Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 4 Thursday May 16th
Ballintubber 3-10 5-7 Islandeady
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Tuesday May 14th
Ballintubber w/o scr Ballaghaderreen
Under 12 Mini League Group B Monday May 13th
Burrishoole 1-2 1-13 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Sunday May 12th
Ballintubber 4-9 0-6 Balla
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Friday May 10th
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
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 4 Thursday May 9th
The Neale 0-3 5-10 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Friday May 3rd
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
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 4 Thursday May 2nd
Crossmolina 5-9 2-6 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Monday April 29th
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!
Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday April 28th
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
Junior League Division 1D Saturday April 27th
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
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Friday April 26th
Ballaghaderreen 6-10 0-7 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 1D Tuesday April 23rd
Ardnaree Sarsfields 4-13 4-8 Ballintubber
Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday April 21st
Breaffy 1-12 1-11 Ballintubber
Our Senior team suffered their first League defeat of the season when a late Breaffy charge nicked them the points in an action-packed local derby in mainly sunny, breezy Breaffy G.A.A. grounds on Sunday. The Abbeysiders will be wondering how they failed to at least gain a draw as they led 1-11 to 0-10 with just 5 minutes to go but the dominance of the homeside at midfield eventually wore down the brave Ballintubber resistance where Seamus & Aidan O'Shea were dominant. The game saw the return of Alan Dillon to the Club colours for the first time since last years County Senior final defeat after injury while both Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty were both out due to injury and their absence was a big loss to Ballintubber but credit to the new midfield due of Dean Gavin & Daire Summerville who worked well together throughout the hour. It was the hosts who took advantage of the wind when they dominated the early stages with full-forward Alan Durkan opening the scoring with a pointed free although minutes later a rare breakaway Ballintubber attack saw Cillian O'Connor land the first of his pointed frees to level. The locals however continued to boss the field where the O'Shea brothers Seamus (left foot) and Conor, after a long crossfield pass pushed the Breaffy boys 2 in front. But credit to the 'Tubber boys where the defence withstood a lot of constant Breaffy attacks with full-back Cathal Hallinan and Paul Earley in the corner to the fore where another free chance was won at the other end for Cillian O'Connor to make it 0-3 to 0-2. Back came the boys in blue however, where another Alan Durcan free was followed by a good point from wing forward Eddie Conroy to push them 3 in front. But a strong finish from the visitors saw points from the hard-working John Duffy who scored despite receiving a late heavy challenge while Cillian O'Connor added another free before he also kicked over the 'Tubber's last score of the half following good work from midfielder Dean Gavin to level the game for the second time. Just before the interval however the last attack of the half saw a late Breaffy point to leave them lead at the break at 0-6 to 0-5. The second half began as the first ended when Breaffy kicked over their 7th point of the match but the game was level within minutes after a pointed free from Cillian O'Connor was followed by a sweet strike from distance to tie the sides at 0-7 apiece. The game saw play go from end to end with the hosts going in front twice but scores from full-forward Damien Coleman and then a goal from corner-forward Conor Finnerty turned the game on its head after persistance from Cillian O'Connor with the score now 1-8 to 0-9 in favour of the Abbeysiders. Indeed Ballintubber had another goal scoring chance but a fine save from Breaffy custodian Robert Hennelly kept the rampant Ballintubber attack out for another while. A brief respite saw Alan Durcan point another free but further 'Tubber dominace saw midfielder Daire Summerville kick over a fine point which was added to by 2 Cillian O'Connor pointed frees to suddenly push the Ballintubber boys 1-11 to 0-10. Amazingly that turned ot to be the last score of the match for the 'Tubber although a rasping left-footed from Cillian O'Connor hammed against the top of the Breaffy crossbar before spinning out wide was worth a mention. After that it was all Breaffy as they managed a scrappy goal following constant pressure which was followed by an equaliser before full-forward Alan Durkan kicked over the winning point courtesy of the games last free. It was a tough way to lose this match but sometimes derby games like this take a life of their own but certainly the effort from the Ballintubber players cannot be faulted and their next game on the fixture list is in Clogher against the 2012 Connacht Intermediate champions Charlestown Sarfields with match details to be confirmed.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan (Capt), Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Dean Gavin, Daire Summerville (0-1), Ray Geraghty, Cillian O'Connor (0-8, 6f), John Duffy (0-1), Conor Finnerty (1-0), Damien Coleman (0-1), Damien McGing. Subs used : Alan Dillon for Ray Geraghty, Brian Murphy for Ruaidhri O'Connor, Alan Plunkett for Damien McGing, Padraig O'Connor for Damien Coleman
Mayo Junior League Division 1D Saturday April 20th
Knockmore B 0-11 1-6 Ballintubber B
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 League Friday April 19th
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.
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 4 Thursday April 18th
Ballintubber 7-9 2-9 Carras
Michael Walsh Senior League Group 2 Saturday April 13th
Ballinrobe 0-6 2-15 Ballintubber
Our Senior began their Michael Walsh League with an impressive 15 points win over a disappointing homeside in Ballinrobe on Saturday evening. In playing conditions far from ideal where a strong win was joined by persistant rain throughout the hour, however the visitors made light of the situation when they played some excellent passages of play and were more than deserving of their large win. It was the South Mayo side who settled quickly but it was the hard-working John Duffy who opened the scoring with an excellent point from the right wing. Ballinrobe then enjoyed a brief purple patch to push 0-3 to 0-1 in front but that was as good as it got as the rampant 'Tubber side opened up their defence where the lightning pace of Conor Finnerty caused them endless problem. With the youthful Dean Gavin and Daire Summerville winning a lot of ball around midfield, scores eventually followed from the pacy Conor Finnerty before he created a goal chance for full-forward Padraig O'Connor who gladly found the bottom of the net. The floodgates opened as points from both midfielders Daire Summerville and Dean Gavin followed before further points came from Ray Geraghty then Damien McGing hammered the post while Padraig O'Connor and a second Dean Gavin point made it 1-7 to 0-3. What followed next was a score that killed off the game and it came from the stand-out forward when Conor Finnerty collected the ball from near the sideline to weave his way by a number of Ballinrobe defenders before using his pace to good effect to hammer the ball beyond Paul Tiernan in the Ballinrobe goal. Both sides exchanged points before the break where the man of the moment Conor Finnerty added his second point of the match with the halftime score Ballintubber 2-8 to 0-4 Ballinrobe. The second half saw playing conditions worsen but the Abbeysiders remained on top with points from long range Daire Summerville free while Ray Geraghty made it 2-10 to 0-4. Ballintubber custodian Frank Walsh was then called into action when he smartly made 2 saves with Daire Summerville next to score at the other end. While Ballinrobe did score in the second half with 2 points in quick succession, those were cancelled with points from Padraig O'Connor (2) while the lively Damien McGing also added 2 points before referee Brian Kilkelly ended the contest which in truth was over well long before the final whistle. Not mentioned was the excellent Ballintubber defence who set-up many of the scores where Michael Conroy impressed at full-back with Gary Loftus and Paul Earley in control as usual while substitute Keith Coleman also showed up well. Myles Kelly covered a lot of ground during another busy performance while the no-nonsense Tom Earley who captained the team was as solid as ever with Joe Geraghty improving with each game. A special mention to Alan Plunkett who finally was able to wear the red jersey after a niggly ankle injury during last years County Senior Championship final as he was a halftime substitute for the work-bound Damien Coleman. With 5 points coming from the midfield duo of Daire Summerville and Dean Gavin who were full of running, indeed the performance of Dean Gavin who has been drafted into the Mayo Junior panel, was impressive with his fielding another highlight as he gets better with each game. With the next game due to be next weekend in round 2 of the Senior League where a visit to neighbours Breaffy is on the cards, however that could be subject to the outcome of Sunday National League Semi-Final between Mayo & Dublin this Sunday.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Gary Loftus, Michael Conroy, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley (Capt), Joe Geraghty, Daire Summerville (0-3, 1f), Dean Gavin (0-2), John Duffy (0-1), Ray Geraghty (0-2), Damien Coleman, Conor Finnerty (1-2), Padraig O'Connor (1-3), Damien McGing (0-2, 1f). Subs used : Alan Plunkett for Damien Coleman, Keith Coleman for Gary Loftus (inj)
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 4 Thursday April 11th
Ballintubber 4-15 2-10 Shrule-Glencorrib
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Tuesday April 9th
Mayo Gaels 4-15 1-8 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Sunday April 7th
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.
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Friday April 5th
Ballintubber 2-8 5-5 Islandeady
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 4 Thursday April 4th
Ardmoy 1-10 8-11 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Wednesday April 3rd
Crossmolina 2-5 2-11 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Tuesday April 2nd
Shrule-Glencorrib 5-11 0-8 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 4 Monday April 1st
Ballintubber 6-4 3-1 Westport
County Senior League Division 1A Sunday March 31st
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.
County Junior League Division 1D Saturday March 30th
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
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday December 9th
Westport 0-9 0-8 Ballintubber
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday December 2nd
Ballintubber 1-8 1-10 Ballaghaderreen
Our Senior team suffered another League defeat in Clogher on Sunday when Senior County Champions Ballaghaderreen came from behind to grind out a 2 points win . It was a goal just before the final whistle that decided the game which also secured the East Mayo sides Division 1A League position for 2013. Both teams were without a host of players but still managed to entertain the small crowd that attended which was played in muddy,wet but calm conditions in Clogher where a light mist also added to the fare. It was a youthful Ballintubber side who played some fine passages of football throughout the hour with 3 Mayo Minors namely Joe Geraghty, Diarmuid O'Connor and goal poacher Michael Plunkett all impressing. The sides were tied at the interval at 0-5 apiece after scores from midfielder Daire Summerville, Ray Geraghty, 2 sweet left-footed strikes from full-forward Damien Coleman while the promptings of wing back Brian Murphy saw him kick over the last score of the half. The sides remained deadlocked at 0-7 apiece after the early stages of the second half after a Ray Geraghty free was added to by a long range Daire Summerville point and when a second Ray Geraghty free was converted it pushed the Abbeysiders out in front again. Then a high cross-goal ball from the industrious Midfielder Diarmuid O'Connor was flicked in by Frank Walsh whose effort was blocked by the Ballaghaderreen custodian before Michael Plunkett was alert to knock the ball into the net. That turned out to be the last score of the game for the boys in red as Ballagh' popped over 3 points in quick succession to leave just the minimum between the teams. Then right at the death the visitors managed to open up the Ballintubber defence and eventually find the net to grab the League points on offer. Next up will be the final League round in Division 1A when Ballintubber travel to Westport with details to be listed in Fixtures when available. Others to play well not already mentioned included Brendan Walsh in goal, Paul & Tom Earley in the central defensive positions while Myles Kelly also had his moments.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Joe Geraghty, Paul Earley, Declan Larkin, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Brian Murphy (0-1), Daire Summerville (0-2), Diarmuid O'Connor, Frank Walsh, Ray Geraghty (0-3, 2f), Michael Plunkett (1-0), Tommy Kilcoyne, Damien Coleman (0-2), Damien McGing.
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1D Sunday November 25th
Ballintubber B w/o scr Moygownagh - conceded by Moygownagh
County Under 21A Final Replay Saturday November 24th
Castlebar Mitchels 1-13 2-6 Ballintubber
Our Under 21 teams season ended in disappointment when a strong finish from holders Castlebar Mitchels saw them complete a 3-in-a-row of County titles in another rip-roaring final played in almost perfect condition in Ballina on Saturday afternoon. It was a game that had everything you would want in a final where the underdogs came back from a 6 points half-time deficit but it was the ability of the townside to almost own the ball during the final 10 minutes that pushed them over the line after the 'Tubber had taken the lead for the only time at 2-5 to 0-10. The opening half saw the Mitchels dominate proceedings for long periods as they raced into an early 2 points lead similar to the drawn encounter with points coming from the influential James Durcan while Aidan Walsh pointed the first of his frees. With Rory Byrne and Danny Kirby dominating around the middle, it was a rare breakaway attack that saw Diarmuid O'Connor pick out the the youthful Stephen Finnerty who confidently opened the scoring for the 'Tubber boys. But further Mitchels dominance saw they reap further points with midfielder Danny Kirby and a few more frees from Aidan Walsh pushed the holders 0-6 to 0-1 out in front and only for brave blocks from the full-back Brian Murphy as well as a number of fine stops from net-minder Frank Walsh, the score could have been much worse. It was another impressive point from Stephen Finnerty that kept the Ballintubber dream alive but the Mitchels finished the half strong with a further 2 points to leave the interval score Castlebar Mitchels 0-8 0-2 Ballintubber. It was a different Abbeysiders team that came on the field for the second half where withing minutes they bagged the games first goal. It was the alert captain Danny Geraghty who spotted the onrushing Niall Hession who had come deep to be at the end of the pass to hammer a goal that was worthy of the occasion where he walloped the ball to the top left corner of the Mitchels net. It was game on although another Aidan Walsh free was cancelled out by an end of move Diarmuid O'Connor point following good work from substitute midfielder Shane Concannon. Further Ballintubber dominance saw Stephen Finnerty pop over his third point of the game and suddenly the score was Castlebar 0-9 1-4 Ballintubber. With play going from end to end where all players were putting their bodies on the line, it was Castlebar who were next to score but a Stephen Finnerty free left just 2 points between the teams before the games second major. It came from persistent Ballintubber pressure that saw a Darren Flannery goal attempt blocked before it broke to Danny Geraghty who right-footed the ball soccer style to the roof of the Castlebar net to suddenly push the boys of the 'tubber out in front for the first time at 2-5 to 0-10. But the closing 10 minutes saw the Mitchels up the ante as they owned possession around the middle where their midfielders gobbled up possession with Fergal Durkan levelling the game as tensions mounted. The last goal of the game was the next score and it certainly had an heir of fortune for Castlebar when a shot that was going over for a point was pulled down somehow by Ballintubber 'keeper Frank Walsh but it seemed to squirm its was through his grap and across the line to give the Mitchels the illusive goal. It was tough luck on the Ballintubber custodian who impressed all through-out the game where a further 2 points followed for the Mitchels with Daire Summervile blasting over the games last score of the match. Looking back on this game Ballintubber will be disappointed but they put it up to their illustrious opponents but unfortunately did not have the luxury of Cillian O'Connor who is still someway short of full fitness and his experience and accuracy could have made the difference. With all bar a small number of players eligible in 2013, this team should be good enough to make the knock-out stages again where hopefully they can give another strong push for the County crown. Thanks to the Players and Management for a tremendous effort and the secret is to never give in which has been the groundstone of a huge number of successes that this Club have been fortunate enough to experience over the past number of seasons!! Ballintubber had a number of impressive performances where Frank Walsh had an excellent season and is a strong number 2 for our Senior 'keeper while his full-back line were rarely breached with Brian Murphy again impressing at full-back with alert corner-backs Sean Staunton and Aidan Summerville also having their moments. Joe Geraghty gave it everything from centre-half-back in another energy sapping performance while Keith Coleman was busy from the right wing while Niall Hession on the left scored one of the best goals scored in James Stephen Park for quite awhile. While midfield was dominated by the Mitchels, Captain Danny Geraghty worked his socks off while his goal was another memorable moment where he had a number of different partners through-out the hour from the influential Diarmuid O'Connor who pointed to Daire Summerville who also got his name on the scoresheet at the end with substitute Shane Concannon a key player during the comeback. Michael Plunkett also got on a lot of breaking ball around the middle despite lining out at number 15 while Stephen Finnerty was top scorer with 0-4 with 3 top class scores from play. Others to try hard included Darren Flannery who worked hard from the wing and almost scored the Abbeysiders second goal where Niall Tuffy on the other wing also tried hard. Full-forward Conor Finnerty was well-marshalled on the day by Castlebar Mitchels captain Niall McCarney but he will have better days. Credit also to the Management team of Sean Corcoran along with his selectors Lyndon Reilly, Pat Lally as well as Tommy Kilcoyne and Michael Hoban who had the team in excellent shape !! Keep the faith boys your day will come!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Sean Staunton, Brian Murphy, Aidan Summerville, Keith Coleman, Joe Geraghty, Niall Hession (1-0), Danny Geraghty (Capt 1-0), Daire Summerville (0-1), Darren Flannery, Diarmuid O'Connor (0-1), Niall Tuffy, Stephen Finnerty (0-4, 1f), Conor Finnerty, Michael Plunkett. Sub used : Shane Concannon for Niall Tuffy
County Under 21A Final Friday November 9th
Ballintubber 2-10 1-13 Castlebar Mitchels AET
Our Under 21 team were involved in one of the games of 2012 when a late free brought the Mitchels back to level the game for the 7th occasion on a bittery cold, wintery evening during injury time of extra-time in the final of the Under 21A Championship on Friday night. During an amazing game of football that swayed from one side to the other during 80 minutes plus of rivetting play, both sides must be complimented for an intense game of football that had supporters on the edge of their seats which more than made up for the cost of entry. With weather conditions far from ideal with a biting wind where intermittent heavy rain and hail showers also fell, the commitment of the 'Tubber boys who put their bodies on the line for the red jersey cannot be faulted as they came back time after time against holders and favourites Castlebar Mitchels while the return of Cillian O'Connor was crucial as he scored a highly pressurised free at the end of normal time to bring the game to extra-time while he also converted a penalty to push the Abbeysiders back in front during the second period of extra-time. The opening half saw the Mitchels dominate for long periods against a Ballintubber side who were struggling in a number of positions but amazingly only trailed 0-6 to 1-2. It was the townside side who were quicker to settle with early points from full-forward Cian Costello and right-half-forward Shane Dolan before the hard-working Diarmuid O'Connor opened the scoring for the 'Tubber following a fine pass from captain Danny Geraghty. Indeed the 'Tubber boys could have had a goal when a speculative shot from midfielder Daire Summerville almost made its way to the Castlebar net after it hopped over Castlebar custodian Niall Feeney before it just went wide. Castlebar centre-half-forward Aidan Walsh was next to raise the while flag when he kicked over a fine point with the youthful Stephen Finnerty then pointing a free after Diarmuid O'Connor had been fouled. Then it was the turn of Aidan Walsh to kick over the first of his frees on the evening as the Mitchels pushed their lead to 0-4 to 0-2 before the games first goal arrived. The move started from deep with captain Danny Geraghty and Diarmuid O'Connor collecting the ball before further intricate passing found the onrushing Darren Flannery who had a shot which hit off the side of the left post before hitting the top right corner of the net to raise the voices of the large Ballintubber support. However the Mitchels finished the half strong with points from left-corner-back Alan Flynn while Aidan Walsh added his second free before the half ended with the Mitchels leading by the minimum. It was during the interval that a blast of heavy rain opened the second half where the Abbeysiders began well with 3 points in quick succession to push Ballintubber 1-5 to 0-6 in front. Excellent points from full-forward Conor Finnerty, a fine long-range free from Daire Summerville while substitute Brian Walsh also got in on the scoring. However some indicipline in the Ballintubbers otherwise excellent defence saw further pointed frees from Aidan Walsh to level the game yet again. Then it was the turn of the stylish Conor Finnerty who collected the ball around midfield to kick over a classy point but another Aidan Walsh free tied the sides yet again at Ballintubber 1-6 to Castlebar 0-9. Another Conor Finnerty point followed but again another free was converted by Aidan Walsh. One of the biggest cheers of the night took place during this period when Cillian O'Connor was introduced but another breakaway attack saw the Castlebar side nudge themselves back in front in injury time at 0-11 to 1-7. It looked as if time was running out but somehow this team got their hands on the ball to race forward with referee Eamonn McAndrew awarding the boys of the 'Tubber a last chance with a long-range free. Up stepped the 2011 and 2012 Young Player of the year Cillian O'Connor who had not seen much action after being introduced but he still showed remarkable nerve to calmly point a long free from the ground against the wind and rain to level the game for the last time during normal time. With extra-time having to be played on the night, both teams raced to their respective dressing rooms as the rain came down heavy again to try to warm up for what was ahead. The extra-time was as eventful as the normal time as both teams went out hell for leather with conditions worsening while the number of players who went down with cramp was becoming more regular. It was the excellent Diarmuid O'Connor who must have covered miles on the evening who kicked over his second point of the night to push the Abbeysiders back in front. But that was well and truly cancelled when a speculative high ball was hoofed towards the Ballintubber defence which broke kindly for Castlebar sub Jamie Lydon who calmly found the Ballintubber net with a fine left-foot strike. Before the end of the opening period in extra-time corner-forward David Stenson added another score for the Mitchels to leave them 1-12 to 1-9 at the break. Back again came the Abbeysiders at the beginning of the second period where Conor Finnerty pointed his 4th point of the game before the crucial games third goal. It was captain Danny Geraghty who kept pushing this young team on as he brushed forward when his goal attempt was foot-blocked inside the 14 yard line with referee Eamonn McAndrew signalling a penalty. Again the brave Cillian O'Connor stood up and he hammered the ball to the net to suddenly push Ballintubber back in front at 2-10 to 1-12. With the crowd on their feet, the game was to take one more twist when Castlebar were awarded one more chance to get another day out when a free was awarded with the ice-cool Aidan Walsh levelling the game for the last time. If the reply is anything like the drawn encounter then supporters are in for another treat. Ballintubber are bound to have mixed emotions after this game where they almost were beaten in normal time and almost won in injury-time but the addition of Cillian O'Connor who is still some way of 100% fit was a major boost on the evening while the never-say-die attitude of the players was something to be very proud of. The Management have to be complimented in having the team in excellent condition and made the necessary calls during a remarkable encounter. The defence was impressive as usual under pressure at various times where Frank Walsh was solid as ever in goal with his huge kick-outs where Sean Staunton (before injury) Brian Murphy and Aidan Summerville in the full-back-line also impressed. The half-back line of Keith Coleman, the brave Joe Geraghty along with Niall Hession also gave everything on the evening. Midfield was won by the Mitchels but the Abbeysiders made better use of possession with limited possession where Danny Geraghty kept driving the team on despite appearing to aggravate his right shoulder again. Daire Summerville also got through a good shift while his long-range pointed free was another highlight. Darren Flannery also worked his socks off where his goal in the opening half grabbed one of the biggest cheers of the evening. Centre-Half-Forward Diarmuid O'Connor covered most of the field on numerous occasions in another productive evening where his 2 points were the least his performance deserved. Niall Tuffy tried hard before being replaced by Cillian O'Connor who made such a huge impression after a quicker recovery than expected although he is still far from full-fitness. Stephen Finnerty had a top class performance on his first start where he always looked dangerous with Conor Finnerty scoring 0-4 during another impressive show at full-forward. Corner-forward Michael Plunkett had to cover back for the injured Sean Staunton on a fine performance while substitutes Brian Walsh who also pointed with Shane Concannon in midfield also showing well for the final period of extra-time. Details of the reply will be listed in Fixtures when available!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Sean Staunton, Brian Murphy, Aidan Summerville, Keith Coleman, Joe Geraghty, Nial Hession, Danny Geraghty (Capt), Daire Summerville (0-1, 1f), Darren Flannery (1-0), Diarmuid O'Connor (0-2), Niall Tuffy, Stephen Finnerty (0-1, 1f), Conor Finnerty (0-4), Michael Plunkett. Subs used : Brian Walsh (0-1) for Sean Staunton (inj), Cillian O'Connor (1-1, 1f, 1Pen) for Niall Tuffy, Shane Concannon for Brian Walsh
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday November 4th
Ballintubber 0-6 0-12 Castlebar Mitchels
Our Senior teams hopes of retaining the Division 1A League title suffered a major set-back when league leaders Castlebar Mitchels had a little too much firepower to deservedly claim the points in muddy conditions in Clogher on Sunday. With the Abbeysiders minus the services of Alan Dillon, Alan Plunkett and long-term injury Cillian O'Connor, the homeside struggled to convert the chances which resulted in a 0-7 to 0-1 deficit at the break. With the Mitchels being almost at full-strength, they were able to convert many of their chances during the opening half where the likes of Eamonn Tiernan and corner-forward Tom King stood out with some fine scores where the only score of the half for the hosts came from a pointed Padraic O'Connor free. Indeed the score could have been much worse only for a top class double save from Ballintubber custodian Brendan Walsh shortly before the end of the first half. After a number of substitutions at the break, 'Tubber began the second half strongly where substitute Daire Summerville was at the end of a passing move to convert a fine point while Padraic O'Connor pointed his second free of the match. But back came the Mitchels where Eamonn Tiernan again burst his way through the Ballintubber defence to blast over a well-worked point and almost immediately he kicked over his 4th point of the game. A Damien Coleman point renewed the boys of the 'tubber hopes but again back came the Mitchels with 3 points in quick succession. Another Brendan Walsh save came before a late surge from the hosts saw a third Padraig O'Connor free while Daire Summerville kicked over the last point of the match courtesy of a fine '45. With our Under 21's in the upcoming County final, a number of players were rested who normally would have been introduced throughout the hour. Best for Ballintubber who have 3 games left in Division 1A included Brendan Walsh in goal, Cathal Hallinan who was excellent again at full-back with captain Tom Earley at centre-half-back also prominent while Ruaidhri O'Connor at left-half-back was also solid. Midfield was dominated by both teams at various stages where Danny Geraghty, Michael Hoban and Jason Gibbons all had their moments. The attack again struggled without their more prominent scorers, however the likes of Gary Loftus tried hard in his new position while good scores came from Padraig O'Connor (frees), Damien Coleman and substitute Daire Summerville. Further match details will be listed in Fixtures over the coming days!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley (Capt), Ruaidhri O'Connor, Danny Geraghty, Michael Hoban, Gary Loftus, Jason Gibbons, John Duffy, Damien Coleman (0-1), Padraig O'Connor (0-3, 3f), Ray Geraghty. Subs used : Joe Geraghty for Myles Kelly, Daire Summerville (0-2, '45), Michael Conroy for Michael Hoban (inj).
