Match Reports

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

League Div 1 Ballintubber 0-14 Ballina 0-10

Ballintubber 0-14 Ballina 0-10

Mayo Senior League Division 1 March 31st 2017

Our senior team claimed two league points this evening in Clogher in what was a marked improvement over their poor showing against Breaffy last weekend. Mayo veteran Alan Dillon led the line admirably with an excellent display at centre-forward while Ruadhri O’Connor gave a solid performance in his first appearance in the Red and White jersey for nearly a year.

It was visitors who started the stronger, with Ballina accounting for the game’s first three scores. Alan Dillon eventually pointed in the 10th minute for the Abbeysiders before the lively Jamsie Finnerty forced a save from the formidable frame of Mayo goalie David Clarke before limping off with an injury. Three points from Dillon plus a single from Michael Plunkett and a lovely strike from distance from Diarmuid O’Connor put us ahead for the first time midway through the first half. Unfortunately, it would be the county man’s last action as he became our second injury casualty of the game shortly after. Nonetheless, a long range strike from wing-back Joe Geraghty on the stroke of half-time gave us a one-point lead.

A quick-fire score from Noel Geraghty straight from the throw-in followed by an Alan Plunkett point after a good turnover gave us breathing room early on in the second half. Two frees from Dillon were then nearly cancelled out when Ballina’s number 8 shot narrowly wide of Brendan Walsh’s goal after a solo run. Indeed, the North Mayo men pushed our full-back line hard for a decisive score, with neither side yielding a point for a tense ten-minute period in the third quarter of the game.

Substitute Stephen O’Malley was unlucky not to grab the winning goal with five minutes remaining when his daisy-cutter dragged to the left and wide of the Ballina goal. However, a point each from experienced campaigners Alan Plunkett and Alan Dillon was enough to see us through with four points to spare.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Jarlath Staunton (3)Brian Murphy (4)Myles Kelly (5)Joe Geraghty (0-1) (6)Michael Plunkett (0-1) (7)Ruadhri O’Connor (8)Diarmuid O’Connor (0-1) (9)Jason Gibbons (10)Stephen Finnerty (11)Alan Dillon (0-8, 5f) (12)Brian Walsh (13)Jamsie Finnerty (14)Alan Plunkett (0-2) (15)Noel Geraghty (0-1)

Substitutions used: Stephen O’Malley for Jamsie Finnerty, John Kerrigan for Diarmuid O’Connor, Padraic O’Connor for Stephen Finnerty, Damien McGing for Noel Geraghty

U16 Ballintubber 3-11 Mayo Gaels 1-17

U16 County League D2

Balllintubber 3-11, 1-17 Mayo Gaels

Ballintubber and Mayo Gaels played out an entertaining draw in this keenly contested game played in Mayo Abbey on Tuesday evening.
The game was tight throughout with the lead changing hands on numerous occasions. Ballintubber lead bo 2 points at half time 1-10 to 1-8 but Mayo Gaels came out for the second half and upped thier performance to push ahead early in the second half. But the Tubber lads show great determination to fight back and went ahead in the final couple of minutes only for Mayo Gaels to equalise as the final whistle approached.
Bobby Reilly was on fire for Ballintubber finishing with a tally of 2-5!

Team - 1. Diarmuid Heneghan, 2. Magnus Malone, 4. Ciaran Heneghan, 5. Stephen Burke, 6. James King, 7. Jamesie Lally, 8. Josh Mahon, 9. Darragh Joyce, 10. Cillian Joyce, 11. Caomhlin Flately, 12. Damien Jennings, 13. Colm Larkin, 15. Bobby Reilly.
Subs - Robbie Finnerty, Luke Biggins, Noah Corbett, Sean Duffy, Dean O'Malley, Jack Clarke, Matthew Coyne and Sean McEvilly

Kelly Cup Rd. 2 Report

Kelly Cup Rd. 2 Report

As Reported by Oisin McGovern

March 19th 2017 - Kelly Cup – Ballintubber 2-16 Westport 0-16

Our seniors claimed an impressive victory away to Westport today in fresh, sunny conditions in the Kelly Cup today. In what was a fast-paced and entertaining affair, James Horan’s men were unable to make their dominance in possession count at vital stages as his former side yielded an almost perfect shot conversion ratio. Our full-back line were solid in the absence of at least three regulars while Jason Gibbons gave a superb display at midfield, marking on at least three occasions. Particularly impressive up front for the Abbeysiders was the experienced Alan Plunkett while Jamesie Finnerty gave another excellent performance in what was only the second appearance of his fledgling senior career.

