Ballymacelligott GAA Club News

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Ballymac reached the quarter final of the Junior Championship following a three point victory over Ballyduff on Sunday last. At the end of the first quarter the sides were level (0 – 5 – 0 – 5) Ballymac points from Aidan Breen (2), Padraig McCarthy, Shane O Reilly and Luke Sweeney with Jack Goulding (2) Barry O Grady (2) and JP Leahy replying for Ballyduff. Further points by Shane O Reilly and Aidan Breen saw Ballymac lead but Ballyduff hit back with an excellent individual Jack Goulding goal. Three further points by Padraig McCarthy (free), Vincent Horan and Luke Sweeney saw the half time score Ballymac 0 – 10 Ballyduff 1 – 5. Two early Padraig McCarthy frees extended the home side lead but the excellent Barry O Grady kept the North Kerry side in touch with some excellent point taking. Ballymac goal keeper Paudie O Connor brought off a tremendous save mid way through this half. Vincent Horan, Aidan Breen and Shane O Reilly pointed which saw Ballymac lead by 3 pints with five minutes remaining, but a superbly taken Padraig Boyle goal levelled the game and at this stage the game was in the melting pot. The home side finished the stronger with points by Padraig McCarthy, Luke Sweeney and Daniel O Shea to progress in the competition on a final score of Ballymac 0 – 19 Ballyduff 2 – 10.

A feature of this game was all six starting Ballymac forwards scoring from play.

Team: P O Connor, B O Donnell, C Reynolds, TJ Casey, M Galvin, K O Shea, N O Shea, M Shanahan, G Arthurs, L Sweeney, A Breen, S O Reilly, P Mc Carthy, D O Shea, V Horan. Subs: E Reidy, A Bonn.

Ballymac now travel to Glenbeigh on Sunday next for the quarter final of the Junior Championship. Please make every effort to travel and support the lads as they strive to make the semi final of this competition. This game is due to throw in at 2.00pm.

In our final group game of this years Co. League our minor team were defeated by Beale in Ballymac on Friday evening last.

With Saturday 2nd May fast approaching all perspective participants are reminded that this Friday April 24th is the deadline for the early bird entries to the event. Full details on

On the day of the run Ballymac GAA Clubs main function will be the stewarding of the event. We would urge as many volunteers as possible to make themselves available on the day. Please contact one of the following officers if you are in a position to help out. Fionnan Fitzgerald 0879860441, Joanne Riordan 0876768634 and Gerard Collins on 0876430693. All help would be greatly appreciated on the day.



We were away to Kerins O’ Rahilly’s last Monday evening. Despite ideal conditions this was a low scoring and mediocre game. We lined out minus some key players while others carried injuries into the game. Three Dara Reagan pointed frees, one a super effort from far out, was our total scoring in this half. We were fortunate Rahilly’s only got three points as we were under pressure for long periods of the half. Half time score 3 points each.
Rahilly’s got three more points by the 15th minute of the second half, while Dara Reagan again pointed a free for us. With 20 minutes gone in the second half our opponents goaled from close range. However a few minutes later Eoin O Malley went highest to flick the ball to the rahillys net, our first score from play. Rahilly’s replied with two more points while Eoin O Malley worked his way through and again goaled for us. Liam O Brien and James Mc’Donnell played well on the evening and Eoin O Malley was a revelation at full forward. We play Milltown/Castlemaine at home next Monday evening the 20th which is a must win game if we are to have any chance of going further in this competition.

Gneeveguilla 5-17 Ballymacelligott 1-4

What a difference a week makes! We were truly humbled by a more mature opposition . Indeed 12 of the opposition starting team were in their 2nd year at U14 level.That experience told against our relatively young side with 11 year old Adam Kelly our youngest player. Despite his age Adam was one of the brighter lights on an otherwise difficult hour .David and Liam tried hard but were unable to halt the constant attacking play by Gneeveguilla. The boys certainly didn’t help there cause as they gave up possession very easily on numerous occasions. A lot of lessons will be learnt by all in such a defeat. We encouraged the boys in the aftermath to build on their recent Ardfert display and increase their intensity and work rate. There will be better days ahead with some more improvement required.

Div 3 Ballymac Blue Team 5 -14 Spa 2-03
Played last Sunday evening in wonderful sunshine in Spa. Ballymac put in a fine performance and came out deserved winners on the night. Great work was put in on the night from all the boys and they can be well pleased with their performance.
Next Sunday evening we are at home to near neighbours Castleisland Desmonds in Rd 3 of the County League. Training will continue Tuesday & Friday at 7pm both nights.

U12 County League Division 3B
Ballymac travelled to Spa Killarney and won comprehensively. The game was effectively over by half time with 2-2 and 2-3 scored by James Kenny and Gary Lynch respectively. This was added to by a great goal from Donal Daly and two excellent points scored by Luke McCafferky and Mossie Brennan. The second half saw great displays by the Ballymac defence with Jamie Sugrue, Eoin Creedon and Luke O Connell dominating their markers. However the second half belonged to Mark O Connor with 7 points scored nearly all from play to leave Ballymac victorious on a score line of 5-15 to 0-2.

Congratulations to Tralee CBS on their recent victory over Pobailscoil Corca Dhuibhne in the Russell Cup final. Well done to Josh O Keeffe, Tadgh Brick and Dara Keane who were involved with the Green in this great win.

We welcomed Beaufort to Ballymac on Tuesday evening last in the first round of the U12 girls prelim county league fixtures.On a glorious evening for football our girls were well in control of this game from start to finish.With Cora Savage in flying form in midfield after her recent injury we always had the upper hand.Cora finished the game with 1-10 to her name from play and frees.Sophie O Donoghue did really well at fullback and again our half back line of Cathy Palmer,Sinead McKeown and Ciara Palmer kept the visitors at bay.Goals from the always industrious Catherina Sommers and Aoife Galvin eased us ahead early in the secondhalf allowing the mentors the luxury of getting all players on the panel game time.The final score in the end was 4-16 to 4-5 to the hosts.

Our U10 boys put in a good hours training on Sunday last with Padraig Heffernan, Evan Boyle, Alex Walsh, David Lucid and Tom Long among those impressing on the morning.

The academy took place this morning and we had a fantastic turnout on a beautiful sunny day. Well done to the u’8 boys who played at half-time in senior championship game. Well done to all. Best for the u’8s on the day were Jack Joy, Shane Crossan, Luke Silles, and Sam Slattery.

Academy Girls: It was a great turn out from u6’s and u8’s at training last Sunday. There was great skill show by Aishling Bailey, Laura West and Sophie Harper.

Congratulations to the boys and girls who were confirmed on Friday last in Clogher Church and best wishes to all the children receiving their First Holy Communion this coming Saturday in Ballymac Church.

An Evening of Entertainment in aid of Tralee Palliative Care will take place at Kielduff Community Center, on Friday, 1st May and Saturday, 2nd May 2015. An Evening of Comedy with Maurice O’Connell and Tom O’Sullivan along with music, song, dance and stories by some of the finest talent in the parish of Ballymacelligott. Great spot prizes on offer and refreshments will be served on the night. Admission is 10euros and the show starts at 7.30p.m. sharp. Tickets must be pre booked by contacting Nora Curran at 086 8973855.
Come along for a great night out and support a great cause.

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