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1D Saturday November 3rd
Ballintubber B 0-6 2-13 Castlebar Mitchels B
Our Junior teams promotion push came to an end in wintry, wet conditions in Clogher when a strong opening half performance from the visitors set the tone for the afternoon. With the hosts without many of the Under 21 contingent due to their upcoming County A Final as well as the infuential Tommy Kilcoyne who was suspended, the Mitchels dominated from the start to lead 2-8 to 0-2 at the break. The impressive Ray Geraghty at centre-half-forward was the only scorer for the Abbeysiders in the opening half while the Ballintubber defence was over-worked as they had to withstand wave after wave of attacks during this spell. Credit to the lads in white as they upped their intensity in the second half with corner-forward Eddie Burke coming more into the match where he posted 2 fine points with substitute Niall Hession kicking over a fine point while another Ray Geraghty free was also added. However the townside matched these scores where the 'Tubber defence also impressed with Damien Corbett excellent when switched to full-back while he had plenty of help from the likes of the gutsy Liam Tunney and the youthful Aidan Summerville in the corners while Alan Larkin gave it everything at wing back where his brother Seanie and Michael Conroy also had their moments. In truth the game was won at midfield where Ballintubber struggled for long periods with the Mitchels also having the added bonus of their fast moving Under 21's. Others to try hard included Lyndon Reilly and Eddie Burke in the full-forward line as well as the battling Ray Geraghty in the number 11 jersey. This team have just 1 game left when Moygownagh come to Clogher with details to be confirmed. With rumours of the Leagues to be changed yet again, it is unclear if this team will be plying their trade in Division 1D as we know it.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Declan Murphy, Liam Tunney, Michael Conroy, Aidan Summerville, Seanie Larkin, Damien Corbett, Alan Larkin, Brian Feeney (Capt), Seamus Thomas, Darren Flannery, Ray Geraghty (0-3, 2f), Ruaidhri Hallinan, Lyndon Reilly, Dean Loftus, Eddie Burke (0-2). Subs used : Niall Tuffy (0-1) for Darren Flannery, Daniel Costello for Ray Geraghty
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1D Sunday October 28th
Crossmolina B 2-7 1-6 Ballintubber B
Our Junior teams promotion hopes suffered a major setback in wet and windy Crossmolina on Sunday when a determined homeside did enough to claim the 2 League points on offer. A combination of poor shooting along with a dreadful opening half which saw the Deel Rovers side lead 1-4 to no score at the break after they enjoyed the benefits of the wind. The hosts had the ball in the Abbeysiders net inside the opening 5 minutes and after that they were able to add to that advantage but the West Mayo side cannot be faulted for effort as they dominated the closing stages of the half but just could not get the ball between the posts while the Crossmolina 'keeper pulled off a fine save from Daire Summerville during this spell also.It was midfielder Kevin McGuinness who got the 'Tubber off the mark after a fine point shortly after the restart but Cross' came back and bagged their second goal. On a day where weather conditions worsened on a pitch that had flashes of water particularly down the centre, Ballintubber slowly began their comeback where Ray Geraghty quickly kicked over 2 points with the score now 2-4 to 0-3. But another breakaway attack from the homeside saw them nick another point with substitute Nial Hession next to score. Back again came the North Mayo side to kick over their last 2 points of the game before a strong finish from the 'Tubber with a Ray Geraghty free being followed by a flicked Nial Hession goal but it was too little to late. The result now means that the Abbeyiders will have to win their 2 remaining games both in Clogher against Castlebar B and Moygownagh respectively to keep in the promtion push. Best for Ballintubber included Michael Conroy at full-back, Declan Larkin in the corner and Brian Murphy, Gary Loftus and Keith Coleman in the half-back line. Both Brian Feeney and Kevin McGuinness won a fair share of possession around the middle while Ray Geraghty, Tommy Kilcoyne, Seaus Thomas and substitutes Michael Plunkett, Alan Larkin and Nial Hession also tried hard. Keep an eye on Fixtures for details of the remaining fixtures which should be confirmed shortly.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Damien Corbett, Michael Conroy, Declan Larkin, Brian Murphy, Gary Loftus, Keith Coleman, Brian Feeney (Capt), Kevin McGuinness (0-1), Daire Summerville, Ray Geraghty (0-3, 1f), Seanie Larkin, Tommy Kilcoyne, Seamus Thomas, Darren Flannery. Subs used : Michael Plunkett for Daire Summerville, Lyndon Reilly for Seamus Thomas, Alan Larkin for Seanie Larkin, Nial Hession (1-1) for Darren Flannery, Joe Geraghty for Damien Corbett
Bord na nOg Under 15 Division 3A Final Sunday October 28th
Ballintubber 2-10 2-4 Ballinrobe
Congrats to our Under 15 team who claimed the Under 15 League title for the first time ever after victory over Ballinrobe in Claremorris on Sunday!! Check the Club link on Facebook for pictures of the fine win!!
County Under 21A Championship Semi-Final Friday October 26th
Ballintubber 1-8 0-8 Hollymount-Carramore
Congrats to our Under 21 team who qualified for the A Final for the first time since 2010 after a battling performance over a physically stronger Hollymount-Carramore side under lights in McHale Park. On a very cold,dry evening it was a Diarmuid O'Connor goal early in the second half that proved to be the main difference between the teams. After last Sunday's Senior County final defeat which is still raw in the memory, the Club needed a boost and they got it in spades from a Ballintubber team that put their bodies on the line for the red jersey against a more experienced South Mayo side who couldn't put away the West Mayo side during the opening half despite leading at the break . After Castlebar Mitchels easily overcame Claremorris in the opening Semi-Final on the evening to book another place in the final, the second game was more intense where the Abbeysiders defence had another excellent evening with Brian Murphy at full-back eventually getting the upper-hand on the highly rated Darren Coen while the youthful Sean Staunton was excellent alongside him where loads of help was available for the likes of Aidan Summerville who became the roving corner-back, Keith Coleman, Joe Geraghty and Niall Hession also made big contributions throughout the hour in the half-back-line. The game was hardly a minute old when captain Danny Geraghty set the tone when he expertly kicked over a fine long-range point before the amalgamated side almost cut through the 'Tubber defence before hammering over a point. Play went from end to end in an entertaining half with Darren Coen pointing his first free of the evening to make it 0-2 to 0-1. Another Ballintubber attack saw full-forward Conor Finnerty having a shot across goal with Diarmuid O'Connor eventually getting his hands on the ball to level the teams after a fine point. Almost immediately left-half-forward Niall Tuffy put the boys in red back in front after a fine strike from distance. Back came the South Mayo side though with Darren Coen managing to find enough space to level the game again before another breakaway Hollymount attack resulted in their 4th point of the game. The game continued with Diarmuid O'Connor coming more and more into the game and he showed again his undoubted ability when he kicked over his second point of the game to level the teams yet again. Back again came Holly' with the target man Darren Coen again pointing to make it 0-5 to 0-4 with right-corner-back Sean Staunton finding himself at the other end of the field to comfortably kick over his first point of the Championship to tie the teams yet again. Just before the break yet again it was Darren Coen who pointed his second free of the match to leave the half-time score 0-6 to 0-5 in favour of the boys in white. The second half began with the Abbeysiders getting a major break in the early minutes when first it was full-forward Conor Finnerty who managed to put pressure on the Hollymount-Carramore defence to allow Diarmuid O'Connor to eventually get his hands on the ball before he unleashed an excellent left-footed strike to the bottom of the net. It was a dream start to the second half and amazingly the lead never changed from there on in. While Darren Coen pointed his final point from play to leave just the mimimum between the teams, a fine Daire Summerville free pushed 2 between the teams again. With Brian Murphy and Sean Staunton mopping up most that came their way into the full-back-line, although the South Mayo side did create another goal chance but goalie Frank Walsh made himself big to force the chance well wide. Indeed both sides missed some scoreable frees during this period as tensions mounted with the play becoming more scrappy. However Conor Finnerty managed to point one of the scores of the second half when left with little choice he kicked over from distance to leave the games only goal between the teams. As minutes became fewer, both sides got one more score each with another Darren Coen free cancelled by another Diarmuid O'Connor point after excellent approach play from Michael Plunkett with referee Michael Daly blowing his whistle for the last time on the evening. It was a memorable and proud evening for the Club with top player Cillian O'Connor collecting his second 'Young Player of the Year' award while he continues his rehab on his shoulder injury with confirmation just in that the final takes place in 2 weeks time. Also congrats to Alan Dillon who picked up his second All-Star award which is well deserved! On the playing field Frank Walsh was solid as ever with his kickouts a major feature in goal with the defence conceding a total of 8 points for the second successive game. Midfield was dominated by both teams at various times where Danny Geraghty used his strength to good effect on occasion while his opening point was worthy of the evening. His midfield partner Daire Summerville had a solid hour and while his free-taking was not a accurate as usual, he still had the character to point a pressurised free during the crucial period in the closing half. The attack did not get the same space as in the Quarter-Final win, however they still got the vital scores when needed. Darren Flannery worked hard at right-half-forward while centre-half-forward Diarmuid O'Connor racked up 1-3 despite possibly aggravating his ankle where Niall Tuffy did point an important score in the first half. The full-forward line did not get as much ball on the evening as they would like, however Eoin Heneghan worked hard before being replaced by Brian Walsh. Full-forward Conor Finnerty seemed to get injured towards the end of the game but he still kicked over one of the scores of the game while he was also involved with the only goal where Michael Plunkett worked hard covering around the middle and attack in another busy performance. See Fixtures for details of other Club games over the weekend!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Sean Staunton (0-1), Brian Murphy, Aidan Summerville, Keith Coleman, Joe Geraghty, Niall Hession, Danny Geraghty (Capt) (0-1), Daire Summerville (0-1, 1f), Darren Flannery, Diarmuid O'Connor (1-3), Niall Tuffy (0-1), Eoin Heneghan, Conor Finnerty (0-1), Michael Plunkett. Subs used : Brian Walsh for Eoin Heneghan, Stephen Finnerty for Conor Finnerty (inj)
County Senior Championship Final Sunday October 21st
Ballaghaderreen 1-9 0-4 Ballintubber
Our Senior teams reign as the top team in Mayo was ended in McHale Park on Sunday by a hungrier Ballaghaderreen side who were deserving winners in the Mayo County Senior final on a disappointing day for the Abbeysiders. Going into the game Ballintubber already knew they were without top scorer Cillian O'Connor while the loss of captain and playmaker Alan Dillon early in the second half due to concussion compounded their efforts as the dream of 3-in-a-row comes to an end. However this team owes nothing to Ballintubber G.A.A. Club as they will remain in Club history forever with their remarkable wins in 2010 and 2011 never to be forgotten where the team is certainly young enough to come back again if they can regain the drive that seemed to be missing in their third final. The game itself was a disappointment with tension the winner where neither team got to the level expected although the 2008 winners did finish the game strong with a late goal to kill off whatever chances the 'Tubber boys were hoping for. On an almost perfect day for football in late October where the sun shone while a sharp breeze blew against the West Mayo side in the opening half, both sides attacked during the early stages where Ballaghaderreen were the first to score with full-forward Barry Regan using the wind to his advantage with a huge free. Further attacks from the Ballagh' boys saw impressive centre-half-back Keith Rogers come from deep to kick over the second score of the match as the Abbeysiders were struggling to get their hands on the ball. It took a top class point from Mayo midfielder Jason Gibbons from way out to eventually get Ballintubber on the scoreboard but that was quickly cancelled where another Barry Regan free pushed them 0-3 to 0-1 in front. With Jason Gibbons coming more and more into the game for Ballintubber, a number of scoring chances were created but few were converted by an off-par Ballintubber forward-line. At the other end, an over-worked Abbeysiders defence were coughing-up frees with another Barry Regan free being converted with a total of 5 frees eventually scored in the first half. It was a brief impressive patch of play that saw Alan Dillon use his experience to create a scoring opportunity point for full-forward Damien McGing who took his opportunity well. However another 2 frees followed from the Ballagh' full-forward which left the score at 0-6 to 0-2 before another Damien McGing to Alan Dillon combination which resulted in the Ballintubber captain kicking over the last score of the half to leave the interval score at 0-6 to 0-3. The boys in red needed to race into the second half and they did enjoy some early domination with a goal attempt by half-time substitute Daire Summerville well saved by Ollie Flanagan in the Ballaghaderreen goal before the alert Alan Dillon followed up to hammer over a point which amazingly turned out to be the only score of the half for the boys of the 'tubber. Another incident early in the second half saw 3 players clashing around midfield when going for the ball with Alan Dillon the injured party which in turn was a blood injury with Alan Plunkett coming from the bench to replace. While the Ballintubber captain did come back on with his head well-bandaged, he did not appear to be his usual self where a normally scoreable pointed free was missed with the effects to his head injury too much where Alan Plunkett came back on as a substitute again. It was the experienced Joe Dillon wearing number 15 for the East Mayo side who was next to score where the boys in red missed a host of normally scoreable chances with the Ballintubber defence keeping the game alive for long periods before a late 1-2 from the boys in white killed off the game with midfielder Barry Kelly getting the important goal before referee Kevin Connelly blew the final whistle following 5 minutes of injury time. Such has been the domination of this Ballintubber team that the last Championship defeat this team suffered was at the Quarter-Final stage of the Senior Championship way back on Sunday September 27th 2009 which is a remarkable achievement. However they will have no qualms about the game today as a more determined and hungrier Ballaghaderreen were worthy winners and are wished well on their Connacht Club Championship adventure which begins in a number of weeks. Despite having their most disappointing day ever at a Senior County final, Ballintubber still had a number of fine performances with Brendan Walsh solid as ever in goal while he conceded his only goal in this years Championship in the closing minutes. The full-back-line were as tight as ever where Cathal Hallinan was excellent at full-back where the top scorer in the Mayo Championship Barry Regan was only able to score from frees while corner backs Liam Tunney and Paul Earley gave little away either despite being under pressure at various time. Indeed the Abbeysiders defence was well marshalled by the determined Tom Earley from centre-half-back while Myles Kelly and Ruaidhri O'Connor also impressed during the hour with Ruaidhri O'Connor beginning the game at right-half-forward. Midfield was shared at various times where Jason Gibbons impressed while he also kicked over Ballintubber's first score with Michael Hoban and Danny Geraghty also enjoying spells around the middle. The attack which never reached the levels normally expected only got on the scoreboard 3 times with 2 coming from Alan Dillon with Damien McGing getting the other score while Diarmuid O'Connor, Damien Coleman, Padraig O'Connor, substitutes John Duffy, Daire Summerville, Alan Plunkett and Kevin McGuinness trying hard on a day when little went right up front. This team still have a chance of silverware with the Division1A League title still very much up for grabs while both the Clubs Under 21 and Junior League teams still with a chance of honours before the season ends over the coming weeks while the Clubs Under 15 team claiming a place in the Division 3A League final today as well. This team will have better days again but the feeling from losing a County final is also one which can be used as a motivating tool for 2013 as this team are well able to come back and be at this level again. Details of upcoming League games will be listed in Fixtures when available.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Danny Geraghty, Tom Earley, Myles Kelly, Michael Hoban, Jason Gibbons (0-1), Ruaidhri O'Connor, Alan Dillon (Capt) (0-2), Diarmuid O'Connor, Damien Coleman, Damien McGing (0-1), Padraig O'Connor. Subs used : John Duffy for Michael Hoban, Daire Summerville for Padraig O'Connor, Alan Plunkett for Alan Dillon (inj), Kevin McGuinness for Diarmuid O'Connor
Bord na nOg Under 15 League Division 3 Semi-Final Sunday October 21st
Ballintubber 1-13 3-6 Kilmeena
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday October 14th
Ballintubber 1-11 0-9 Knockmore
Our Senior team kept up their push for League honours when a battling performance was enough to see off a game Knockmore side played in difficult conditions in Clogher. Despite not having a number of first team regulars due to injury, it gave a chance to some fringe players to make a claim for a place in next Sunday's County Senior final and the opportunity was well grasped. With both teams having different fortunes during last Sunday's County Semi-finals, the fare on offer was entertaining although it was goalscorer of the moment John Duffy who bagged his second goal in as many games to keep daylight between the teams in the second half after the sides were level at the break at 0-5 each. The visitors had the aid of the wind in the opening half and with Declan Sweeney positioned at full-forward it gave the Ballintubber defence some possible problems but Cathal Hallinan was excellent at full-back all through-out although the Knockmore number 14 did open the scoring. It was Daire Summerville lining out at left-half-forward who pointed well after unselfish work from Ruaidhri O'Connor to level the scoring before Ballintubber 'keeper Brendan Walsh pulled off the first of his 2 top class saves. Next to score was Damien Coleman who was positioned at left-corner forward and he looked a totally different player during a fine performance. However the North Mayo boys pushed themselves out in front when they pointed twice before full-forward Damien McGing levelled the game at 0-3 each following good play from wing back Myles Kelly. The sides exchanged 2 further points before the interval where Knockmore's pointed free was cancelled by the sharp Ray Geraghty before Kevin McLoughlin's point was matched with a second point from Ray Geraghty to level at the half-time interval . The second half saw the 'Tubber enjoy wind advantage where the rain had arrived also with the only goal of the game scored shortly after the restart. It was a well worked move where the hard-working Michael Hoban at midfield found Damien McGing in the full-forward line who quickly found the onrushing John Duffy with a fisted pass where the corner-forward calmly found the net with a fine shot. Back came the visitors however with 2 points to reduce the deficit to the minimum as conditions worsened. With Tom Earley at centre-half-back driving on the team and with further efforts needed, 2 quick points in succession made it a 3 point game. The impressive Michael Hoban kicked over a fine point before Daire Summerville kicked over his second point of the match to make the score 1-7 to 0-7. Knockmore kept in touch with a point but further points from Damien Coleman (0-2) as well as a fine Daire Summerville free put 5 points between the team with time running out. But back came Knockmore and they almost got a lifeline only for Brendan Walsh to pull off another point-blank stop at the expense of a '45. It was the stylish Damien McGing who pointed the 'Tubber's final score of the match courtesy of a fine Damien Coleman pass before the visitors pointed a consolation score. All-Star nominee Kevin McLoughlin did have a late goal chance for Knockmore but it whizzed past Brendan Walsh's left-hand post before referee John Hughes blew the full-fime whistle. The Abbeysiders did pick up a few worrying injuries with Danny Geraghty picking up what looked like a shoulder injury while Paul Earley had to be replaced near the end with a possible hand injury with both players bound to be doubts going into next Sunday's County Final. Others to show up well included Gary Loftus at right-corner-back who seemed to be back to his best while Paul Earley was consistent as ever in the other corner. Danny Geraghty was started at right-half-back before being brought into midfield midway during the second half while Myles Kelly was secure thoughout the hour as he curtailed Kevin McLoughlin. Kevin McGuinness worked hard in midfield before being replaced while Ruaidhri O'Connor took to his new role at right-half-forward impressively. Some players of the future were introduced during the second half with Michael Plunkett and Joe Geraghty not found wanting in their first introduction. Next up will be next Sunday's County final where Ballintubber will have it all to do against a Ballaghaderreen side that have been threatening for a number of years since their win in 2008. Best wishes to all involved!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Danny Geraghty, Tom Earley, Myles Kelly, Michael Hoban (0-1), Kevin McGuinness, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Ray Geraghty (0-2), Daire Summerville (0-3, 1f), John Duffy (1-0), Danien McGing (0-2), Damien Coleman (0-3). Subs used : Declan Larkin for Kevin McGuinness, Michael Plunkett for Ray Geraghty, Joe Geraghty for Gary Loftus, Jason Gibbons for Danny Geraghty (inj), Tommy Kilcoyne for John Duffy. Liam Tunney for Paul Earley (blood-sub).
Bord na nOg Under 15 League Division 3A Sunday October 14th
Ballintubber 3-10 1-13 Shrule-Glencorrib
Congrats to our Under 15 team who qualified for the knock-out stages of the Division 3A League when a last minute goal guaranteed the win!! Details of their next game will be listed in Fixtures when confirmed!!
