Knockmore 4-6 Ballintubber 0-6
It was a game of two halves for our Juniors in Knockmore today as four second half goals from the home side killed any chance of us coming away with a result.
Lining out without the experienced heads of Tom Earley and Stephen Broderick and with some lads playing their second game in 24 hours, we were below strength from the start. The cool, swirling breeze blowing across the field made kicking awkward for both teams, resulting in only three points being scored in the first half. Several of our shots dropped short in the opening exchanges, with the first thirty minutes producing few noteworthy moments.
Our first score didn’t arrive until the 23rd minute when Finian Bourke pointed to the level the game. Matthew Fox added a second from the left-hand side two minutes later for the final point of the half. A goal before half-time from wing-forward Stephen Finnerty was ruled out for being fist-passed into the net, leaving the half-time score at an uninspiring 0-2 to 0-1 in our favour.
With both teams playing well within themselves, a Hugh Geraghty free for the Red and White cancelled out an earlier Knockmore score. The hammer blow then arrived in the 41st minute when a long when the hosts got their first goal. A long, looping ball appeared to hit the back of Niall Staunton’s goal before Knockmore’s full-forward made sure by burying the rebound in the back of the net. Hugh Geraghty would v add another free before the North Mayo side raised two green flags in a minute through James Ruddy and Kieran Langan. With the scores at 3-4 to 0-4, there was well and truly no way back for the Abbeysiders.
We managed to muster two points through Alan McHale in the final ten minutes as James Ruddy and Kieran Langan raised a white flag each. The home side put the foot down in injury time when they added Goal Number 4 to stretch the deficit to 12 points, an outcome which few would’ve envisaged at the half time break!
Ballintubber team that line out: (1)Niall Staunton (2)Jack Walsh (3)Kevin Shannon (4)Finian Bourke (0-1) (5)Jarlath Staunton (6)Paul Earley (7)Aaron Lally (17)David McHale (9)John Kerrigan (10)Stephen Finnerty (11)Hugh Geraghty (0-2, 2f) (12)Gavin Roache (13)Matthew Fox (0-1) (14)Dean Loftus (15)Alan McHale (0-2, 1f)
Substitutions used: Liam Feeney for Hugh Geraghty, Seamus Thomas for Gavin Roache, Adam Lally for Jarlath Staunton, James McGing for Matthew Fox
April 28th 2019 Mayo Senior League Division 4
Ballintubber 2-8 Davitts 0-6
Our junior team continued their good form of late with a home win over Davitts in Ballintubber today. Despite us playing within ourselves somewhat with a number of unforced errors, we took our scores when it counted and displayed superior fitness level throughout. Played out in cool and calm conditions, goals in either half from Alan McHale and Hugh Geraghty ensured that we were never given cause to panic at any stage.
With a midfield aged over 70 and a half forward line of about 60 years combined, our mix of youth and experience blended well yet again. Indeed, it was three men still playing Minor and U21 football who kicked all of our first half tally of 1-4. While Davitts could only manage one point before 25th minute Matthew Fox and Noel Geraghty had 0-3 between them on the board by the 11th minute. We then landed a crucial score when Noel Geraghty found Alan McHale with a superb ball before the teenager turned and stuck the ball in the net.
Despite us hitting something of a lull at this point with some sloppy passing play, Davitts couldn’t really get going. Minor footballer Jack Walsh and veteran full-back Kevin Shannon minded the house well, ensuring that the visitors only landed two more points before the break. In the meantime, Noel Geraghty landed another free before Alan McHale set up a goal chance for elder statesman Stephen Broderick who dragged his shot wide.
