Match Reports

June 24th 2018 Mayo Senior League Division ,1 Ballintubber 4-15 Kiltimagh 2-10

June 24th 2018 Mayo Senior League Division ,1  Ballintubber 4-15 Kiltimagh 2-10

June 24th 2018 Mayo Senior League Division 1

Ballintubber 4-15 Kiltimagh 2-10

As reported by Oisín McGovern

The blazing summer heat certainly didn’t suffocate either Ballintubber or Kiltimagh as both teams played out a high-scoring and fast-paced encounter in Clogher on Sunday. That a Kiltimagh side deprived of around ten players chalked up a final tally that would win most games spoke volumes about how open and free-scoring this league fixture was. With our lads in particular badly in need of both points they clinically exploited the East Mayo men who left their defence far too open, as we had nine unique scorers by the final whistle, including all our starting forwards. 
A severely depleted Kiltimagh outfit gave as good as they got for the opening twenty-five minutes, with the teams level on three occasions. Veteran forward Ronan Malee gave Ballintubber’s Gary Loftus plenty to think about early on as both sides were somewhat wasteful in the opening stages. Indeed the visitors almost took a four-point lead when wing-forward Owen Carroll forced an early save from Ballintubber stopper Brendan Walsh. However the Red and White took the game firmly by the scruff of the neck when Mayo veteran Alan Dillon found full-forward Padraic O’Connor unmarked with a lobbed pass before the eldest of the O’Connor brothers slotted home the opening goal. A point from Kiltimagh midfielder Liam Kelly was then cancelled out by Tubber’s Jamsie Finnerty who dummied before threading the ball through the eye of a needle past Jamie McNicholas to raise a second green flag for the hosts. The Abbeysiders scuppered two more clear-cut chances before the break but there was little doubt as to who was on top.
Chasing an eight-point deficit the away side moved TJ Byrne back to midfield to battle the impressive duo of Jason Gibbons and Ruadhri O’Connor while centre-forward Eoin Lavin pointed an absolute rocket from a distance which almost beggared belief. A shot into the roof of the Ballintubber net by wing-back Conor Gallagher sent out a clear message that this almost second-string Kiltimagh outfit weren’t going home without a fight. Nonetheless, Ballintubber’s forward lines kept the scoreboard ticking over before top scorer Alan Plunkett netted our third goal from close range to extend the home side’s lead to ten points.
Tubber’s Brendan Walsh was again called into action to save from Owen Carroll as the visitors continued to battle bravely but Ballintubber only pulled further in front, with Alan Plunkett leading an impressive ‘Tubber attack with two more unanswered points. Damien Coleman pointed for the second time before Ruadhri O’Connor capped a fine performance when the impressive Ciaran Gavin laid the ball into the path of the London-based expat who blasted a low shot into the Kiltimagh net.
The games sixth goal came in the form of a daisy-cutter from former Mayo minor captain Donavan Cosgrave which took some of the dirty look off the final score. All things considered, it was the best that the East Mayo men could’ve mustered with so many absentees in the face of such effective Ballintubber firepower.

Ballintubber team: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Cathal Hallinan (4)Declan Larkin (5)Myles Kelly (6)Joe Geraghty (7)Damien Coleman (0-2) (8)Jason Gibbons (0-1) (9)Ruadhri O’Connor (1-0) (10)Ciaran Gavin (0-2) (11)Alan Plunkett (1-4) (12)Brian Walsh (0-1) (13)Jamsie Finnerty (1-0) (14)Padraic O’Connor (1-2) (15)Alan Dillon (0-2, 1f) 
Substitutions used: Noel Geraghty (0-1) for Jamsie Finnerty, David McHale for Myles Kelly Sean Larkin for Alan Dillon, Jarlath Staunton for Joe Geraghty

Senior League 4

Senior League 4

June 10th Mayo Senior League Division 4

Ballintubber 5-15 Crossmoliona 3-7

(Report by OisIn McGovern)

A clinical and full-blooded effort from our junior team saw us claim a comprehensive home victory over Crossmoliona today. Despite the early 11 o’clock throw-in, the small crowd gathered in Clogher were treated to an eight-goal thriller which is sure to whet the appetite for when these two sides lock horns again in the Mayo Junior Championship in a few weeks’ time.

