Match Reports

Mayo Senior League Division 4A V Ballina

MATCH REPORT

19 September 2021

Mayo Senior League Division 4A

Ballintubber 2-8 Ballina 0-15

 

Our Juniors nearly conjured up a brave late comeback in the Clogher this afternoon, but ultimately fell just short.

 

Despite defying a six-point gap to come back and level the game in the second half, we are now left with a single league point from five games in this year’s competition.

 

To their credit, the men in the Red and White went down fighting in the second half as goals from David McHale and Alan McHale in the final ten minutes set the scene for a grandstand finish.

 

When Ballina were looking comfortable with a seven-point lead, good direct running allowed Alan McHale to feed his cousin David who fired home our first goal.

 

Over a minute later, the younger McHale found the net after being fed by Darragh McGovern, who was highly impressive a midfield during the second half.

 

However, Ballina remained plucky and found the winning score before we were able to add to our tally.

 

Indeed, the North Mayo men had looked the brighter of the two teams for most of the game.

 

On several occasions, the Stephenites made hay by forcing turnovers and took their scores with accuracy and composure.

 

Only for some impressive saves from Niall Staunton, our opponents could well have found the net. Had they done so, our fate could have been sealed long before the full-time whistle.

Playing out on a rain-soaked Clogher surface, it was ourselves that started the better.

 

Padraic O’Connor showed his class with three superb early points, but from the twelfth minute Ballina shook off the cobwebs and strung together 0-7 without reply.

 

During this period, the Stephenites played the better football, and the scoreboard showed it.

They also forced several saves from Niall Staunton, who effectively kept us in the game with his interventions.

 

We also had our share of goal chances in the first half, with Stephen Burke hitting the side net after a clever move involving himself, Noel Geraghty and Alan Larkin.

 

Trailing 0-5 to 0-10 at half-time, a huge improvement would be needed to turn this one around.

 

While Ballina did not set the game alight, they were still comfortably in front by the 50th minute.

 

They also spurned two genuine game-winning opportunities by sending two daisy-cutters wide of the mark.

 

Our best period of football came after the water break, where we buried 2-1 in ten minutes by running at our opponents with pace and purpose.

 

However, the Stephenites ensured the points would not be shared by hitting the winning score in injury time.

 

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Niall Staunton (2)Luke Murphy (3)Paul Early (4)Gavin Roache (5)Darragh Joyce (6)Cillian Redmond (7)John Kerrigan (8)Darragh McGovern (9)David McHale (1-1) (10)Aaron Lally (11)Noel Geraghty (0-3, 2f) (12)Stephen Burke (13)Alan Larkin (14)Padraic O’Connor (0-4, 2f) (15)Alan McHale (1-0)

 

Substitutions used: Adrian Murphy for Aaron Lally (43 min), Magnus Malone for Luke Murphy (2nd half water break), James McGing for Darragh Joyce (55 min)

Ballintubber v Castlebar Senior League Div 1B

September 4 2021

Mayo Senior Football League Division 1B

Castlebar Mitchels 0-10 Ballintubber 0-10

In many ways, this was a something of a throw-back to the heyday of our great rivalry which dominated Mayo club football for roughly a decade.

It wasn’t the greatest of matches, but the second half in particular evoked memories of the days when these two former giants arm-wrestled for the Moclair Cup.

Indeed, the fact that so many of the battle-scarred gladiators who starred in those classics were on display here only added to the nostalgia.

While the likes of Neil Douglas, Danny Kirby, Ger McDonagh, Donal Newcombe, Jason Gibbons, Damien Coleman, Alan Plunkett and Gary Loftus are still battling way, the generation who looked up to those men also made their mark.

Stephen O’Malley was once again Ballintubber’s leading marksman in Cillian O’Connor’s absence, while Finian Bourke, Jack Walsh and Noel Geraghty all continued to show promise.

For Mitchels, young guns like Paul Walsh, Seamus Touhy, Peter Basquille, Paddy Heneghan and Donnacha McHugh nicely complemented Mitchels’ elder statesmen.

With two evenly-matched teams, the occasional flair-up, and so many veterans still soldiering away, it felt a lot like the Ballintubber-Mitchels games we once knew.

In the end, a draw proved to be a fair result when the final whistle went in Jose Munnelly Park.

Both teams blended a running game with the occasional punt into the danger men.

Yet despite this attacking mindset, neither team mustered a goal chance worthy of mention.