County Under 21A Championship Quarter-Final Friday October 12th
Ballintubber 1-11 1-5 Ballina
Our Under 21 team comfortably qualified for the Semi-Finals of the Under 21 A Championship when they were much too good for a disappointing Ballina side under lights in McHale Park on Friday night. On a perfect evening for football with a slight touch of frost, the Abbeysiders dominated the game for long periods although it was only near the end before the game was put to bed when Diarmuid O'Connor calmed scored the goal that had been coming for awhile. Despite not having the influential Cillian O'Connor who will be out for a while due to his shoulder injury, the workrate of the Ballintubber side was impressive and only for some wasteful shooting plus 2 top class saves from the Ballina custodian that game kept the game alive for longer to keep the crowd entertained. The game began with both sides having some spells of dominance before the Stephenites won a soft penalty but Ballintubber netminder Frank Walsh made a fine stop from the resultant shot. It was the in-form Conor Finnerty who was again lining out at full-forward who opened the scoring before Ballina full-forward Sean Regan levelled the scoring with his first pointed free of the evening. The boys in red were beginning to dominate more with left-wing-back Niall Hession taking the initiative to kick over a fine point to push the Abbeysiders back in front. Back came the North Mayo side to level before Diarmuid O'Connor flicked over a long-distance shot to make it 0-3 to 0-2. Despite creating numerous chances the West Mayo side suffered a set-back when a high ball into the Ballintubber goalmouth was fumbled before the team in their alternative white strip scored the first goal of the game. With the score now reading Ballina 1-2 0-3 Ballintubber the Abbeysiders received a much-needed boost when midfielder Daire Summerville calmly pointed an excellent '45 before Sean Regan pointed another free while Ballina's final point of the half came from another free which was certainly a suspect point as it seemd to drift to the right and wide. Nonetheless another Daire Summerville free left the half-time score 1-4 to 0-5 in favour of the Moysiders. While Ballintubber may have been late out of the dressing room for the second half, whatever was said certainly had the desired effect when within seconds of the restart Conor Finnerty kicked one of the scores of the match to leave just the minimum between the teams. Another impressive pointed free from Daire Summerville levelled the game and when Conor Finnerty availed of an excellent Michael Plunkett pass to push the 'Tubber boys out in front it was looking more like the West Mayo outfit were finishing the game strong. With the Ballintubber defence snuffing out any Ballina attacks which were becoming less regular such was the Ballintubber dominance where Brian Murphy, Sean Staunton, Joe Geraghty and Niall Hession caught the eye in defence while Danny Geraghty and Daire Summerville were in charge in the middle of the field with Michael Plunkett hanging around the middle to pick up a lot of breaking ball and wisely spray the ball around into the Ballintubber attack where Diarmuid O'Connor and Conor Finnerty were converting most of the chances. However missed chances plus 2 excellent stops from the Ballina goalie left the game in the melting pot as the game entered the final quarter. More unselfish work from Diarmuid O'Connor saw Conor Finnerty point his fourth of the match to push 2 between the team at Ballintubber 0-9 1-4 Ballina. Ballintubber substitute Stephen Finnerty was first onto a breaking ball to kick over a fine point to put 3 between the teams. While Ballina pointed one more time courtesy of another Sean Regan free before Conor Finnerty somehow found enough space to expertly point with his left peg from a tight angle on the left side. With time running out a long ball over the top from Michael Plunkett was collected by Diarmuid O'Connor who kept the ball low beneath the Ballina goalkeeper to finish the ball to the net. All in all it was a fine performance with the final result the least this Ballintubber side deserved. The defence was excellent all through where Frank Walsh in goal set the tone with an excellent penalty save while his long-range kickouts were another feature of the match. The tight marking Ballintubber full-back-line impressed all through where Aidan Summerville never gave an inch in another solid performance where Brian Murphy turned in another top class show at full-back while the youthful Sean Staunton was as tight-marking as ever in a fine performance. Keith Coleman put in a solid performance at right-half-back while Joe Geraghty continued his good form within impressive game in the centre of the defence with Niall Hession showing up well with his first half point another highlight. In midfield Danny Geraghty used his power and strength to help dominate around the middle while Daire Summerville got through a good hours work with his long range free taking and pointed '45 another highlight. In an attack that created a large number of chances throughout the 60 minutes, Darren Flannery put in a solid performance where he got his hands on a lot of ball from right-half-forward with Diarmuid O'Connor ending up with 1-1 in another busy showing although he did seem to hurt his ankle towards the end of the game with Declan Murphy winning a number of frees and doing well in his first start of the season. In the full-forward line Conor Finnerty continued his rich vein of form with 0-5 scored on the evening from full-forward with Eoin Heneghan trying hard before being replaced by Nial Tuffy while Michael Plunkett put in one of the performances of the evening as he shrewdly was left hanging around midfield to pick up a lot of possession and guaranteeing an excellent supply of ball into the Ballintubber attack. Next up for this team will be a Semi-Final meeting against Hollymount-Carramore with date to be confirmed.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Aidan Summerville, Brian Murphy, Sean Staunton, Keith Coleman, Joe Geraghty, Niall Hession (0-1), Danny Geraghty, Daire Summerville (0-3, 2f, '45), Darren Flannery, Diarmuid O'Connor (1-1), Declan Murphy, Eoin Heneghan, Conor Finnerty (0-5), Michael Plunkett. Subs used : Niall Tuffy for Eoin Heneghan, Stephen Finnerty (0-1) for Declan Murphy
Bord na nOg Division 1 Minor League final Wednesday October 10th
Ballintubber 2-13 1-11 Castlebar Mitchels
Congrats to our Minor team who ended their season on a high after a fantastic 5 points win over recent Minor Championship winners Castlebar Mitchels in McHale Park under lights on Wednesday evening to regain the Division 1 League title for the first time since 2007. Played on a perfectly calm, mild evening, the Abbeysiders were full value for their win on an action packed evening where Captain Conor Finnerty showed the way with an impressive 2-7 where both his goals came in quick succession after the break. With both teams psyched up for the evening, the beginning of the second half had 2 players sent to the line before the ball was thrown in such was the intensity of exchanges at times. With top class performances from the likes Diarmuid O'Connor, Joe Geraghty and Michael Plunkett amongst many others, there was no way the boys of the 'tubber were to be denied to somewhat make up for the West Mayo A Championship final defeat in August. The teams exchanged points in the opening half as it was nip and tuck for awhile with Conor Finnerty scoring 0-4 between frees and from play while other scores came from Diarmuid O'Connor, Brian Walsh and Stephen Finnerty to push Ballintubber 2 out in front at the break at 0-7 to 0-5. After the dust settled following the brief off-the-ball incidents where Jarleth Staunton along with a Castlebar forward were shown a straight red, the Mitchels reduced the lead to a minimum after a pointed free. Then it was the Conor Finnerty show where in the space on a minute he had the ball twice in the Castlebar net. The first was a left-footed strike to the corner of the Castlebar net while his second came courtesy of good work from Diarmuid O'Connor and Michael Plunkett before he wrong-footed the Castlebar custodian to put 7 points between the teams. The Mitchels were rattled with Conor Finnerty who was lining out at full-forward to score yet again after he pointed another free following a foul on the hard-working Brian Walsh. While the townside popped over 2 points in quick succession, Diarmuid O'Connor used his strength to good effect to win a high ball and sensibly point his second score of the match. With the score now reading Ballintubber 2-9 0-8 Castlebar Mitchels, both sides were giving it everything as time was running out with the Mitchels pointing before the busy Michael Plunkett was at the end of a move to put 7 between the teams. The Mitchels needed a goal to have any chance and they got it despite a tremendous block-down by Ballintubber full-back James Loftus. When the homeside pointed again it left just one score between the teams but back came the 'Tubber with their last 3 points of the game courtesy of Stephen Finnerty with 'Player of the Match' Conor Finnerty kicking over his last 2 points also. While the Mitchels did point the last score of the match, they also had another player shown red after a rash challenge before the game came to an end. A lot of this Ballintubber team are eligible for 2013 and it they can maintain this kind of performance then they will be a match for anyone. There was strong performances all over the field on the evening where David McHale was solid in goal with his lengthy kick-out although he had to leave the field of play near the end after he got injured with Tom McGing replacing him. The full-back-line let very little get by them with Jarleth Staunton before his dismissal, James Loftus and John Kerrigan water-tight all through. While Joe Geraghty was listed at centre-half-back, he played a roving role covering from attack to defence where he used his strength to good effect in his best performance of the season. Sean Staunton played his heart out as usual while Sean Kelly was back to his best in the half-back line. Diarmuid O'Connor had another huge game where he pointed twice while he blocked and worked hard all over the field. His midfield partner Rory Murphy was solid through-out the hour as he held the middle. Stephen Finnerty kicked over one of the most important points of the match near the end when it looked like the Mitchels were on the way back where he ended with a total of 0-2. Dave Clarke lined out at centre-half-forward but he roved around as well covering defence as well as attack in another solid show while Michael Plunkett was involved in most of the good things Ballintubber did as well as a vital point near the end. Conor Finnerty was the star of the show with 2-7 (0-3f) however he had great help from the likes of Adrian Murphy at right-corner-forward before being replaced by Mark Golden with Brian Murphy at left-corner causing loads of problems for the Mitchels defence as well as a fine point scored in the opening half. Behind every successful team there is a good back-room outfit with Martin Finnerty, the evergreen Jackie Heneghan, Ger Vahey and Michael Kerrigan to be complimented on having the team in fantastic condition on the evening.
Ballintubber team that lined out : David McHale, Jarleth Staunton, James Loftus, John Kerrigan, Sean Staunton, Joe Geraghty, Sean Kelly, Diarmuid O'Connor (0-2), Rory Murphy, Stephen Finnerty (0-2), Dave Clarke, Michael Plunkett (0-1), Adrian Murphy, Conor Finnerty (Capt) (2-7, 0-3f), Brian Murphy (0-1). Subs used : Mark Golden for Adrian Murphy, Tom McGing for David McHale (inj)
County Junior Championship Semi-Final Sunday October 7th
Ardnaree Sarsfields 0-11 0-6 Ballintubber B
Our Junior teams Championship campaign came to an end in McHale Park when a more economical Ardnaree side were pushed hard before they booked a final place for the second year in succession. Despite not knowing who exactly was available owing to our Senior teams involvement earlier in the day, the Abbeysiders never gave up and still have promotion from Division 1D to push for with just 3 games to go. All through the Championship both our Senior and Junior teams played on different days which at least made it slightly easier to know who was available but for some reason it didn't happen this time round which is a major handicap for any second team. Coupled with the fact that some players were in McHale Park from 12 noon with our Senior team which meant a number of our key players were not at their influential best. However there is no doubting the result on the day but this is a problem that could happen to another team in the future and should be noted. The loss of Dairmuid O'Connor and more importantly Daire Summerville only became known before the start of the game but credit to the boys in red as they pushed the North Mayo side all the way in the opening half to trail only by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. Near the half-time interval Ardnaree also missed a penalty while the battling Abbeysiders still had the dream of a County final place to push for. Tommy Kilcoyne was the main scorer for Ballintubber in the opening half with 0-3 where 2 came from frees while full-forward Dean Loftus kicked over one of the scores of the half when he kicked over a long-range point from the left-wing. With Michael Conroy and the full-back line of Brian Murphy as well as Gary Loftus handling most of the high balls booted in towards the Ballintubber goal, the hope was to take the iniative to the Ballina based side in the second half but instead it was the boys in green and gold who banged over 4 points in quick succession. Indeed Ardnaree were on top for long periods but the Ballintubber side battled as gamely as they could with Declan Larkin also showing up well from centre-half-back. A Ray Geraghty pointed free gave the Abbeysiders a glimmer of hope and when substitute Conor Finnerty kicked over a fine point with his left-peg it left just 3 points between the teams at 0-9 to 0-6 despite being outplayed. But 2 late points from the Sarsfields pushed the game out of bounds with the outstanding Michael Conroy at full-back being unfortunate to pick up his second yellow before the end. Ballintubber can look back on 2012 as a memorable season in Championship terms when they reached their first ever Semi-Final and the aim must be to at least match that stage next year. With the destination of the Division 1D League promotion positions still far from decided, games against Crossmolina (a) as well as 2 home games against Castlebar Mitchels B and Moygownagh over the coming weeks to play where hopefully this team can end the season on a high. All 29 players who were available today gave everything towards the cause with a number of players doing their reputations no harm. With Frank Walsh having a quiet game between the posts where he was well-protected by the impressive full-back-line although he was solid through-out. With Michael Conroy competently dealing with a number of high balls while Brian Murphy was as brave as ever while Gary Loftus looked more comfortable in the left-corner. The experienced Damien Corbett tried hard before being replaced near the end by Niall Hession while Keith Coleman had to come off injured to be replaced by Joe Geraghty in the half-back line. Midfield struggled for long periods but Captain Brian Feeney gave it everything while his cousin John also gave his all. In attack Seanie Larkin looked lively particularly in the opening half at right-half-forward with Tommy Kilcoyne as top scorer on the evening where Ray Geraghty also pointed a free before the end. The full-forward line of Eddie Burke, Dean Loftus and Darren Flannery caused some trouble for the Ardnaree defence in the opening half with substitutes Michael Plunkett, Alan Larkin and Conor Finnerty who kicked over a fine point also trying hard. Next up will possibly be an away trip to Crossmolina on Saturday week with details to be confirmed in another round of Division 1D.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Brian Murphy, Michael Conroy, Gary Loftus, Damien Corbett, Gary Loftus, Keith Coleman, Brian Feeney (Capt), John Feeney, Seanie Larkin, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-3,2f), Ray Geraghty (0-1, 1f), Eddie Burke, Dean Loftus (0-1), Darren Flannery. Subs used : Michael Plunkett for Darren Flannery, Joe Geraghty for Keith Coleman (inj), Alan Larkin for Dean Loftus, Conor Finnerty (0-1) for Eddie Burke, Niall Hession for Damien Corbett
County Senior Championship Semi-Final Sunday October 7th
Ballintubber 1-7 0-8 Crossmolina
Our Senior team qualified for their third successive Senior Championship final when they had to pull out all the stops to overcome Crossmolina in McHale Park on Sunday. Midway through the second half it was 0-8 to 0-4 to the North Mayo side and when Alan Dillon missed a normally scoreable free it was beginning to look like the dream of another County final was on the way out. But the introduction of the likes of Diarmuid O'Connor and John Duffy as subs proved crucial with both involved with the only goal of the game where John Duffy picked up a break from Diarmuid O'Connor to level the match. From that goal the Abbeysiders were a transformed side with the likes of Cathal Hallinan, Tom and Paul Earley as well as Jason Gibbons taking the bull by the horns to push the West Mayo side to the final on October 21st where they will play Ballaghaderreen. However the Ballintubber Management will know that they will have to improve a lot to claim their third successive crown but this team have proven over the years that they know how to win the big games and that experience will be crucial. Being without main marksman Cillian O'Connor who is out injured was a major factor to the lacklustre Ballintubber attack but when a team wins despite being far from their best is also a good sign. Another major incident in the second half towards the end was a high Cathal Carolan speculative long-range hoof smacked off the crossbar as Goalkeeper Brendan Walsh had to also deal with the sun but his alert defence cleared it away to safety. Other worries for the Abbeysiders include injuries to Alan Plunkett who seemed to twist his ankle during the second half while the influential Alan Dillon is still suffering with a groin problem but hopefully both will be ok for the final. The game itself was somewhat unusually quiet in the opening half as the underdogs looked sharper where they pointed some fine points to lead 0-6 to 0-4 at the break. The points from the 'Tubber included Alan Dillon (0-2,1f), Damien McGing and Alan Plunkett but the team seemed to lack their normall drive where Kieran McDonald was anong the scorers with Peadar Gardiner also among the scorers for Cross'. Further points in the opening minutes of the second half from the likes of Joe Keane and Cathal Carolan pushed Crossmolina further out in front. When the normally busy Alan Plunkett had to leave the action due to injury, the boys of the 'tubber were struggling even further. But as mentioned when the introduction of Mayo Minor Diarmuid O'Connor along with the experienced John Duffy it seemed to lift the tide somewhat. When Alan Dillon kicked over his second free it reduced the deficit to just 3 points before John Duffy scored the games only goal to resurrect Ballintubber's challenge. With Jason Gibbons getting more and more into the game while his midfield partner Danny Geraghty also got on the scoreboard during this spell. Then the crossbar incident was cleared and when Alan Dillon kicked over the final score of the match you felt the Abbeysiders had weathered the storm. Others to shine included Liam Tunney while Myles Kelly and Ruaidhri O'Connor also had their moments in the wing-back positions. On a day when the attack was somewhat off-key, Damien Coleman Damien McGing, Kevin McGuinness and Padraig O'Connor tried hard before referee Ronan Gurren blew his final whistle. Next up for this team will probably be another round of Division 1A League with details to be confirmed shortly.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Danny Geraghty (0-1), Jason Gibbons, Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon (0-4, 3f), Alan Plunkett (0-1), Damien McGing (0-1), Kevin McGuinness, Padraig O'Connor. Subs used : Diarmuid O'Connor for Alan Plunkett (inj), John Duffy (1-0) for Kevin McGuinness, Daire Summerville for Padraig O'Connor (inj).
Bord na nOg Under 15 League Division 3A Sunday October 7th
Castlebar Mitchels 2-4 6-18 Ballintubber
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Sunday September 30th
Ballina Stephenites 1-9 1-9 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 15 League Division 3A September 30th
Ballintubber w/o Ardmoy
County Junior A Championship Quarter-Final Sat September 29th
Ballintubber B 1-9 0-10 Lahardane
Our Junior team made history on Saturday evening in McHale Park when they qualified for the Semi-Final stage of the County Junior Championship for the first time ever after overcoming a late Lahardane rally. It was an early goal from full-forward Dean Loftus that proved to be the crucial score but there was so much more to admire from this team. Last year they ended their Championship campaign to the North Mayo team in disappointing circumstances at the same stage but they certainly benefitted from that experience with many top class performances on the evening. On a dry sod played in cloudy conditions, it was the underdogs who had the advantage of a strengthening wind and they used that to their advantage on a number of occasions. After the sucker-punch of a goal, back came Lahardane and they pointed 2 frees from full-forward Cormac Rowland who was to become top scorer on the evening. With the North Mayo side picking up a lot of breaking ball, the Ballintubber defence had to stand firm with Brian Murphy and Michael Conroy impressing throughout the hour in particular where Lahardane never really opened up the Abbeysiders defence. With both teams quite nervous with so much at stake, it was the reliable free-taking from Daire Summerville who was next to score when he pointed from distance. In fact Ballintubber were starting to dominate in a lot of positions where Ray Geraghty showed what he is capable of when he pointed twice in quick succession. The first was from the right wing and he followed up with another fine point, this time with his left peg to push Ballintubber suddenly 1-3 to 0-2 in front. Back came Lahardane however when their corner-back raced up the field to kick over a fine point but that was cancelled when the attacking Gary Loftus proved he has the scoring touch by kicking over an impressive long-range point. While another pointed free came from the North Mayo side before the Abbeysiders finished the half strong. Again Daire Summerville took advantage of indisciplined defending to calmly point 2 long-range frees. Before the half ended Tommy Kilcoyne also pointed a free to leave the half-time score Ballintubber 1-7 to Lahardane 0-4. It was the North Mayo side who started the second half well when they owned possession over the opening 15 minutes and also pointed 3 times to suddenly leave just one score between the teams at 1-7 to 0-7. But the spirit of this team really showed when the chips were down when the experienced Lyndon Reilly kicked over a hugley critical score to grab the initiative back to the 'Tubber. Indeed further possession saw Daire Summerville kick over Ballintubber's last score of the match with 10 minutes remaining that pushed the Abbeysiders 1-9 to 0-7 ahead. But the remaining minutes were tense for any Ballintubber supporter as Lahardane threw everything at the Ballintubber defence but it stood firm despite conceding 3 late points mainly from frees. When referee Mark Tuffy blew his whistle all Ballintubber Gaels roared their approval on the history being created. As mentioned there were many stars on the evening but spirit was something that this team has in abundance which Manager Ger Brady has instilled over the season. In goal Frank Walsh was a solid as ever and while he was never really tested on the evening, his huge kick-outs were a feature. With the full-back-line under constant pressure, the tight marking features of Brian Murphy, Michael Conroy at full-back-line and the experience of Declan Larkin kept any chance of a Lahardane goal at bay. Gary Loftus pointed in the opening half from wing back and showed well when needed while John Feeney used his strength and experience well at both centre-half and full-back positions. On the other wing Keith Coleman won a lot of breaking ball particularly in the second half and he finished strong. While midfield was crowded out on the evening, both captain Brian Feeney,Daire Summerville along with wing-forward Damien Corbett worked hard and got their hands on a lot of ball. It was the free-taking of Daire Summerville (0-3) as well as one point from play that proved crucial while the hard-working Tommy Kilcoyne pointed a free as well as giving everything. Ray Geraghty pointed 2 impressive points in the opening half and got his hand on the ball while the full-forward line also made a big mark. It was Dean Loftus who was given his first Championship start of the season who buried the only goal of the match in the opening minutes from full-forward while the experience of Lyndon Reilly who gave everything as well as kicking over an important point before coming off injured. Darren Flannery also tried hard with substitutes Diarmuid O'Connor, Conor Finnerty as well as the battling Eddie Burke helping out in the historic win. Details of the Semi-Final will be announced over the coming days! Check the Club link on Facebook for pictures of the historic win!!
Ballintubber team that lined : Frank Walsh, Brian Murphy, Michael Conroy, Declan Larkin, Gary Loftus (0-1), John Feeney, Keith Coleman, Brian Feeney, Damien Corbett, Daire Summerville (0-4, 3f), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-1, 1f), Ray Geraghty (0-2), Lyndon Reilly (0-1), Dean Loftus (1-0), Darren Flannery. Subs used : Diarmuid O'Connor for Darren Flannery, Conor Finnerty for Lyndon Reilly (inj), Eddie Burke for Dean Loftus
West Mayo Under 16B Final Tuesday September 18th
Tourmakeady 4-7 1-13 Ballintubber
Our Under 16 team came up second best against a sometimes clinical Tourmakeady forward line in a cracking game in McHale Park on Tuesday evening in the West Mayo Under 16B Final played in calm,dry but chilly conditions. In a game that remained in the balance right up to the end with Ballintubber coming back from 7 points at one stage, the ability of the Tourmakeady half-forward line to open up the Ballintubber defence on occasion proved key. The Abbeysiders led at the break 0-8 to 1-2 after overcoming a rocky start when Tourmak' buried the first of their goals. Scores for the boys in red came from Captain David Clarke (0-1), John Heneghan (0-2, 1f) Stephen O'Malley (0-4, 2f) with midfielder John Kerrigan also pointing in the opening half. However the beginning of the second half turned the game on its head when Tourmakeady were awarded a penalty after Ballintubber custodian Tom McGing had made a fine stop. The penalty was well converted to level the game with a further 1-1 added to shortly after to make the score suddenly read 3-3 to 0-8. Back came the Abbeysiders with pointed frees from Stephen O'Malley and Dave Clarke before Tom McGing pulled off a fine stop at the expense of a point. With the game comimg to the boil again, another breakaway Tourmakeady attack saw them point before the killer 4th goal with the score now 4-5 to 0-10 with time running out. But credit to the boys of the 'tubber with another Stephen O'Malley point followed by a cracking goal from right-half-forward Keelan McDonnell to breath more life into the comeback. However time was not on their side with 2 late points from Dave Clarke being cancelled by 2 points from Tourmak' where their supporters cheered this unexpected win after referee Mel Kenny blew the final whistle. Others to try hard for Ballintubber on a disappointing evening included Sean Murphy and Michael Conway in the full-back-line while Oran Scully, Sean Conway and Lorcan Biggins tried hard in the half-back-line. Both Dave Clarke and John Kerrigan worked hard in midfield throughout the hour while Keelan McDonnell's goal was a highlight. John Heneghan kicked a number of fine points in the first half with Patrick Burke working hard at left-half-forward. While Hugh Geraghty also tried hard before being replaced by the fit-again Mark Golden who caused a number of problems for the Tourmakeady defence while Stephen O'Malley was top scorer on the evening for the Abbeysiders with a return of 0-6.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Sean Murphy, Michael Conway, Oran Scully, Sean Conway, Lorcan Biggins, Dave Clarke (0-4, 2f), John Kerrigan (0-1), Keelan McDonnell (1-0), John Heneghan (0-2, 1f), Patrick Burke, Hugh Geraghty, Stephen O'Malley (0-6, 4f). Subs used : Mark Golden for Hugh Geraghty, Aron Lally for Patrick Burke
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1D Saturday September 15th
Ballintubber B 3-14 2-9 Kilmovee Shamrocks
Our Junior team became new leaders of Division 1D after victory over Kilmovee Shamrocks on Saturday evening. In a sometimes impressive display, it was the scoring ability in attack where all 6 forwards got on the scoreboard with Daire Summerville bagging 2 goals while full-forward Damien Coleman scoring the decisive third goal. However it was far from one way traffic despite dominating the early stages when the visitors scored a fortunate goal on their first attack when a fisted goal was scored after a hopeful high ball was kicked in. Despite this set-back, the Abbeysiders responded well with 2 pointed frees from the accurate Tommy Kilcoyne while Ray Geraghty pointed with wing back Brian Murphy also getting in on the scoring. While the East Mayo side levelled, a purple patch saw the Abbeysiders kick another 1-3 with Daire Summervile availing of a fortunate break to convert the first of his goals with other scores came from Tommy Kilcoyne (free), Damien Coleman with John Duffy also kicking over a fine point. But the away side finished the half strong with 3 late points to leave the half-time score Ballintubber 1-7 1-4 Kilmovee. The Clogher based side needed a good start to the second half to keep the East Mayo side at bay with full-forward Damien Coleman pointing before Daire Summerville burst through the Kilmovee defence to score his second goal of the match. Back came Kilmovee to score 1-1 of their own with the score now reading 2-8 to 2-5. Despite missing a number of scoreable opportunities, further points eventually came from Damien Coleman and Tommy Kilcoyne. While Kilmovee did reply with a point, another purple patch saw the 'Tubber bag another 1-3 to put the game beyond the reach of the East Mayo side. It was another fine point from Damien Coleman which led the way with Daire Summerville availing of a short kick-out to point while Alan Plunkett also scored a point before Damien Coleman killed the game with the third goal. While Kilmovee did try to reduce the deficit with their remaining 3 points towards the end, Ballintubber were forced to play with only 14 players as Brian Murphy picked up a knee injury after all 5 subs had been on the field but the hosts held their way to pick up a vital win going into their biggest game of the season in 2 weeks time when they take on Lahardane at the Quarter-Final of the County Junior Championship for the second season in a row after John Feeney popped over the last score of the match. There were a number of impressive performances through-out the field for the 'Tubber with Brian Murphy and Declan Larkin catching the eye in defence although they had plenty of help from the likes of Michael Conroy at full-back while Gary Loftus had his moments also. In midfield, captain Brian Feeney got through his normal shift while his cousin John Feeney held the other position before substitute Kevin McGuinness was introduced after the restart to guarantee a plentiful supply of possession when needed. With all 6 forwards scoring it was the goals of Daire Summerville that keep the Abbeysiders out in front while the free-taking of Tommy Kilcoyne again proved crucial. At full-forward Damien Coleman had an excellent second half with his goal closing out the game while Ray Geraghty is improving with every game with Alan Plunkett and John Duffy also making important contributions.