From the throw-in our lads were well on top with Paddy Burke grabbing our first goal after being set up by James McGing after a fine team move. Points from Ray Geraghty and Johnny Duffy were enough to give us a six point-lead within the first ten minutes. However, the visitors brought it back to within a point when midfielder Mike Gallagher let go a bullet of a shot from distance which Tom McGing was unable to keep out. Undeterred, we responded with a Stephen Broderick point before Johnny Duffy displayed outrageous skill when he flicked the ball over the Crossmoliona goalie before firing home a volley for the final score of the half.

Our lads continued to dominate in the second half, displaying a superior level of fitness and attacking support play to the opposition. When we appeared to be running away with it, corner-forward Gerard Holian converted a penalty to bring the deficit back to four. Any hopes the visitors may have had of getting back within touching distance of us were crushed when ‘Tubber’s Dave Clarke drove forward from wing-back to drive a left-footed effort into the back of the net.

It was at this midway point when the Red and White really turned on the style. Ray Geraghty and Ciarán Gavin raised a white flag each before the irrepressible Liam Feeney drove forward from his berth at corner-back to grab a goal for the ages when he fisted home Diego Maradona-style into the top corner after an inch-perfect fist pass from Johnny Duffy.

Another point from the impressive Ray Geraghty which went in off the post followed by a superbly taken penalty conversion by Ciarán Gavin left the North Mayo men dead and buried, with a soccer-style goal from Crossmoliona substitute Shane McKinley proving only tokenistic.

Man-for-man, it was as good of an attacking display as these lads have given all-year. Junior debuts were also given to substitutes Matthew Fox and Luke Murphy, the latter of who saw his afternoon end in a less than ideal manner when he was unfortunately black-carded. Being able to call upon the experience of the likes of Alan Larkin and Ger Brady stood to us in the closing stages, with both showing well during their brief cameos.

Ballintubber team that lined out:

(1)Tom McGing (2)Oran Scully (3)Kevin Shannon (4)Liam Feeney (1-0) (5)Jarlath Staunton (6)John Kerrigan (7)Dave Clarke (1-0) (8)David McHale (0-1) (9)Stephen Broderick (0-2) (10)Seanie Larkin (11)Ciarán Gavin (1-2, 1p, 1f) (12)Johnny Duffy (1-2) (13)James McGing (14)Ray Geraghty (0-8, 4f) (15)Paddy Burke (1-0)

 

Substitutions used: Aaron Lally for Seanie Larkin, Matthew Fox for Paddy Burke, Luke Murphy for Liam Feeney, Ger Brady for Johnny Duffy, Alan Larkin for Luke Murphy (Black Card)

Ballintubber v Garrymore League Div 1

Ballintubber v Garrymore League Div 1

May 26th 2018 Mayo Senior League (Mayo News)

Ballintubber 1-9 Garrymore 3-12

A subpar second half performance on a balmy summers evening saw our seniors were well beaten by a sharper and more clinical Garrymore outfit yesterday. The home side performed quite capably without Mayo panellists Shane Nally and Caolan Crowe as the Abbeysiders lined out without Cillian and Diarmuid O’Connor . Their absence deprived the visitors of a badly needed attacking fulcrum as our attack could only muster two points from play in the second half as Garrymore cruised to a comfortable victory.

Our lad got off to an ideal start when we landed a sucker punch in only the second minute when Ray Geraghty slid the ball past Brian Lynskey after Alan Plunkett intercepted his kickout before passing to Padraic O’Connor who provided the assist. Playing into a stiff breeze, the home side found the net five minute later when former Mayo minor Cathal gathered up a ball and nearly burst the net after the ‘Tubber defence failed to clear properly. Indeed, our rearguard was given quite the run-around all evening by the likes of Paul Deeley, Trevor Lydon, and Slattery, who assisted Brendan Cunningham for their second goal in the nineteenth minute. A clinical execution after a flowing attacking move, Cunningham’s goal ultimately made up the deficit at half-time.

Much like the playing surface in the balmy summer heat, our firepower dried up substantially in the second half as many shots fell short in the face of the notable breeze. Following a Damien Coleman point the home side were able to rattle off four unanswered scores. The result was put beyond doubt when substitute Bradley Hughes palmed home his side’s third goal after centre-back Trevor Nally drove through the Tubber defence before hand-passing laterally for Hughes to finish.

