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
Ballintubber 1-13 1-7 Balla
The return of Diarmuid O'Connor from injury helped our Minor team get back to winning ways in the Division 1 League. Next Friday evening another important encounter awaits as Louisburgh come to Ballintubber for a 7pm start!
Ballintubber 1-16 0-6 Charlestown Sarsfields
Our Senior team got back to winning ways in Division 1A of the League when they comprehensively beat Charlestown in Clogher on Sunday in sometimes blustery, wet and even sunny conditions. The scoreline reflects the dominance of the hosts who welcomed back Jason Gibbons to midfield while a fitter Alan Dillon was back to his busy self with top scorer Cillian O'Connor bagging 1-8 and even managed to miss a penalty. The visitors were without a number of their regulars, but even allowing for that the hunger and fitness level of the Abbeysiders was impressive. Despite playing mainly against the gusts in the opening half, Ballintubber took the game by the scruff of the neck during the early stages where the improving Dean Gavin kicked over the opening score which was followed by 2 goal scoring opportunities within as many minutes. It was Daire Summerville who was fouled just outside the the square where he was denied a goal scoring opportunity with Cillian O'Connor unlucky to see his converted penalty hammer against the crossbar. However he opened his account shortly after with a pointed free and within minutes he seen another goal scoring chance only to find the crossbar again. Further dominance saw another Cillian O'Connor free converted and while the East Mayo side did manage to test the excellent Ballintubber defence, they only managed a point on occasion and with 0-3 scored in the first half. But further points from Cillian O'Connor (0-2, 1f) as well as another Dean Gavin score along with Alan Plunkett guaranteed a 0-7 to 0-3 lead at the break. The second half saw more of the same where the 'Tubber boys used the wind to good effect with the opening 3 points of the half scored by Cillian O'Connor, Alan Plunkett and Daire Summerville. Charlestown managed to keep in touch with a pointed free but 2 points from Alan Plunkett and Cillian O'Connor respectively added to the lead with Daire Summerville kicking over his second score during this spell. It was 0-15 to 0-4 when Charlestown scored their last 2 points of the match towards the closing stages but a late Cillian O'Connor point as well as the elusive goal that seen Jason Gibbons unselfishly lay off the ball to Cillian O'Connor for the last score of the game. It was the last competitive League game for a number of weeks as no Division 1A games are now down to be played next weekend.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Brian Murphy, Jason Gibbons, Dean Gavin (0-2), John Duffy, Alan Dillon, Daire Summerville (0-2), Alan Plunkett (0-4), Cillian O'Connor (1-8, 5f,'45), Damien McGing. Subs used : Padraig O'Connor for Damien McGing, Conor Finnerty for Dean Gavin
Ballintubber B 1-9 1-5 Davitts B
A late Tommy Kilcoyne goal secured the first win of the season for our Junior team in a bitterly cold Clogher on Saturday evening against Davitts B ! It was no more than the homeside deserved as they more than matched their opponents for long periods but scores were hard to come by on a difficult evening where a crossfield wind hampered both teams efforts. Indeed the Abbeysiders led for most of the opening half but they received a sucker-punch of a goal just before the break after points from Tommy Kilcoyne (2 frees) as well as a Padraig O'Connor point put them into a deserved 0-3 to 0-1. However for all their efforts the half time scoreline of 1-2 to 0-3 to the South Mayo where the Ballintubber defence led by Michael Conroy at centre-half-back had kept out most attacks. With the crossfield wind mainly against the hosts for the second half, Ballintubber rolled up their sleeves and despite conceding an early point, a fine left-footed point from James McGing was followed up by a Dean Loftus score to leave just the minimum between the teams. Back came Davitts however with another breakaway point but another Dean Loftus point followed and when Ray Geraghty's goal chance was tipped over by the Davitts custodian it had the teams level at 0-7 to 1-4. With the 'Tubber boys picking up most of the breaks around the midfield area, it was no surprise when captain Tommy Kilcoyne availed of a scoring chance to push the homeside out in front with time running out. But the next play saw the visitors get the ball forward quickly to level for the third time in the match and it looked as if a share of the spoils was on the cards. With Keith Coleman and Nial Hession dominant in the full-back line, midfielder Brian Feeney won vital possession to find the onrushing Tommy Kilcoyne inside the Davitts defence where he landed his fourth point of the game to push the Abbeysiders in front again. With the game well into injury time, a final attack from the boys in red saw Tommy Kilcoyne get his hand to a long ball to force it to the net with the game ending shortly after. After suffering unlucky defeats in the opening 2 rounds, it was an important win for a team who were missing a number of key players and gives new manager John Feeney his first win. Details of their next game in Division 1D will be listed in Fixtures tomorrow night.