Ballintubber team that lined : Frank Walsh, Damien Corbett, Michael Conroy, Declan Larkin, Brian Murphy (0-1), Gary Loftus, Keith Coleman, Brian Feeney, John Feeney (0-1), Daire Summerville (2-1), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-4, 3f), Alan Plunkett (0-1), John Duffy (0-1), Damien Coleman (1-4), Ray Geraghty (0-1). Subs used : Kevin McGuinness for Damien Corbett, Dean Loftus for Tommy Kilcoyne, Joe Geraghty for Keith Coleman, Darren Flannery for Alan Plunkett, Sean Larkin for Daire Summerville
West Mayo Under 16B Championship Semi-Final Tuesday September 11th
Ballintubber 0-11 0-5 Louisburgh
Congrats to our Under 16 team who qualified for the West Mayo B Final after a deserved 6 points win over visitors Louisburgh played in cold, damp conditions in Ballintubber pitch on Tuesday evening. They now go on to play Tourmakeady next Tuesday evening at 6pm with venue to be confirmed over the coming days. The homeside were more clinical on the evening and could have been out of sight but for some top class shot-stopping from the Louisburgh custodian who kept his team in the game all throughout. It was Ballintubber who began brightly with both midfielders Dave Clarke along with captain John Kerrigan who dominated around the middle and supplied plenty of ball to the inside line. It was the alert right-corner-forward Hugh Geraghty who opened the scoring with a left foot strike following good build-up play. Then it was the turn of Dave Clarke to score next courtesy of a pointed free. Further scores followed as the coastal side were unable to create much despite making numerous attacks with John Heneghan next to score after good work from left-half-forward Patrick Burke. It was Hugh Geraghty who kicked over point number 4 as he availed of a long range free from Dave Clarke that dropped short. Then it was sharpshooter John Heneghan who took over the free-taking duties when he pointed 3 frees in quick succession before the skillful Stephen O'Malley availed of a loose ball to push the 'Tubber 7 points to the good. Just before the break Louisburgh got their only score of the half to leave 6 between the teams at the break. A more determined Louisburgh side began the second half when he pointed their second score shortly after the restart. A breakaway Ballintubber attack followed with the Louisburgh 'keeper pulling off a fine save with the next score coming from John Heneghan when he pointed another free this time from the ground and from some distance. Next it was the turn of Ballintubber 'keeper Tom McGing to pull off a fine save although Louisburgh did point the resultant '45. Stephen O'Malley was next to score when he availed of unselfish work from midfielder John Kerrigan to make the score 0-9 to 0-3 as the half entered its closing quarter. As the Abbeysiders tried to close out the game, again the Louisburgh 'keeper pulled off another fine save. However further scores came from the hard-working Dave Clarke who availed of a quick Stephen O'Malley free before John Heneghan ended the hosts scoring when he pointed his 5th free of the game. Before the end the visitors pointed twice but the game was never in doubt despite the late rally with some fine defending in the Ballintubber defence where Sean Murphy and Michael Conway were solid and tight-marking in the corners. Oran Scully, Sean Conway and Lorcan Biggins impressed in the half-back line and dealt with everything that came their way. As mentioned both midfielders complimented each other with both Dave Clarke and John Kerrigan getting through a huge amount of work. While in attack both wing-forwards Ronan McLoughlin and Patrick Burke were busy while John Heneghan was top scorer with a return of 0-6 . Inside in the 2 player full-forward line which saw Hugh Geraghty and Stephen O'Malley kicking over 0-2 each in this 13 player-a-side game.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Sean Murphy, Michael Conway, Oran Scully, Sean Conway, Lorcan Biggins, Dave Clarke (0-2, 1f), John Kerrigan (Capt), Ronan McLoughlin, John Heneghan (0-6, 5f), Patrick Burke, Hugh Geraghty (0-2), Stephen O'Malley (0-2). Subs used : Keelan McDonnell for Ronan McLoughlin, Oisin McGovern for Hugh Geraghty, Dara McGovern for John Heneghan
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1D Sunday September 9th
Lacken 2-6 1-10 Ballintubber B
Our Junior team resumed their League campaign in Division 1D after a somewhat extended break when they made the long trek to scenic Lacken on Sunday. On a blustery and sometimes wet day in North Mayo, the extra fitness of the visitors along with the experience and accuracy from the likes of Tommy Kilcoyne who scored a total of 1-5 proved crucial while there were strong performances from Captain Brian Feeney and Daire Summerville in midfield as the team were somewhat depleted due to injuries etc. However the Ballintubber management are bound to be concerned with the start to both halves as they conceded 2-1 during the opening minutes and it is something that will have to be ironed out as bigger challenges lie ahead. Despite the sluggish start, the first half ended well when the Abbeysiders led 1-6 to 1-2 with Tommy Kilcoyne expertly converting a penalty while he also added 2 other points while other scores came from Daire Summerville (0-2, 1f) with midfielder Brian Feeney pointing along with corner forward Eddie Burke. Another poor start to the second half however had the hosts level within minutes of the restart at 1-6 to 2-3 but a Tommy Kilcoyne point regained the lead again. With some robust challenges to say the least not getting penalised, it seemed to suit the North Mayo side as they levelled before a fine long-range point from Tommy Kilcoyne made it 1-8 to 2-4. With play becoming more and more fractious as playing conditions worsened, it allowed Lacken to level and then take the lead for only the second and last time. Some good defending from the 'Tubber's defence where Brian Murphy impressed along with Michael Conroy at full-back, a strong finish resulted when Daire Summerville kicked over a huge free from the right wing to level the game once again before the 'Player of the Match Tommy Kilcoyne kicked over the winning point to keep Ballintubber's promotion push on track. With just 4 games left where 3 are in Clogher, it gives this team a massive boost coming into the business end of the season while the anticipated County Junior Championship Quarter-Final game against Lahardane has been put back to the weekend of September 29th/30th. Others to show up well included Nial Hession at right-corner back while Ray Geraghty caused a lot of problems in the Lacken defence from left-half-forward with Lyndon Reilly and Seamus Thomes in the full-forward line also having their moments. Check the Clubs Facebook link for some action shots!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Declan Murphy, Nial Hession, Michael Conroy, Aidan Summerville, Brian Murphy, Damien Corbett, Keith Coleman, Daire Summerville (0-3,2f), Brian Feeney (0-1), Darren Flannery, Tommy Kilcoyne (1-5, Pen, 2f), Ray Geraghty, Lyndon Reilly, Seamus Thomas, Eddie Burke (0-1).
Bord na nOg Under 13 League Division 2B Monday September 3rd
Balla 1-4 1-4 Ballintubber
West Mayo Minor A Final Friday August 31st
Castlebar Mitchels 3-12 1-8 Ballintubber
Our Minor teams interest in this years Championship campaign ended in dull,gloomy but dry Parke grounds on Friday evening when Castlebar Mitchels were worthy winners despite a gallant effort from the Abbeysiders. There were a lot of issues going into the game but the strong start from the townside set the tone when they had 1-4 on the scoreboard inside the opening minutes. Even though Ballintubber were without a number of players including a fit Diarmuid O'Connor but credit to the boys in red as they pulled up their sleeves and rocked the Mitchels by kicking over 6 points in quick succession. Points came from the impressive Brian Walsh at corner-forward (0-3) while Stephen Finnerty and Conor Finnerty chipped in with 2 frees with the busy Michael Plunkett pointing also during this spell. While both teams exchangeing points with Brian Walsh kicking over another fine point from an acute angle, the Mitchels finished the half strong with 2 further points before a cracker of a goal to the top corner meant the half-time score read Castlebar Mitchels 2-7 to 0-7 Ballintubber. The 'Tubber needed a good start to the second half and while Castlebar did point from the impressive James Durcan at left-corner-forward before Ballintubber full-forward Conor Finnerty scored a goal worthy of any final. He won possession out near the right corner flag before weaving his way through a number of defenders before somehow sneaking his shot past the surprised Castlebar Mitchels 'keeper Niall Feeney into the corner of the net. With the score now at 2-8 to 1-7 it was expected that that the Abbeysiders would push the favourites further but another point plus a third goal killed the game as a contest. While an injured Diarmuid O'Connor was introduced it was not enough to stop Castlebar finishing out strong although Stephen Finnerty did kick over a consolation point near the end. This team have had an impressive season but the loss Sean Staunton and Mark Golden in defence as well as not having a fit Diarmuid O'Connor was too much for this small panel to take but the majority of this team are underage for next years Championship and a lot of lessons can be learned from this defeat. There still is a chance for this team to get something out of their season when they play in the Division 1 League final where again Castlebar Mitchels will be the opponents with dates etc to be confirmed.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Sean Kelly, James Loftus (inj), Oran Scully, Jarlath Staunton, Joe Geraghty, John Kerrigan, David McHale, Rory Murphy, Stephen Finnerty (0-2, 1f), Michael Plunkett (0-1), Brian Walsh (0-4), David Clarke, Conor Finnerty (1-1, 1f), Adrian Murphy. Subs used : Diarmuid O'Connor for David Clarke (inj), Marcus Munnelly for James Loftus (inj)
Abbey Cup Final Thursday August 30th
Ballintubber 9-10 4-14 Islandeady
Bord na nOg Under 13 League Division 2B Monday August 27th
Ballintubber 2-4 7-12 Breaffy
Michael Walsh Cup Senior League Semi-Final Saturday August 25th
Westport 2-11 2-9 Ballintubber
Our Senior teams interest in the Michael Walsh League ended in sunny Islandeady on Saturday evening when a hungrier Westport side had to come from behind to book a final berth against Castlebar Mitchels. With both sides having to play without their respective County players while the Abbeysiders were also without the influential Tom Earley, the sides were tied at the break at 1-4 apiece in an open and sometimes entertaining game. It was left-corner-forward Damien Coleman who bagged the Ballintubber goal after Westport had opened the scoring with a goal of their own after Brendan Walsh pulled off a fine save only to see the rebound fall to an onrushing Westport forward. Play went from end the end where Alan Plunkett who became the top scorer for the 'Tubber pointed twice in the opening half with Damien McGing and John Duffy also on target. The second half saw both sides create further chances with the sides tied at 1-6 apiece when the 'Port bagged their second goal with Brendan Walsh unlucky again as he saved but once again it was a Westport forward who was alert to the loose ball. Earlier Alan Plunkett had kicked over 2 further points and when Westport went 2-7 to 1-6 ahead midway through the second half it looked as if they were going to pull away. But credit to the boys in red who never gave in and introduced both Tommy Kilcoyne and Declan Larkin who helped sway the game back to Ballintubber for a period. Another attack saw the Westport defence pulled apart with Tommy Kilcoyne scoring the second goal of the game to level after Padraig O'Connor had earlier pointed a '45. It was Daire Summerville who was moved to midfield from the beginning of the second half who put the boys of the 'tubber back in front with Westport levelling before Alan Plunkett pointed Ballintubber's final point of the game which was responded to with 3 late points from the boys in blue. With the important matter of a County Senior Championship Semi-Final date against Crossmolina around the corner, this defeat will probably not live long in the memory but it was game time that can be more beneficial than training.
Balliintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Gary Loftus, Myles Kelly, Paul Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Michael Hoban, Kevin McGuinness, Daire Summerville (0-1), Damien McGing (0-1), John Duffy (0-1), Alan Plunkett (0-5), Padraig O'Connor (0-1, '45), Damien Coleman (1-0) . Subs used : Tommy Kilcoyne (1-0) for Damien McGing, Declan Larkin for Padraig O'Connor
West Mayo Under 16 B Championship Quarter-Final Tuesday August 21st
Ballintubber 5-17 1-7 Kilmeena
Bord na nOg Under 13 League Division 2B Monday August 20th
Shrule-Glencorrib 0-2 5-11 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 13 League Division 2B Monday August 13th
Ballintubber 1-6 2-13 Aghamore
Senior Championship Quarter-Final Sunday August 12th
Ballintubber 0-11 0-8 Castlebar Mitchels
Congrats to our Senior team who made it through to the Semi-Finals of the Mayo Senior Championship for the 3rd year in succession to cap off a proud weekend of achievements for the Club following our Minor and Junior teams Championship successes on Friday evening. Victory over Castlebar Mitchels was achieved through a lot of hard work but point blank stops from Ballintubber custodian Brendan Walsh were crucial while Jason Gibbons put in a top class display in the middle of the field with Alan Dillon and Cillian O'Connor leading the way in attack with important scores throughout the hour. However there were top class performances all over the field for the Moclair Cup holders where the defence withstood all that the Mitchels threw at them but there was general relief all round as a number of late wides by the Abbeysiders made sure the game was in the melting pot right up to the end. On a day where passing heavy showers made sure the surface was greasy while the wind was almost non-existant, it was the beaten finalists of 2010 and 2011 who came racing into the game when they almost goaled in their opening attack when Brendan Walsh made the first of his top class stops. Indeed Castlebar settled much quicker that Ballintubber and owned the ball during those opening minutes where it was corner-forward Tom King who opened the scoring. More pressure on the Ballintubber full-back-line where Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan and Paul Earley had to be at their best to prevent further scores as the townside opened up the Ballintubber defence only for Brendan Walsh to pull off the second of his point-blank stops to frustrate the home support. However Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty started to win more ball around midfield where Cillian O'Connor punished the Mitchels defence for indicipline with 2 pointed frees. Centre-half-forward Alan Dillon then showed his class when he pointed a fine longe range score before another Tom King free left just the minimum between the teams. It was during this important spell coming into half-time that the 'Tubber pushed further out in front where Alan Dillon availed of a quick Cillian O'Connor free to kick over his second score of the game with Damien McGing then weaving his way through the Castlebar defence to pop over a classy point with the score now 0-5 to 0-2. A Neil Douglas point turned out to be the last score of the half for the boys in red and yellow with another Cillian O'Connor free ending the half Ballintubber 0-6 0-3 Castlebar Mitchels. Again the Mitchels started the half strongly when Neil Douglas kicked over his second point of the game as Ballintubber struggled after the restart. Indeed Brendan Walsh was called into action when he pulled off another remarkle stop but further scores did follow when points from wing-back Adrian Roache and corner-forward Neil Douglas suddenly had the game tied at 0-6 apiece. A sign of a good team is how they react to the situation and Ballintubber pulled up their sleeves and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with Cillian O'Connor showing his undoubted class by kicking over a huge free from 50 yards to push the boys of the 'tubber back in front. Then it was the turn of his brother Padraig to avail of a good Alan Plunkett pass to push the Abbeysiders 2 in front. With Tom Earley playing solidly in the centre of the Ballintubber defence along with Myles Kelly and Ruaidhri O'Connor on the wings, chances for the Mitchels were becoming fewer but substitute Ronan O'Boyle kicked over a badly needed score for the Mitchels but another Padraig O'Connor free made it 0-10 to 0-7 with the game entering the the final minutes. The final scores of the game saw pointed frees for Tom King and Cillian O'Connor respectively but a number of missed scoring opportunities by the Abbeysiders almost came back to haunt them. However good defending along with wasteful Castlebar attacks ensured Ballintubber a place in the Semi-Finals where they will meet former kingpins Crossmolina in September with dates to be confirmed. There were many star performers on the day but 'keeper Brendan Walsh proved why he is one of the best shot stoppers in the county where if there was a 'player of the match' award then he would have to be the recipient. The sometimes exposed full-back line came out on top with impressive performances from Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan and Paul Earley. With Myles Kelly, Tom Earley and Ruaidhri O'Connor putting in good shifts throughout the hour in the half-back line, it guaranteed a decent supply of ball to midfield and the half-forward line. The battle in midfield between Jason Gibbons and Barry Moran saw the Ballintubber ace come out in front with an top class show where his fielding and distribution were a highlight. Danny Geraghty also got through a lot of crucial work in the middle where he had to come off injured near the end of the game having earlier shipped a few heavy challenges. The attack saw a number of fine performances with Damien Coleman who was an injury doubt working hard before being replaced by the lively John Duffy. Alan Dillon proved yet again what a class operator he is with another excellent performance topped off with his 0-3 return while Alan Plunkett was his busy self involved in setting up a number of scores unselfishly. Inside in the full-forward line Damien McGing may not have been at his brilliant best but he still scored one of the points of the game where his pace caused the Mitchels defence a number of problems. Cillian O'Connor kicked over 0-5 from frees but he offered so much to the attack with his battle with Castlebar full-back Richie Feeney always interesting. Older brother Padraig O'Connor also impressed with 2 excellent points where he was always an important outlet inside in the full-forward line. Late substitutes Kevin McGuinness and Michael Hoban also helped in the win with Michael Hoban raising one of the biggest cheers of the day when he fielded a Brendan Walsh kick-out during injury time. All in all it was a good win with Manager Peter Forde and his management team bound to be relieved to have gotten over this hurdle. Next up is a new-look Crossmolina side who have Kieran McDonald pulling the strings as they easily brushed aside a disappointing Westport side in the earlier game and they will provide another difficult challenge to the holders.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunny, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Danny Geraghty, Jason Gibbons, Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon (0-3), Alan Plunkett, Damien McGing (0-1), Cillian O'Connor (0-5, 5f), Padraig O'Connor (0-2). Subs used : John Duffy for Damien Coleman, Kevin McGuinness for Danny Geraghty (inj), Michael Hoban for Damien McGing
County Junior Championship Group 2 Friday August 10th
Ballintubber B 1-16 0-8 Ballycastle
Our Junior team qualified for the Quarter-Final of the County Junior Championship for the second year in succession when a much improved second half performance was enough to see off a battling Ballycastle side on Friday evening in Clogher. On a hot evening for football with hardly a puff of wind under a roasting sun, the hosts started off somewhat sluggishly with a lot of unforced errors which gave the visiting team a lot of hope where they trailed 0-6 to 0-5 at the half-time interval. Early points from Clogher neighbours Lyndon Reilly and Seanie Larkin looked as if the homeside were going to dominate and push on but the North Mayo side had other ideas and were getting more and more into the game with County player Michael Forde behind a lot of their good work. However 2 points from play from midfielder Daire Summerville saw the 'Tubber lead 0-4 to 0-2 midway through the opening half. Again back came the boys in black where both sides wore their alternative colours on the evening as the coastal side levelled the game with 2 points in quick succession. The influential Tommy Kilcoyne kicked over his first point of the game with half-forward Ray Geraghty then opeing his account with the first of his points before Ballycastle came back to end the scoring with the just the minimum between the teams at the break. The second half began well for the underdogs where they levelled and then went into the lead for the only time in the game during the opening minutes of the second half. However Ballintubber took the game by the scruff of the neck with 4 points in quick succession where Seanie Larkin, Ray Geraghty, Lyndon Reilly and Eddie Burke all pointed. With Brian Feeney introduced into midfield from the bench, it gave the homeside more power and height around the middle where another raft of scores followed with Ray Geraghty pointing his third of the game while Daire Summerville also pointed his third point as the fitness of Ballintubber was beginning to show with the score at 0-12 to 0-7. Tommy Kilcoyne then pointed 2 important frees while Ballycastle did point once more before the end, it was mere consolation. Another substitute Darren Flannery showed what he could do with a fine point while it was Tommy Kilcoyne who finished the game when he was at the end of a move that started off in defence to hammer the ball to the net while another substitute Dean Loftus kicked over an excellent point with his left boot before referee Sean Reilly ended the proceedings. It was all about getting the result on the evening but the Abbeysiders know that the opening half performance will not be good enough to make an impression at the knock-out stages but the second half performance along with impressive showing from all substitutes introduced all bodes well. The defence, which has been steady throughout the Championship campaign was the bedrock again for the win where captain for the evening Damien Corbett was player of the match with his determined play and reading of the game from right-corner back a highlight although he had loads of help from the reliable Michael Conroy at full-back while the efficient Declan Larkin impressed in the other corner despite being an injury doubt going into the game. The half-back line also played a major role in the win with Brian Murphy having another fine performance this time from right-half-back. Gary Loftus held the centre of the defence steady throughout the hour with Keith Coleman trying hard in the opening half before being replaced by the improving Nial Hession who will be pushing hard for a place in the Quarter-Finals. Not forgetting goalkeeper Frank Walsh in goal who didn't have a lot to do but kept a clean sheet as well as ensuring relief on the defence with his huge kickouts where his new footwear have started off well! In midfield Daire Summerville and John Feeney worked well together in the first half with Daire kicking over 3 important points as well as being involved in a lot of the scores throughout the hour while John Feeney showed his experience at various times and is now a major player for this team. There was a good spread of scorers on the evening in the forward line where Seanie Larkin took on his new role at wing-forward well in a busy performance as well as 2 fine points while Tommy Kilcoyne showed his importance to this team when he was top scorer with 1-3 with Ray Geraghty on the other wing improving from game to game where he scored 0-3. The full-forward line started well with Seamus Thomas showing up well in his new full-forward position where he caused problems to the Ballycastle full-back line when ball was moved quickly inside. Lyndon Reilly had another good game with a return of 0-2 while Eddie Burke in the other corner worked hard throughout the hour where he pointed once as well as being involved in a lot of the other scores. Another feature of the win was the strong performance from the subs where Brian Feeney took over the midfield area when introduced while Darren Flannery and Dean Loftus made strong calls for a start in the Quarter-finals with a point a score each with Ruaidhri Hallinan also doing well when introduced. A notable absentee on the evening was James McGing who was at his sisters wedding but he will also be pushing hard for a place. No dates for the Quarter-Finals have yet been announced but this team know that if the attitude is right they have the ability to make a major mark in this years championship as they have been knocking at the door for a few years.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Damien Corbett (Capt), Michael Conroy, Declan Larkin, Brian Murphy, Gary Loftus, Keith Coleman, Daire Summerville (0-3), John Feeney, Seanie Larkin (0-2), Tommy Kilcoyne (1-3, 2f), Ray Geraghty (0-3), Lyndon Reilly (0-2), Seamus Thomas, Eddie Burke (0-1). Subs used : Nial Hession for Keith Coleman, Brian Feeney for Seamus Thomas, Darren Flannery (0-1) for Ray Geraghty, Dean Loftus (0-1) for Eddie Burke, Ruaidhri Hallinan for Seanie Larkin
West Mayo Minor A Championship Semi-Final Friday August 10th
Ballintubber 0-13 0-9 Westport
County Under 21 A Championship Group 1 Tuesday August 7th
Ballintubber 2-13 0-10 Kiltimagh
Our Under 21 team claimed top spot in Group 1 of the Under 21A Championship after a deserved win over visitors Kiltimagh in Clogher on Tuesday evening. On a warm,sunny evening even without the presence of Cillian O'Connor who was on the subs bench, the homeside were in control for long periods after dominating the opening half leading 0-9 to 0-3 while late goals in the second half from the alert Michael Plunkett with David McHale availing of a goalkeeping error to somewhat give the 'Tubber a flattering win. All Ballintubber forwards got on the scoreboard while Daire Summerville was top scorer from midfield with 0-6 where he displayed his free taking ability with points from distance as well as a '45 where he had the powerful Danny Geraghty alongside who popped over 0-2 from midfield also. Diarmuid O'Connor impressed at centre-half-forward where he was involved in many of the scores while Eoin Heneghan, Darren Flannery at full-forward and Conor Finnerty also got important scores. In defence Brian Murphy in his new role of full-back impressed with his diciplined tacking as well as a number of brave blocks while the youthful Sean Staunton and Aidan Summerville let very little get through in the corners. Nial Hession got better as the game went on where he opened the scoring while Joe Geraghty was strong and secure in the centre with Keith Coleman tigerish at left-half-back while Frank Walsh in goal was secure as always with his booming kick-outs keeping the East Mayo side under pressure. The closest Kiltimagh got in the second half was at 0-9 to 0-5 but the Abbeysiders seemed to remain in control even when the spirited opening 15 minutes from Kiltimagh put the Ballintubber defence under pressure but some great tackling ensured there was no way through. This team have been one of the most consistently successful teams over the past 8 seasons where they have qualified for knock-out stages on each occasion with County titles won in 2008 and 2009 while the ability is there to make a serious assault in 2012. Details of the Quarter-Final draw will be announced over the coming weeks.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Sean Staunton, Brian Murphy, Aidan Summerville, Nial Hession (0-1), Joe Geraghty, Keith Coleman, Daire Summerville (0-6, 4f, '45), Danny Geraghty (0-2), David McHale (1-0), Diarmuid O'Connor (0-1), Michael Plunkett (1-0), Eoin Heneghan (0-1), Darren Flannery (0-1), Conor Finnerty (0-1). Subs used : Declan Murphy for David McHale, David Staunton for Danny Geraghty, Shane Concannon for Eoin Heneghan