Having lost corner-forward Stephen O’Malley to a red card for dissent, there was simply no way back at this stage for the Abbeysiders. Spirits never wavered though, as we continued to tackle hard while Michael Plunkett and Jason Gibbons battled manfully in the engine room. The home side gave as good as they got though, as Ronan Gurren began brandishing yellows with increasing frequency before black-carding Garrymore’s substitute Darren Quinn for what he deemed to be a foot trip.

Brian Murphy eventually pointed towards the end but it proved futile as the home side were well ahead at this point. Indeed they might have raised yet another green flag towards the end when substitute Ian Commins blazed his shot over the bar before Ronan Gurren blew his whistle (no doubt eager to get home to watch the Liverpool match!)

Ballintubber team: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Brian Murphy (0-1) (4)Declan Larkin (5)Ciaran Gavin (0-1) (6)Damien Coleman (0-1) (7)Myles Kelly (8)Michael Plunkett (9)Jason Gibbons (10)Padraic O’Connor (0-1) (11)Alan Dillon (0-1) (12)Alan Plunkett (0-1) (13)Noel Geraghty (14)Ray Geraghty (1-0) (15)Stephen O’Malley (0-3, 3f)

Substitutions used: John Kerrigan for Padraic O’Connor, Hugh Geraghty for Noel Geraghty

Junior Championship Round 2

Report by Oisin McGovern

May 19th Mayo Junior Championship Round 2

Ballintubber 1-09 Killala 1-13

You couldn’t pick a winner for most of this fixture but in the end it was Killala who finished stronger to claim a vital victory over our juniors in the second round of the Mayo’s third-tier competition in Clogher on Saturday evening. Played in a full-blooded and free-flowing manner, this clash certainly served up far more entertainment than the tepid shadow-boxing played out by the pick of Galway and Mayo in McHale Park last Sunday. Despite another good showing from our lads and having nearly taken the scalp of a highly-fancied Kilmaine, progression to the knock-out stages now appears unlikely.

It was a Ballintubber side comprised of a blend of youth and experience which were more in control of proceedings in the first half. Midfielder David McHale was the dominant force around the middle of the field while full-forward Ray Geraghty our main attacking threat, winning and converting four well-taken frees before half-time. Indeed, Geraghty’s first-half influence was underscored by the fact that Shane Maheady had to be dispatched to try and shackle him as veteran Kilalla full-back Darragh McGuire was withdrawn. At the other end our full-back line of experienced campaigners Gary Loftus, Declan Larkin and Kevin Shannon battled Killala’s talented full-forward line capably.

Wing-forward Johnny Duffy drew first blood with a score with the outside of the boot before Ray Geraghty doubled our lead with a free. Five minutes in rookie goalkeeper Niall Staunton, deputising for Tom McGing, was given somewhat of a baptism of fire when he was forced into an excellent save from David Lawlor’s close-range piledriver.

Cheered on by a sizable and vocal contingent of travelling supporters, the north Mayo men reeled off three unanswered scores after falling four points behind courtesy of frees from Geraghty and Ciaran Gavin. All the while full-forward Andrew Farrell made a nuisance of himself, pointing three times in the first half and giving ‘Tubber full-back Gary Loftus plenty to think about. We then leapt four points when the aforementioned Geraghty slid the ball Theirry Henry-style past Seamus Ryan after a sublime kick pass from James McGing found its way to the former Mayo minor who in turn received the assist from younger brother Noel before finishing. The visitors remained steadfast though, with Alex Quinn, Darragh Herbert and former Mayo panellist Andrew Farrell pointing before the break.

Chasing a two-point deficit, the North Mayo men ground away in the second half with flying wing-forward Cian O’Dea being the first to work the scoreboard before danger man Andrew Farrell eventually equalized with a free on seventeen minutes. At the beginning of the final quarter, the sole imperfection of an otherwise assured display between the sticks from youngster Niall Staunton came when an erroneous short kick-out was scooped up by substitute Derry Quinn who set in motion a series of hand-passes which found corner-forward Alex Quinn who finished ruthlessly.