Midfield proved a fascinating battle ground, with Donal Vaughan and Gavin Durcan going to war with Jason Gibbons and Joe Geraghty.

While proceedings were even for most of the game, it was one-way traffic for the first fifteen minutes.

In an impressive spell of play, the hosts went six points ahead through Neil Douglas (0-3, 1f), Donncha McHugh, Anthony O’Boyle and the electric Paul Walsh (0-1 each).

Ballintubber put a halt to the Castlebar steamroller when full-forward Stephen O’Malley pointed their opener just before the water break.

From here on, the we kept to the pace of the game, outscoring their opponents 0-5 to 0-1 for the remainder of the half.

O’Malley was on hand to hit a Maurice Fitzgerald-style screamer from the outside of the boot which brought the half to a close, with Ballintubber trailing by a point.

Another highlight was a 70-yard solo run from Jason Gibbons to set up Alan Plunkett for our second point of the evening.

While Mitchels introduced some fresh legs in the second half, we stuck to the 15 which started the game before being forced to withdraw the injured Finian Bourke and Noel Geraghty.

In scoring terms, the gap never expanded beyond a point, another enduring feature of the great battles which these two teams have produced over the years.

At one point, our lads produced what TG4 would call a ‘scór inspioráideach’ when Finian Bourke pulled off a ‘Superman’ block before the Abbeysiders swiftly moved the ball up the field to win a very scoreable free, which O’Malley duly dispatched.

Two points from Hugh and Noel Geraghty arrived either side of two Mitchels scores, with Ethan Gibbons’ late free levelling the game for the fourth time.

With both teams inclined to commit more bodies to defence after the water-break, we found it hard to break down the Mitchels’ defence for that decisive score. Liam Devenney eventually concluded proceedings, leaving us with three points from four rounds of League football.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Frank Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Brian Murphy (4)Finian Bourke (5)Myles Kelly (6)Damien Coleman (7)Jack Walsh (8)Joe Geraghty (9)Jason Gibbons (10)Hugh Geraghty (0-1) (11)Noel Geraghty (0-1) (12)Keelan McDonnell (13)Ciarán Gavin (0-2) (14)Stephen O’Malley (0-5, 5f) (15)Alan Plunkett (0-1)

Substitutions: Stephen Burke for Noel Geraghty (55 min, inj.), Gavin Roache for Finian Bourke (60 min, inj.)

Referee: Liam Devenney

Senior League 1B (Round 3)

MATCH REPORT

August 21 2021

Mayo Senior Football League Division 1B

Ballintubber 0-11 Breaffy 1-10

 

A late smash-and-grab handed Breaffy both points in our latest battle with our local rivals in the Mayo Senior Football League.

 

Despite leading by five points at one stage in the second half, we conceded four unanswered scores in the final 15 minutes, all from the boot of Breaffy’s Colm Flynn

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With the game nearly up, we still lead by a single score and just had to hold on for a few moments to claim both points.

 

However, Breaffy snatched victory when Mayo panellist Conor O’Shea sent a ball into Patrick Bourke who buried the winner with an excellent finish.

 

Enda Gilvarry’s men were undoubtedly sickened to have lost to their local rivals in such a manner, particularly given that they saw two clear-cut goal chances come flying off the woodwork.

 

Indeed, despite not finishing strongly, we had done enough throughout the game to come out of it with both points.

 

Corner-forward Ciaran Gavin might have had the ball in the net in the seventh minute, but his shot rattled the underside of the crossbar before Breaffy cleared the danger.

 

Likewise, Noel Geraghty was desperately unlucky to hit the bottom of the post with a shot that could have given us a six-point lead mid-way through the second half.

Played in front of a large and vocal set of supporters, this had the feel of a proper local derby.

 

Neither side stood back from each other in a half in which we prevailed 0-7 0-3 thanks to scores from Stephen O’Malley (0-2, 1f) Ciaran Gavin (0-2), Gary Loftus, Noel Geraghty and Keelan McDonnell (0-1 each)

 

Brian Murphy was back to his very best at full-back, giving Breaffy full-forward Colm Flynn a torrid time of it.

 

Stephen O’Malley, Ciaran Gavin and Noel Geraghty all stood out up front, with O’Malley kicking one outrageous point from way out on the right-hand side in the second half.

 

The introduction of Conor O’Shea at half-time gave a boost for Breaffy against a Ballintubber side with no county players on display.

