Match Reports

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fact that Shane Maheady had to be dispatched to try and shackle him as veteran Kilalla full-back Darragh McGuire was withdrawn.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


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