Unfortunately, Quinn’s goal would ultimately prove to be a bridge to far for The Red and White, as two Ray Geraghty frees were all that we could muster in the time remaining, as Killala converted every chance which presented itself. Nearly all of our attacking moves were smothered as the

visitors defended with renewed vigour to close out the contest, ultimately leaving with a four-point victory after a converted dead ball from Ray Geraghty brought the curtain down on proceedings.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Niall Staunton (17)Declan Larkin (3)Gary Loftus (4)Kevin Shannon (5)Aaron Lally (0-1) (6)Keith Coleman (7)John Kerrigan (8)Stephen Broderick (9)David McHale (10)Ciaran Gavin (0-2, 1f) (11)Darragh McGovern (12)John Duffy (0-1) (13)Noel Geraghty (14)Ray Geraghty (1-5, 5f) (15)James McGing

Subs used: Hugh Geraghty for Darragh McGovern, Eoin Heneghan for John Duffy, Louis Hoban for James McGing

Junior Championship. Kilmaine 2-12 Ballintubber 2-08

Junior Championship. Kilmaine 2-12 Ballintubber 2-08

April 22nd 2018 Mayo Junior Championship

Ballintubber 2-08 Kilmaine 2-12

Our junior team were on the verge of causing a major upset in the Mayo Junior Championship today against title favourites Kilmaine yesterday. Clawing back a nine-point deficit to level the score early in the second half, we may well have seized the day had we played with more fluidity in attack. Nonetheless our lads proved that there is plenty of talent in the reserve ranks of our club, giving the highly-fancied home side plenty to think about during certain spells.

On a blustery afternoon, the South Mayo men posted three points before Hugh Geraghty pointed our first free. During this time, our poor decision-making and lack of quality ball into the forward line did us no favours. Indeed, when Cathal Murphy shook the ‘Tubber net after receiving a pass the pacy Oisín Mullin it appeared to open the floodgates, with the home side clocking up four more unanswered points. However, with a mountain to climb, we responded positively with five unanswered scores of our own before break from the impressive Ciarán Gavin and frees from Johnny Duffy and Hugh Geraghty.

When Kilmaine’s Colin Hughes saw red for a second yellow on the stroke of half-time, the idea of an unlikely victory for the Red of White couldn’t yet be discounted. Shortly after the commencement of the second half, a hanging ball from Ciarán Gavin was grasped by Hugh Geraghty who evaded a number of Kilmaine bodies before firing home hard and low into the net, prompting a huge roar of encouragement from the Ballintubber supporters gathered. Indeed, when Johnny Duffy equalized mid-way through the half with an excellent score from an acute angle, the game was thrown right back into the melting pot.

However, Kilmaine captain Pat Kelly led by example with two quick points before Matthew Keady added a third unanswered score. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the likes of Keith Coleman and substitute Stephen Broderick, our lads couldn’t make the extra man count in attack. Eventually Michael Hession doubled the home sides’s lead with a low shot past Tom McGing, and victory seemed all but secured.

A faint glimmer of hope was rekindled Johnny Duffy flicked a goal over his head past Tiernan Canny after a lobbed pass from John Kerrigan towards the end, but fourteen-man Kilmaine held out for a four-point win.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Tom McGing (2)Oran Scully (3)Kevin Shannon (4)Declan Larkin (5)Aaron Lally (6)Keith Coleman (7)Gary Loftus (8)John Kerrigan (9)David McHale (10)Ciarán Gavin (0-2) (11)Darragh McGovern (12)Johnny Duffy (1-3, 2f) (13)Hugh Geraghty (1-3, 2f) (14)Damien McGing (21)Noel Geraghty

Substitutions used: Stephen Broderick for Kevin Shannon, Dave Clarke for David McHale, Patrick Burke for Hugh Geraghty, Ray Geraghty for Damien McGing

Ballintubber v Aughamore

Ballintubber v Aughamore

Mayo Senior League Division 1 April 21st 2018

Ballintubber 0-10 Aghamore 1-08

In the end it was a teak tough Aghamore outfit that claimed both points in Clogher this evening as our Seniors fell narrowly short of snatching a draw. On an evening on which a host of former and current Mayo players were either absent, excelled, or underperformed this encounter proved to be quite a slow burner.

With us deprived of the services of current and former Mayo captains Alan Dillon (currently Stateside) and Cillian O’Connor (currently injured), scores were never going to be easy to come by. Indeed, we appeared rudderless at times in the absence of Dillon in particular whose acute footballing intelligence in the centre-forward role was sorely missed in the face of an Aghamore defence playing with a permanent sweeper.

The signs were evident early on that this wasn’t going to be a shoot-out. The fact that it took seventeen minutes for any sort of score to materialise via a Stephen O’Malley free told its own story. The indifferent murmurings from both sets of supporters proved to be the soundtrack of a first half in which shots drifting wide and falling short of the target were very much the norm rather than the exception. Indeed, a botched pickup from Padraic O’Connor which went straight into the hands of an Aghamore man provided about as much amusement as any of on-field action.