 

While O’Shea did not win the game single-handedly, his presence around the middle was certainly influential.

 

Our opponents moved up a gear somewhat in the second half, but we kept them at arm’s length and eventually stretched our lead to five points shortly after the water break.

 

Thereafter, our opponents began discretely chipping away at our lead, with four scores from Colm Flynn going unanswered – including one brilliant effort from out on the right-hand side.

 

However, with a point to spare, we looked as if we would hang on with only a minute left.

However, the youngest of the O’Shea brothers found fellow substitute Patrick Bourke in space, who sealed our fate with a well-taken finish.

 

Ballintubber team that lined out: Brendan Walsh; Gary Loftus (0-1), Brian Murphy, Finian Bourke; Myles Kelly, Damien Coleman, Jack Walsh; Joe Geraghty, Jason Gibbons; Hugh Geraghty, Noel Geraghty (0-2), Keelan McDonnell (0-2); Ciaran Gavin (0-2), Stephen O’Malley (0-4, 1f), Alan Plunkett

 

Substitutions: David McHale for Finian Bourke (2nd half water-break), Gavin Roache for Gary Loftus (52 min), Robbie Finnerty for Alan Plunkett (55 min), Aaron Lally for Keelan McDonnell (60 min)

 

Referee: Garryowen McMahon

Senior League Div1B (Round 2)

August 15 2021

Mayo Senior Football League Division 1B

Ballintubber 3-20 Kiltane 0-8

Our seniors crowned a magnificent weekend for Ballintubber GAA club with their best display of the year against Kiltane in Clogher.

Having lost out to Westport in wet and windy conditions last weekend, this was an entirely different Ballintubber team that showed up.

The fitness, tenacity, skill and hunger on display here reminded us all what this group are truly capable of when everything clicks.

While Kiltane were disappointing, it takes little away from our performance.

If Man-Of-The-Match awards were to be given out, there would have been many Red and White contenders.

From Jack Walsh at the back – who kept former Mayo panellist Mikey Sweeney scoreless – to the imperious Jason Gibbons, to Ciaran Gavin and Stephen O’Malley up front - who tore Kiltane asunder with 3-12 between them.

With Damien Coleman back at centre-back rather than playing as a sweeper, Enda Gilvarry’s men went for an attacking mindset against the team that defeated us in the Michael Walsh League only a few weeks ago.

As Clogher reverberated with cheerful talk of ‘The Match’, the game itself seemed almost supercharged by Mayo’s magnificent toppling of the Dublin empire.

The noise from players, management, and supporters were an indication that we were well and truly out of the early season and now playing serious senior football.

Played out on a dry home sod, this approach yielded 1-6 before the water break, with Ciaran Gavin bagging the goal after a Noel Geraghty miscued a shot.

At the other end, our opponents looked out of sorts up front. Our defence were more than a match for them and held them to a single score from play by half time.

Indeed, we were dominant in all areas of the field as the scores were evenly spread across five of our starting forwards.

Despite the introduction of the original Tommy ‘Goals’ Conroy for Kiltane, the Erris men could not find that extra gear.

Going into the second half leading 1-10 to 0-5, our lads were simply too good for our opponents. If anything, they got better as the game went on.

Our forwards seem to have a telepathic understanding of each other and clicked in a way that they had not done all season.

Stephen ‘Bales’ O’Malley was at his very best, hitting scores from all sorts of angles in the second half.

We struck the mortal blow just before water break after a rapid team move ended with Alan Plunkett feeding Ciaran Gavin, who palmed it into the net to make it 2-16 to 0-7.

Victory was now only a formality, with Gavin and O’Malley adding another 0-3 before Gavin landed his hat-trick with five minutes to go.

The one bit of luck which came Kiltane’s way saw them awarded a penalty right at the very end, but Tommy Conroy struck the spot kick a few feet wide of the post.

All around, t’was a great weekend for club and county.

An Tobair Abú, Mayo for Sam!

