of the second half was full of intent but little open play as both teams were cancelling each other out although the experience of Michael Hoban in midfield along with the hard-working Darren Flannery was slowly beginning to tell. With the wind at their backs it was only a matter of time where again Tommy Kilcoyne led the charge. First he pointed a free after Joe Geraghty had been fouled and then he availed of a smart James McGing pass to push 3 points between the teams. Play continued to go the same way as the impressive Seanie Larkin banged over another point after good work from Michael Hoban as well as a fine James McGing catch. The 'tubber were rampant at this stage as they kept taking most of their chances with Dean Loftus kicking over his second point of the match which was followed by an excellent long-range free from Ray Geraghty. It was a case of keeping it in the family for the Abbeysiders penultimate point when brother Seanie and Declan combined before Declan lashed over a fine point. With the game well decided, the ever-improving Dean Loftus kicked over the games final score this time with his left-foot from distance to finally win at a venue that has never been kind to this team over the years. Next action for this team will be the start of the West Mayo Junior B Championship next Wednesday evening when Burrishoole come to Clogher!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Joe Geraghty, Michael Conroy, Declan Larkin (0-1), Michael Hoban, Darren Flannery, Seanie Larkin (0-1), Dean Loftus (0-3), James McGing , Tommy Kilcoyne (1-2, Pen, 1f), Ray Geraghty (0-2,2f). Subs used : Liam Feeney for Darren Flannery, Jonathan Nolan for James McGing
Ballintubber 3-11 1-12 Claremorris
Our Senior team opened their 2013 Championship campaign with a hard-earned 5 points over a gutsy Claremorris side in a rip-roaring encounter that saw some cracking scores in front of a fine crowd. However, the game will be remembered for the injury sustained by last Sunday's 'Player of the Match' in Salthill Cillian O'Connor who appeared to injury his left shoulder again midway through the second half. It was the ability of the hosts to bag the crucial goals when needed and with top class performances from Jason Gibbons in the middle along with Alan Dillon in attack who was pulling the strings while Cillian O'Connor was top scorer with 1-4 with other goals coming from corner back Gary Loftus and right-half-forward Daire Summerville. With weather conditions murky where constant rain fell on a calm evening, it was the Abbeysiders who led at the break 2-5 to 0-7 but the game had a number of twists before the interval. The game saw Damien McGing kick over Ballintubber's opening Championship point which was quickly levelled by Claremorris full-forward Ger Brady. With Jason Gibbons starting to field ball around the middle, it resulted in Cillian O'Connor's first pointed free of the match which was quickly followed by a smart strike from the ever influential Alan Dillon to push two between the teams. The next major play saw John Duffy denied a goal by Alvin McCallig in the Claremorris goal by some quick thinking saw the alert Daire Summerville blast his shot to the corner of the Claremorris net. But amazingly the goal seemed to push the visitors into action as they kicked over 5 points in quick succession to suddenly level at 1-3 to 0-6 with Ballintubber custodian Brendan Walsh also having to save with half-time fast approaching. What followed just showed what this team can do when required where Jason Gibbons fielded once again with his long-range pass finding the onrushing Damien McGing who crossed to the attacking Cillian O'Connor who batted the ball into the net. Moments later Cillian O'Connor finally got physically released from his marker where he kicked over an excellent point courtesy of his left foot which was followed by a trademark free. Before Referee Vincent Neary blew for the last time in the half corner-forward James Shaughnessy pointed a late free to leave just 4 points between the teams. The beginning of the second half saw the the boys of the 'tubber prove again how good they can be as they racked up 1-4 in a 10 minute spell to in effect put the game out of reach at 3-9 to 0-7. Cillian O'Connor pointed his last score of the match from another free with the roving Gary Loftus getting to the end of an attack that saw Jason Gibbons and Daire summerville help get the right-corner-back into a position to blast the ball by the hands