During this time, Brian Murphy had his hands full with former Mayo panellist Alan Freeman who, along with former Mayo Minor Ross Egan, provided the visitor’s main attacking outlet. Indeed it was Freeman that accounted for their first two scores before a Seán Óg Tigue point put them two ahead. Points from Brian Walsh and an O’Malley free left us deadlocked at the break. Indeed we were unfortunate not to raise a green flag when Aghamore corner-back Iarla Carty was forced to clear the ball off his line after Alan Plunkett got a gentle fist to a high searching ball into the square.

The second half proved a more exciting affair, with Brendan Walsh forced to make an early goal save from Conor Kilkenny. A Padraic O’Connor single was then cancelled out when Alan Freeman drove home a superbly-taken penalty after Brian Murphy was judged to have fouled him in the square.

It proved to be the shot in the arm the game needed, with both teams now going hell-for-leather as Aghamore hit their purple patch, leading by five points when James McNieve palmed over their final point of the game. Undeterred, our seniors pressed ahead with Stephen O’Malley pointing two frees while Jason Gibbons and Brian Murphy added points from play. Though we scrambled desperately to claim a solitary point from this game the equalising point never materialised, with a wide shot from Alan Plunkett in injury time prompting Kevin Connelly to bring proceedings to a close.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Jarlath Staunton (3)Cathal Hallinan (4)Brian Murphy (0-1) (5)Joe Geraghty (6)Damien Coleman (7)Myles Kelly (8)Jason Gibbons (0-1) (9)David McHale (10)Stephen Finnerty (11)Diarmuid O’Connor (12)Brian Walsh (0-1) (13)Alan Plunkett (14)Padraic O’Connor (0-1) (15)Stephen O’Malley (0-6, 6f)

Substitutions used: Noel Geraghty for Brian Walsh, Eoin Heneghan for Padraic O’Connor, John Kerrigan for Cathal Hallinan, Gary Loftus for Jarlath Staunton

Kelly Cup Semi Final Ballintubber 1-11 Louisburgh 0-08

Kelly Cup Semi Final Ballintubber 1-11 Louisburgh 0-08

April 14th 2018-Kelly Cup Semi-Final

Reported by Oisin McGovern

Ballintubber 1-11 Louisburgh 0-8

Our seniors advanced to the final of the Kelly Cup in a blustery Clogher this evening with a victory of a stubborn Louisburgh outfit. While the wind certainly made conditions less than ideal we ground out a win against the Intermediate opposition who certainly made a game of it for our lads.

At the end of a cagey opening 15 minutes, two Kevin Gibbons frees cancelled out a dead-ball converted by Alan Dillon to give the visitors the lead for the first and only time in this encounter. ‘Tubber wing-back John Kerrigan then pointed the first of his two scores of the match before Stephen Finnerty and Alan Plunkett added a point each.

The fact that visitors failed to register a score from play in the first half spoke volumes of our full-back line, with Gary Loftus in particular putting in a fine shift on his return from injury. When Stephen O’Malley shook the back of the Louisburg net near the half-time whistle after receiving a superb long-ball from Alan Dillon it was hard to see a way back for the West Mayo men. The aforementioned Loftus, Brian Murphy and Jarlath Staunton marshalled their full-forward line manfully, thus depriving the visitors of a clear scoring outlet. A Padraic Prendergast free then brought what was an otherwise unspectacular half to a close.

While certainly not playing to the best of their ability, the Abbeysiders saw it through in the second half in the face of a miserly Louisburgh defence. John Kerrigan and Alan Plunkett doubled their tallies for their evening midway through the half with a point each before substitute Darragh McGovern set up Joe Geraghty who pointed from close range. Ciarán Gavin’s recent good form with our Junior team was rewarded when he replaced Alan Dillon for his senior debut before converting a tidy free to close the game out.