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Brian Murphy (4)Finian Bourke (5)Myles Kelly (6)Damien Coleman (7)Jack Walsh (8)Joe Geraghty (0-1) (9)Jason Gibbons (0-1) (10)Hugh Geraghty (0-2) (11)Noel Geraghty (0-2) (12)Keelan McDonnell (13)Ciarán Gavin (3-4) (14)Stephen O’Malley (0-8, 4f, 1 ’45) (15)Alan Plunkett (0-2)

Substitutions used: Aaron Lally for Damien Coleman, (2nd half water-break) Gavin Roache for Hugh Geraghty (2nd half water-break), Darragh McGovern for Joe Geraghty (51 min), Matthew Redmond for Noel Geraghty (57 min)

Referee: Liam Devenney

West Mayo B Junior Football Championship Final 2021

MATCH REPORT

July 11 2021

West Mayo B Junior Football Championship Final

 

Ballintubber 1-11 Louisburgh 1-11 AET

 

**Louisburgh win 4-3 on penalties

 

History was made in West Mayo as ourselves and Louisburgh had to be separated by penalty kicks in this West Mayo ‘B’ Junior Football Championship Final.

 

With Croagh Patrick fast fading from view as the night drew closer, Louisburgh’s Ed Ball was the kingmaker when he buried his side’s sixth spot kick after Jason Corrigan denied Padraic O’Connor in sudden death.

 

They say penalties are a cruel and unfair way to decide a game, a sentiment echoed by many when the scores were deadlocked at 1-11 apiece after 80 minutes.

 

However, with daylight rapidly fading, there simply was no other way to settle this.

 

Throughout the entire game, there had barely been a kick between these teams.

 

Both sides had equal amounts of possession, skills, errors and ultimately, scores.

 

As usual, our lads weren’t found wanting for heart, effort or determination in a game that was played in beautiful but breezy conditions on an immaculate Kilmeena sod.

 

Louisburgh may have been a tad more wasteful, kicking more wides and missing more goal chances.

 

Veterans like Ray Geraghty and Padraic O’Connor led the way in the scoring for the Abbeysiders while Jack Walsh and Finian Bourke gave superb defensive displays.

 

The game’s only goals came in the first half, with Louisburgh hitting the net after a ball was delivered into the unmarked Diarmaid Lally who slotted it home.

 

The Abbeysiders responded when Padraic O’Connor played a cute pass over to Ray Geraghty, who sent a missile into the bottom corner from 15 yards out.

 

With the sides deadlocked at 1-5 each at half-time, Louisburg had their best spell with three unanswered scores in the second half.

 

The introduction of club legend Austin O’Malley added impetus, with the former Mayo footballer engaging in an interesting battle with our full-back Kevin Shannon.

 

‘Tubber chipped away at the deficit, with youngsters Robbie Finnerty, Alan McHale and Matthew Redmond all making inroads after being introduced as substitutes.

 

With the likes of Jack Walsh and Finian Bourke putting in stellar performances in defence, the young guns in Gary Walsh’s team impressed for the occasion.

 

A point from Hugh Geraghty reduced the gap to a point after the water break before a fine score from the speedy Alan McHale levelled the game.

 

Patience was a virtue in the final ten minutes, as both sides traded scores before our captainJohn Kerrigan sailed up to kick what looked like the winner.

 

However, Louisburgh’s Michael Gibbons held his nerve to nail a free that sent the game to extra time.

 

After inspirational roars of encouragement from management and senior Ballintubber players, the two additional periods only yielded 0-1 apiece, with Seanie Larkin hitting our only score of the twenty minutes.

 

Both sides went in frantic search of a winner as daylight faded by the minute, but neither blinked.

 

In the end, it had to come down to penalties, the first such occasion they would be used to decide a game of adult club football in Mayo.

 

Learning from Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 folly, a blend of youth and experience stepped up to face the whites of Jason Corrigan’s eyes.

 

First was Robbie Finnerty, who unfortunately sent his shot wide of the mark.

 

Louisburgh then converted their first, before Ray Geraghty slotted the ball home calmly.

 

The Clew Bay men added Penalty Number 2, before the experienced Padraic O’Connor sent his shot thundering into the net.

 

Ballintubber goalie Niall Staunton pulled off a heroic save to deny Louisburgh a third, but we were unable to capitalise as Aaron Lally saw his shot blocked.

 

Staunton got a hand to Austin O’Malley’s effort but couldn’t keep out his piledriver.

 

Cillian Redmond’s soccer experience with Ballyheane stood to him when he sent his effort straight into the top corner to keep us in contention.

 

Louisburgh might have clinched it had James Dowd not sent his effort up and over the bar, forcing the contest to ‘sudden death’.

 

Having converted his first spot-kick, Padraic O’Connor went low for his second but was denied by Jason Corrigan.

