U16 Football League Division 2
Lilliput Gaels 2-06 St. Mary's, Rochfortbridge 2-12
Our U16 team travelled to Rochfortbridge last Monday to take on the locals in our second league game of the year. We were minus the services of a number of players on the evening but thankfully a number of our U14's helped out after their busy Féile weekend and yet again they impressed. This was a very spirited performance by our lads and they created enough chances over the hour to have won the game comfortably, however a high wide count and some great goalkeeping by the Bridge's number one kept our scoreline down. After a tight first half, we trailed by 1-05 to 0-03. It would have been closer as we had the ball in the net but the referee didn't allow the advantage and instead called play back afterwards for a free in, which was pointed. A second half penalty earned and converted by Conor Murphy along with a well executed goal by Cody Finnane kept us in the chase but unfortunately for us we saw chance after chance either fly wide or saved. In the end, St. Mary's held out for the win but our lads had given them a great battle. We saw some great performances on the evening. Lorcan Kiernan was solid as a rock in the goals and his kickouts were excellent, Peter Reynolds and Darragh Seery bossed the midfield exchanges throughout, our defence worked tirelessly with Tiernan McMahon and Cody Finnane impressing. Up front, Conor Murphy had a fine game and he finished with a personal tally of 1-05. Well done to all! Team: Lorcan Kiernan, Luke Seery, Ryan Boyne, Mark Killian, Cody Finnane, Tiernan McMahon, Cathal Kelly, Darragh Seery, Peter Reynolds, Mark Kiernan, Conor Murphy, Peter Dalton, Adam McGoldrick, Killian Bolger, Sean Kincaid. Subs used: Peter Murphy, Ian Kiernan, Jack Gannon, Odhran Gavigan.
U14 Football League
Our U14's good form contined in Ballinagore last Thursday evening where they had a comprehensive win over St. Mary's, Rochfortbridge. This was a great team performance by the lads and they got some great scores throughout while our defenders kept St. Mary's forwards at bay. Team: Andrew Dalton, Sean Jackson, Odhran Gavigan, Oisin Kiernan, Max Ripley, David Maloney, Peter Murphy, Dylan Franzoni, Killian Jackson, Shane Doran, Jack Gannon, Cathal Elliffe, Shane Corcoran, Conor O'Malley, Jack Mulligan, Niall Claffey, Sean Macken, Philip Reynolds.
U12 Football League
Lilliput Gael's 8-13 Kilbeggan/St. Joseph's 5-04
We recorded a good win over our neighbour's on Wednesday evening in Castletown. We got off to a good start with some early scores and held the lead throughout despite a determined comeback from the opposition in the second half. Team: Dylan Birch, Cian Corcoran, David Costello, Shane King, Eoin Carey,Eoin Robinson, Conor Maloney, Philip Reynolds, Adam Clarke, Rory Quinn, Dylan Corrigan, Patrick Maloney, Eoin Bolger, Adam Cassidy, Aaron Jackson. Subs used: David O'Malley, Sean Bolger, Evin Dalton, Shane Maloney, Fionn Jackson, Christian Dowling, Luke Robinson.
We played our second round of this years championship at home to Limekiln (Dublin) on Sunday last. Fielding first we managed to hold the visitors to four runs in the first innings while scoring five ourselves. The difference was the same at the bottom of the second with the score reading 10-9 in favour of Ballinagore. Limekiln leveled matters at 12-12 in the third innings but it was at the top of the fourth that Ballinagore came a cropper. Limekiln stood up to the mat and scored run after run (11 in total) to effectively kill off the Ballinagore challenge and this left the score 23-13 at the bottom of the fourth. A visibly tired Ballinagore stopped the rot in the fifth and final innings, conceding just four more runs to finish 14 adrift on a scoreline of Limekiln 27, Ballinagore 13. Despite the result there are positives to take from this game. To compete with such a seasoned and decorated team as Limekiln for so long shows the progress that Ballinagore are making as a team and if they stay together they will improve further. Some of the fielding, catching and batting was impressive from a spectators point of view and the experience gained in this game will stand to the team in the remainder of the championship. Team: Declan Claffey (Pitcher), Shane Heraty (Catcher, 2 Runs), Martin Furey (Short Stop, 3 Runs), Tally Flynn Capt. (1st Base, 2 Runs), Aoife Deegan (2nd Base), Dympna Claffey (3rd Base, 2 Runs), Enda Claffey (Left Outfield), David Langan (Centre Outfield, 3 Runs), Colette Langan (Right Outfield, 1 Run). Referee: Michael Dowling. We send our best wishes to the Limekiln player who suffered an unfortunate injury during the game.
ACFL Division 3 vs Milltown, Sunday 22nd April in Ballinagore at 11:00
U14 League vs Millmore Gaels, Wednesday 18th April in Milltown at 19:00
U14 Feile play-off v Kilbeggan/St. Josephs, Saturday 21st in Springfield at 13:00
U16 League v Cill Óige on Monday 23rd in Ballingore at 19:00
We play Cúchulainn (Carlow) in the third round which will take place in Ballon GFC on Sunday 29th April. Time to be confirmed.
Last weeks winning numbers were 5, 10, 16 & 23. We had match 3 winners with Sean Delaney and Yvonne and James in Mahons being the lucky ones. Next weeks jackpot now stands at €3900. Please support our club lotto for just €2 a week and you can be in with the chance to win our jackpot!
The club extends its deepest condolences to John O'Brien, Broadwood, Ballinagore on the sad passing of his brother Bill O'Brien, Rosemount. May he Rest in Peace.
Mercy Secondary Kilbeggan in Final
We want to wish the junior footballers of Mercy Secondary Kilbeggan the very best of luck in the North Leinster Junior C Final this coming Friday against Bush from Louth in the Meath CoE, Dungany, Trim. A number of Lilliput Gaels footballers are on both the team and panel and we want to wish them the very best of luck.
As you know, the school are currently fundraising to help complete their ongoing developments. A car wash takes place next Saturday 21st April in Centra, Kilbeggan. This will be followed by a Social Night on Friday week, 27th April, in The Well Moate. Music by Andy Feery. All funds raised from both events will go towards the new building fund. Your support is very welcome.
Macra Tractor Run
Ballinagore Macra will be hosting the Annual Tractor & Vintage Car Run on May Bank Holiday Sunday at 10.30am in Ballinagore GAA Grounds. This is a great community event for all ages and there will be a BBQ and refreshments on the day. All proceeds will be donated to North Westmeath Hospice.