Kevin Johnson’s men will now defend their Kelly Cup title against Burrishoole in the final.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Brian Murphy (4) Jarlath Staunton (5)Joe Geraghty (0-1) (6)Damien Coleman (7)John Kerrigan (0-2) (8) David McHale (9)Jason Gibbons (0-1) (10)Stephen Finnerty (0-1) (11)Alan Dillon (0-3, 1f) (12)Damien McGing (13)Stephen O’Malley (1-0) (14)Alan Plunkett (0-2) (15)Noel Geraghty

Substitutions used: Hugh Geraghty for Damien McGing, Darragh McGovern for Stephen Finnerty, Ciaran Gavin (0-1, 1f) for Alan Dillon, Kevin Shannon for Jarlath Staunton, Keith Coleman for John Kerrigan, Michael Conway for Noel Geraghy

Senior League Div 4 Ballintubber 2-06 Charlestown 1-11

Senior League Div 4 Ballintubber 2-06 Charlestown 1-11

Report by Oisin McGovern

Mayo Senior League Division 4 08/04/18 Ray Prendergast Memorial Park

Ballintubber 2-6 Charlestown 1-11

Our juniors failed to replicate their good showing against Ballina last week as we dropped two points to Charlestown today in a match which had been re-fixed to give us home advantage. In truth, the two-point losing margin could’ve been greater considering the lack of fluidity in our play and the goal chances that both teams failed to convert in either half.

The encounter began in the worst possible manner when sweeper John Drewdy charged forward before taking a pass and finishing assuredly past Tom McGing in the ‘Tubber goal. At the other end a chance was spurned when sublime long kick-pass David McHale sailed straight in to the grasp of James McGing, who had his shot then smothered by the Charlestown goalie. Ciaran Gavin, arguably our best player on the day, eventually pointed a free in the tenth minute to chalk up our first score. He was then unlucky to see a goal bound shot of his own blocked by the Charlestown ‘keeper.

With neither team were particularly dominant Tom McGing produced a heroic goal save to prevent corner-forward Richie Hearne from landing a killer blow on the stroke of half-time. With only two frees on the scoreboard at half-time, a serious improvement would be needed if we were to have any chance of winning on home soil. A second half goal from substitute Ray Geraghty after a David McHale assist against the run of play did provide a glimmer of hope but, in truth, we simply weren’t performing well enough as a unit to take the game to the visitors.

Despite points from brothers Hugh and Noel Geraghty, we nonetheless found ourselves trailing by six points at one stage. Indeed, the contest could easily have been put to bed when David McHale blocked a Charlestown shot on the line in the last ten minutes.

We were then handed a lifeline when Ciaran Gavin soccer-syled a rebound from Ray Geraghty into the Charlestown net to bring the deficit back to three. Incredibly, we came within inches of snatching a draw right at the death when David McHale’s fisted effort bounced over the bar after he latched onto a searching ball from Eoin Vahey into a crowded square. In truth, our performance simply didn’t suffice and Charlestown came away from Clogher with both points.

Ballintubber team that line out: (1)Tom McGing (2)Oran Scully (3)Kevin Shannon (4)Michael Conway (5)Aaron Lally (6)Keith Coleman (7)John Kerrigan (8)Eoin Vahey (9)David McHale (0-1) (10)Ciaran Gavin (1-1, 1f) (11)Darragh McGovern (12)Damien McGing (13)James McGing (14)Hugh Geraghty (0-3, 2f) (15)Eoin Heneghan

Substitutions used: Ray Geraghty (1-0) for Eoin Heneghan, Noel Geraghty (0-1) for James McGing, Seamus Thomas for Darragh McGovern, Finian Bourke for Oran Scully, Gavin Roache for Oran Scully

Senior Championship Round 1. Davitts 1-09 Ballintubber 1-13

Senior Championship Round 1. Davitts 1-09 Ballintubber 1-13

Mayo Senior Championship April 7th 2018-04-07

Ballintubber 1-13 Davitts 1-9

Our seniors got their championship campaign off to the ideal start with a vital away win at Davitt Park today. On a day in which we were deprived the services of Mayo captain Cillian O’Connor our remaining forwards stepped up collectively, with substitute Stephen O’Malley also kicking two points at crucial stages after his second-half introduction. Jason Gibbons anchored midfield competently, while Mayo veteran Alan Dillon gave another fine playmaking display at centre-forward. While a comprehensive defeat of a plucky Davitts side was never on the cards this was nonetheless a solid team performance which sets us up nicely for the remaining rounds of the group stages.

