Ballymac GAA News May 19

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Our senior team relinquished two valuable Co. League points in the most cruel fashion with the concession of a goal with the last kick of the game against Annascaul on Saturday night in Ballymac.

The visitors dominated the first half and led at half time on a core of 1-7 to 0-5 their goal coming in the 12th minute. Annascual started the 2nd half the better and five minutes into it led on a score of 2-9 to 0-6. Their second goal coming from a penalty.

Our lads deserve great credit for the come back which ensued. Two goals in the 11th and 12th minute from Daniel O Shea and Aidan Breen (penalty) and points from Gene Griffin (3), Aidan Breen and Padraig McCarthy saw us leading with 10 minutes remaining on a score of 2-12 to 2-10.

In an exciting finish the sides swapped points and we seemed set for victory leading by a point with time almost up. However, in the final play of the game the West Kerry snatched a winner.

While our lads were disappointed with this loss they can look forward to the rest of the Co. League campaign with confidence based on our excellent second half performance.

Team: P Laide, B O Donnell, TJ Casey, Denis Leen, C. Counihan, K O Shea, M Leen, C Reynolds, P Galvin, D O Shea, G Griffin, E Reidy, L Sweeney, A Breen, Dermot Leen. Subs: P McCarthy

Our B Team began their Co. League campaign on Friday night last against Gneeveguilla with a loss. This is an invaluable competition giving some of our younger players experience in senior football. This Friday night we have a home fixture against Clounmacon.

There will be a meeting for all members of Ballymac GAA Club on this Tuesday 27th May at 8.30pm in the GAA club rooms.

Many thanks to all who contributed to our recycling days. The amount the Club raised will be used towards the continuing development of under age football in the Parish.

Congratulations to U14 player Brian Lonergan on winning the County U14 Hurling Feile Skills competitions recently. Representing Tralee Parnells Brian saw off stiff competition and now goes forward to represent the County in the National Feile Competition to be held in Ulster in the coming weeks.

FAOI 12: (A) Our U12 boys were in action on Sunday 18th last against Beaufort with a final score line of Ballymac 2-13 Beaufort 4-07.

A great exhibition of football was played by both sides on a fine evening in Ballymac. Beaufort dominated proceedings in the first half with some great team play.

Our boys were finding it difficult to get into the tempo of the game and came in at half time behind 1-3 to 3-7. Stern words at the break and key positional changes meant the lads were more balanced in the second half and drove at the opposition.

Brian Cassidy in midfield provided a solid platform for our attacks and our defenders kept Beaufort to one score in the second half but for some wayward shooting this was a game the boys could have won in the end we had to settle for a draw.

The boys know they must up their game if they want to succeed at this level.
FAOI 12: (B) Ballymac 5-20 Beaufort 4-2. A great win for the younger lads on our u12 panel. The spectators witnessed some lovely passages of football and neat score taking. Darragh Sweeney at midfield had a commanding game. The hard work in training is paying off with all the squad playing their part in keeping Beaufort from scoring. They need to maintain this level if they hope to challenge for the top spot. Well done to all players and mentors.

Academy: Míle Buíochas to Ardfert for having our U10’s & U8’s today for a very enjoyable day. Those who impressed for our U10’s were Gary Lynch, Diarmuid Galvin, Luke O Connell, Eoin Creedon, Luke Horgan and Alex Walsh. Our U8’s were also in action in the Castleisland Go Games hosted by the Desmonds. On the night Lee Wharton, Alex Riordan, Jack Joy, Jack Slattery, Micheal Savage and Shane Gilroy played very well. Our U10’s will play Milltown/C’maine next Sunday at 11am in Milltown. Could all players please be in Milltown for 10.45am.
Academy continues next Sunday at usual time of 11am. Well done to all who attended academy last weekend especially Fionn Enright, Jack Lynch,Ryan Burke, Darragh McMahon, Sean Martin and Cian Gilroy who had a worked particularly hard during training.

A fantastic effort was made by Laura Sugrue, Alyssa Leen, Grainne Galvin, Alexa Weiss, Roisin Raggett and Bridgit Sheehan. The U8 and U10 girls also played a ‘Go Game’ against Austin Stacks on Wednesday evening. Many thanks to Stacks for travelling to Ballymac and well done to all the mentors and trainers in making the evening a success. Week two of the U10’s Castleisland District Board takes place this Wednesday evening at 7pm and is being hosted by Ballymac.

Congratulations to the boys and girls of Clogher, Nohoval and Caherleaheen who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday last.

Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 30th May at Kielduff Community Centre at 8.30pm. All welcome.

The Club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of Teresa Murphy Dublin (mother in law of U8 girl coach John Scanlon) and the family of Kathleen Doyle Kenmare, grandmother of academy players Mossie, Aidan and Liam Brennan.

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