of the Claremorris 'keeper. Three fanstastic long range points from John Duffy, Jason Gibbons and Alan Dillon followed and it looked as if the game was out of bounds. But the game was kept alive when a breakaway Claremorris attack yielded them a surprise goal to kickstart a comeback that yielded a point from full-back Alan Feeley. Cillian O'Connor had to be sidelined due to his injury with his brother Padraig replacing him and pointing swiftly after to make the score 3-10 to 1-8 from a free. But 4 points in quick succession from the boys in blue saw just 4 points between the sides as they continued to gain momentum at 3-10 to 1-12. However sensible defending from Ballintubber's under-pressure defence with the Earley brothers along with Cathal Hallinan at full-back to the fore. A number of shrewd substitutions saw another O'Connor Diarmuid introduced and he was involved in the games fine point after good work from Tom Earley with the alert Alan Plunkett sensibly fisting over a point to close out the game. It was general relief all round after the shock of losing Cillian O'Connor while the teams next game will probably be the last home Senior Championship match in Clogher when Shrule-Glencorrib travel the weekend after Mayo's Connacht Championship encounter against Roscommon.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus (1-0), Cathal Hallinan (Capt), Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Brian Murphy, Jason Gibbons (0-1), Dean Gavin, Daire Summerville (1-0), Alan Dillon (0-2), John Duffy (0-1), Damien McGing (0-1), Cillian O'Connor (1-4, 3f), Alan Plunkett (0-1). Subs used : Paraig O'Connor (0-1, 1f) for Cillian O'Connor (inj), Conor Finnerty for Dean Gavin, Ruaidhri O'Connor for Brian Murphy, Diarmuid O'Connor for Daire Summerville.
Westport 4-10 6-15 Ballintubber
Our Minor team completed their final game in Division 1 to book a place in the last 4 later in the summer after a remarkably open all-out attack performance that yielded the deserved result. The Abbeysiders were well rattled after their thrashing in Ballaghaderreen against the table toppers only 2 weeks ago, but have since won their 3 remaining games to get their season back on track before the exam break. The secret to their success lay in their impressive scoring options where top scorer Stephen Finnerty bagged 2-4 in his best performance of the season while the economical free-taker Bryan Walsh added 1-6 with captain for the evening Michael Plunkett at full-forward also impressed with a return of 1-3. When you throw in Diarmuid O'Connor who also scored a second half goal despite appearing to twinge his ankle in his attempts as well as the athletic midfielder Dave Clarke at midfield and not forgetting the improving Lorcan Biggins in the corner, this team has the potential to open any defence up. However their defence will have to tighten up despite the best efforts of Sean Staunton, John Kerrigan and Sean Kelly with time on their side as in fairness the coastal side more than dominated the midfield area. It was a game of stages for both teams where the half-time score ended with the Abbeysiders leading 3-8 to 2-4 despite being behind 2-2 to 1-3 midway through the half. But such was the open nature of the game that the visitors roared back into with goals from Lorcan Biggins and Stephen Finnerty while Michael Plunkett scored the games opening goal during the early minutes. Points from Stephen Finnerty (0-3), Bryan Walsh (0-3, 1f) and Michael Plunkett (0-2) kept the 'Tubber boys out in front at the interval. The second half began with the game being dominated by Ballintubber and when Bryan Walsh netted his clubs fourth goal to leave the score 4-9 to 2-5 it appeared as if the game was swinging to the boys of the 'tubber. But the homeside had other ideas and when they scored 2 goals and a pointed free in as many minutes it left remarkably just 2 points between the teams at 4-11 to 4-9. Again the game took a final twist and it took a flicked goal from new full-forward Diarmuid O'Connor to end the comeback with a final goal from the onrushing Stephen Finnerty added to by the last point of the match from the impressive Michael Plunkett. With the Championship ahead after the Leaving Cert exams as well as the West Mayo A Championship, the added bonus of a Division 1 League Semi-Final now added to the agenda where its bound to create a number of opportunities for this team to challenge the best in the County. Best wishes to all who have exams coming up!!