On the day of their sister’s wedding, Alan and Michael Plunkett led the way in the opening few minutes with a point each. The brothers combined superbly again twelve minutes in when two-time All-Ireland winner Michael set up his older brother who finished sublimely into the bottom corner of the Davitts’ net. Singles from Bryan Walsh and Alan Dillon pushed our lead out to five before Josh Ronayne rattled the ‘Tubber net after Andy Peters was let through our defence far too easily to provide the assist for the Davitt’s captain. White flags for Peters and Aiden McTigue levelled the score before the conclusion of an evenly matched first half.

The border men opened the scoring after the interval to take the lead for the first time with a Josh Ronayne point. However four unanswered Ballintubber scores followed, with the irrepressible Alan Dillon kicking the score of the match from an acute angle midway through the second half. The home side replied with points from Ronayne and Aidan McTigue before Bryan Walsh and substitute Stephen O’Malley stretched our lead back to three, raising white flags within a minute of each other.

A fine point from the left boot of the London-based Ruaidhri O’Connor and another single from Dillon gave us breathing room in the closing stages as we eventually ran out four-point winners. Today’s victory has no doubt taken some weight off the shoulders of Kevin Johnson’s men as they begin the long wait for the visit of Breaffy in the second round.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Myles Kelly (3)Cathal Hallinan (4)Brian Murphy (5)Joe Geraghty (6)Damien Coleman (7)Ruaidhri O’Connor (0-1) (8)Jason Gibbons (9)Michael Plunkett (0-2) (10)Stephen Finnerty (0-1) (11)Alan Dillon (0-3, 1f) (12)Diarmuid O’Connor (0-1) (13)Bryan Walsh (0-2) (14)Alan Plunkett (1-1) (15)Padraig O’Connor

Substitutions used: Jarlath Staunton for Cathal Hallinan, Stephen O’Malley (0-2) for Padraic O'Connor

REPORT BY OISIN MCGOVERN

League Div 4. Ballintubber 3-16 Ballina 0-06

League Div 4. Ballintubber 3-16 Ballina 0-06

April 1st 2018

Mayo Senior Leauge Division 4

Ballintubber 3-16 Ballina 0-7

We made it two wins from two over Ballina this weekend as our Junior team kicked off their season in style with a superb win today in a chilly Ray Prendergast Memorial Park, in which all six of our starting forwards got on the scoreboard. This relatively young Junior side, under the stewardship of Jackie Heneghan, Michael Kerrigan and Gerry Dillon showed that there is plenty of talent in their ranks and will no doubt look to build on today’s victory.

Donning our white “away” jerseys, our juniors made their intent clear straight from the throw-in when full-forward Hugh Geraghty buried a low shot into the net after receiving a pass from the impressive youngster Ciarán Gavin, who gave an excellent all-round performance. Three more quick-fire points from the Abbeysiders followed to put us four points ahead after only three minutes. Ballina were then well and truly beaten when Darragh McGovern, on the anniversary of his winning goal for Ballinrobe Community School in the All-Ireland Schools “B” final, fired a looping shot from distance into the top corner of the Ballina net on fourteen minutes. Ballina did tack on five points before the break, but Ballintubber added four more singles to ensure an eight-point half-time lead.

Our attacking intent certainly didn’t waiver in the second half, with Ciarán Gavin kicking the pick of his four points in the first minute before Darragh McGovern added another single. Indeed, Gavin was unlucky not to crown a fine performance with a goal when he shot wide of the Ballina net shortly afterwards.

Eoin Heneghan was impressive at corner-forward in the third quarter with a well-executed ’45 followed by a brilliant finish into the roof of the net to raise our third green flag of the day. Substitute Paddy Burke chipped in with a point shortly after his introduction followed by a white flag from David McHale, who was superb at centre field. A point each from Darragh McGovern and James McGing towards full-time capped a comprehensive victory for this youthful Ballintubber side.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Tom McGing (2)Oran Scully (3)Kevin Shannon (4)Michael Conway (5)Aaron Lally (6)Keith Coleman (7)John Kerrigan (8)Eoin Vahey (9)David McHale (0-1) (10)Ciarán Gavin (0-4) (11)Darragh McGovern (1-2) (12)Johnny Duffy (0-1) (13)James McGing (0-2) (14)Hugh Geraghty (1-1, 1f) (15)Eoin Heneghan (1-4, 1f, 1 ’45)

Substitutions used: Paddy Burke (0-1) for Ciarán Gavin, Liam Feeney for Aaron Lally, Niall Hession for Oran Scully, Dave Clarke for Hugh Geraghty, Cian Corcoran for Eoin Heneghan