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Nial Hession, Seamus Thomas, Liam Feeney, Michael Conroy, John Nolan, Brian Feeney, Darren Flannery, Tommy Kilcoyne (1-4, 2f) Dean Loftus (0-2), Damien Corbett, Ray Geraghty (0-1), Padraig O'Connor (0-1), Eddie Burke. Subs used : James McGing (0-1) for Damien Corbett, Kevin Corcoran for Liam Feeney, Conor Feeney for Eddie Burke
Ballintubber 1-9 2-8 Ballina Stephenites
Our Minor team suffered their second successive Division 1 League defeat in Ballintubber on Friday evening when visitors Ballina just survived a late comeback from the homeside. With both teams without a host of their top players, the fare on offer was entertaining on a pitch that was heavy due to the tremendous amount of rain that fell during the week. On a cool, dry and sometimes sunny evening, it was the North Mayo side who led at the break 1-3 to 0-4 in an interesting opening half where the Stephenites first goal came within the opening minutes but eventually the likes of Brian Walsh and full-forward Stephen Finnerty grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck to both land 2 points where Brian Walsh pointed 2 frees while Stephen Finnerty kicked over 2 fine points from play to push the boys in red in front for the only time in the game. But a strong finish saw Ballina kick over 3 pointed frees to to leave them 2 points in front at the interval. The homeside began the second half well when wing forward Lorcan Biggins left just one point between the teams when he took advantage of unselfish work from centre-half-back Sean Staunton. But again indiscipline in the otherwise excellent Ballintubber defence was to come back and haunt them as the visitors kicked over 3 pointed frees to leave 4 between the teams. With Sean Kelly excellent at full-back where Aaron Lally and Michael Conway gave little away in the corners, the 'tubber boys came back into it and when 2 top class points from substitute Stephen O'Malley and the influential Bryan Walsh meant it suddenly left just one score between the teams. But a breakaway Ballina attack that opened up the Ballintubber defence saw them hammer the ball to the roof of the net to give Ballintubber custodian Tom McGing no chance. In fact the North Mayo side added a point almost immediately after to make it 2-7 to 0-7 which seemed to close out the game credit to the homeside who wouldn't give in. A long range free from Stephen Finnerty was kept in by Dave Clarke who somehow managed to swing his foot to the loose ball to somehow squeeze the ball over the Ballina line. In fact the same player kicked over a point shortly after to suddenly leave just 2 points between the teams. There were to be points exchanged between the sides before referee John Boyle blew the final whistle but the North Mayo side were relieved as the game seemed to be slipping away from them. Others to shine for Ballintubber included the brave Sean Staunton while wing backs Mark Golden and captain for the evening Jarleth Staunton also gave their all. Both Dave Clarke and the battling John Kerrigan also had their moments in midfield while the forwards had to work hard to get any scores. Wing forwards Lorcan Biggins who pointed a fine score along with the busy Patrick Burke worked hard on the wings while Bryan Walsh was one of the stand-out forwards on view. Inside Stephen Finnerty kicked a number of important scores with Hugh Geraghty and Marcus Munnelly in the corners trying hard while substitutes Stephen O'Malley who kicked over one of the top points of the game along with Ballintubber's other sub Ronan McLoughlin also getting his hands on a lot of ball late on.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Aaron Lally, Sean Kelly, Michael Conway, Mark Golden, Sean Staunton, Jarleth Staunton (Capt), Dave Clarke (1-1), John Kerrigan, Lorcan Biggins (0-1), Bryan Walsh (0-4, 3f), Patrick Burke, Hugh Geraghty, Stephen Finnerty (0-2), Marcus Munnelly. Subs used : Stephen O'Malley for Marcus Munnelly, Ronan McLoughlin for Hugh Geraghty.