 

The men from Clew Bay clinched the silverware when Ed Ball held his nerve to make it 4-3, thus bringing the curtain down on a historic day for Mayo club football.

 

Ballintubber team: Niall Staunton; Jarlath Staunton, Kevin Shannon, Finian Bourke; Jack Walsh, Paul Early, John Kerrigan (0-1); Darragh McGovern, Hugh Geraghty (0-1); Aaron Lally, Padraic O’Connor (0-2, 2f), Seanie Larkin (0-1); Adrian Murphy, Ray Geraghty (1-4, 4f), Alan Larkin (0-1)

 

Substitutions used: Robbie Finnerty for Murphy (26 min), Alan McHale (0-1) for Alan Larkin (45 min), Darragh Fahey for Jarlath Staunton (50 min), Matthew Redmond for Aaron Lally (54 min), Aaron Lally for John Kerrigan (68 min)

 

Referee: Paddy Chambers

 

Div 4A Round 1 v Eastern Gaels

MATCH REPORT

August 8 2021

Mayo Senior Football League Division 4A Round 1

Ballintubber 1-9 Eastern Gaels 4-10

 

Our juniors suffered a heavy defeat to Eastern Gaels earlier this afternoon after shipping four goals in the second half.

Despite leading 1-5 to 0-7 at half time, our opponents came out supercharged after the break and mustered an almighty purple patch, hitting 2-2 before the water break.

Running at us with a warrior-like ferocity, the East Mayo men hit the net twice more before the final whistle as hopes of a Ballintubber revival collapsed.

Gary Walsh’s charges will now direct their focus at Wednesday evening’s West Mayo Junior B Championship final against Louisburg in Kilmeena.

Lining out with many younger players, including first junior starts Ryan Wilson and Sean McEvilly, it looked like this was going to be a right contest from the off.

Played out in sunny if slightly breezy conditions, neither team wasted any time in getting stuck into each other.

Our attacking play looked smooth in the early stages as we posted five unique point-scorers to lead 0-5 0-3 after 15 minutes.

Our best play came straight after the water break when midfielder Darragh McGovern drove through the middle like a tank before handing the ball off to young Darragh Fahey who crashed it high into the net.

Although we lost Cillian Joyce to injury and shipped seven points in the first half, the omens still looked positive as we finished the half with a one-point lead.

However, Eastern Gaels began to threaten our goal with greater frequency in the third quarter.

Cheered on by a sizeable travelling support, the visitors saw one goal chance flash low and wide, an opportunity which would have given them the lead.

Two Ballintubber scores - including one cracker from out wide by Robbie Finnerty – looked to have steadied the ship.

However, we were soon put on the back foot when our opponents hit the first of four goals after working the ball rapidly up the field through the hands.

The east Mayo men raised a second green flag only moments later before adding a point, leaving them 2-10 to 1-8 ahead at the water break.

With Ballintubber well and truly rattled, the visitors hit a third goal immediately after the water break to put themselves well and truly out of sight.

One outrageous point from substitute Eoin Heneghan was all we managed in the final quarter as Eastern Gaels buried a fourth and final three-pointer to claim a ten-point victory.

 

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Niall Staunton (2)Ryan Wilson (3)Paul Early (4)Luke Murphy (5)Sean McEvilly (6)Magnus Malone (7)Darragh Fahey (1-0) (8)Darragh McGovern (9)Cillian Joyce (10)James McGing (0-1) (11)Adrian Murphy (0-1) (12)Sean Larkin (13)Alan Larkin (0-1) (14)Ray Geraghty (0-2, 2f) (15)Robbie Finnerty (0-2)

Substitutions used: Jack Walsh for Alan Larkin (38 min), Declan Murphy for Luke Murphy (38 min), Eoghan Heneghan for James McGing (45 min), Damien Jennings for Adrian Murphy (45 min) Adam Lally for Magnus Malone (50 min)

 

Regards Mike Murphy 

Rd 1 Senior Div1 v Westport

MATCH REPORT

August 7 2021

Mayo Senior League Division 1 Round 1

Westport 1-7 Ballintubber 1-12

 

Our first outing in the Mayo Senior League ended in defeat yesterday on a wet, dreary evening in Westport.

 

Played out in very wet and windy conditions, our seniors were desperately unlucky with some of the goal chances we missed in the first half.