 

Playing with a strong eastern breeze in the first half the Covies cancelled out three early Ballintubber points with four unanswered scores, with centre-forward Paul Lambert giving our defence plenty to think about. However we regained the lead after twenty minutes when Jamesie Finnerty rattled the net after a clever dummy and solo run through the Wesport defence. Four further points before the break, including a fine outside-of-the-boot effort from Padraic O’Connor was enough give us a two point half-time lead in the face of a Westport side playing with a direct, attacking mentality.

 

Despite dominating possession early in the second half the home side were unable to claw back the lead as white flags from Jamsie Finnerty, Alan Dillon, Alan Plunkett and the superb Jason Gibbons stretched our lead to six. ‘Tubber corner-back Jarlath Staunton was forced to block a goal bound effort midway through the second half after the home side created their only genuine goal chance of the match.

 

The contest was put well and truly out of Wesport’s reach when a long ball from Jason Gibbons was assisted by Noel Geraghty into the path of Alan Dillon for the Mayo veteran who slotted home our second goal from the right-hand side. Two more white flags, including a superb strike from Jamsie Finnerty rendered three unanswered Westport points largely tokenistic as Kevin Johnson’s charges made it two wins from two for the season so far.

Ballintubber team that line out: (1)Brendan Walsh (2)Keith Coleman (3)Joe Geraghty (4)Jarlath Staunton (5) Myle Kelly (6)Damien Coleman (7)John Kerrigan (8)David McHale (9)Jason Gibbons (0-1) (10)Padraic O’Connor (0-1) (11)Alan Dillon (1-4, 4f) (12)Stephen Finnerty (0-1) (13)Jamesie Finnerty (1-3) (14)Alan Plunkett (0-5,4f) (15)Noel Geraghty (0-1)

Substitutions used: Darragh McGovern for David McHale (h-t), Hugh Geraghty for Stephen Finnerty, Ray Geraghty for Jamesie Finnerty, Johnny Duffy for Noel Geraghty

KELLY CUP Round 1 Ballintubber v Breaffy

February 25th 2018 Kelly Cup Ballintubber 0-12 Breaffy 0-9

Our seniors put in a solid shift today to kick off their season with a win against local rivals Breaffy in a freezing cold Ray Prendergast Memorial Park. A superb first half scoring display from Mayo captain Cillian O’Connor spearheaded a Ballintubber attack buttressed by the experience and guile of Alan Dillon and Padraic O’Connor. Senior newcomers Jamsie Finnerty and Noel Geraghty also brought pace and freshness to the attack with telling contributions in both halves. It was an ideal start to the tenure of new manager Kevin Johnson, who will no doubt look to build up on the good groundwork laid by Tom Prendergast last season.

Playing with an Arctic breeze in the first half, Mayo regular Cillian O’Connor led the line for the Red and White, helping himself to eight well-taken points in the first half from frees and from play. A point from the left boot of senior debutant Jamsie Finnerty put us five points ahead before Breaffy’s Gary Walsh kicked three unanswered points before Robert Fadden reduced the deficit to one. However three more precise dead balls from O’Connor gave us a three point-half point lead.

With Mayo panellist Jason Gibbons being introduced after half-time to battle Seamus O’Shea and Matthew Ruane at midfield the visitors did claw back some of this lead in the second half. Brendan Walsh was forced to tip a looping shot over his own crossbar before a fisted Conor O’Shea score reduced the deficit back to a single point.