Ballintubber 1-6 0-12 Claremorris
Our Minor team suffered their first defeat of the season when losing to visitors Claremorris in Ballintubber G.A.A. grounds on Sunday in cold,dry and windy conditions. In a game where the influential Diarmuid O'Connor and Rory Murphy were unavailable again due to injury, it was indicipline in the Ballintubber defence that came back to haunt the hosts with Claremorris kicking over 8 pointed frees during the hour where corner-back Jarlath Staunton received a second yellow card midway through the second half. The opening half saw the teams trade points where both Stephen Finnerty and midfielder Dave Clarke kicked a free apiece while the impressive Bryan Walsh pointed twice with full-back John Kerrigan preventing an almost certain goal towards the end of the half with the halftime score reading Ballintubber 0-4 0-7 Claremorris. It was the South Mayo side who again opened the scoring with another pointed free but 2 quick points from the boys in red left had just 2 points between the teams. It was Bryan Walsh who pointed his third point of the game after an alert Dave Clarke free with Stephen Finnerty kicking over the Abbeysiders final point of the match. Further pointed frees from Claremorris followed where the match was at 0-12 to 0-6 before the games only goal. It came courtesy of substitute Lorcan Biggins who hammered the ball to the roof of the net following good work from Stephen Finnerty. However it was not enough as Referee Declan Corcoran blew the final whistle with Claremorris maintaining their 100% start to their Division 1 League campaign.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Jarlath Staunton, John Kerrigan, Michael Conway, Mark Golden, Sean Staunton (Capt), Oran Scully, Dave Clarke (0-1, 1f), Stephen Finnerty (0-2, 1f), Brian Walsh (0-3), Patrick Burke, Sean Murphy, Michael Plunkett, Markus Munnelly. Sub used - Lorcan Biggins (1-0) for Sean Murphy.
Ballintubber 1-7 0-4 Ballinrobe
Our Senior team began their Division 1A League campaign with a deserved 6 points win over a dogged Ballinrobe side in blustery,cold and wet conditions in Clogher on Easter Sunday. However it was only in the closing minutes that the homeside put the game out of Ballinrobe's reach when substitute Padraig O'Connor bagged the crucial goal after unselfish work from his brother Cillian. With both sides without a number of their best players where the Abbeysiders were missing Alan Dillon and Danny Geraghty due to injury while the visitors didn't have Donal Vaughan and Kenneth O'Malley available despite both being present. However the game had some decent patches of football where the Ballintubber defence was excellent all throughout with very little getting through despite the promptings of Ballinrobe's best forward Alan Murphy who was well marshalled by the reliable Cathal Hallinan. It was the South Mayo side who opened the scoring despite playing against the wind but that was quickly cancelled by the excellent Cillian O'Connor from the first of his 4 pointed frees as he proved to be a constant thorn in the Ballinrobe defence. It was Cillian O'Connor who was next to score when he availed of a fine left-footed pass from full-back Cathal Hallinan to push the 'Tubber out in front. Despite having the benefits of the stiff breeze, it was the visitors who enjoyed some spells of possession where on one occasion Alan Murphy sneaked inside his cover to blast the ball over the bar in what turned out to be the only real goal attempt throughout the hour for Ballinrobe. Then one of the scores