We started the second half in ideal fashion as Broderick set up Hugh Geraghty from a free for the Cartoonbower man to finish our second goal from close range. The game could’ve been thrown back into the melting pot minutes later but for a crucial save from Ballintubber goalie Tom McGing. With Davitts not seriously threatening our lead besides, we added three scores in a row through full-forward Dean Loftus and the newly-introduced David McHale, while Noel Geraghty added the pick of the scores with a very well-taken point. Matthew Fox pointed a free for what would be our final score before the final whistle.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Tom McGing (2)Jack Walsh (3)Kevin Shannon (4)Aaron Lally (5)Jarlath Staunton (6)Paul Earley (7)John Kerrigan (8)Tom Earley (9)Stephen Broderick (10)Noel Geraghty (0-3, 1f) (11)Hugh Geraghty (1-0) (12)Gavin Roache (19)Matthew Fox (0-3, 2f) (14)Dean Loftus (0-1) (13)Alan McHale (1-0)
Substitutions used: David McHale (0-1) for Tom Earley, Stephen Finnerty for Hugh Geraghty, James McGing for Noel Geraghty, Alan Larkin for Dean Loftus
April 21st 2019 - Mayo Junior Football Championship Round 1
Ballintubber 2-13 Killala 1-8
Our juniors got their Championship campaign off to a superb start today with a thoroughly convincing win over Killala. The young side which lined out today (nearly all under the age of 25 and with two still Minor) coupled with the experienced heads of the likes of Kevin Shannon, Stephen Broderick and former Senior captain Tom Earley, had this one all but wrapped up at half-time. With Finian Burke and Noel and Hugh Geraghty all having featured for the seniors the day before, this was a proper 15-man performance from Michael Kerrigan’s men. Despite hitting somewhat of a lull in the second half in the face of a notorious Atlantic breeze our lads had this one all but wrapped up at half-time with a tally of 2-7 compared to a single point for the hosts.
We made a statement straight out of the traps when rookie corner-forward Alan McHale delivered a lovely lateral kick to Matthew Fox, who proceeding to fire home our first goal of the game. From there we took advantage of the wind and reeled off seven more unanswered scores. The Geraghty brothers were in fine form, helping themselves to four points between them while midfielder David McHale also split the posts. Alan McHale then turned scorer, landing his tally of 1-2 in eleven minutes. His goal came when Matthew Fox returned McHale’s earlier favour by setting him up with a fisted pass which he eventually rifled home along the ground.
At the other end, a rare positive moment for Killala anti-climaxed when David Lowther hit a penalty kick to the left and wide of Niall Staunton’s goal. They did tap over a simple free in the final minute of the half, leaving them to trail by 12 points at half time with no way back in sight.
We kept up the momentum early in the second half, with Hugh Geraghty landing two very impressive frees into the breeze while David McHale and full-forward Darragh McGovern landed a point each. Killala were then denied a genuine goal chance when Niall Staunton smothered a shot on goal before John Kerrigan deflected the rebound out for a ’45. The North Mayo men then proceeded to land 1-2 without reply. Their only goal came when Stephen Broderick made a rare mistake in giving away the ball before it ended up in the back of the our net after only two passes.
However, Ballintubber’s adopted son made amends four minutes later with a fine point down at the other end. Noel Geraghty added our final score from a free while brother Hugh was unfortunate to get sent off. However there was no way back for the home side as we would prevail by an eight-point winning margin.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Niall Staunton (2)Jack Walsh (3)Kevin Shannon (4)Finian Burke (5)Gavin Roache (6)Tom Earley (7)John Kerrigan (19)David McHale (0-2) (9)Stephen Broderick (0-1) (10)Noel Geraghty (0-4, 2f) (11)Hugh Geraghty (0-3, 3f) (12)Jarlath Staunton (13)Matthew Fox (1-0) (14)Darragh McGovern (0-1) (15)Alan McHale (1-2, 1f)Substitutions used: Aaron Lally for Finian Burke, Dean Loftus for Darragh McGovern
Ballintubber 0-10 Aghamore 1-10
Our seniors shipped their first defeat of the Mayo Senior League in Ballintubber this evening as we fell somewhat flat in the second half, failing to score for a full 18 minutes. With both sides deprived of their Mayo players neither team really dominated in perfect footballing conditions. We were hampered early on by the withdrawal of Alan Dillon with who had tweaked his hamstring while a few refereeing decisions went against us in the second half. In the end, it was a first half goal from Aghamore’s Conor Kilkenny which proved to be the difference between the two teams as the East Mayo side came away with both points.