Bord na nOg Under 13 League Division 2B Monday August 6th
Ballyhaunis 9-14 4-6 Ballintubber
West Mayo Under 14 B Championship Quarter-Final Thursday August 2nd
Ballintubber 8-17 2-4 Tourmakeady
County Junior Championship Group 2 Sunday July 29th
Ballina Stephenites B 1-8 1-10 Ballintubber B
Our Junior team put one foot in the Quarter-Finals of the County Junior Championship when they had to dig deep to overcome Ballina in the new-look James Stephens Park on Sunday. In a game that swung both ways at different times in a real Championship atmosphere, 4 late points from the Abbeysiders pulled them through after trailing 1-8 to 1-6 . It was the hosts who played with the sometimes swirling wind in the opening half but it was Ballintubber who kicked the first score when battling work from Tommy Kilcoyne saw him kick over a fine point. But the wind was beginning to become more of a factor when the Stephenites levelled with a free and then pushed out in front when right-corner-forward Brendan Murray added his second point of the game. With new-look midfield pairing of John Feeney and Daire Summerville getting more and more into the game, it took further unselfish work from James McGing and Tommy Kilcoyne to set up Lyndon Reilly for the first of his scores to level the game at 2 apiece. Back came the homeside when they pointed 2 more frees courtesy of Rory Campion and Brendan Murray respectively but back came Lyndon Reilly to hammer over his second point to leave just one score in the difference. But the boys in white suffered a major set-back when Ballina managed to get inside the Ballintubber defence to shoot for goal with Ballintubber 'keeper Frank Walsh unlucky not to keep it out. With the score heading towards the break at 1-4 to 0-3, it required a huge response from the West Mayo side and they delivered that in spades. First it was the turn of Daire Summerville who kicked a huge long-range free against the wind with a fine point from play following from the midfielder. Then a speculative left-footed John Feeney shot towards goal caused some difficulty for Ballina custodian with the alert Lyndon Reilly pouncing in the square to get a touch to force the ball over the line with the umpire raising the green flag. Before the interval Lyndon Reilly scored yet again when he pointed his third score of the half to leave the 'Tubber 1-6 to 1-4 ahead. The second half saw Ballintubber enjoy the benefits of the wind but it was the hosts who took the bull by the horn when they kicked 4 points in succession to push them out in front again. Amazingly Ballina were not to score again with influential midfielder Brian Feeney, who was unable to start due to injury, came into the game and Ballintubber owned the ball during the remaining 10 minutes. With Daire Summerville moving to right-half-forward where his strong carrying of the ball resulted in 3 pointed frees from the cool-headed Tommy Kilcoyne, with full-forward Eddie Burke, who was well-marshalled managing to sensibly kicking over a point with the win secured when referee Ronan Gurren blew the final whistle. It was relief all-round for this Ballintubber team as they seemed to lose their way in the second half before the strong finish with another powerful performance needed in their final group game in Clogher against Ballycastle in the coming weeks to guarantee a place in the last 8. Despite having a number of setbacks before the ball was even thrown in, this team have proven that they can deliver and they will have to keep improving over the coming weeks and try to keep going to the limit. There were fine performances all over the field with Frank Walsh solid in goal with his huge kick-out while the full-back line were busy dealing with everything that was thrown at them. Brian Murphy at right-corner was very impressive though-out the hour with some excellent defending while captain Damien Corbett started at full-back marking one of Ballina's best attackers before moving to the half-back line in another captains performance with Declan Larkin making some timely interceptions in the left-corner position. Daniel Loftus had his first start at right-half-back and he worked hard before moving to the half-forward line in his first Championship start of the season. At centre-half-back Gary Loftus took to his new role well with some timely attacks as well as vital interventions when needed with Keith Coleman on the other wing getting through another strong show where his unselfish attack towards the end proving crucial. Both midfielders of Daire Summerville and John Feeney had fine opening half perforances with Daire Summerville kicking over a memorable long-range free as well as a point from play with his switch to right-half-forward proving crucial in the closing period with his strong running winning a number of frees. Ruaidhri Hallinan worked hard at right-half-forward before being replaced by Michael Conroy who manned the full-back position efficiently. Tommy Kilcoyne used his experience to good effect with his 0-4 with his 3 late frees proving crucial with Ray Geraghty impressing at left-half-forward where he ran at the Ballina defence before ending at full-forward to win a vital free towards the end of the game. Inside the full-forward line Lyndon Reilly rolled back the years when he racked up 1-3 in the first half and looked dangerous in possession while Eddie Burke at full-forward pointed a badly needed score when time was running out with James McGing proving to be an important ball-winner in the opening half especially. As mentioned substitute Brian Feeney played a critical role towards the end of the game and proved what a key ball winner he can be when the game was slipping away from Ballintubber. Details of the final group game will be listed in Fixtures when available.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Brian Murphy, Damien Corbett (Capt), Declan Larkin, Daniel Loftus, Gary Loftus, Keith Coleman, Daire Summerville (0-2, 1f), John Feeney, Ruaidhri Hallinan, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-4, 3f), Ray Geraghty, Lyndon Reilly (1-3), Eddie Burke (0-1), James McGing. Subs used : Michael Conroy for Ruaidhri Hallinan, Brian Feeney for Daniel Loftus
Michael Walsh Senior League Quarter-Final Friday July 27th
Ballintubber 1-15 0-11 Shrule-Glencorrib
Our Senior team qualified for the Semi-Finals of the Michael Walsh Senior League on Friday evening after a deserved win over visitors Shrule-Glencorrib in a sunny Clogher. With both teams short of their regulars where Ballintubber started only 6 of the team that booked in place in the Senior Championship Quarter-Finals last weekend, however it was a blistering opening half from the hosts that guaranteed the win. Despite the South Mayo side opening the scoring, once the boys in red got a grip on the game it resulted in some excellent passages of football during the first half. With Michael Hoban and Ruaidhri O'Connor dominating around the midfield area plus some breakaway attacks from wing backs Myles Kelly and Gary Loftus it guaranteed an impressive 1-11 to 0-2 lead at half-time. 6 points from the boot Alan Plunkett who teased the Shrule-Glencorrib side time after time while Ray Geraghty kicked over 3 excellent points with full-forward Tommy Kilcoyne hammering home a smashing strike into the top corner with Daire Summerville and John Duffy also getting in on the scoring. The second half saw the visitors come more into the game with the Ronaldson brother Mark & Eoin kicking most of their points where an array of substitutes from Ballintubber also took place but points from Ray Geraghty (2), Tommy Kilcoyne and Alan Plunkett ensured no comeback was on the cards.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Declan Larkin, Cathal Hallinan (Capt), Keith Coleman, Myles Kelly, Paul Earley, Gary Loftus, Michael Hoban, Ruaidhri O'Connor, John Duffy (0-1), Ray Geraghty (0-5), Daire Summerville (0-1), Eddie Burke, Tommy Kilcoyne (1-1), Alan Plunkett (0-7, 1f). Subs used : Frank Walsh for Brendan Walsh, John Feeney for Paul Earley, Sean Larkin for Michael Hoban, James McGing for Eddie Burke, Ruaidhri Hallinan for Tommy Kilcoyne
County Under 16 Championship B 3 Tuesday July 24th
Westport 4-7 2-5 Ballintubber
Mayo Senior Championship Group 3 July 22nd
Claremorris 0-5 1-13 Ballintubber
Our Senior team confirmed top spot in Group 3 of the Senior Championship when they proved too good for a youthful Claremorris side in Claremorris on Sunday. Both teams had won their opening 2 games along with a place in the Quarter-Finals of the Championship already guaranteed but the experience of the Abbeysiders plus some excellent performances from a number of their key players showed why it will take a special performance to take the 2 times Champions out of the running for the Moclair cup. Conditions on the day were not ideal with a blustery wind mainly behind the hosts in the opening along with patches of light rain from time to time. Eitherway the fare on offer in the opening 10 minutes saw the homeside start well with 2 points from the impressive James Shaughnessy from frees although Claremorris custodian Alvin McCallig made the first of his stops when full-forward Cillian O'Connor blasted a shot for goal during a breakaway Ballintubber attack. It was the afore mentioned Cillian O'Connor who opened the scoring for the visitors when he just about got enough space to point with the influential Alan Dillon pointing score number 2 shortly after using his left peg to good effect. With Jason Gibbons playing the centre-half-forward position impressively as well as claiming a number of kickouts, the boys in red started to dominate with Alan Plunkett next to score to push the West Mayo side out in front with a fisted point. With Myles Kelly picking up a lot of ball in the half-back line, the next score with the outside of his right boot came from a long-range Jason Gibbons point. Despite playing against the wind, Ballintubber were beginning to dominate although Claremorris right-corner-forward James Shaughnessy kicked over a fine point but a trademark point from Damien McGing was scored almost immediately. Before the break another goal attempt was saved again by the Claremorris 'keeper before Alan Plunkett smartly took the point to leave the half-time score Claremorris 0-3 0-6 Ballintubber. The restart saw another goal attempt from the Abbeysiders but they had to be content with a point from Damien McGing. As the South Mayo side persisted with their full-forward Gary Mullins playing back in defence, they were not really able to open up the Ballintubber defence where Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan and Paul Earley were secure and solid in the full-back-line. Claremorris midfielder Brian Gallagher was next to score when he pointed from out on the left wing with the hosts to score a number of minutes later to give the local support further belief of victory. But a shrewd switch by the Ballintubber management saw Kevin McGuinness return to his full-forward position from midfield where corner-forward Padraig O'Connor came into his own with a fine point after an excellent Alan Plunkett pass before a huge long-range free from Padraig O'Connor to push Ballintubber 4 in front. Then it was the turn of the busy Alan Plunkett to point his third point of the match after unselfish work from the hard-working Alan Dillon with the same player then proving that he has not lost his free-taking ability when he pointed a fine free from the right wing as the 'Tubber were beginning to turn the screw. Further attacks saw another Alan Plunkett point after being set-up by Cillian O'Connor while the games only goal was to follow next with time running out. Once again Claremorris goalkeeper Alvin McCallig made a fine stop but the ball still looped towards the goal with the alert Jason Gibbons getting the final touch to end the game as a contest. Before the end Cillian O'Connor kicked over his second point, this time courtesy of his left boot with the game ended shortly after by referee Liam Devenney. With a place in the Quarter-Finals booked for the 5th year in a row, Ballintubber will be keen to keep the push for a Semi-Final space where they will take on any of the following teams after todays other games - Castlebar Mitchels, Garrymore or Westport with the draw to take place in the coming weeks. Ballintubber had a number of excellent performances with the defence water-tight all through this years campaign in front of the secure Brendan Walsh in goal. Only 0-18 points have been conceded in 3 games where Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan and Paul Earley have been ever present in the full-back-line. The half-back line have defended well with Myles Kelly playing his best football from right-half-back with the experienced Tom Earley rock solid in the centre of the defence while Ruaidhri O'Connor has been solid since coming back from injury. Danny Geraghty and Kevin McGuinness got through a lot of work from midfield while all 6 forwards scored. Captain Alan Dillon had another top class performance in the half-forward line with a 2 points return as well as an excellent free. It was a 'Player of the Match' performance from Jason Gibbons at centre-half-forward which really caught the eye with a return of 1-1 and should add to the Mayo Senior teams options in a few weeks time. Top point scorer on the day was Alan Plunkett on the left side of the half-forward line with an impressive return of (0-4) while the full-forward line scored 0-6 between them. Damien McGing kicked 0-2 in another good showing before having to come off with injury while a well-marshalled Cillian O'Connor still managed 0-2 as well as creating space for other forwards with Padraig O'Connor also scoring 0-2 with his long range free from the ground in the second half a highlight.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Danny Geraghty, Kevin McGuinness, Alan Dillon (0-2, 1f), Jason Gibbons (1-1), Alan Plunkett (0-4), Damien McGing (0-2), Cillian O'Connor (0-2), Padraig O'Connor (0-2, 1f). Subs used : John Duffy for Damien McGing (inj), Michael Hoban for Alan Dillon
Bord na nOg Championship 2 Semi-Finals Thursday July 19th
Belmullet 5-10 2-8 Ballintubber
West Mayo Junior B Championship Wednesday July 18th
Castlebar Mitchels 1-18 1-3 Ballintubber
County Under 21A Championship Tuesday July 17th
Bohola Moy-Davitts 2-8 4-11 Ballintubber
Congrats to our Under 21 team who booked a place in the last 8 of the A Championship once again after a deserved 9 points win over a game homeside played in murky wet conditions in Foxford. A return of 3-6 from the in-form Cillian O'Connor proved to be the main difference on the scoreboard but the Abbeysiders were dominant in many positions in the opening half particularly when they had raced into a 3-5 to 0-4 by half-time. A Cillian O'Connor hat-trick of goals including a penalty kept the locals at bay with fine points from the likes of Conor Finnerty (2), Darren Flannery, Daire Summerville and Niall Sheridan ensured the 10 point lead at the break. The second half was a more competitive affair with the Abbeysiders possibly easing up plus the hosts needing to get something out of the game having lost their opening game in Kiltimagh last week. Cillian O'Connor kept the umpires busy with an array of points from frees, an acute point from near the end line with an excellent '45 which turned out to be the last score of the match with the impressive Daire Summerville at midfield ensuring the win when he hammered the ball to the net towards the end of the match after having picked up a loose ball out the field. As mentioned Moy Davitts were much improved in the second half as they actually won the half 2-4 to 1-6 which will give room for thought for the Ballintubber management with the final group game pencilled in for next Tuesday evening at 7.30 in Clogher where Kiltimagh will be the visitors. Ballintubber had some fine performances including Frank Walsh who saved well on occasion including his lengthy kick-outs while he was well served by David Staunton, Keith Derrig and Aidan Summerville in the full-back line , Mayo Minors Joe Geraghty and Michael Plunkett impressed on occasion while Brian Murphy at centre-half-back showed up well. Danny Geraghty captained the team well while Daire Summerville also showed up well with a return of 1-1. As mentioned Cillian O'Connor was the headline maker with his 3-6 but he had loads of help with his brother Diarmuid involved in a lot of the scores while Darren Flannery and Niall Sheridan added a point apiece with Eoin Heneghan having a lively opening half where Conor Finnerty looked sharp in the first half as he pointed twice from left-corner-forward. Substitute Sean Staunton also impressed when introduced.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, David Staunton, Keith Coleman, Aidan Summerville, Joe Geraghty, Brian Murphy, Michael Plunkett, Danny Geraghty (Capt), Daire Summerville (1-1), Darren Flannery (0-1), Diarmuid O'Connor, Niall Sheridan (0-1), Eoin Heneghan, Cillian O'Connor (3-6, 3f, '45), Conor Finnerty (0-2). Subs used : Sean Staunton for David Staunton, Shane Concannon for Eoin Heneghan, Morris Murphy for Niall Sheridan, Colin Derrig for Conor Finnerty
Michael Walsh Senior League Group 3 Saturday July 14th
Aghamore V Ballintubber in Aghamore - Conceded by Aghamore
County Under 14 Football Championship 2B Play-off Thursday July 12th
Ballintubber 3-9 2-9 Claremorris
Congrats to our Under 14 team who qualified for the Semi-Final stage of the B Championship when they withstood a late second half rally from the visitors Claremorris to book a knockout place. On a wet, calm evening played on soft conditions in Ballintubber G.A.A. Grounds, the game was played in difficult conditions but credit to both teams for keeping the game in the melting pot right up to the end. Both sides knew each other well after drawing in the last group game last week where the homeside had to withstand a number of early attacks from the visitors where goalkeeper Aran Mannion made a number of brave stops before sharp shooter Stephen O'Malley opened the scoring with a fine point. Almost immediately the South Mayo side had the ball in the Ballintubber net when a quick attack was flicked to the net but the response from the spirited homeside was excellent when Stephen O'Malley used his soccer skills to good effect when he slid the ball to the corner of the net. The Abbeysiders were beginning to dominate with further scores from the Stephen O'Malley (free) with fine points following from Noel Geraghty and Jamesie Finnerty before Claremorris pointed their first free with the scores now at 1-4 to 1-1. With the half coming to a close it was corner-forward Ronan McGing who put further daylight between the teams when he scored Ballintubber's second goal but almost immediately again, a Claremorris free managed to cross the Ballintubber goal-line to leave just one score between the teams. Just before the interval full-forward Darragh McGovern kicked over the last point of the half to leave the score at halftime 2-5 to 2-1 to the hosts. The second half saw the boys in blue reduce the deficit almost immediately with 2 quick points with 2 Stephen O'Malley points leaving the score 2-7 to 2-3. With the game still in the melting pot, a second Jamesie Finnerty point was added to when hard-working midfielder Sean Conway belted a crossfield shot towards the goal which was fumbled by the otherwise excellent Claremorris custodian to push the boys in red 8 points in front. But again the game took another twist when 5 unanswered points from the visitors left just one score between the teams with time running out. But spirited work from the over-worked Ballintubber defence where captain Hugh Geraghty, Gavin Roache and Finian Burke were excellent saw the ball go to the other end of the pitch where the battling midfielder Luke Byrne kicked over the crucial point to ensure the deserved win although Claremorris did point the final score of the match but it was too little too late. Other players to star included the McNally cousins of Seanie and Conor who both manned their respective corner-back positions well with centre-half-back Michael O'Brien making a number of vital interseptions throughout the hour. In attack the Ballintubber forwards always looked dangerous with Stephen O'Malley showing the way with a return of 1-4 while nearly all other forward such as Noel Geraghty and Jamesie Finnerty kept trying the open up the Claremorris defence with a 0-1 and 0-2 scored respectively. Ronan McGing bagged the second goal while Darragh McGovern also scored an important point just before the break with left-half-forward Louis Hoban also proving to be a vital link throughout the hour.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Aran Mannion, Seanie McNally, Hugh Geraghty (Capt), Conor McNally, Gavin Roache, Michael O'Brien, Finian Burke, Sean Conway (1-0), Luke Byrne (0-1), Noel Geraghty (0-1), Stephen O'Malley (1-4, 1f), Louis Hoban, Jamesie Finnerty (0-2), Darragh McGovern (0-1), Ronan McGing (1-0) Sub used : Niall Staunton for Ronan McGing
County Under 16 Championship B Monday July 9th
Ballintubber 1-7 1-15 V Davitts
County Junior Championship Group 2 Sunday July 8th
Ballintubber B 1-12 0-6 Kilfian
Our Junior team made it 2 wins out of three when they were deserving winners in Round 3 of the County Junior Championship after a 9 points win over Kilfian in Clogher on Sunday. In a game played in sometimes blustery conditions with passing light showers, the hosts, wearing their alternative white strip took awhile to get going where Kilfian played with an extra defender which caused some difficulty for the Abbeysiders attack with centre-half-back John Feeney showing the way when he pointed from distance to open the scoring as the homeside played generally with the aid of a strong wind in the first half. A breakaway Kilfian attack won a pointed free where the hard-working Tommy Kilcoyne kicked over a fine pointed free to push the boys in white out in front. Despite being on top, Ballintubber were finding it difficult to open up the game but the busy Eddie Burke was at the end of a fine passing move to push the hosts further out in front with James McGing pointing score number 4. Then it was the turn of Daire Summervile to score next when he kicked over a huge free from inside the '45 with Eddie Burke kicking over his second point of the game, this time with his left boot. Another long-range point from John Feeney, which hopped over the crossbar ended the first half scoring for the 'Tubber with Kilfian kicking over their second point before referee Declan Corcoran blew the half-time whistle with the score reading Ballintubber 0-7 0-2 Kilfian. While the visitors continued to play with an extra-defender, it suited Ballintubber with John Feeney again in fine scoring duties when he found himself inside the Kilfian defence to blast home the only goal of the game early in the second half. With the influential Tommy Kilcoyne having to come off injured, it gave a chance to the returning Ray Geraghty who has overcome a number of cruciate injuries in the past few years to make his first start since last year. While Kilfian did point their second point, a brace of points from Daire Summerville with one from a free pushed the Abbeysiders 1-9 to 0-3 ahead. Another long range point this time from substitute Ray Geraghty added to the North Mayo sides woes with another fine pointed free from Daire Summerville once again from the ground followed with another substitute Daniel Loftus kicking over a sharp point as the game closed out. Before the end Kilfian pointed twice before Frank Walsh in the Ballintubber goal was called into action when he pulled off a point blank save where Kilfian kicked over the last point of the match courtesy of a free with the result never in doubt. This win ensures Ballintubber still have qualification to the Quarter-Finals still in their own hands but wins over Ballycastle (h) and Ballina B (a) are still required with dates for those games still to be confirmed. There were a number of fine performances on the day with John Feeney catching the headlines with a return of 1-2 from centre-half-back but there were others in defence who impressed with Declan Larkin cutting out a number of attacks throughout the hour with Gary Loftus and Damien Corbett solid all through-out in the full-back line. Daire Summerville started at right-half-back before changing to right-half-forward where he pointed 0-4 with 3 frees while Keith Coleman had a steady performance at left-half. Captain Brian Feeney put in his best performance of the Championship when needed with Kevin McGuinness putting in a impressive second-half performance. Ruaidhri Hallinan got through a lot of work before injury ended his day with James McGing kicking over an important point in the first half. Tommy Kilcoyne came off injured with a damaged ankle but hopefully he will be back soon as he is a huge player for this team with his pointed free in the opening half a highlight. In the full-forward line Eddie Burke worked tirelessly during the hour with 2 fine points as well as being involved in a lot of other attacks while Darren Flannery worked unselfishly from right-corner-forward as did John Duffy on the left where both were involved in a number of the scores during the hour. All substitutes showed up well with Ray Geraghty, Brian Murphy and Daniel Loftus catching the eye.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Gary Loftus, Damien Corbett, Declan Larkin, Daire Summerville (0-4, 3f), John Feeney (1-2), Keith Coleman, Brian Feeney (Capt), Kevin McGuinness, Ruaidhri Hallinan, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-1, 1f), James McGing (0-1), Darren Flannery, Eddie Burke (0-2), John Duffy. Subs used : Ray Geraghty (0-1) for Tommy Kilcoyne (inj), Brian Murphy for James McGing, Daniel Loftus (0-1) for Ruaidhri Hallinan (inj), Lyndon Reilly for Darren Flannery, Seamus Thomas for Brian Feeney
County Under 14 Championship 2 (B) Thursday July 5th
Ballintubber 5-6 4-9 Claremorris
West Mayo Junior B Championship Wednesday July 4th
Ballintubber 2-5 0-12 Westport