of the match followed when Cillian O'Connor hit a huge free from over 50 metres while hard-working midfielder Daire Summerville then followed up with a fine long point to push the hosts 0-4 to 0-2 out in front. Back came Ballinrobe when they pointed their third point coming up to half-time where sharp shooter Cillian O'Connor kicked over the final score of the half again from a free to leave the interval scoreline at Ballintubber 0-5 0-3 Ballinrobe. A more determined homeside took to the field in the second half as they faced the difficult breeze but always looked likely winners. It was Cillian O'Connor who again opened the scoring for Ballintubber after he played a short '45 to the alert Jason Gibbons when he kicked over another fine point to put 3 between the teams. With the impressive Gary Loftus and the determined Tom Earley as well as the alert Myles Kelly and substitute Brian Murphy mopping up most balls that came through in defence, it was no surprise that the South Mayo side only managed to muster just one point in the second half from an Alan Murphy free. With the game still in the melting pot inside the closing 10 minutes, it was Cillian O'Connor who judged the wind perfectly when he pointed a long-range free with the outside of the boot to put 3 between the teams minutes before the games only goal. Next up will be a trip to Breaffy in 3 weeks time for Round 2 in what is bound to attract a large crowd. Ballintubber had top performances all over the field where the defence, which has been the cornerstone of the successes over the past number of seasons stood up to the task again. The full-back-line of Gary Loftus, Captain Cathal Hallinan and Paul Earley made it a quiet day hour for Brendan Walsh in goal with very little getting through. With Tom Earley leading the way from centre-half-back, he was well flanked by the busy Myles Kelly while the unfortunate Declan Larkin on the left wing was having an excellent game before he suffered a leg injury although his replacement Brian Murphy also impressed. Both midfielders Jason Gibbons and Daire Summerville got through a lot of work and were involved in winning key ball with Daire Summerville kicking over an important score in the opening half. On a difficult day for attackers, Cillian O'Connor was the stand-out forward with an array of difficult frees as well being involved in most of the scores some of which he converted. However he had loads of help around him where his brother Ruaidhri O'Connor and John Duffy on the other wing were always available to pick up loose ball. While the full-forward line may not have scored, they looked dangerous if ball came inside where the youthful Conor Finnerty did well considering he was only involved yesterday in an All-Ireland Vocational All-Ireland semi-final. Both Damien McGing and Damien Coleman looked sharp inside but scoring opportunites were scare with defences on top where they will cause problems in future games. Others to shine included Padraig O'Connor when introduced who netted the goal as did Ray and Joe Geraghty. Check out the Clubs facebook page for some action shots!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan (Capt), Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Declan Larkin, Jason Gibbons, Daire Summerville (0-1), Ruaidhri O'Connor, Cillian O'Connor (0-6, 4f), John Duffy, Conor Finnerty, Damien McGing, Damien Coleman. Subs used : Brian Murphy for Declan Larkin (inj), Padraig O'Connor (1-0) for Conor Finnerty, Ray Geraghty for John Duffy, Joe Geraghty for Ruaidhri O'Connor.