Former Mayo forward Alan Freeman got the scoreboard ticking with two points in two minutes before Keelan McDonnell and Padraic O’Connor landed our first two scores. The pivotal moment of the game arrived in only the sixth minute when Aghamore’s James McNieve set up wing-back Conor Kilkenny. Kilkenny then let loose a shot which Tom McGing got a touch to but was unable to keep out, thus raising the only green flag of the game.
Our misfortune was compounded when Alan Dillon had to go off with a tweaked hamstring, and from then on we lacked a bit up front. Indeed, we never came even remotely close to troubling Adam Byrne in the Aghamore goal as we failed to create any serious goal chance. We did manage to string together a few nice moves after Dillon’s departure which resulted in points for Alan Plunkett and Keelan McDonnell and two converted frees from Stephen O’Malley which levelled the game. Aghamore replied with four unanswered scores as Ross Egan and Alan Freeman put our full-back line to the test.
Trailing by four at the break, Alan Plunkett and Brian Walsh pointed the first two scores of the half with substitute Noel Geraghty adding a third. With only a point separating the sides and Jason Gibbons dominating centre field, we failed to build sufficient momentum and failed to score for 18 minutes. In what was at times quite a physical battle, a number of stoppages in the play didn’t do us any favours while a number of refereeing decisions went against us.
The visitor’s got off the mark for the second half on the 47th minute when Ross Egan pointed a free. Subsitute Jack Higgins added a single before Egan pointed another dead ball for their final score of the game.
Our second half scoring drought was ended when a Stephen O’Malley free brought the deficit back to three. However the goal chance that we needed never materialised as Aghamore held out for the win.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Tom McGing (2)Gary Loftus (3)Joe Geraghty (4)Finian Burke (5)Hugh Geraghty (6)Damien Coleman (7)Myles Kelly (8)Brian Walsh (0-1) (9)Jason Gibbons (10)Jamsie Finnerty (11)Alan Plunkett (0-2) (12)Keelan McDonnell (0-2) (13)Padraic O’Connor (0-1) (14)Alan Dillon (15)Stephen O’Malley (0-3, 3f)
Substitutions used: Noel Geraghty (0-1) for Alan Dillon, John Kerrigan for Hugh Geraghty
April 19th 2019 – Minor League Division 2
Ballintubber 2-16 The Neale 2-8
As reported by Oisín McGovern.
Our Minor team impressed in Division 2 with a solid victory over The Neale on Friday evening. An open, attacking 13-a-side game was served up by both sides with an abundance of kick-passing, but it was John McHale and Gary Dillon’s charges who won out with superior firepower. All but one of our forwards finished with at least two scores to their name while Alan McHale was lively throughout and had a huge hand in setting up goals for Bobby Reilly and Robbie Finnerty. At the back Magnus Malone and Jack Walsh stood out for the Red and White with a number of key interventions while Bobby Reilly and Cillian Redmond worked tirelessly at midfield.
It was the Neale who lead in the early stages when they cancelled out Stephen Burke’s opening score with a goal after a solo run from their corner-forward. The visitors added a pointed free before the Abbeysiders fought back, with Stephen Burke sending a beautiful foot pass into Alan McHale who wove his way inside to set up Bobby Reilly who drove home the ball from close range.
We would stretch our lead to six points over the next twenty minutes as Reilly, Robbie Finnerty, Josh Mahon and Adam Lally all raised white flags. The visitors were awarded a penalty three minutes from the break which they duly converted before adding a point to their tally a minute later, leaving the half-time score at 1-8 to 2-3.
The Neale would level matters with two unanswered points before a quick succession of scores from Robbie Finnerty steered us back in front. The younger brother of Conor and Jamsie Finnerty hit over two points before Alan McHale gave him a sublime foot-pass which, after some good work on Finnerty’s part, ended up nestled in the back of the net. A point each from Damien Jennings, Josh Mahon and Stephen Burke put us eight points ahead just before the fifty-minute mark.