Our Junior team suffered their third defeat in the West Mayo Junior B Championship on Wednesday evening when a sharper Westport side withstood a late Ballintubber comeback to claim the points. On a very wet pitch in Clogher during a rare dry spell, the game was tied at the break at 0-4 apiece where Tommy Kilcoyne kicked over 0-3 (2f) while James McGing was at the end of a passing move while Westport kicked over 3 pointed frees including one from play. The deciding spell of the match however was shortly after the restart when the visitors kicked over 0-4 in quick succession. An Eddie Burke pointed free stemmed the tide slightly but 2 further scores from a number of breakaway attacks from Westport left the host 5 points behind with just over 10 minutes to go. In the space of 2 minutes the game was turned on its head when the 'Tubber bagged 2 goals in quick succession. The battling Eddie Burke was first to net when he found the corner of the net with substitute Lyndon Reilly availing of a goalkeeping fumble to put the boys in red back into the lead. But 2 late scores from the 'Port won them the points however, where a place in the last four looks a remote possibility for Ballintubber unless they win their remaining 3 matches in the competition and other results go their way. Next game for this team will be next Sunday's County Junior Championship when Kilfian make the long trip to Clogher for a 2pm start!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Aidan Summerville, Keith Coleman, Damien Corbett, Liam Feeney, David Staunton, Declan Larkin, Peter Burke, Brian Feeney (Capt), Seamus Thomas, Ruaidhri Hallinan, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-3, 2f), James McGing (0-1), Darren Flannery, Eddie Burke (1-1, 1f), Dean Loftus. Subs used : Eoin Heneghan for Ruaidhri Hallinan (inj), Lyndon Reilly (1-0) for Dean Loftus, Daniel Loftus for David Staunton, Daniel Costello for Darren Flannery
County Under 16 County Championship 3 B Tuesday July 3rd
Aghamore 4-13 0-11 Ballintubber
Treenlaur Catering Senior Championship Group 3 Sunday July 1st
Ballintubber 1-13 0-9 Davitts
Our Senior team picked up their second win of the Senior Championship when they proved too good for a game Davitts outfit in Clogher on Sunday in front of a large crowd. On a cloudy and mainly calm day with intermittent light spells of rain, it was the opening half where the Abbeysiders did the groundwork for the win with a blistering raft of scores that had the visitors chasing shadows on occasion while their defence were diciplined with many attacks coming from deep. It was Danny Geraghty who opened the scoring in the opening minute when he pointed from out on the right wing. As the hosts dominance continued, Cillian O'Connor was next to score when he kicked a huge pointed free from inside the '45. While the game continued with its stop start nature, Davitts main attacker Michael Conroy got a break when his marker Liam Tunney slipped which allowed a strike on goal but Ballintubber 'keeper Brendan Walsh stood his ground to pull off a fine stop at the expence of a '45. Further points from the West Mayo side followed with the hard-working Damien Coleman kicking over a sweet left-footed point which was followed by a sharp Damien McGing point after good support play from Myles Kelly at right-half-back. Further indicipline in the Davitts defence saw Cillian O'Connor point another long range free with his brother Padraig getting on the scoresheet when he kicked over a fine point from the right wing. Another Cillian O'Connor pointed free followed to push the 'Tubber 7 out in front before the visitors finally got their opening point when Davitts full-forward Fearghal McGrath pointed but that was cancelled when another Cillian O'Connor point from a free followed while the busy Alan Dillon ending the first half scoring when he kicked over from the right wing to leave the half-time score reading 0-9 to 0-1 in favour of the hosts. The second half began with a 5th pointed free from Cillian O'Connor but Davitts got a much needed boost when their centre-half-back Colm Boyle gave their large support a lift when he kicked over a point. But whatever chance they had of a comeback was put to bed when another Ballintubber attack which started in defence with the ball eventually falling to Damien McGing who used his pace to good effect when he burst through the Davitts defence to unselfishly pass the ball to Padraig O'Connor who hammered the ball to the roof of the net. A Michael Conroy free followed for Davitts and the South Mayo side almost had the ball in the back of the net shortly after when it came off the side of the post to go across the the goal. Play raced to the other end where the boys in red hit the crossbar before the experienced Alan Dillon fisted over the rebound. Davitts right-half-forward Paul Carey was next to score with the score now 1-11 to 0-4 to the homeside with Cillian O'Connor kicking over a deserved left-footed point when he eventually managed to get enough space to score. The 2011 County and Connacht Intermediate Champions were still trying to eek something out of the game with 2 quick points in succession when Josh Ronayne and another Paul Carey point followed, but Damien McGing responded with a point of his own after a fine pass from Padraig O'Connor. The game petered out as the Abbeysiders took the foot off the gas with the last 3 scores of the game going to the visitors as substitute David McDonagh pointed after hitting the top of the crossbar while a Ronan McNamara pointed free was added to by a late point from Michael Conroy. There was no doubting the result as Ballintubber showed their sharpness and experience during the hour and should make it through to the last 8 for the fourth year in a row. Their last Group 3 Championship encounter takes place next month probably when they travel to Claremorris in the final group game. The secret to the win was the opening half when they took the game to the opposition who were not able to respond. The Ballintubber defence was steady all through with Brendan Walsh saving well when needed while his booming kick-outs were another feature. The full-back line were tested on a number of occasions with Liam Tunney keeping the highly rated Michael Conroy at bay with Cathal Hallinan maintaining his tight-marking role at full-back where Paul Earley played his steady role in the left-corner during the hour. Myles Kelly had an excellent opening half where he set up many attacks with Tom Earley secure at centre-half-back with plenty of help from Ruaidhri O'Connor on the left. The strong midfield partnership of Danny Geraghty and Jason Gibbons got through a lot of work where Jason had an impressive second half. The forward line opened up the Davitts defence on a number of occasions where Damien Coleman got through another good shift at right-half-forward with a fine point for good measure while Captain Alan Dillon worked his socks off in the centre with 2 fine points throughout the hour with the busy Alan Plunkett linking up well . Inside in the full-forward line Damien McGing looked sharp with his pace and movement causing a lot of problems with 2 excellent points where Cillian O'Connor was well marshalled at full-forward but he still kicked over 5 excellent frees with a top class point from play while Padraig O'Connor got the crucial goal as well as a fine point.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Danny Geraghty (0-1), Jason Gibbons, Damien Coleman (0-1), Alan Dillon (0-2), Alan Plunkett, Damien McGing (0-2), Cillian O'Connor (0-6, 5f), Padraig O'Connor (1-1) .
County Minor Division 1 League Semi-Final Friday June 29th
Ballintubber 2-16 1-12 Westport
Our Minor team qualified for the Division 1 League final for the first time since 2007 when they proved too good for Westport in Ballintubber G.A.A. Pitch on Friday evening. With playing conditions which were difficult at times due to flashes of water in numerous parts of the pitch, it was the hosts who raced out of the blocks with a blistering opening 20 minutes spell when they built up a 1-8 to no score lead. Full-forward Conor Finnerty who looked very impressive all through-out kicked over the opening point as well as another 2 during this period with points also coming from Stephen Finnerty (2) along with the industrious Diarmuid O'Connor pointing while last Sunday's Connacht Minor Semi-Final 'Player of the Match Michael Plunkett also getting his name on the scoreboard. It was the sharp right-corner-forward Brian Walsh who got inside the Westport defence to hammer home a goal while he also kicked over a point during the early stages. While the shell-shocked visitors did manage to get a few scores before the break, all 3 were cancelled by 2 Conor Finnerty points with Brian Walsh pointing again while Ballintubber custodian David McHale was called into action when he made a fine stop to leave the half-time score Ballintubber 1-11 0-3 Westport. The expected revival from the Westport side began inside the early minutes of the second half with 2 quick points but Conor Finnerty availed of unselfish work from Diarmuid O'Connor to point once again. That was the nature of the second half where further points from the coastal side were responded to with points from the likes of Michael Plunkett, Conor Finnerty once again while Brian Walsh also scored as the scoreline now read 1-15 to 0-10 with just over 10 minutes to go. It was Diarmuid O'Connor who got the crucial second goal to decide the game even though Westport did eventually get a dubious goal, it was Conor Finnerty who ended the scoring with a place in the final already secured where it has been pencilled in for Friday July 20th against Castlebar Mitchels. Indeed both teamS are unbeaten so far this season so something will have to give next month. Of course the Abbeysiders will meet Westport once more in August for a place in the West Mayo A Final which is bound to attract another large crowd. There were a number of top class performances in the red jersey starting with Conor Finnery who ended with a final total of 0-8 as Mayo Minor manager was on view to to see it all while he had plenty of help from the likes of Brian Walsh, Michael Plunkett and Stephen Finnerty while Sean Staunton worked hard in his new position as well as Adrian Murphy. In midfield Diarmuid O'Connor was all over the field in another energy sapping performance which included the vital second goal with Rory Murphy also effective on occasions. In defence Joe Geraghty got his hands on the ball a lot in a brave performance from centre-half-back even after being subject to some cyncial tackling while Sean Kelly and Mark Golden in the wing back positions getting their hands on the ball when required. Jarlath Staunton impressed in the corner where he cut out a number of Westport attacks with John Kerrigan in the other corner also making some important interseptions throughout the hour. James Loftus had a busy hour at full-back with David McHale in goal secure all through.
Ballintubber team that lined out : David McHale, Jarlath Staunton, James Loftus, John Kerrigan, Sean Kelly, Joe Geraghty, Mark Golden, Diarmuid O'Connor (1-1), Rory Murphy, Stephen Finnerty (0-2, 1f), Michael Plunkett (0-2), Sean Staunton, Brian Walsh (1-3), Conor Finnerty (0-8, 1f), Adrian Murphy. Sub used : Oran Scully for James Loftus
County Under 14 Championship 2 (B) Thursday June 28th
Kiltimagh 6-18 2-7 Ballintubber
Michael Walsh Senior League Group 3 Saturday June 23rd
Ballina Stephenites 0-8 0-11 Ballintubber
West Mayo Junior B Championship Wednesday June 20th
Parke 0-11 1-3 Ballintubber
County Under 14 Championship 2 (B) Tuesday June 19th
Ballintubber 6-12 6-9 Burrishoole
County Junior Championship Group 2 Sunday June 17th
Ardagh 1-7 4-16 Ballintubber B
Our Junior team picked up their first win in this years County Junior Championship when they overcame hosts Ardagh in Round 2 on Sunday. Both teams had to contend with heavy rain in the opening half particularly as well as noise from the local gun club nearby but the Abbeysiders were worthy winners on the day with impressive performances all round the field. Tommy Kilcoyne was top scorer with a total of 1-7 but he had loads of help with all 6 starting forwards scoring while strong performances from Kevin McGuinness and Brian Feeney in the middle ensured a steady supply of ball. The visitors defence also caught the eye with impressive performances from the likes of Gary Loftus , Michael Conroy and Alan Larkin in the full-back line along with plenty of help from Damien Corbett, John Feeney and Keith Coleman in the half-back line. It was James McGing who opened the scoring as teams were still trying to find their footing during the heavy rain where action was nip and tuck as Tommy Kilcoyne pointed his first free before full-forward Eddie Burke put some daylight between the teams after a cracking goal inside the opening 15 minutes to push the 'Tubber 1-2 to 0-3 ahead. Back came Ardagh however and they almost goaled but for a great Frank Walsh save as well as a brave Keith Coleman block at the expense of a '45. However as the half wore on further Ballintubber dominance saw fine points from Tommy Kilcoyne (2) before the North Mayo side kicked over their last point of the half. Another Tommy Kilcoyne free followed while a fine run from James McGing from deep saw him point his second score this time courtesy of his left boot with a John Duffy free ending the half with the score 1-7 to 0-4 to the visitors. The homeside were first to score in the second half but that was emphatically cancelled when the impressive Darren Flannery scored the games second goal with left-half back Keith Coleman also adding a fine point. Ardagh kept battling however with another 2 scores before another raft of points from Darren Flannery, Eddie Burke and John Duffy. Then the games third goal arrived and again it was the boys in red with the hard-working Ruaidhri Hallinan calmly slotting the ball past the Ardagh custodian to finish the game as a contest. While the hosts did score a fortunate goal shortly after, the response from the West Mayo side was excellent with 1-3 from Tommy Kilcoyne while a Darren Flannery fisted point was added to by a fine point from substitute Dean Loftus to close the game out before referee Michael Herr blew for the last time. It was an important win for a lot of reasons but to get this years Championship campaign back on track after the disappointment of the Ardnaree defeat in Clogher. Next up in the County Junior Championship will be a visit from Kilfian to Clogher which will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Next up for this team will be Round 3 of the West Mayo Junior B where the Abbeysiders travel to Parke this Wednesday evening where a win is a must to revive any hopes in this competition.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Gary Loftus, Michael Conroy, Alan Larkin, Damien Corbett, John Feeney, Keith Coleman (0-1), Brian Feeney (Capt), Kevin McGuinness, Ruaidhri Hallinan (1-0), Tommy Kilcoyne (1-7, 4f), James McGing (0-2), Darren Flannery (1-2), Eddie Burke (1-1), John Duffy (0-2, 1f). Subs used : Brian Murphy for Alan Larkin, Dean Loftus (0-1), Seamus Thomas for Brian Feeney, Declan Murphy for Ruaidhri Hallinan, Liam Feeney for Keith Coleman
West Mayo Junior B Championship Wednesday June 13th
Islandeady 0-11 0-2 Ballintubber
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1D Sunday June 10th
Ballintubber B 1-15 2-8 Bohola Moy-Davitts B
Our Junior team got back to winning ways in Division 1D in sunny Clogher on Sunday when they eventually overcame a stubborn Bohola Moy-Davitts B to get their promotion push back on. Despite missing a number of key players on the day, the ability to keep popping over the points particularly towards the end guaranteed the win while full-forward Eddie Burke hammered home the crucial goal early in the second half after the visitors led at the break 1-4 to 0-6. Other key moments during the game included 2 point blank saves from Declan Murphy in the Ballintubber goal on his first start of the season while 4 points came from midfield where captain Brian Feeney kicked over a point while Kevin McGuinness played his best game of the campaign while also kicking over 3 points throughout the game with both players making a number of fine catches throughout the hour. Other players to shine included Darren Flannery who impressed when starting off at corner-forward while he deservedly kicked over a point near the end with the influential Tommy Kilcoyne on free taking duties scoring a total of 0-4 with 3 being frees while the determined Eddie Burke kicked over 0-5 from play as well. The Larkin brothers all played an important role in the game with Declan and Seanie busy in the full-back line while Seanie later came off the bench in the second half to become involved in the half-forward line while Alan provided an key link in the full-forward line. Other players to make crucial contributions included Michael Conroy at full-back before substitute John Feeney took over the mantle in the second half with Gary Loftus and Damien Corbett in the half-backline making important runs in the second half particularly to help set up a number of scores. Next up for this team will be the refixed West Mayo Junior B Championship game against Islandeady away this Wednesday evening while next Sunday sees Round 2 of the County Junior Championship take place where a trip to Ardagh against the hosts for a 2pm start on a ground where the Abbeysiders have never won. Check the Club link in Facebook for more action shots!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Declan Murphy, Seanie Larkin, Michael Conroy, Declan Larkin, Gary Loftus, Damien Corbett, David Staunton, Brian Feeney (0-1), Kevin McGuinness (0-3), Ruaidhri Hallinan (0-1), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-4, 3f), Keith Coleman, Alan Larkin, Eddie Burke (1-5), Darren Flannery (0-1). Subs used : John Feeney for Seanie Larkin, Seanie Larkin for David Staunton (inj)
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Saturday June 9th
Shrule-Glencorrib 0-8 1-14 Ballintubber
Our Senior team maintained their push for League honours when they were comprehensive winners in sunny Shrule on Saturday evening. It was a Cillian O'Connor inspired first half show as he kicked 1-4 for the Abbeysiders but he had help throughout the forward line with the play mainly in one direction where Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty ruled the roost around the middle with the half-time score reading 1-8 to 0-3 to the visitors. However a mini comeback from the hosts saw them reduce the leeway to 5 points midway through the second half but a strong finish from the 'Tubber where captain for the evening Alan Dillon was outstanding in the second half particularly with his workrate as well as a fine point from the right wing near the end a highlight to book the points. Other scorers included the hard-working Damien Coleman who kicked over 2 points throughout the hour while Alan Plunkett also bagged 2 points with corner-forward Padraig O'Connor kicking over 2 points also including a fine long range free at the start of the second half. In defence the extra defender was Paul Earley as Shrule-Glencorrib left only 2 forward inside where Cathal Hallinan was solid at full-back with Liam Tunney having his hands full on occasion as he marked Mark Ronaldson. Both wing backs Myles Kelly and Ruaidhri O'Connor impressed and tried to attack when possible with Tom Earley holding the central position in defence securely as usual while Brendan Walsh in goal kept a clean sheet while also providing a number of lengthy kickouts to start attacks. Kevin McGuinness came into midfield in the second half replacing Tommy Kilcoyne who had earlier replaced Damien McGing after he sustained a bloody nose early in the first half. Next action will be the Michael Walsh cup in Ballina next weekend with details to be confirmed in Fixtures in the coming days while our Junior team take on Bohola Moy-Davitts B in Clogher tomorrow at 12 noon in another important fixture for this team as they aim to bounce back from the Championship defeat last Saturday and get their promotion campaign back on track in Division 1D. Check out Club link on Facebook for some action shots from the game!!
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Walsh, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jason Gibbons, Danny Geraghty, Damien Coleman (0-2), Alan Dillon (Capt) (0-1), Alan Plunkett (0-2), Damien McGing, Cillian O'Connor (1-7, 4f), Padraig O'Connor (0-2, 1f). Subs used : Tommy Kilcoyne for Damien McGing (inj), Kevin McGuinness for Tommy Kilcoyne
Bord na nOg Under 14 Division 3 Semi-Final Tuesday June 5th
Belmullet 6-10 4-13 Ballintubber
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Saturday June 2nd
Ballintubber 2-12 1-11 Davitts
Our Senior team got back to winning ways in the Division 1A League when they proved too strong for 2011 Connacht Intermediate Champions Davitts played in Ballintubber G.A.A. Grounds on Saturday evening. In an open flowing game, it was the South Mayo side who took the game to the Senior League holders as they raced into a 6 points lead inside the opening 15 minutes without the influential Michael Conroy but a goal from full-forward Cillian O'Connor brought the homeside back into the game with a host of points following from Padraig O'Connor (0-3, 1f), Cillian O'Connor (0-2, 1f), Alan Plunkett (0-2) while Damien McGing also got amongst the scorers as the Abbeysiders led 1-8 to 1-6 at the break. The beginning of the second half saw corner-forward Padraig O'Connor at the end of a Damien McGing pass to get the final touch to score the games third goal of the game. Further scores came from a Cillian O'Connor free as well as a fine score from the impressive Danny Geraghty who started the move with a midfield claim. While the Ballindine based side managed to keep in touch with a few pointed frees, the O'Connor brothers of Padraig and Cillian concluded the 'Tubber scoring with late points from the visitors putting more respectability to the scoreline. These sides meet again in Round 2 of the Senior Championship in Clogher where action will be much more intense probably at the beginning of July. There were impressive performances from Cathal Hallinan at full-back while he had plenty of help from Liam Tunney, Paul Earley in the corners with the half-back of Myles Kelly, Tom Earley and Ruaidhri O'Connor catching the eye at various times. Danny Geraghty had a powerful performance in midfield with help from Jason Gibbons initially before second half substitute Kevin McGuinness also showed up well. Inside in the forward line both O'Connor's scored 1-4 apiece with other scores coming from Alan Plunkett (0-2) and Damien McGing while Damien Coleman and Alan Dillon covered a lot of ground throughout the hour. Next up for this team will be another trip to Shrule next weekend with final details to be confirmed in Fixtures.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jason Gibbons, Danney Geraghty (0-1), Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon, Alan Plunkett (0-2), Damien McGing (0-1), Cillian O'Connor (1-4, 2f), Padraig O'Connor (1-4, 1f). Subs used : Kevin McGuinness for Jason Gibbons (inj), Gary Loftus for Danny Geraghty (inj), John Duffy for Damien McGing .
County Junior Championship Group 2 Saturday June 2nd
Ballintubber B 0-10 1-9 Ardnaree Sarsfields
Our Junior team almost caused the first major shock of the County Junior Championship when last years County Finalists Ardnaree Sarsfields were pushed all the way in a full-blooded Championship encounter. On a calm evening with some patches of rain failing intermittently, the North Mayo side were slow to start where a hungry, youthful Abbeyside team got to grips with the game where they raced into a 0-5 to no score lead in the opening 15 minutes. It was top scorer Daire Summerville who opened the scoring with further scores coming from Lyndon Reilly, Eddie Burke, a pointed Daire Summerville free with the hard-working Tommy Kilcoyne kicking over point number 5. With captain Brian Feeney showing the way from midfield while the defence was on top where most attacks thrown at them were closed down with Gary Loftus and Brian Murphy standing out in particular, it seemed as if the favourites tag was resting heavily on the Ardnaree heads. However before the break they were given a life line as 2 quick points in succession gave them renewed confidence. While another Daire Summerville free temporarily broke the momentum, another brace of points from the visitors guaranteed just 2 scores between the sides at the break Ballintubber B 0-6 0-4 Ardnaree Sarsfields. The beginning of the second half was where the game was won and lost as the Sarsfields pointed immediately after the restart with the next action being the diffence between the sides at the full-time whistle. It started when the visitors won possession around the middle where the ball was eventually kicked across the homesides defence where the unlucky Michael Conroy at full-back tried to block the attempt but unfortunately the ball hit off his left leg into the net. With the score suddenly changing to 0-6 to 1-5 it looked as if the good work of the opening half was fading away, but credit to the 'Tubber boys as they took on the challenge. Some aggressive tackling yielded another pointed free for Daire Summerville which was cancelled soon after by another breakaway Ardnaree attack. But back came the boys in red with the youthful Brian Murphy having a pot for a point to reduce the leeway to just one score. An Ardnaree pointed free saw further daylight between the teams but a left-footed James McGing point after brave work from Eddie Burke left just the minimum between the teams once again. Again the County finalists of 2011 came back with another point but the hosts replied again where centre-half-forward Tommy Kilcoyne was at the end of another passing move to score what turned out to be the last point of the match for the hosts. Before the end Ardnaree pointed to ensure the points in a game where they were given an almighty fright before their experience possibly did enough to see them come through the test as they also head Division 1C. The Abbeysiders will be disappointed with the result as they had as much possession and chances as the victors but will have to be more clinical in their finishing. However if they can apply the same intensity for future games in this years Championship then they will cause problems for many teams. Next up in the Championship will be a trip to Ardagh with a date to be confirmed. On Wednesday evening sees a return to the West Mayo Junior B Championship where a trip to Islandeady for a 7.30 start. Best for the battling 'Tubber side included the full-back line of Gary Loftus, Michael Conroy and Declan Larkin who kept a lot of Ardnaree attacks at bay. Brian Murphy impressed at left-half-back while Damien Corbett and Keith Coleman had their moments. Brian Feeney worked hard at midfield with Kevin McGuinness while 5 of the starting forwards scored. Daire Summerville was top scorer with 0-4 with James McGing and Tommy Kilcoyne kicking over 0-1 and 0-2 respectively. Inside in the full line Eddie Burke won most balls that came his way as well as a point while Lyndon Reilly also pointed with John Duffy involved in some of the scores.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Gary Loftus, Michael Conroy, Declan Larkin, Brian Murphy (0-1), Damien Corbett, Keith Coleman, Brian Feeney (Capt), Kevin McGuinness, James McGing (0-1), Tommy McGing (0-2), Daire Summerville (0-4, 3f), Lyndon Reilly (0-1), Eddie Burke (0-1), John Duffy. Subs used : Darren Flannery for Lyndon Reilly (inj), Joe Geraghty for Keith Coleman, Seamus Thomas for James McGing (inj).