 

In addition to two shots which came thundering back off the crossbar, we created a number of serious goal chances playing into an Atlantic gale.

 

This meant we found ourselves trailing by six points at half-time when we might otherwise have been level with Westport, who we are to face in this season’s senior championship.

 

This is not to take away from the home side, who looked impressive and assured on home soil despite the absence of their six county players plus former Mayo panellist Colm Moran.  

 

The Lambert brothers, Killian Kilkelly and Alan Kennedy all performed well for the Covies. Full-forward Kevin Keane also engaged in a fascinating old-school battle with our own Finian Bourke.

 

Goal chances were not so plentiful in the second half unfortunately. While we managed to kick 0-6 in the second half, our opponents clocked up enough scores to keep more than a goal between the sides.

 

Some poor decision- making and shot selection in the final quarter also hampered our honest efforts.

 

The weather conditions made play very difficult for both sides, meaning dispossessions, errors and turnovers were frequent.

 

Jason Gibbons stood out once again in a fascinating match-up with big Shane Scott from Westport.

 

Likewise, Jack Walsh impressed in the half-backs in his first senior start of the season while Stephen O’Malley performed admirably at corner-forward given the difficult playing conditions.

 

After Westport kicked the opening two points, we put the ball in the net in the opening ten minutes when Jason Gibbons drove up the middle before feeding Noel Geraghty, who buried it home with a class finish.

 

The response from the Covies was clinical. Playing with an almighty breeze behind them, the hosts produced 1-3 through some slick team moves and lively forward play.

 

Pat Lambert beat Frank Walsh to put the hosts five ahead, but that was as good as it got for Westport in the first half in terms of goal chances.

 

There is no doubt, if we had had the rub of the green, we might well have levelled the game.

 

Instead, many began to wonder if a curse had been laid on Patrick O’Malley’s crossbar, which wobbled after goal attempts from both Aaron Lally and Ciarán Gavin.

 

However, it wasn’t to be, and by half-time, we had only put 1-1 on the scoreboard through Noel Geraghty.

 

Despite trailing by six points at half-time, we had the advantage of a powerful breeze heading into the third quarter.

 

This, however, did not translate into scores as we would have liked. Two stunning frees from Stephen O’Malley – including one from the sideline – were all that we managed before the water break, both of which were nullified by three points from Westport’s Kevin Keane and Alan Kennedy.

 

The introduction of Alan Dillon added some spark to our play, but the former Mayo captain didn’t find the posts until the last minute of normal time.

 

It was an effort that only reduced Westport’s lead to five, and Jerome Henry’s final whistle put the seal on a deserved win for the Covies.

 

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Frank Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Finian Bourke (4)Myles Kelly (5)Jack Walsh (6)Joe Geraghty (7)Keelan McDonnell (8)Jason Gibbons (9)Hugh Geraghty (10)Alan Plunkett (11)Noel Geraghty (1-2, 1f) (12)Aaron Lally (13)Ciaran Gavin (14)Stephen O’Malley (0-3, 3f) (15)Damien Coleman (0-1)

 

Substitutions used: Brian Murphy for Joe Geraghty (half-time), Stephen Burke for Aaron Lally (half-time), Alan Dillon (0-1) for Alan Plunkett (43 min), Darragh McGovern for Ciarán Gavin (59 min), Robbie Finnerty for Damien Coleman (60 min, inj)

West Mayo Junior B Championship

June 16 2021

West Mayo Junior B Championship

Islandeady B 2-13 Ballintubber B 6-13

Our juniors clocked up a second win in a week in a seven-goal thriller against Islandeady’s second team on Wednesday evening.

While the home side were competitive in most areas of the field, they simply weren’t able to turn over a flurry of first-half goals from the Abbeysiders.

Led by experienced campaigners like Ray Geraghty, Padraic O’Connor and Kevin Shannon, plenty of new blood was injected throughout the match.

Graduates from last year’s minor team Darragh Moran, Cillian Joyce, Ryan Wilson, Magus Malone, Colm Larkin and Stephen Burke all saw game time.

Burke showed his potential with another impressive shift at corner-forward, while Darragh Moran didn’t look out of place among Kevin Shannon and Aaron Lally in the full-back line.

It was really a case of ‘goals win games’ particularly in a first half where we put 6-5 past the Islandeady goalie – including a pair of remarkable three-pointers from Aaron Lally.

We managed 0-8 in a slower second half in which we ran our bench but were never seriously threatened by a resurgence from the hosts.