Ballintubber team that lined out - Tom McGing, Aaron Lally, Sean Kelly, Michael Conway, Sean Staunton, John Kerrigan, Oran Scully, Diarmuid O'Connor, (1-0), Dave Clarke (0-1), Stephen Finnerty (2-4), Bryan Walsh (1-6, 3f), Mark Golden (0-1), Lorcan Biggins (1-0), Michael Plunkett (Capt) (1-3), Patrick Burke. Subs used : Sean Murphy for Aaron Lally, Ronan McLoughlin for Michael Conway, Hugh Geraghty for Patrick Burke
Ballintubber 1-7 1-6 Louisburgh
Our Minor team just about kept their League ambitions alive when a late point from midfielder Dave Clarke won a game that in truth should have been lost well before the end on Friday evening. A determined Louisburgh side were more than a match and had they been more clinical in front of the goal they would have won comfortably. However a game is never over until the fat lady sings or so the song goes and while the Abbeysiders may have been slightly over-confident going into this game they certainly should be more wary for future games. On a wet Clogher pitch after the game had to be transferred from the pitch in Ballintubber due to constant rain, Ballintubber had some excellent performances particularly in defence where Tom McGing in goal kept the hosts in the game during the second half with a point-blank stop while Sean Kelly at full-back impressed while captain Sean Kelly had the arduous task of marking Louisburgh's top marksman and he also showed up well while the youthful Aaron Lally in right-corner back along with the reliable John Kerrigan at centre-half-back also kept the boys of the 'Tubber in the game. The game also saw Diarmuid O'Connor get his second game under his belt and he battled away all through-out especially towards the end as he was very much involved during the last number of scores particularly while he created the goal. Michael Plunkett was also involved in a lot of the good things Ballintubber did while Brian Walsh at centre-half-forward kicked a total of 0-4 with his last 2 scores coming from vital frees with Stephen Finnerty knocking in the homesides only goal. With playing conditions far from ideal, it was the coastal side who dominated the opening half but only led 1-3 to 1-2 at the break despite dominating in a lot of positions. Ballintubber scores came from Michael Plunkett, Stephen Finnerty's goal courtesy of a pass from Diarmuid O'Connor while Dave Clarke kicked over a fine free before the break. The second half continued in much the same vein although Brian Walsh did level the game after the restart. But further Louisburgh pressure earned them 2 further points with the score now 1-5 to 1-3 but another Brian Walsh point after unselfish work from Diarmuid O'Connor left just one score between the teams. The Louisburgh boys had a great chance to really push home their advantage but some wasteful shooting along with a top class stop from Tom McGing allowed the game to level again after the first of Brian Walsh's converted frees. Almost immediately the visitors went ahead again but the reliable Brian Walsh levelled for the last time. With time almost up and Ballintubber enjoying a spell of dominance, a move involving Diarmuid O'Connor who spotted the attacking Mark Golden from the half-back-line on the other side of the field who found the onrushing Dave Clarke whose point attempt was partially blocked but there was enough power to carry the ball over the bar and create a win that looked unlikely for long periods. Credit to the Abbeysiders who never dropped the heads and will have learned loads from this game. Their last game in this Division takes place next Friday evening where a win in Westport is a must to keep qualification hopes alive.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Aaron Lally, Sean Kelly, Oran Scully, Sean Staunton (Capt), John Kerrigan, Jarleth Staunton, Dave Clarke (0-2, 1f), Michael Plunkett (0-1), Stephen Finnerty (1-0), Bryan Walsh (0-4, 2f), Mark Golden, Lorcan Biggins, Diarmuid O'Connor, Patrick Burke. Subs used : Michael Conway for Oran Scully, Oran Scully for Lorcan Biggins
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.