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Thursday May 31st
Burrishoole 5-14 4-5 Ballintubber
Mayo Senior Championship Group 3 Sunday May 27th
Ballintubber 1-14 0-3 Breaffy
Our Senior team began the defence of the Moclair cup with an emphatic victory over a disappointing Breaffy side played in boiling sunny conditions in Clogher on Sunday. Any question marks over whether the Abbeysiders would have the hunger to push for another Country crown were certainly put to bed with a hungry, hard-working and determined performance with many impressive performances throughout the field. While Breaffy were dealt with a hammer blow when County midfielder Seamus O'Shea was ruled out due to an ankle injury along with his brother Aidan but even allowing for that they were totally blown away with the high tempo performance from the 'Tubber. With temperatures rising before the ball was even thrown-in, the Abbeysiders took the game by the scruff of the neck during the early stages with 2011 Young Football of the year Cillian O'Connor kicking over the first of his many classy points throughout the hour. With Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty dominant at midfield, further dominance resulted in a fine point for the pacy Damien McGing with full-forward Padraig O'Connor next to score when he pointed 2 excellent frees with over half of the first period complete. The response from the visitors was not happening with the Ballintubber defence excellent where Paul Earley used his free role well mopping up ball after ball. Another Cillian O'Connor point followed with the alert Alan Dillon winning possession to pop over point number 6 which turned out to be the last point of the first half with half-time score Ballintubber 0-6 to Breaffy 0-0. The County Champions added further points after the restart with a Cillian O'Connor free while the busy Alan Plunkett was at the end of another impressive attack from deep. Eventually the boys in blue broke through the close marking Ballintubber defence with 2 points in quick succession but any chance of a comeback was ended when 2 more excellent Cillian O'Connor points followed before the well-deserved goal was converted by Alan Plunkett who was at the end of another impressive attack that started in defence. With the score now reading 1-10 to 0-2, the game was over as a contest but the 'Tubber kept adding to the scoreboard with another pacy point from Damien McGing. It was goalkeeper Robert Hennelly who pointed Breaffy's final point of the game from a '45 but there were further points to come from the hosts. Another Damien McGing point was added to by an Alan Plunkett score before top scorer Cillian O'Connor added his 6th point this time from a free via his left foot. Manager Peter Forde and his back-room team had the Ballintubber side in top physical condition with a high tempo and hard tackling from from the full-forward line back which gave their opponents very little to play with. As mentioned the Ballintubber defence was excellent throughout with Brendan Walsh have a quiet afternoon in goal but his booming kick-outs kept the pressure off the homesides defence on occasion. The full-back line were never opened up with fine tackling from the tigerish Liam Tunney in the corner while full-back Cathal Hallinan was rarely tested but played well when needed with Paul Earley in the other corner solid and dependable all through out. The half-back line also gave very little away with right-half back Myles Kelly having his best game of the season with plenty of help from the vocal Tom Earley who called the shots with Ruaidhri O'Connor at left-half involved with a lot of attacks and held his position well. Both Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty got through a lot of ball through the hour and were involved in a lot of unselfish covering as well as being involved in many of the scores. The forward line played best when the ball was moved quickly inside with Damien Coleman working hard at right-half while Alan Dillon got his hands on a lot of ball as well as a crucial point before the break. It was Alan Plunkett who got the all-important goal while he also tapped over 2 important scores with the full-forward line pointing 0-11. Damien McGing used his pace to good effect with 3 excellent points while Padraig O'Connor showed the benefits of place-kicking at it best in the first half and he has involved in many other scores throughout the hour. At left-half-forward Cillian O'Connor was this reporters player of the match for his range of points with left and right foot from both play and frees plus he always looked dangerous when in possession. Next up for this team will probably be next weekends Division 1A League game against Davitts in Clogher where the Abbeysiders will be hoping to get back to winning ways after the recent defeat in Charlestown.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jason Gibbons, Danny Geraghty, Damien Coleman, Alan Dillon (0-1), Alan Plunkett (1-2), Damien McGing (0-3), Padraig O'Connor (0-2, 2f), Cillian O'Connor (0-6, 2f). Sub used : Michael Hoban for Jason Gibbons
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Thursday May 24th
Ballintubber 7-15 3-10 Islandeady
West Mayo Junior B Championship Wednesday May 23rd
Ballintubber 2-9 0-10 Burrishoole
Our Junior team began their West Mayo Junior B Championship campaign with a deserved win over a battling Burrishoole team in dry, sometimes windy conditions in Clogher on Wednesday evening. Despite being without a host of players for various reasons. the win was merited as the Abbeysiders had to come from behind after having trailed at the break 0-8 to 1-3. The game was entertaining and more than competitive for an opening Junior B Championship match with some fine scores throughout . It was right-half-forward Darren Flannery who opening the 'Tubber scoring when he was at the end of a fine passing move involving Eoin Heneghan before clinically finding the corner of the net. Centre-half-forward Daire Summerville was next to score when he benefitted from good work from midfielder Seamus Thomas to put a goal between the teams after Burrishoole centre-half-back Alan Moran opened the scoring. However the coastal side were winning more than their fair share of ball at midfield and were soon to benefit with 6 points in quick succession to put them 2 points clear coming up to the half-time interval. Another Daire Summerville point reduced the deficit to the minimum before another point from the Newport side guaranteed a 2 points lead at the break. The second half saw the hosts grab the initiative with full-back Michael Conroy coming up from defence to kick over the opening point of the second half as the game livened up even more. As both sides pushed themselves, further tensions rose with referee Declan Corcoran having to flash the red card to a Burrishoole midfielder for a clumsy challenge with Ballintubber captain Brian Feeney levelling the match at 1-5 to 0-8 when he pointed from distance. With the momentum clearly with the boys in red, further scores followed from substitute Lyndon Reilly and full-forward Eddie Burke to suddenly push the boys of the 'Tubber 1-7 to 0-8 out in front. But back came Burrish' who popped 2 points in quick succession to level with time running out. But a few breakaway attacks saw further scoring opportunities for Ballintubber with Daire Summervile putting the Abbeysiders out in front one again with a fine point from the right wing. The game was finally put to bed when James McGing got inside the Burrishoole defence to score the second goal of the match while he also kicked over the final point of the game to assure the win. After having lost the final of this competition last year it was important to get the win having suffered their only League defeat 10 days ago while the next game will probably be the opening game of the County Junior Championship when last years County Finalists Ardnaree Sarsfields come to Clogher with definite confirmation to be listed in Fixtures when available. A few other players to note in the win included John Kelly in goal who was secure all through while Nial Hession is wished well as he heads off to the States for the summer having put in an impressive final performance at left-corner-back with plenty of help from Shane Quinn and Michael Conroy, Debutant right-half-back David Staunton had a fine first performace and is certainly one to watch out for while Damien Corbett at centre-half-back was solid and secure throughout the hour with plenty of help from Peter Burke at left-half-back. Seamus Thomas got through a lot of work in midfield in a fine performance while captain Brian Feeney had his moments. In attack the half-forward line of Darren Flannery, Daire Summerville and James McGing got most of the crucial scores while full-forward Eddie Burke kicked over a point with help from Eoin Heneghan and Liam Feeney.
Ballintubber team that lined out : John Kelly, Shane Quinn, Michael Conroy (0-1), Nial Hession, David Staunton, Damien Corbett, Peter Burke, Brian Feeney (0-1), Seamus Thomas, Darren Flannery (1-0), Daire Summerville (0-4, 1f), James McGing (1-1), Eoin Heneghan, Eddie Burke (0-1), Liam Feeney. Subs used : Lyndon Reilly (0-1) for Liam Feeney, David Brennan for Eoin Heneghan, Daniel Costello for Eddie Burke
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Saturday May 19th
Charlestown Sarsfield 2-10 1-9 Ballintubber
Our Senior suffered their first League defeat of the season when a plucky Charlestown finished strong to claim the points in a highly competitive fixture in Charlestown on Saturday evening. The defeat is more worrying as key midfielder Jason Gibbons had to leave the field of play towards the end of the first half due to what looked like an ankle injury and he has to be a major worry for next Sundays opening Senior Championship match against neighbours Breaffy. It was the hosts who dominated for long periods in the opening half and led deservedly 1-7 to 1-3 at the break. All the Abbeysiders scores came from the boot of the returned Cillian O'Connor who always looked sharp and was most unlucky in the second half not to have netted a second. Substitute Michael Hoban kicked over the opening point of the second half and while the homeside pointed again shortly after, hard work from the likes of midfielder Kevin McGuinness along with attacks Ruaidhri O'Connor from the halfback line saw more chances arrive for the Abbeysiders. It was Alan Plunkett who was next to score while 2 fine Padraig O'Connor points from play reduced the deficit to the minimum. With momentum now firmly with the boys in red, it was no surprise when the equaliser arrived from the boot of Cillian O'Connor this time courtesy of a pointed free. With the score now all tied at 1-8 apiece a breakaway Charlestown attack saw them point a free before the crucial second goal with time running out. Another pointed Charlestown free was added before a fine John Duffy point which followed with the last major incident seeing a Cillian O'Connor goal-chance somehow cleared off the line. Next up is the opening Senior Championship derby match against Breaffy which throws-in at 2pm on Sunday in Clogher where a fully motivated Ballintubber team is needed in what will be a huge crowd puller.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Cathal Hallinan, Paul Earley, Myles Kelly, Danny Geraghty, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jason Gibbons (Capt), Kevin McGuinnes, Damien Coleman, Alan Plunkett (0-1), John Duffy (0-1), Cillian O'Connor (1-4, 2f), Damien McGing, Padraig O'Connor (0-2) . Sub used : Michael Hoban (0-1) for Jason Gibbons (inj).
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Thursday May 17th
The Neale 5-9 2-12 Ballintubber
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1D Sunday May 13th
Knockmore B 1-4 0-6 Ballintubber B
Our Junior team suffered their first defeat of the season when they were pipped at the post at windswept Knockmore on Sunday. In truth this was a game the Abbeysiders could and should have won as they dominated for long periods but costly wides plus poor shot selection didn't help with a number of players not available for selection owing to exams etc. It was the hosts who had the backing of the strong wind in the opening half and they kicked over the first point of the game shortly after the start. The visitors were slow to settle in the inclement conditions and a speculative long range free somehow found its way to the roof of the Ballintubber net. The West Mayo side then started to find a way back into the match with both Brian Feeney and Kevin McGuinness starting to dominate more around the middle while the slightly reformed defence were slowly getting on top of their markers. Right-half-forward Daire Summerville pointed the visitors first point from a free with Alan Plunkett adding a second after some good build-up play from debutant left-half-back Peter Burke. However the North Mayo side came back with a batch of points to restore their 4 points advantage but a fine John Duffy point before the break after unselfish work from the brave Brian Murphy ensured there was just one score between the teams at the break Knockmore 1-3 0-3 Ballintubber. The boys in red needed a good start to the second half and while they did enjoy long periods of possession they were unable to reduce the deficit until Alan Plunkett kicked 3 points in quick succession midway through the half. Other scoring chances went abegging however with the woodwork as well as a saved goal attempt just some of the missed opportunities. It looked as if the game was heading to a draw when a rare Knocmore attack managed to get inside the otherwise impressive Ballintubber defence to kick over the winning point shortly before referee Richard Cosgrove blew the final whistle. After having such a good start to the League campaign this defeat will be a downer but its how the players react to this setback could go a long way to deciding how the season will take shape with the County Junior Championship only a few weeks away. No League games in Division 1D will take place next weekend as the Mayo Junior team play in the Connacht Junior Final next Sunday in Hyde Park. Probably the next outing will be the start of the West Mayo Junior B when Burrishoole come to Clogher on Wednesday evening week with further details to be announced in Fixtures shortly. Others to impress not already mentioned included Michael Conroy at full-back while Damien Corbett was solid at centre-half-back.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Seanie Larkin, Michael Conroy, Nial Hession, Brian Murphy, Damien Corbett, Peter Burke, Brian Feeney (Capt), Kevin McGuinness, Daire Summerville (0-1), Tommy Kilcoyne, Alan Plunkett (0-4), James McGing, Eddie Burke, John Duffy (0-1). Sub used : Con Lydon for Eddie Burke
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Sunday May 13th
Ballintubber 2-8 1-11 Castlebar Mitchels
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1A Saturday May 12th
Ballintubber 2-10 0-14 Breaffy
Our Senior team had to withstand a late Breaffy comeback in Round 2 of the Senior League in Clogher on Saturday evening before picking up their second win. With both teams without some of the County contingent - Ballintubber did not start or use Alan Dillon and Cillian O'Connor while Aidan O'Shea is still out injured but the fare on offer was in the reckoning right up to the final whistle in a hard-hitting encounter with both teams keeping an eye on the Championship encounter in a few weeks time. It was Padraig O'Connor who was the main difference between the teams with a top class return of 2-7 which augurs well for the rest of the season should he maintain this kind of form. The game began well for the hosts when Padraig O'Connor kicked over a fine '45 to set the tone for the match on a dry sunny evening where both teams had to contend with a crossfield wind. It was corner-forward Damien Coleman who was next to score when he was at the end of a fine passing move to put 2 points between the teams. Then it was the turn of powerful midfielder Danny Geraghty to burst through the Breaffy defence to find the onrushing Padraig O'Connor who calmly finished past Mayo netminder Robert Hennelly. The homeside were rampant at this stage with Padraig O'Connor availing of a misplaced pass in the Breaffy defence to put another point on the board with the score 1-3 to no score after only 10 minutes. Slowly the visitors started to gain more possession with freetaker Alan Durcan kicking over their first point . Further Breaffy pressure resulted in their second point of the game before a trademark Padraig O'Connor free made it 1-4 to 0-2 in favour of the 'Tubber. However back came the boys in blue with Conor O'Shea getting inside his marker to kick over a sharp point but another Ballintubber breakaway attack saw Jason Gibbons shoot for goal only for it to be parried by Robert Hennelly in the Breaffy goal but the alert Padraig O'Connor was alert to convert his second goal. Back again came Breaffy with keeper Robert Hennelly kicking over the first of his long-range frees with Padraig O'Connor smartly replying with a fine point from the right. Then it was the turn of full-forward Damien McGing to point after some unselfish work from Damien Coleman but 2 late pointed frees from Robert Hennelly made sure the game was still alive at the break where the half-time score read Ballintubber 2-6 0-6 Breaffy. The second half saw the visitors dominate the early exchanges with 3 points in quick succession to reduce the deficit to just one score at 2-6 to 0-9. However another Padraig O'Connor free eased the pressure on the over-worked Ballintubber defence who lost the influential Tom Earley due to injury. Another Breaffy attack however saw Ballintubber 'keeper Brendan Walsh pull off a fantastic point-blank save with the game still in the melting pot. Further points from Padraig O'Connor and Danny Geraghty eased the pressure somewhat as the game entered the final 10 minutes. Back again came Breaffy with 3 Alan Durcan pointed frees in quick succession which left the score at 2-9 to 0-12 where a much needed score came once again from Padraig O'Connor where he pointed from another free. With time almost up Alan Durcan kicked over the 2 final points of the game with both teams having lots to think about before the opening Senior Championship encounter in Clogher at the end of the month. Next up will be a trip to Charlestown next Saturday evening for a 6pm start in Round 3 as the games come thick and fast before Mayo enter the Connacht Championship towards the end of June.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Gary Loftus, Myles Kelly, Paul Earley, Tom Earley, Michael Hoban, Danny Geraghty (0-1), Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jason Gibbons (Capt), Alan Plunkett, Damien Coleman (0-1), Damien McGing (0-1), Padraig O'Connor (2-7, 3f, 1'45) . Sub used : Daire Summerville for Tom Earley (inj)
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Friday May 11th
Ballintubber 5-14 1-9 Ballina Stephenites
Our Minor produced their best performance of the season to overcome last years County Champions Ballina Stephenites in Ballintubber Community pitch on Friday evening in what was their penultimate game of Division 1. Conditions on the evening were sunny and rather cool with a slight breeze but the pitch had a number of flashes of water after heavier rain had fallen earlier in the day. It was the North Mayo side who took the initiative in the early stages and despite playing against the wind they were still deserving 0-3 to no score leaders after 10 minutes. It took midfielder Rory Murphy to bring the hosts back into the match when he was at the end of a high crossball to bash it to the net with further scores coming from Mark Golden and a long-range effort from Diarmuid O'Connor to suddenly push the Abbeysiders out in front. While the Stephenites did kick over the next point the 'Tubber were more than matching the intensity of the highly rated Ballina side with a brace of points from Conor Finnerty at full-forward before a pointed free from the visitors. With the Ballintubber defence settling down and clearing most attacks that came their way while Diarmuid O'Connor and Rory Murphy were beginning to dominate around the middle. Further proof of this came when a smart move switching Sean Staunton and Mark Golden reaped dividends immediately when the new left-half-forward smartly added a point with speedy Stephen Finnerty kicking over a trademark score before his pace once again got him away from his marker before he hammered the ball to the net. With confidence growing in the homeside their performace just got better when a Conor Finnerty free was followed by 2 quick goals in succession with one coming from the impressive left-corner-forward Brian Walsh who calmly finished to the net while Conor Finnerty also found the net almost immediately after. Before the break it was Conor Finnerty who kicked over the the final point of the half for the 'Tubber while the Stephenites managed to point 2 frees to leave the half-time score reading Ballintubber 4-7 0-7 Ballina Stephenites. The expected Ballina Stephenites revival never was allowed to happen in the second half as the well-drilled homeside picked up where they left off with another raft of points from the likes of the busy Michael Plunkett at centre-half-forward with the Finnerty duo of Stephen and Conor adding a point apiece with Conor adding another pointed free shortly after. While the away side kept trying to get their way someway back into the match with a well-taken goal giving a brief glimmer of hope, it was another Stephen Finnerty free that broke the momentum with the score now 4-12 to 1-7 in favour of the hosts with time running out. While the Stephenites were to kick over the next 2 points which turned out to be their final points of the match, a fifth goal this time from substitute David McHale who got to the end of another breakaway attack with 2 further points from Michael Plunkett and Brian Walsh while Dave Clarke in goal produced a fine stop before Referee Mel Kenny brought the game to a conclusion. Once the boys from the 'Tubber settled they produced a performance that was deserving of the score with 6 wins out of 6 while the outstanding game against Castlebar Mitchels will be re-arranged shortly. Despite a nervy opening the homesides defence more than matched their illustrious opponents with Dave Clarke in goal more than making up for the injured Tom McGing. James Loftus put on another impressive shift at full-back while the had excellent support from Jarlath Staunton and John Kerrigan in the corners. The half-back line also caught the eye with Joe Geraghty at centre-half-back putting in a strong performance while the versatile Sean Staunton and the tight-marking Sean Kelly let nothing go their way. Midfield was dominated for long periods by Ballintubber with Diarmuid O'Connor covering most blades of the pitch with excellent support from Rory Murphy where both contributed to the scoreboard. The attack opened up the Ballina defence on numerous occasions with Stephen Finnerty bagging 1-2 while the hard-working Michael Plunkett kicked over 2 points as well as hitting the crossbar in each half with the other half-forward Mark Golden kicking over a point before switching well with Sean Staunton. Inside in the full-forward line Conor Finnerty was the star of the show where he kicked another impressive return of 1-6 while Adrian Murphy worked hard in the right-corner where the return of Brian Walsh at left-corner who scored 1-1 was also another important element in the win. Substitutes used included David McHale who scored the fifth goal where Marcus Munnelly and Ronan Larkin also were introduced on the evening.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Dave Clarke, Jarlath Staunton, James Loftus, John Kerrigan, Sean Staunton (0-1), Joe Geraghty, Sean Kelly, Diarmuid O'Connor (0-1), Rory Murphy (1-0), Stephen Finnerty (1-2, 1f), Michael Plunkett (0-2), Mark Golden (0-1), Adrian Murphy, Conor Finnerty (1-6, 3f), Brian Walsh (1-1). Subs used : David McHale (1-0) for Adrian Murpphy, Marcus Munnelly for Jarlath Staunton, Ronan Larkin for Brian Walsh
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Thursday May 10th
Ballintubber 7-20 3-2 Ballinrobe
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Wednesday May 9th
Ballintubber 3-7 0-5 Burrishoole
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Monday May 7th
Westport 5-2 5-11 Ballintubber
Breaffy House Senior League Division 1D Sunday May 6th
Ballintubber B 1-18 1-7 Hollymount-Carramore B
Our Junior team maintained their excellent start to their Division 1D League campaign when a strong second half display made sure of another week joint top of the table. In glorious sunshine, the Abbeysiders led at the break 0-7 to 0-5 although the hosts would have to consider themselves fortunate to be in that position as the South Mayo side were causing all sorts of problems in the Ballintubber defence. The influential John Feeney had to come off injured inside the opening 10 minutes to add to their problems. However it was the attacking instincts of corner-forward John Duffy who caused all sorts of problems in the opening half as he kicked over 3 points while Alan Plunkett in the half-forward line was also using his experience to good effect with a mixture of points after the visitors had led 0-4 to 0-2 at one stage. Full-back Gary Loftus helped out the attack on another occasion to rasp over a fine point after he had started the attack from deep. After a few important words were spoken at half-time, a totally rejuvenated 'Tubber side took to the field in the second half. While it was Holly' who kicked over the opening point, it was all one-way traffic after that as the boys in red grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. A Tommy Kilcoyne point started the response with John Duffy kicking over a pointed free. Then it was a Tommy Kilcoyne free as wave after wave of Ballintubber attacks at pace was causing all sorts of problems in the visitors defence. Another Alan Plunkett point followed as Kevin McGuinness at midfield was beginning to boss this sector while the hard-working Ruaidhri Hallinan kicked over a deserved point to push 6 between the teams. With Alan Plunkett now lining out in midfield having switched with Daire Summerville. ball broke inside to full-forward Eddie Burke who rattled the ball to the net. Then Eddie Burke shot over 2 further points as the game was in the last 10 minutes when the boys from the amalgamed club won a penalty which was well converted. However with the score now reading 1-14 to 1-6 to the hosts, the response from the boys from the 'Tubber was impressive once again as points from Alan Plunkett (2) as well as another Tommy Kilcoyne free before player of the match John Duffy ensured a well-deserved win with another trademark point. With another round of fixtures due to be confirmed for next weekend this team can have a serious say on who will be in the promotion set-up later in the summer if this sort of form can be maintained. Others to show up well included captain for the day Damien Corbett while Brian Murphy battled away despite going down with injury on a number of occasions with Gary Loftus at full-back assured as always. Substitutes Alan and Seanie Larkin impressed when introduced in defence while Kevin McGuinness got better as the game went on. Daire Summerville worked hard in midfield before moving to the half-forward line where the forward line were best served by Alan Plunkett and John Duffy who accounted for 0-11 between them. The influential Tommy Kilcoyne had a strong second half while he had good support from Ruaidhri Hallinan. Full-forward Eddie Burke took awhile to get going but when he found the net his game improved dramatically with James McGing in the corner having an unusually quiet game but he will have better days.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Gary Loftus (0-1), Nial Hession, Brian Murphy, John Feeney, Damien Corbett (Capt), Daire Summerville, Kevin McGuinness, Ruaidhri Hallinan (0-1), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-3, 2f), Alan Plunkett (0-6), James McGing, Eddie Burke (1-2), John Duffy (0-5, 1f) . Subs used : Alan Larkin for John Feeney (inj), Seanie Larkin for Nial Hession, Darren Flannery for Ruaidhri Hallinan, Michael Conroy for Gary Loftus, Peter Burke for Brian Murphy