In spite of the withdrawal of our main attacking threat in Cillian O’Connor, the Abbeysiders responded positively with older brother Padraic and Mayo veteran Alan Dillon kicking three splendid scores between them. A late free from Tommy O’Reilly was all the Breaffy attack could muster in the face of a stubborn Ballintubber defence, ensuring that we left a Baltic Clogher pitch with a well-earned win against our championship rivals.

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

Substitutions used: Jason Gibbons for David McHale, John Kerrigan for Declan Larkin, Kevin Shannon for Joe Geraghty, Darragh McGovern for Cillian O’Connor, Noel Geraghty for Jamsie Finnerty

Michael Walsh Senior League Round 1: Ballinrobe 0-5 Ballintubber 0-18

Our senior team began their season with a comfortable victory over Ballinrobe in the opening round of the Michael Walsh Senior League. The wide open spaces of Ballinrobe Community School pitch provided the venue for the clash in windy but very mild conditions. Ballintubber took the lead with two well-taken scores from Stephen O’Malley, a member of last year’s Mayo Minor panel who finished the game with eight points to his name, kicking five from play. Playing with a strong breeze, the Abbeysiders remained comfortably in front for the rest of the game, taking some fine scores including a sweet score from wing-forward Brian Walsh and an outstanding second-half point from O’Malley from a very acute angel. Our full-back line were solid throughout as Ballinrobe’s lumbering full-forward Darren McDonnell made a nuisance of himself after number 3 Cathal Hallinan was withdrawn through injury in the second half.

It was a proud occasion for the Geraghty family as brothers Hugh, Ray, Danny and Joe lined out in the Red and White for the first time together. Midfielder Danny was lively throughout, kicking two points and taking Ballintubber first “mark” of the season in the second half. Senior debutant Hugh, a key player on the minor team which claimed the county “C” championship last year, impressed at corner forward, finishing with two very well taken points.

Our second-half substitutes all gave good accounts of themselves. Particularly impressive were Seanie Larkin who drove forward to raise a white flag and the youthful Gavin Roache, scoring a point on his senior debut and playing with no shortage of determination despite his inexperience at this level. The home side were ultimately unable to capitalise on a strong second-half breeze as the Boys from The ‘Tubber ran out comfortable thirteen-point winners in the end.

Ballintubber team that lined out: (1) Brendan Walsh (2)Gary Loftus (3)Cathal Hallinan (4)Brian Murphy (5)Kevin Shannon (6)Joe Geraghty (7)Myles Kelly (8)Danny Geraghty(0-2) (9)Dave Clarke (10)Damien Coleman (11)Ray Geraghty (12)Brian Walsh(0-1) (13)Hugh Geraghty(0-2, 1f) (17)Conor Finnerty(0-2) (15)Stephen O’Malley(0-8, 5f) Substitutions: Sean Larkin(0-1) for Cathal Hallinan, Declan Larkin for Kevin Shannon, John Kerrigan for Myles Kelly, Gavin Roache(0-1) for Damien Coleman, David McHale for Ray Geraghty, Aaron Lally for Hugh Geraghty

Ballintubber into Quarter-Finals of Mayo Senior Championship for the 9th season in a row!

Ballintubber into Quarter-Finals of Mayo Senior Championship for the 9th season in a row!