Our goalie Matthew Coyne wasn’t found wanting when called upon to smother a serious attempt on goal by the away side, one which could well have swung the momentum had it gone in. Nonetheless, our Minors saw the game out comfortably as Damien Jennings pointed his second score before Robert Finnerty added his fifth and sixth points.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Matthew Coyne (2)Jack Walsh (4)Michael Fleming (5)Magnus Malone (6)Adam Lally (0-1) (7)Diarmuid Heneghan (8)Cillian Redmond (9)Bobby Reilly (1-1) (10)Josh Mahon (0-3) (11)Robbie Finnerty (1-6) (12)Stephen Bourke (0-3) (13)Damien Jennings (0-2) (15)Alan McHale
Substitutions used: Caolan Burke for Michael Fleming (blood sub)
REPORTED BY OISĪN MCGOVERN
Mayo Senior Football Championship
Ballintubber 0-18 Hollymount 1-3
Our defence of the Moclair Cup has gotten off to the perfect start in “The Saucer” today with an emphatic victory over Hollymount/Carramore. Leading by four points at half time we completely controlled the game in the second half, so much so that apart from a solitary Robert Molloy effort at the death, the home side failed to score in the second half. Fine displays in the Red and White jersey were too numerous to name, as we were on top in every single department. Mayo football was given a huge lift when Cillian O’Connor strode onto the pitch in the second half, chipping in with a point and was very unlucky not to finish with a goal.
Playing with a powerful breeze at our backs we clocked up six unanswered points through Ciaran Gavin, Diarmuid O’Connor, Stephen O’Malley and Michael Plunkett in the first twenty minutes. Having struggled to seriously get going, the home side started to make a game of it when Kevin Feerick blasted home a goal and a point. A point from Darren Coen briefly brought it back to a one-point game. Indeed, it would prove to be one of the only occasions on which he bested Gary Loftus, who marshalled the Mayo panellist superbly all afternoon. A pair of points from Alan Dillon (including one superb score from distance) and a single from Stephen O’Malley left the scores at 0-9 to 1-2 in our favour at the break.
If anything, Kevin Johnson’s men went up a few gears facing into a formidable second half breeze. Our domination of possession and midfield was almost total, as Hollymount/Carramore could scarcely lay a glove on us at times. All nine of our second-half points were reeled off with barely as much as a whimper from the home side, who rarely even came close to scoring. Stephen O’Malley and Keelan McDonnell landed early points before D’OC split the posts with a screamer from a distance that beggared belief.
Mid-way through the second half and with the result all but secured, Padraic O’Connor made way for younger brother Cillian who got to work immediately. His first major contribution came when he shook the side netting of the opposition goalmouth with a serious attempt on goal. Another pair of points from Stephen O’Malley followed before Mayo’s leading point-scorer raised his first white flag of the year. Indeed, the Cranmore marksman might’ve made it a perfect comeback when yet another goal attempt walloped off the crossbar before finding its way to Jason Gibbons who settled for a point.
The hosts had been kept scoreless for an entire 31 minutes before Robert Molloy pointed a consolation, the only blot on what was an otherwise seriously impressive performance from our Seniors.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Tom McGing (2)Gary Loftus (3)Joe Geraghty (4)Myles Kelly (5)Damien Coleman (6)Michael Plunkett (0-1) (7)Ruadhri O’Connor (8)Jason Gibbons (0-1) (9)Diarmuid O’Connor (0-3, 1’45) (10)Ciarán Gavin (0-2, 2f) (11)Alan Dillon (0-3) (12)Keelan McDonnell (0-2) (13)Padraic O’Connor (14)Alan Plunkett (15)Stephen O’Malley (0-5, 2f)
Substitutions used: Brian Walsh for Ciarán Gavin (half-time), Jamsie Finnerty for Joe Geraghty (inj.), Cillian O’Connor (0-1) for Padraic O’Connor
March 31st 2019 Mayo Senior League Division 1
Ballintubber 0-10 Breaffy 0-10
Once again, a winner could not be determined. The fact that the last four meetings between these two teams has yielded a total winning margin of one solitary point say it all about the gap between us and our nearest neighbours. Many will remember that the point in question came in the form of a bolt from the heavens from the left boot of Diarmuid O’Connor, which sent the Moclair Cup to Ballintubber for the fourth time on that famous October evening. Unfortunately, the Mayo captain wasn’t on hand to deliver the clincher on Saturday evening as we found ourselves level in injury time, but unable to break the deadlock. In fairness, a draw was a fair result given the general run of play, as these two teams proved yet again that there is almost nothing to separate them, even without their respective Mayo panellists.
