Ballinagore Club Notes

August 19, 2019

Junior Football Championship

Ballinagore 1-15  St. Paul's 2-12

We travelled to Kinnegad on Friday evening to take on St. Paul's in our penultimate group game. This was a critical fixture for us following our poor set of results in this years championship - a win here would leave us still in contention pending other results. However it wasn't to be as we played out an exciting draw against the Clonmellon based side. Playing into a strong breeze in the first half, our lads started well and we took the game to St. Paul's from early on. Our forwards looked sharp and a number fine passing moves were rewarded with points and a well taken goal by Cormac Deegan. We also had two potential penalty claims turned down in a half where we were on top for long periods. At half time, we held a 1-08 to 1-05 lead. Despite us getting the opening point in the second half, it was St. Paul's who would dominate the third quarter. With the wind abated, a number of well finished points brought them closer and then a high ball into our square ended up in the net. The referee consulted his umpires and the green flag was raised to put St. Paul's ahead. Our opponents had their tails up at this stage and kicked another couple of fine points to lead by four points going into the final ten minutes of action. However, our lads refused to throw in the towel and we proceeded to claw back into the deficit, with the evergreen Michael Ennis to the fore, until we were level. St. Paul's had time to score another point but we drew level again as we entered injury time. With both sides working hard for the winning score, we thought we might nick it when Brandon Carey raced through the heart of the St. Paul's defence with seconds remaining. Under pressure, Brandon's pass to David Keegan unfortunately didn't stick and our chance was gone with the referee calling time after this attack. This draw ends our chances of reaching the knockout stages of the competition. We do have one remaining group fixture against CFCW on Monday evening in The Downs and we hope the team can repeat Friday evenings performance and finish the year on a high. Despite the poor run of results in this years championship, our performance on Friday evening gave all our supporters plenty to cheer about as our lads played with great spirit and skill to restore the pride in the jersey.

Minor Football Championship

Lilliput Gaels 2-13 Shandonagh 2-14

We travelled to Shandonagh to take on the home side in our second group game on Wednesday evening. Our opponents started the better of the two teams and took the game to our lads right from the start. Conditions were wet and it was Shandonagh who appeared to cope better, especially in the first half. A goal seperated the sides at half time, 1-06 to 0-06, and we were quite happy as our opponents had played the better football for long spells. In the second half, we strove hard to claw back the deficit. However, every time we managed to score, Shandonagh could break upfield and respond. Morgan Gavigan, now operating at the edge of the square, scored a fine goal only for it to be wiped out by a penalty goal at our end shortly after. With five points separating the sides, a second goal for us gave us a lifeline going into the final minutes. We had chances aplenty and we regretted that we didn't tap over some of those chances instead of shooting for goals. As we entered injury time, a point separated the sides but despite constant pressure by our lads, Shandonagh held on for the narrowest of victories. With one win and one defeat going into our final game against Mullingar Shamrocks, it's all to play for still. Team: Jamie Keenan, Mark Killian, Cian Gavigan, Fergal O'Brien, Zach Wright, Conal Fagan, David Jackson, Paddy Doran, Morgan Gavigan, Peter Reynolds, Darragh Seery, Conor Murphy, Mark Kiernan, Eoin Glennon, Jack Gallagher. Subs: Warwic Kirby, Cody Finnane, Luke Seery.


U16 Football Championship

Lilliput Gaels 0-07 St. Lomans 4-11

Hard luck to our U16’s who lost to St Lomans last Monday evening in Ballinagore in this play-off game to qualify for the semi-final. A slow start cost us as we trailed 3-05 to 0-02 at half time. However, a much improved second half performance saw our lads put some great moves together and we put Lomans under a lot of pressure but they kept their lead for a deserved win. Our lads now play in the shield semi final, fixture tbc. Team: Sean Jackson, Cathal Kelly, Ryan Boyne, Tiernan McMahon, Peter Dalton, David Maloney, Shane Doran, Peter Reynolds, Luke Seery, Cathal Elliffe, Warric Kirby, Cody Finnane, Peter Murphy, Killian Bolger, Shane Corcoran. Subs: Jack Gannon, Sean Kincaid, Niall Claffey, Odhran Gavigan.


U12 Football League

Lilliput Gaels 4-06 Athlone 3-03

Lilliput Gaels U12’s had a good win against Athlone in the league on Monday evening in Castletown. This was a good competitive game right to the final whistle with only two points separating the sides with five minutes to go until Aaron Jackson struck for a goal to give us some breathing space. We started the stronger team with a few early points but Athlone came storming back and leveled up the game after twenty minutes. We then scored 1-01 without reply to leave us ahead at the break. The second half was a close affair right to the end and we would like to thank Athlone for a very sporting game. Team: Dylan Birch, Fionn McKinley, Conor Maloney, Shane Maloney, Darragh Mulligan, Aaron Jackson, Sean Bolger, Cian Corcoran, Dylan Corrigan, Luke Robinson, Patrick Maloney, Oisin Mccabe, Gavin Ennis, Rory Quinn, Ciaran Doran. Subs: Fionn Jackson, Dara Mulligan, Conor Robinson.


Club Lotto

Last weeks winning numbers were 8, 18, 23 and 28. Conor Kearney c/o Martin Hand was a match 3 winner. Next weeks jackpot is €2,700. Please support our lotto for just €2 each week, contact Sean Delaney or Martin McCann for details.


Club Draw for All Ireland Tickets

Congratulations to club member, Jerome Robinson, who won two tickets to Sunday’s All Ireland hurling final in our club members draw.


Westmeath Ladies

Hard luck to Fiona Claffey and the Westmeath Ladies senior footballers who lost their relegation playoff game to Monaghan on Sunday and will play in the Intermediate Championship next year. Well done to the Westmeath senior camogie team who beat Down at the weekend to qualify for the Intermediate final against Galway.

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