Senior Championship Group 2 Saturday October 9th

Aghamore 0-9 2-11 Ballintubber

Congrats to our Senior team who made it a remarkable 9th Senior Championship Quarter-Final in-a-row following a strong second half performance against Aghamore in the impressive Tooreen hurling grounds on Saturday evening. Despite lining out without the always influential Alan Dillon who was out due to injury, the Abbeysiders were able to have the fit-again Jason Gibbons in midfield who had a fine hour while the O’Connor brothers got all but 0-2 of the scores . Conditions on the evening were ideal with little wind in cloudy, mainly dry conditions and the first half was a cagey affair although the boys in red did have a little extra punch when they attacked directly where Diarmuid O’Connor played in the full-forward line for most of the game. It was his brother Cillian wearing the number 14 jersey who opened  the scoring with an excellently converted ’45 with Alan Freeman lining out in midfield who levelled proceedings shortly after. With the Ballintubber defence looking comfortable it allowed right-corner-back Gary Loftus the freedom to attack and kick over his sides second point while Cillian O’Connor added his sides third point after Diarmuid O’Connor was fouled. In fact Ballintubber were leading the way although scores from dual midfielder Kenny Feeney along with a point from centre-half-forward Darren Duffy had the sides level at 0-3 apiece.  Further pressure from Ballintubber along with a number of fine catches from Jason Gibbons resulted in 2 more converted frees from Cillian O’Connor. However despite threatening to pull away on various occasions, Ballintubber failed to push the game enough where Alan Freeman showed his best side when he kicked over 2 points to level the game at 0-5 apiece. However the Abbeysider attack were looking more and more menacing as Aghamore number 4 David Kenny was shown his second yellow card with Cillian O’Connor calmly putting his side ahead at the interval at 0-6 to 0-5 with another free.

The 3 time County champions began the second half strongly as further pressure saw Ballintubber earn a penalty after Jason Gibbons was fouled where Cillian O’Connor comfortably found the net. The boys of the ‘tubber were rampant at this stage with Cillian O’Connor turning the screw following a fine long range free. In fact the Mayo number 15 created his sides second goal chance when he found the alert Ballintubber number 10 Diarmuid who hammered the ball to the roof of the Aghamore net to suddenly push the Abbeysiders ahead at 2-7 to 0-5. The game was over as a contest although the hard-working Aghamore midfielder Kenny Feeney did get a point back for his side. A very patient move from the West Mayo side saw Ruaidhri O’Connor get at the end of the move to kick over an excellent point. Another pointed ’45 from his brother Cillian followed although 3 points in succession from Aghamore did bring some respectability to the scoreling although the games top scorer Cillian O’Connor did kick over the games final point in the closing minutes. Details on the Quarter-Final opponents will be confirmed this week while it is expected that next weekend these games will take place. Best for Ballintubber included the roving Gary Loftus who ended with 0-2 while Ruaidhri O’Connor also who got his name on the scoreboard. Brian Murphy started at full-back but like Gary Loftus due to his marker going out the field he also was as comfortable at the other end of the field. Myles Kelly got through a good shift while Michael Plunkett and Cathal Hallinan also stood strong in defence along with sweeper Damien Coleman. The return of Jason Gibbons to midfield was a major bonus and he played a big part in the win with his partner Danny Geraghty also getting through a lot of work. The positioning of Diarmuid O’Connor into the full-forward line reaped dividends particularly in the second half while the place kicking of Cillian O’Connor was central to the win as he ended with a return of 1-8. Bryan Walsh, Damien McGing and Alan Plunkett also worked hard and helped achieve the win.

Ballintubber team that lined out : Frank Walsh, Gary Loftus (0-2), Brian Murphy, Myles Kelly, Michael Plunkett, Cathal Hallinan, Ruaidhri O’Connor (0-1), Danny Geraghty, Jason Gibbons, Diarmuid O’Connor (1-0), Damien Coleman, Bryan Walsh, Damien McGing, Cillian O’Connor (1-8, pen, 2 ‘45’s 6f), Alan Plunkett. Subs used : Ray Geraghty for Damien McGing, Stephen Broderick for Danny Geraghty, Joe Geraghty for Myles Kelly, Conor Finnerty for Diarmuid O’Connor.    

Under 21 team qualify for County Semi-Final after win over Davitts on Sunday!

Under 21 team qualify for County Semi-Final after win over Davitts on Sunday!