As the score line suggests, this was yet another tit-for-tat arm-wrestle between our championship rivals. It was the Breaffy men that capitalised on a number of early mistakes by the Red and White and initially took the lead with three unanswered points. Brian Walsh and Alan Dillon tagged on scores before Tommy Reilly and Stephen McDermott stretched their lead back to 3 points. Points from the boots of Stephen O’Malley and Alan Plunkett reduced the deficit to two before O’Malley sent a massive free a massive free straight over “the black dot” to leave the scores 0-7 0-6 at half-time.
Goal chances were at a premium in the second half, with Alan Plunkett shooting our best chance wide after weaving his way towards the Breaffy goalmouth. During this time, the visitors retained the lead with Colm Quinn firing off a rocket of a shot from out near Tourmakeady for their tenth and final point. Undeterred, our lads kept pace as Stephen O’Malley and Brian Walsh chalked up crucial scores. Jason Gibbons dominated at centre field while Alan Dillon’s clever play at full-forward provided a steadying hand for our attack. Indeed the Mayo legend had a huge hand in negating Breaffy’s two-point lead, first sending over a huge free with the outside of the boot before turning provider for Brian Walsh to level the game.
With the scores at 0-10 a piece we went in search of a winner. However the few chances we mustered would ultimately go a begging, with Ciarán Gavin arguably coming closest with a daring toe-poke from near the end line which flew wide. In the end both points were shared and we are yet again none the wiser as to who are the better team.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Joe Geraghty (4)Finian Bourke (5)Myles Kelly (6)Damien Coleman (7)Keelan McDonnell (8)Jason Gibbons (9)Ciarán Gavin (10)Noel Geraghty (11)Alan Plunkett (0-1) (12)Brian Walsh (0-3) (13)Padraic O’Connor (14)Alan Dillon (0-2, 1f) (15)Stephen O’Malley (0-4, 3f)
Subs Used. Jamsie Finnerty for Noel Geraghty and Hugh Geraghty for Keelan McDonnell
March 16th 2019 Kelly Cup Semi-Final
Ballintubber 0-8 Burrishoole 2-7
Our interest in the Kelly Cup was ended by Burrishoole in Islandeady today, with a pair of second half goals from the Clew Bay side proving enough to see them through comfortably. Despite an impressive first-half showing from the Red and White we were well off the pace in the second half, with wet and windy weather conditions doing us no favours. In the end we never came close to turning Burrishoole over as we only pointed twice in the second half.
A quartet of points from the Abbeysiders saw us take a three point lead after 11 minutes. It was in the first half that we played out best football, with young guns Keelan McDonnell and Stephen O’Malley pointing while Ciaran Gavin landed three white flags in his first outing of the season.
With us leading by a point at the break, Burrishoole were a different team in the second half. We were left reeling when they netted a goal after Tom McGing’s punched clearance fell in the direction of their corner-forward who soccer-styled to the back of the net.
From then on, we lost our shape as the men from the barony pointed two more unanswered scores. It wasn’t until the 16th minute that Alan Plunkett pointed our first score of the half before our opponents killed off the game when David Hanley slid a low shot home for their second goal, leaving the scores at 2-7 to 0-7 with less than fifteen minutes remaining.