Ballintubber B 0-5 1-5 Achill
Our Junior team began their League season in Clogher on Saturday evening but just fell short to a more experienced Achill side in cold conditions. It was the ability of the visitors to begin the game well that probably was the deciding factor as they had raced into a 1-4 to 0-1 win at the break although they did have the benefit of a stiff breeze . Their goal came just before the interval when a speculative free kick was flicked to the net in what was to become the winning score. It was Ray Geraghty who opened the Abbeysiders scoring for the 2013 season with a pointed free to push the hosts in front for the only time in the game during the early stages. However a more determined 'Tubber emerged for the second half and while Achill kicked their last score of the match in the opening stages, it was mostly one way traffic for long spells as the boys in red gave it everything. With the experienced Michael Hoban along with the recently returned Dean Gavin dominating the midfield area, both players kicked over 2 fine points in quick succession to give Ballintubber renewed relief. But a number of missed chances followed before substitute Padraig O'Connor kicked over 2 pointed frees before referee Kevin Corcoran blew the whistle for the last time. Best for Ballintubber included Michael Conroy at full-back who was well supported by Seanie Larkin and Keith Coleman in the corners. As mentioned Ballintubber dominated midfield for long periods thanks to Michael Hoban and the energetic Dean Gavin. In a game where both defences were on top, captain Tommy Kilcoyne tried hard as did Darren Flannery and Seamus Thomas while Ray Geraghty had his moments while the introduction of Padraig O'Connor added more punch to the Ballintubber attack. Indeed Alan Larkin when brought to attack also tried hard while it was good to see Kevin Corcoran introduced after a lengthy period out due to injury. Next game is a trip to Knockmore in 3 weeks time where the Junior side have yet to win at this venue.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Michael Conroy, Seanie Larkin, John Nolan, Alan Larkin, Niall Hession, Michael Hoban (0-1), Dean Gavin (0-1), Darren Flannery, Tommy Kilcoyne (Capt), Seamus Thomas, James McGing, Dean Loftus, Ray Geraghty (0-1, 1f). Subs used : Padraig O'Connor (0-2,2f) for Seamus Thomas, Damien Corbett for James McGing, Aidan Summerville for Dean Loftus, Kevin Corcoran for Darren Flannery
Bord na nOg Under 13 League Division 2A Monday August 19th
Ardnaree Sarsfields 1-12 2-10 Ballintubber
Michael Walsh Senior League Group 3 Sunday February 22nd 2015
Ballina Stephenites 0-10 1-7 Ballintubber
Our Senior team began the 2015 season with a credible draw in blustery and wet in Ballina in the opening round of the Michael Walsh Senior League on Sunday. With County players not available for this competition while a number of the team were unavailable or injured, it gave a chance to mix some fringe players to push for a place for the new season with quite a number of players impressing in the red and white. The Abbeysiders played against the elements in the opening half and they were struggling to break down a youthful Ballina side before experienced midfielder Michael Hoban bagged the games only goal coming up to the interval. Full-Forward Ray Geraghty also got on the scoreboard when he availed of good work by wing forward Alan Larkin to reduce the deficit to the minimum at the break 0-6 to 1-2. Despite the poor weather conditions both teams have to be credited for putting on a cracking second half with each team needing to win the first game of the season. It was a Ray Geraghty free that levelled the teams while impressive right-half-back Seanie Larkin kicked over one of the scores of the game when he pointed from distance via his left peg. However the Stephenites came back and matched the Abbeysiders and then sneaked ahead before another Ray Geraghty free tied the sides at 1-5 to 0-8. Further pressure from the hosts earned them their last two scores of the match and when Michael Hoban was shown a red card in front of the stand it looked ominous for the boys in red. But this team does not walk away from a challenge and when a fine Ray Geraghty point reduced the margin to just one score heading towards the latter end of the entertaining fare, the Abbeysiders were always in the hunt. With the hard-working Ruaidhri O’Connor ploughing through the battles in the middle, supported by an excellent Brian Murphy at full-back along with the ever reliant Myles Kelly, Joe Geraghty and Cathal Hallinan in defence one always felt there was still something to battle for. The youthful Aaron Lally is one to watch out for while the tall David McHale helped around the middle during the latter stages. While it was a difficult day for shooting on a heavy pitch, Ray Geraghty again stood up and levelled the game and again prove that 14 players with spirit can be so difficult to beat. The Abbeysiders became a unique team in 2014 by remaining undefeated and it took huge effort to begin the new season in the same vein. Next up is the first home game of the season in Clogher when the Abbeysiders welcome Charlestown Sarsfields for a 11.30 start in Round 2 next Sunday!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Myles Kelly, Brian Walsh, Joe Geraghty, Seanie Larkin (0-1), Cathal Hallinan, Keith Coleman, Ruaidhri O’Connor, Michael Hoban (1-0), David McHale, Alan Plunkett, Alan Larkin, Tommy Kilcoyne, Ray Geraghty (0-6, 4f), James McGing. Subs used – Stephen Finnerty for James McGing, Aaron Lally for Tommy Kilcoyne, Sean Staunton for Alan Larkin, John Kerrigan for Keith Coleman.
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.