County Under 21A Championship Quarter-Final Sunday November 20th

Ballintubber 3-16 1-9 Davitts

Our Under 21 team finally got their Championship campaign underway and were full value for their win over a plucky Davitts side played in sunny but cold and calm conditions in Clogher on Sunday. After both their group games against Ballaghadereen and Castlebar Mitchels were conceded to the boys of the ‘tubber, the Abbeysiders went into this game raw but were still able to put in some fine passages of play where full-forward Michael Plunkett was a constant thorn in the Davitts defence throughout. The opening half saw the sides matched at 0-3 each in the opening 10 minutes as both sides played the game in the traditional way with little defensive stuff that has somewhat stifled the game. It was the afore mentioned Michael Plunkett who looked sharp and scored twice while the youthful Hugh Geraghty also added a point.  Further fast ball into the influential full-forward saw Ballintubber back in front again before the games opening goal. Left-corner forward Stephen O’Malley finally found the net after the Davitts netminder made a number of fine stops and this goal gave the hosts the required impetus as further points from Hugh Geraghty (2 ,one from a free), a fourth point from Michael Plunkett while a brace of pointed frees from Stephen O’Malley suddenly pushed Ballintubber into a 1-9 to 0-3 lead. However the South Mayo side did hit back with a couple of points before Young player of the year Diarmuid O’Connor burst through the Davitts defence to calmly place his left-footed shot into the corner of the net to leave the half-time score 2-9 to 0-5.

The second half began with a resurgent comeback from the Davitts boys playing in their alternative strip as they did reduce the leeway down to 2-11 to 1-8 inside the first 10 minutes. Indeed a great goal line clearance from full-back Dave Clarke along with an excellent stop from Tom McGing in the Ballintubber goal failed to prevent the goal. Both Michael Plunkett and Stephen O’Malley also scored during this spell and when centre-half-back John Kerrigan was shown a black card it suddenly could have been a game changer. However the West Mayo side responded excellently as a sharp point from Stephen O’Malley was followed up with a long range point from the roving corner forward Rory Murphy which saw Ballintubber go further out in front at 2-13 to 1-8. The ‘tubber pushed on strongly as a pointed free from Stephen O’Malley was quickly followed by a fine Diarmuid O’Connor point to put the game out of reach. The closing moments saw Bryan Walsh get in on the scoring while the hard-working Dara McGovern bagged Ballintubber’s third goal. Full-back Dave Clarke was the recipient of this sides second black card while a pointed Davitts free ended the entertaining game which sees Ballintubber into the Semi-Finals. While the performance did enough to win the game comfortably in the end, bigger tests await with semi-final details just confirmed where the winners of Castlebar Mitchels or Aghamore await next Saturday at 2.30 with venue to be decided.
Ballintubber had stars all over the field where the steady Tom McGing had a fine game between the posts while the commanding Dave Clarke impressed along with his corner-backs of Jarleth Staunton and Oran Scully. The half-back line of minor Gavin Roache, the slightly more experienced John Kerrigan and another minor Aaron Lally also had their moments. Captain Diarmuid O’Connor was everywhere while still finding time to score 1-1 while his midfield partner Dara McGovern also found the net. Another one from the minor brigade Hugh Geraghty had a fine first half scoring 0-3 (2f) where the promptings of centre-half-forward Bryan Walsh helped create a number of scoring opportunities. Ronan McLoughlin also got some game time while the full-forward line registered 1-11 throughout the hour. Rory Murphy got one of the biggest cheers of the day for his long range point while the excellent play of Michael Plunkett yielded 0-5 where the Abbeysiders number 15 inor Stephen O’Malley ended with an impressive return of 1-5 (3f).

Ballintubber team that lined out : Tom McGing, Jarleth Staunton, Dave Clarke, Oran Scully, Gavin Roache, John Kerrigan, Aaron Lally, Diarmuid O’Connor (Capt) (1-1), Dara McGovern (1-0), Hugh Geraghty (0-3, 2f), Bryan Walsh (0-1), Ronan McLoughlin, Rory Murphy (0-1), Michael Plunkett (0-5), Stephen O’Malley (1-5, 3f). Subs used – Louis Hoban for Ronan McLoughlin, Jack Jensen for John Kerrigan BC, Cian Corcoran for Hugh Geraghty, Sean Murphy for Dave Clarke BC            

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