Facing into a more defensive Burrishoole unit as sleet began to fall, we failed to find a way back into the game, with a solitary point from Padraig O’Connor at the death proving to be the only dent we could make in our opponents lead.
Attentions will no doubt now turn to the opening round of the Mayo Senior League, where we will once again lock horns with Breaffy with an almost full complement of Mayo players available to both sides.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Tom McGing (2)Myles Kelly (3)Gary Loftus (4)Finian Bourke (5)Damien Coleman (6)Hugh Geraghty (7)Jarlath Staunton (8)Brian Walsh (9)Ciaran Gavin (0-3, 2f) (10)Keelan McDonnell (0-1) (17)Alan Plunkett (0-1) (12)Noel Geraghty (30)Jamsie Finnerty (14)Padraig O’Connor (0-1) (15)Stephen O’Malley (0-2, 2f)
Substitutions used: Seanie Larkin for Gary Loftus, John Kerrigan for Jarlath Staunton, Darragh McGovern for Jamsie Finnerty, Matthew Fox for Noel Geraghty, Gavin Roache for Keelan McDonnell, Kevin Shannon for Myles Kelly
March 3rd 2019 – Kelly Cup Round 3
Ballintubber 3-14 Castlebar 1-9
Our seniors claimed their first win of the 2019 season today as we dealt a heavy defeat to a severely under-strength Castlebar Mitchels side. While it was nowhere near the gladiatorial two-game saga we witnessed between these sides back in October, this was nonetheless an entertaining and open affair for most of the afternoon. Despite a sub-par second half display, an emphatic first-half scoring blitz meant that this was a done deal at half-time. If nothing else it was a timely reminder of what we are capable of when we click as Kevin Johnson’s men played some lovely attacking football at times.
Mitchels had initially led briefly at the start when points from Conor Melvin and Eamon Tierney cancelled out Jason Gibbons’ fisted point. Three unanswered points the followed from Keelan McDonnell, Gibbons and Stephen O’Malley before a Michael Plunkett free found Brian Walsh to drill home our first goal. From then on, we were well in front. Four points followed from Noel Geraghty, Stephen O’Malley and Stephen Finnerty before Padraig O’Connor set up Michael Plunkett for the Mayo panellist to fire a low shot into the net.
Mitchel’s weren’t for rolling over though, as they pointed three scores of their own before Conor Melvin beat Brendan Walsh to land the visitors’ only goal. We stretched our lead yet again as Stephen O’Malley and Jason Gibbons landed points as the Red and White began to really put the foot down. When Michael Plunkett raised a second green flag with a low shot after an assist from Brian Walsh, the contest was effectively finished Jason Gibbons pointed his fourth score in what was a very impressive half-hour from the man from Annies, leaving the score at a staggering 3-11 to 1-6 at the break.
With management making four changes at half-time, the second half proved to be a much less exciting affair, with Mithels only landing two points while we failed to score from play. Tubber’s young guns showed well during this time, with Darragh McGovern, Gavin Roache, Matthew Fox, Jack Walsh and goalkeeper Niall Staunton all getting game time. Three pointed frees from Noel Geraghty, Stephen O’Malley and Padraig O’Connor were all we chalked up in the last half-hour with the elder O’Connor coming close adding a fourth goal for us at one point.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Joe Geraghty (4)Finian Bourke (5)Seanie Larkin (6)Hugh Geraghty (7)Jarlath Staunton (8)Brian Walsh (1-0) (9)Jason Gibbons (0-4) (10)Noel Geraghty (0-3, 2f) (11)Michael Plunkett (2-0) (12)Keelan McDonnell (0-1) (13)Stephen Finnerty (0-1) (14)Padraig O’Connor (0-1, 1f) (15)Stephen O’Malley (0-4, 2f)
Substitutions used: Gavin Roache for Jarlath Staunton, Matthew Fox for Stephen Finnerty, Darragh McGovern for Michael Plunkett, David McHale for Jason Gibbons, Kevin Shannon
for Gary Loftus, Jack Walsh for Finian Bourke, Oran Scully for Hugh Geraghty, Niall Staunto