Padraic O’Connor netted the first with just minutes played before our opponents strung together 0-4 without reply in what was their best period in the game.

After that, Gary Walsh’s charges were on the warpath. O’Connor pointed his second before Dean Loftus fed his neighbour Adrian Murphy a lovely ball before the Moorehall man finished superbly.

A penalty from POC after Darragh McGovern was hauled down in the box left the scores at 3-4.

Corner-forwards Stephen Burke and Alan Larkin then combined for Larkin – the more senior of the two – to finish for our fourth goal.

Corner-back Aaron Lally landed our fourth when an apparent point attempt from the right wing sailed over the goalie’s head and into the top corner.

Remarkably, lightening struck in the same place twice just a minute later.

Once again, Lally channelled Ronaldinho and lobbed the goalie yet again from nearly the same position as his first effort.

(Did he mean it? Only he knows. He certainly seemed quite pleased with his second attempt!)

With a commanding 14-point lead at half-time, the second half was a more pedestrian affair.

While Islandeady never yielded, we did just enough to keep them at arms’ length.

Adrian Murphy kicked the pick of our second-half points with a long-range effort as we gave most of our subs a go.

To their credit, the young brigade got stuck in, with junior debutant Magnus Malone getting among the scorers as the game drew to a close.

With two wins from two in the group stages, our passage to the next round of the West Mayo Junior B Championship is now secure, with Burrishoole up next on June 23.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Niall Staunton (2)Darragh Moran (3)Kevin Shannon (28)Aaron Lally (2-0) (5)Cillian Redmond (6)John Kerrigan (7)Cillian Joyce (8)Darragh McGovern (1-0) (9)Dean Loftus (10)Adrian Murphy (1-1) (11)Padraic O’Connor (2-1, 1-0 pen), (12)Seanie Larkin (0-3) (13)Alan Larkin (1-0) (14)Ray Geraghty (0-6, 5f) (15)Stephen Burke (0-1)

Substitutions used: Jarlath Staunton for Cillian Joyce (24 min), Cian Barrett for Aaron Lally (24 min), Robbie Finnerty for Stephen Burke (42 min), Liam Feeney for Cillian Redmond (42 min), Colm Larkin for John Kerrigan (55 min), Ryan Wilson for Kevin Shannon (57 min), Sean Staunton for Adrian Murphy (59 min), Magnus Malone (0-1) for Darragh McGovern (60 min), Luke Murphy for Darragh Moran (60 min)

Referee: Kieran Barnicle

 

 

KELLY CUP Round 2 V Louisburgh

June 19 2021

Kelly Cup Round 2

Ballintubber 1-10 Louisburg 0-17

Louisburg will certainly be ones to watch for the Intermediate championship after they saw off our seniors with a superior display in Clogher this evening.

The visitors – who recently accounted for Breaffy - looked sharper, livelier and more clinical right from the beginning.

Indeed, a very late goal from our own Damien Coleman probably made the game looked closer that it actually was.

Louisburg played the better football throughout, with Dylan Prendergast and Kevin Gibbons in excellent form throughout.

Prendergast alone accounted for 0-8 of his team’s haul on an evening where we really struggled to get scores.

Even though we were able to narrow the gap to four after Louisburg were reduced to 14 men with ten minutes to go, the visitors never looked in trouble.

The opening exchanges saw Gary Loftus and Hugh Geraghty driving forward to kick two of our only scores from play.

Joe Geraghty was also commanding at centre-back during the first half while Jason Gibbons imposed himself around the middle.

While the visitors made hay through the advanced mark rule, we had to feed off scraps in the form of a handful of free kicks from full-forward Stephen O’Malley.

Louisburg simply didn’t allow us to play, and men were frequently swamped by black and yellow jerseys as soon as they ventured into the danger zone.

With the Padraig Prendergast and Basil McLeod excelling in the middle third, our opponents went five ahead in the 20th minute after securing another point through a mark from the excellent Dylan Prendergast.

We were able to plug the gap to a point through four hard-won frees from Stephen O’Malley, but we still hadn’t gotten out of second gear when the half-time whistle blew.

Damien Coleman, Jamsi Finnerty and Darragh McGovern added some impetus when they were introduced early in the second half, but Louisburg pressed on regardless.

A wicked shot on goal from Louisburg centre-forward Kevin Gibbons flew over the bar early in the second half as the visitors began to slowly pull away.