Breaffy House Mayo Senior League Division 1A Saturday May 5th
Ballinrobe 0-7 0-12 Ballintubber
Our Senior team began the defence of the Division 1A League title after a comfortable win over a spirited Ballinrobe side in Ballinrobe on Saturday evening. On an almost perfect evening for football, the 2010 and 2011 Senior Champions led 0-8 to 0-3 at the break after an excellent final 20 minutes in the opening half. Despite dominating from the throw-in, the 'Tubber kicked 6 scoreable chances wide before 2 breakaway Ballinrobe attacks yielded them a surprise 2 points lead. However with Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty lording it at midfield more chances came abegging with full-forward Padraig O'Connor kicking over the visitors opening point. While the hosts did kick over another point which turned out to be their last of the half, a host of Ballintubber points followed. It was Damien Coleman who reduced the lead to the minimum before a Cillian O'Connor free levelled the game. The boys in red were beginning to open up the match with a number of free flowing attacks where Damien McGing was next to point after he was at the end of another impressive build-up attack. Then County star Alan Dillon calmly fisted over point number 5 while he was also at the end of the next attack following a fine pass inside from County team-mate Cillian O'Connor to slot over another point. The one-way traffic continued right up to the end of the half with the impressive Damien Coleman at left-half-forward kicking over a fine long-range point from the left wing to put 4 between the teams. Before the end of the half however a huge Danny Geraghty catch from a kickout started another attack before the accurate Cillian O'Connor kicked over the final point of the half. The second half began in much the same vein with the Abbeysiders continuing their domination where it was the midfielder Danny Geraghty who kicked over the first point of the half. Further attacks opened up the homesides defence with Alan Dillon smacking the ball off Ballinrobe crossbar during this spell. It was corner-forward Damien McGing who was next to score as the visitors looked to kill the game off with a point the outcome. The second half failed to match the intensity of the opening half but the result was never in question. While the 'Robe kicked over 2 points in quick succession, they were cancelled by 2 Cillian O'Connor trademark frees with another Ballinrobe point closing out the contest with the result never really in doubt. The Ballintubber Management will have been happy with the hunger showed by the team who had not been fully together many times since last year but they will have to improve their scoring rate as their dominance on the evening deserved a lot more on the scoreboard. Despite one or 2 openings in the early stages the defence was solid with Liam Tunney and Gary Loftus in the corners cutting out a lot of loose ball while Cathal Hallinan showed up well even when brought out the field. The half back-line of Myles Kelly, Paul Earley and Tom Earley were on top for most of the game with the Ballintubber midfield pairing of Jason Gibbons and Danny Geraghty bound to be one of the best in the County as they were in total control for most of the game. While the attack did kick a surprising number of wides throughout the hour, they were still able to look very impressive with some eye-catching moves and movement. As usual Alan Dillon got through a huge amount of work including 2 points with Damien Coleman also kicking over 2 points in his best display of the season with Ruaidhri O'Connor proving to be a key link man at right-half-forward. Inside in the full-forward line Damien McGing looked dangerous at right-corner-forward as he kicked over 2 points with his pace causing trouble on occasion while the O'Connor brothers showed well with Cillian being the top scorer while Padraic proved to be an effective outlay as well as a key target man from time to time.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Gary Loftus, Myles Kelly, Paul Earley, Tom Earley, Jason Gibbons, Danny Geraghty (0-1), Ruaidhri O'Connor, Alan Dillon (0-2), Damien Coleman (0-2), Damien McGing (0-2), Padraig O'Connor (0-1), Cillian O'Connor (0-4, 3f). Subs used : Alan Plunkett for Damien Coleman, Kevin McGuinness for Danny Geraghty, Daire Summerville for Tom Earley
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Friday May 4th
Ballintubber 1-15 2-6 Crossmolina
Our Minor maintained their excellent start to the Division 1 Minor League campaign when they overcame a stubborn Crossmolina side in Ballintubber Community pitch on Friday evening. On a sunny but bitterly cold evening it was the Abbeysiders ability to open up the visitors defence with some excellent attacking football expecially in the second half that kept the North Mayo side at bay. Despite losing midfielder David McHale in the opening seconds where he seemed to badly twist his ankle, Ballintubber eventually got the opening point courtesy of Mark Golden after having earlier kicking a number of wides. But the travelling team responded well when they kicked over 2 points in quick succession before the accurate Stephen Finnerty levelled matters with a trademark free. While Cross' did take the lead for the last time, the impressive Conor Finnerty at full-forward scored the hosts only goal of the game after a fine team move. Further scores from Stephen Finnerty via play and a free had 4 points between the teams with half-time approaching before Crossmolina kicked the final point of the half to leave just a goal between the teams at the break 1-4 to 0-4. The teams began the second half by exchanging points before hard-working centre-half-forward Michael Plunkett put 4 between the teams again. However back came the North Mayo boys with a cracking goal to leave just the minimum between the teams. Again the 'Tubber boys reacted well to the challenge when Conor Finnerty kicked 2 quick points in succession to put further daylight between the teams before Crossmolina kicked over a breakaway free to leave the score reading 1-8 to 1-6 with less than 15 minutes to go. With Diarmuid O'Connor covering acres of ground from midfield while being ably assisted by substitute Rory Murphy along with the excellent James Loftus at full-back while there were good promptings from the likes of Jarlath Staunton and the sharp John Kerrigan in their respective corner back positions. The lively Sean Staunton got through a lot of work from right half back with good work from Joe Geraghty and Sean Murphy in the other half-back positions to make sure that little was going to get through the West Mayo sides defence. Another Stephen Finnerty free was followed by yet another Conor Finnerty point before Michael Plunkett kicked over his second point of the match which was added to by another impressive Conor Finnerty point. With 6 points between the sides the Abbeysiders received a set-back when the North Mayo side managed to get through their defence to hammer their second major of the game but yet again the response from the homeside was impressive. Conor Finnerty who was now lining out at centre-half-forward added his final point of the game with the quick thinking Sean Staunton attacking from the defence to be at the end of another passing move to kick over a deserved point. Before the end Michael Plunkett kicked over the final point of the match before referee Declan Corcoran blew the final whistle. Next up will Ballina Stephenites next Friday evening with a place in the top 4 booked for the Semi-Final stage.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Jarlath Staunton, James Loftus, John Kerrigan, Sean Staunton (0-1), Joe Geraghty (Captain), Sean Kelly, Diarmuid O'Connor, David McHale, Stephen Finnerty (0-5, 3f), Michael Plunkett (0-3), Mark Golden (0-1), Adrian Murphy, Conor Finnerty (1-5), Markus Munnelly . Subs used : Rory Murphy for David McHale (inj), Ronan Larkin for Markus Munnelly
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Thursday May 3rd
Ballintubber 8-15 5-3 Ballaghaderreen
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Tuesday May 1st
Aghamore 2-11 1-5 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Friday April 27th
Swinford 2-9 3-10 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Thursday April 26th
Louisburgh 6-11 4-15 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Tuesday April 24th
Ballintubber 0-8 5-7 Islandeady
Michael Walsh Senior League Group 3 Saturday April 21st
Ballintubber 0-9 0-8 Castlebar Mitchels
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Thursday 19th
Belmullet 5-9 6-8 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Tuesday April 17th
Ballinrobe 3-4 2-6 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Monday April 16th
Aghamore 1-7 1-13 Ballintubber
Breaffy House Junior League Division 1D Friday April 13th
Charlestown B 1-10 1-15 Ballintubber B
Our Junior team maintained their excellent start to their Division 1D League campaign when they came away from Charlestown with both points. It was an impressive opening half that laid the foundations for the win despite playing against the wind and sun plus captain Brian Feeney had to come off injured early in the game. Fine points from the accurate James McGing, the lively John Duffy while the hard-working Tommy Kilcoyne at centre-half-forward saw the Abbeysiders lead 0-10 to 0-2 with half-time approaching. While Kevin McGuinness at midfield along with substitute Alan Plunkett won their fair share of possession with Damien Coleman at full-forward proving to be the ideal target man with excellent, low ball more times than not coming in to the full-forward line. However the homeside who had come from 8 points down against Castlebar Mitchels last weekend to win had other ideas and scored 1-2 to trail 0-10 to 1-4 at the break. The boys in red got back to the scoring stakes after the restart when Tommy Kilcoyne tapped over another free but further points from Sarsfields saw the lead reduced to just 2 at 0-11 to 1-6. However the impressive James McGing popped over a fine point before taking a simple fisted score to maintain the deserved lead while another John Duffy point from distance added to the lead. Charlestown kept in touch with 2 further frees but the game was put to bed when James McGing happened to be in the right place after a crossfield ball managed to land in front of the goal to allow a simple tap-in . Before the game ended there were 2 further points from the homeside before John Duffy ended the scoring with another impressve point. This is the first time in a number of years that our Junior team has started off so well in the League with a short break as next weekends round of games have been deferred. Others to show up well included Gary Loftus and Nial Hession in the corners while John Feeney got better as the game went on. Liam Tunney impressed at right-half-back while there were also strong performances from Cathal Hallinan and Damien Corbett. Both Ruaidhri Hallinan and Darren Flannery worked hard in the half-forward line and were involved in many of the scores. Finally Ballintubber G.A.A. Club are grateful to Charlestown Sarsfields G.A.A. Club for agreeing to reschedule the game to this Friday evening at such short notice.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Gary Loftus, John Feeney, Nial Hession, Liam Tunney, Cathal Hallinan, Damien Corbett, Brian Feeney (Capt), Kevin McGuinness, Ruaidhri Hallinan, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-4, 3f), Darren Flannery, James McGing (1-5), Damien Coleman (0-1), John Duffy (0-5, 2f). Subs used : Alan Plunkett for Brian Feeney (inj), Daniel Loftus for Darren Flannery
Bord na nOg Under 14 League Division 3 Thursday April 12th
Ballintubber 10-10 3-17 Davitts
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Tuesday April 10th
Ballintubber 1-8 1-5 Naomh Pádraig
Bord na nOg Under 14 Division 3 Grading League Monday April 9th
The Neale 7-7 9-17 Ballintubber
Horan Cup Final Monday April 9th
Ballintubber 0-7 0-9 Burrishoole
Our Senior team suffered a disappointing home defeat in the final of the Horan Cup played in blustery, showery conditions in Clogher against a hungrier Burrishoole side. The game was there for the taking 10 minutes before the end when the sides were locked at 0-7 apiece but 2 late scores from the visitors secured the win . The opening half saw corner-forward Padraic O'Connor kick all of Ballintubber's points as they led 0-4 to 0-2 at one stage before a strong finish saw the coastal side lead at the break 0-6 to 0-4. The second half saw the heavy underfoot conditions worsen as wintry showers fell with Ruaidhri O'Connor reducing the deficit to just the solitary point early on before his brother Padraig levelled proceedings with a fine long range free to level at 0-6 apiece. Then Tom Earley came from the half-back line to put the 'Tubber back in front after a fine long range strike before the Burrishoole side finished the game out with 3 points to secure the win. Afterwards Burrishoole captain David Nevin accepted the cup from Noelle Horan while Man of the Match award went to Burrishoole centre-half-back Shane McDermott. Ballintubber G.A.A. Club wish to thank all who attended as all funds raised at the gate will be going towards the Brian Keane Benefit Fund.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Paul Earley, Cathal Hallinan, Gary Loftus, Myles Kelly, Tom Earley (0-1), Liam Tunney, Michael Hoban, Ruaidhri O'Connor (0-1), Damien Coleman, Tommy Kilcoyne, John Duffy, Damien McGing, Kevin McGuinness, Padraig O'Connor (0-5, 4f). Subs used : Brian Feeney for John Duffy, Lyndon Reilly for Tommy Kilcoyne, John Feeney for Damien Coleman, James McGing for Lyndon Reilly (inj).
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Sunday April 8th
Ballintubber 1-13 1-12 Westport
Our Minor team made it 2 wins out of 2 in Division 1 of the League when they nicked the win in an entertaining match against an unlucky Westport side. Conditions were dry but a strong wind blew that each team had the benefit in each half. It was the visitors Westport who began brightly where they raced into a 4 points lead in the opening 10 minutes as the understrength Abbeysiders were slow to settle against the strengthening wind. However full-forward Conor Finnerty kicked the homesides opening point but the 'Port maintained their early dominance to move 0-6 to 0-1 ahead. The Abbeysiders came back strongly however with a host of points from Stephen Finnerty (0-2, 1f), Conor Finnerty while hard-working midfielder Diarmuid O'Connor opened his tally to leave the score at 0-6 to 0-5 . Back came Westport with another score but that was followed by another Stephen Finnerty free while Conor Finnerty levelled the match at 0-7 apiece with the half-time break nearing. Westport finished the half strong however with the 2 remaining points of the half to leave the interval score Ballintubber 0-7 0-9 Westport. The boys in red began the second half with a pointed Conor Finnerty point before Westport came back with a pointed free which was quickly followed by a goal to ask the Abbeysiders some serious questions. It was Diarmuid O'Connor who took the bull by the horns when he kicked 3 points in succession with one from his left peg as suddenly it was just 2 scores between the teams. Westport came back to point before a spell of dominance when they ran at the Ballintubber defence but great disciplined defending from the likes of Jarlath Staunton and Oran Scully in particular who made numerous blocks before the play went down to the other end of the field where centre-half-forward Michael Plunkett got his fist to a high ball to find the net with the score now reading at 1-11 apiece. Then it was the turn of Brian Walsh to put the 'Tubber in the lead for the first time before a Stephen Finnerty free made it 1-13 to 1-11. Before the end Westport kicked over their final point of the match where further tremendous defending from the hosts defence guaranteed the 2 points. Others to shine included James Loftus at full-back while Sean Staunton, Sean Kelly and Adrian Murphy did well in the half-back line. David McHale had an excellent opening half in midfield as his strong running won a number of frees while the attack showed well at times with Michael Plunkett getting the crucial goal while other main scorers were Stephen Finnerty and Conor Finnerty with John Kerrigan also doing well in a different role.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Jarlath Staunton, James Loftus, Oran Scully, Sean Staunton, Sean Kelly, Adrian Murphy, David McHale, Diarmuid O'Connor (0-4), Stephen Finnerty (0-4, 2f), Michael Plunkett (1-0), Brian Walsh (0-1), John Kerrigan, Conor Finnerty (0-4, 1f), Markus Munnelly . Sub used : Ronan Larkin for Markus Munnelly
Breaffy House Junior League Division 1D Saturday April 7th
Ballintubber B 0-16 1-8 Ballycastle
Our Junior team picked up their second win of the Division 1D League when they eventually overcame a stubborn Ballycastle side played in dry, sometimes windy conditions in Clogher on Saturday evening. The Abbeysiders played well in patches but will know that tougher challenges lay ahead in a competitive division. The 'Tubber led 0-6 to 0-5 at the break after playing against the wind with scores coming from Daire Summerville (3, 1f), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-3, 2f) while Alan Plunkett opened the scoring. While the Abbeysiders did pull away for the early period of the second half after further points from Tommy Kilcoyne (2), Alan Plunkett, Kevin McGuinness, Daire Summerville and Damien Coleman to make it 0-12 to 0-6, the North Mayo side responded with 1-1 against the run of play. But a long range Daire Summerville point was followed by a brace of Lyndon Reilly points while Tommy Kilcoyne also added a point during this spell for the hosts to finish out deserving winners. Others to stand out for the boys in red included Cathal Hallinan at centre-half-back while he got good support from the likes of Gary Loftus at full-back with Damien Corbett getting in a steady shift where substitute Nial Hession put in a strong bid for a starting spot next Saturday evening. Captain Brian Feeney put in a strong performance at midfield against a very competitive Ballycastle midfield pairing with Kevin McGuinness and Daire Summerville also having a half each in the middle. Next up are Charlestown B next Saturday evening in Charlestown at 6.30 where the Abbeysiders will be keen to maintain new Junior Manager Ger Brady's 100% start in Division 1D.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Gary Loftus, Declan Larkin, John Kelly, Cathal Hallinan, Damien Corbett, Brian Feeney (Capt), Kevin McGuinness (0-1), Daire Summerville (0-5, 1f), Tommy Kilcoyne (0-5, 2f), Alan Plunkett (0-2), Lyndon Reilly (0-2), Damien Coleman (0-1), James McGing. Subs used : Nial Hession for Declan Larkin (inj), Ruaidhri Hallinan for John Kelly, Darren Flannery for James McGing, Peter Burke for Damien Corbett, Aidan Summerville for Keith Coleman.
Bord na nOg Under 16 Division 3 League Tuesday April 3rd
Ballyhaunis 0-11 4-2 Ballintubber
Bord na nOg Minor League Division 1 Monday April 2nd
Claremorris 0-8 4-13 Ballintubber
Breaffy House Junior League Division 1D Sunday April 1st
Achill 1-9 1-12 Ballintubber B
Our Junior team got off to a winning start in their second season of Division 1D when they outscored the homeside in an entertaining game in scenic Achill on Sunday played in almost perfect conditions. The win was based on hard work and a fantastic spirit despite being dominated for long periods around midfield, especially in the opening half . But a Tommy Kilcoyne goal along with excellent free taking from hard-working midfielder Daire Summerville saw the Abbeysiders put in a fine second half despite being behind 1-5 0-6 at the interval. Great defending in the Ballintubber defence led by Gary Loftus at full-back along with Cathal Hallinan at centre-half-back, saw the likes of the roving Declan Larkin along with Keith Coleman and Brian Murphy along with John Kelly keep many Achill attacks at bay with Frank Walsh in goal secure as ever. The opening half saw Daire Summerville kick over 5 of the 6 opening half scores with some from long distance frees, while James McGing was the other scorer. Just before the break an off the ball incident saw both teams reduced to 14 players with Eddie Burke seeing red. With Kevin McGuinness beginning to dominate around the middle early in the second half along with the promptings of Daire Summerville, it opened up opportunities for the likes of Alan Plunkett who kicked over 2 points while the battling Tommy Kilcoyne was at the end of an impressive move to calmly find the net early in the second half. That goal gave renewed confidence to the boys in red and while Achill did try to come back into the match, further scores from Tommy Kilcoyne, Daire Summerville from another free before captain John Duffy booked the opening batch of League points for the 'Tubber with the final score of the match. Others to show up well included substitutes Ruaidhri Hallinan and Damien Corbett who replaced Darren Flannery and John Kelly at various stages during the match. Next up will be Ballycastle who come to Clogher next Saturday evening for a 5pm start in another must-win game.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Gary Loftus, Declan Larkin, Brian Murphy, Cathal Hallinan, John Kelly, Daire Summerville (0-7, 5f), Kevin McGuinness, Darren Flannery, Alan Plunkett (0-2), James McGing (0-1), John Duffy (Capt) (0-1), Eddie Burke, Tommy Kilcoyne (1-1). Subs used : Ruaidhri Hallinan for Darren Flannery, Damien Corbett for John Kelly.
Bord na nOg Under Group 3 Grading League Thursday March 29th
Ballintubber 3-9 5-16 Ardnaree Sarsfields
Bord na nOg Under 16 League Division 3 Tuesday March 27th
Ballintubber 5-7 3-5 Tourmakeady
Kelly Cup Semi-Final Saturday March 24th
Castlebar Mitchels 0-15 1-7 Ballintubber
Our Senior teams involvement in this years Kelly Cup came to an end at the Semi-Final stage when a strong finish from the homeside saw them book their place in the final in dry, windy conditions at Mulvey Park. Despite the Abbeysiders being without many of their regulars, they still put it up to the Mitchels with play of a competitive nature all throughout where the 'Tubber led at the break despite being outplayed for long periods. Scores from Alan Plunkett, Padraig O'Connor , Tommy Kilcoyne, Damien Coleman and Daire Summerville with the goal coming from Alan Plunkett who picked up a rebound after a goal attempt from Daire Summerville was blocked shortly before the break with the half-time score reading 1-5 to 0-7. The game continued with the townside continuing to dominate in many positions but the Abbeysiders kept hanging in there with further scores from Padraig O'Connor (2) while Alan Plunkett kicked over his third point before a late flurry from the Mitchels guaranteed the win.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Brendan Walsh, Gary Loftus, Paul Earley, Gary Loftus, Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Alan Larkin, Michael Hoban, John Feeney, John Duffy, Tommy Kilcoyne (0-1), Daire Summerville (0-1), Alan Plunkett (1-1), Padraig O'Connor (0-3, 2f), Damien Coleman (0-1). Subs used : Tom Earley for Alan Larkin, Lydon Reilly for Tommy Kilcoyne, Cathal Hallinan for Keith Coleman
Kelly Cup Group 2 Sunday March 11th
Kilmeena 0-5 0-8 Ballintubber
Kelly Cup Group 2 Sunday February 26th
Ballintubber 2-9 2-5 Tourmakeady
Our Senior team won their first home game of the season when they deservedly overcame Tourmakeady in Round 2 of the Kelly Cup on a damp but mild Clogher on Sunday. Despite missing many of the Senior Championship winning team, they still proved too good even after a rocky start when they trailed the visitors 1-3 to 0-1 after the opening 15 minutes. Fine points from Damien Coleman (2) and a Padraig O'Connor '45 followed before a fortunate goal when Alan Plunkett somehow managed to get the last touch to a goal attempt that had earlier started when full-forward Padraig O'Connor hammered the Tourmak' crossbar with a thunder-bolt free-kick. Further points from Lyndon Reilly from his left peg and another Padraig O'Connor strike left the half-time score reading 1-6 to 1-3 in favour of the 'Tubber. The second half started as the first ended with with further points from Alan Plunkett and Padraig O'Connor before Tourmak' were given a life-line when they managed to scramble a goal to reduce the deficit to just 2 points at 1-8 to 2-3 before the visitors 'keeper added a point from '45 to reduce the lead to just the minimum. A long range Padraig O'Connor free however settled the ship before a final score from the Gaeltacht side with time running out. Before the end Daire Summerville secured the points when he was at the end of a well-worked move that saw captain for the day Gary Loftus come from full-back along with help from substitute Alan Larkin and Padraig O'Connor before the ball found its way to the net after Daire Summerville rounded the 'keeper. Next up will be Achill who come to Clogher next Sunday for another 12noon start in another Kelly Cup fixture. Others to shine for the boys in red included Myles Kelly, Declan Larkin and Ruaidhri O'Connor in the half-back line while John Feeney seemed to enjoy his new role at midfield along with Kevin McGuinness. Substitutes Paul Earley , Alan Larkin and Brian Murphy also caught the eye.
Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Keith Coleman, Gary Loftus (Capt), Seanie Larkin, Myles Kelly, Declan Larkin, Ruaidhri O'Connor, John Feeney, Kevin McGuinness, Daire Summerville (1-0), Damien Coleman (0-2), Alan Plunkett (1-2), Lyndon Reilly (0-1), Padraig O'Connor (0-4,1f,'45), John Duffy. Subs used : Paul Earley for Seanie Larkin (inj), Brendan Walsh for Frank Walsh, Alan Larkin for Lyndon Reilly, Brian Murphy for Declan Larkin (inj), Brian Feeney for Kevin McGuinness, James McGing for John Duffy
Kelly Cup Group 2 Saturday Febuary 18th
Breaffy 1-4 0-6 Ballintubber