Our opponents tigerish defending smothered many of our attacks, and by the water break the game the scores read 0-15 to 0-9 against us.

A glimmer of hope appeared when Louisburg’s Stephen Corrigan was given a second yellow card, but we struggled to take advantaged.

With six points between the sides, we rallied to produce our best move of the game, which finished with Damien Coleman and Jason Gibbons exchanging passes before Coleman palmed the ball into the net.

With only a minute remaining, it proved ‘too little, too late’ as Louisburg had the last say, finishing the game with a haul 0-17 from five different players.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Frank Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (0-1) (3)Finian Bourke (4)Myles Kelly (5)Gavin Roache (6)Joe Geraghty (7)Hugh Geraghty (0-1) (8)David McHale (9)Jason Gibbons (10)Aaron Lally (11)Alan Plunkett (12)Ciaran Gavin (0-1, 1f) (13)Keelan McDonnell (0-1) (14)Stephen O’Malley (0-6, 5f) (15)Stephen Burke

Substitutions used: Damien Coleman (1-0) for Hugh Geraghty (33 min), Jamsie Finnerty for Aaron Lally (33 min), Darragh McGovern for David McHale (41 min)

Referee: Kevin Corcoran

West Mayo Junior B Championship

June 09 2021

West Mayo Junior B Championship

Ballintubber 3-15 Castlebar Mitchels C 0-8

The hollowed soil of Clogher was once again echoed with the sounds of our national game when our juniors defeated Castlebar Mitchel’s third team by a comprehensive sixteen-point margin.

Gary Walsh’s side put in a convincing display from once we began to pull away after the first-half water break.

With some men lining out along side players more than twice their age, experienced heads and young guns alike all pulled their weight.

We were better again in the second, where we held our opponents to just 0-3 while we continued to dominate all areas of the field.

Playing with a powerful breeze, goals from Ray Geraghty and Adrian Murphy were the highlights of a fine first-half display.

While the similarity of the jerseys certainly dampened some of the tempo and spontaneity, our lads were sharp, skilful and clinical throughout the game.

An even exchange of scores in the opening quarter saw us lead by a point at the first half water break, with Padraic O’Connor, Alan McHale, Adrian Murphy and Ray Geraghty among the scorers.

Making his first appearance in the Red and White for a number of seasons, Murphy impressed throughout and was unlucky to see his first attempt at goal tipped over the bar.

Our first three-point arrived in the 24th minute when Matthew Fox found Ray Geraghty with a clever foot pass before Geraghty did the business.

Geraghty turned provider for Murphy minutes later when his pass bounced up for the Moorehall man to cleverly fist home our second goal.

Leading 2-7 to 0-5 at the break, we maintained our dominance despite being against the wind in the second half.

David McHale and Darragh McGovern were a competent pairing at midfield, with McGovern netting our third goal with an outstanding shot which nestled in the top corner.

Our subs - which included many new and returning faces - all made telling contributions, with no man shirking his responsibility.

Hugh Geraghty in particular caught the eye with a haul of 0-3 after being introduced at half time.

Alan McHale was forced to be content with a point after he forced a save from the Mitchel’s goalie after a mazy run at one point.

At the other end, Frank Walsh once again proved to be a reliable pair of hands when he got down low to superbly block a Castlebar penalty.

With the result all but wrapped up for most of the game, we continued to press on and eventually notched up 3-14.

Under the stewardship of Gary Walsh and Noel Finnerty, youth and experience will once again be the backbone of our juniors’ 2021.

After the longest winter in living memory, the return of Gaelic football to our parish has never been more welcome.

We are Ballintubber!

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1) Frank Walsh (2) Paul Earley (3)Kevin Shannon (4) Darragh Fahy (5) Cillian Redmond (6) Aaron Lally (7) John Kerrigan (8) David McHale (9) Darragh McGovern (1-0) (10) Matthew Fox (11) Padraic O’Connor (0-2) (12) Seanie Larkin (13) Alan McHale (0-2) (14) Ray Geraghty (1-6, 5f) (15) Adrian Murphy (1-2)

Substitutions: Hugh Geraghty (0-3, 1f) for Matthew Fox, Ryan Wilson for Darragh Fahy, Cian Barrett for Seanie Larkin, Cillian Joyce for Aaron Lally, Declan Murphy for Paul Earley

Referee: Kevin Corcoran

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