Intermediate Football Championship
Ballinagore 2-08 Tubberclair 1-13
We came agonisingly close to collecting our first points in this years championship on Saturday evening when we played Tubberclair in well appointed Rosemount. We started the game very well and led by 1-01 to 0-00 after only five minutes of action, our goal coming off the boot of Darren Rigney who started the move and following a good assist from Brandon Carey, he cooly finished passed Gary Connaughton. We were dealt a hammer blow midway through the half as we lost influential inside forward Cormac Deegan to a black card midway through the half in what appeared a controversial decision that surprised all onlookers present. The video of the game only adds to our frustrations as we are no wiser as to why the curse of the black card struck again. Our opponents gradually got into the game but we held our nerve to lead 1-03 to 0-05 at half time. The second half was intense from start to finish. Our opponents levelled proceedings early on and took the lead with fine points before Brandon Carey brought us back on terms. After ten minutes action, what appeared to be a shot for a point from a narrow angle somehow managed to drop short and into the top corner for Tubberclair to give them a three point cushion. This score could have knocked the stuffings out of our lads but credit to them, we levelled the game with our second goal as Niall Kelly brilliantly collected a high ball from Michael Ennis and his pass found Paddy Ennis to finished to the top corner. An excellent point of the outside of Brandon Careys boot had us back in front with minutes remaining. Tubberclair finished the game strong though and had two points from frees to restore their lead into injury time. We pressed hard and had one or two chances to draw level, especially when Paddy Ennis appeared to be fouled in possession but play continued and a fisted point at the death from a break upfield gave our opponents the cushion to hold firm and claim the points. This was a brave and gutsy performance by Ballinagore and while we will be bitterly disappointed not to have earned at least a point, we can be very proud of the team. Team: Cathal Daly, Enda Claffey, James Sheerin, Robbie Keegan, Kieran Deegan, Marty Linnane, David Slevin, Frankie Deegan, Brandon Carey, Paddy Ennis, Enda Kenny, Michael Ennis, Niall Kelly, Cormac Deegan, Darren Rigney. Subs used: Cathal Ennis, Finian Heeney, Robert Gannon.
U14 Football Championship
Lilliput Gaels 2-10 Kilbeggan/St. Joseph's 2 -06
We remain on top of Division 1 after our fourth win on the trot after this narrow win over our neighbours last Thursday evening in Kilbeggan. This was our toughest game yet and our opponents bossed the first half to deservedly lead by 2-04 to 0-03. We came more into it from the start of the second half but it wasn't until near the end that we eventually took the lead and a late goal by Cathal Elliffe gave us a rather flattering four point winning margin. Great credit to the team as this was a result they really had to grind out. Team: Sean Jackson, Oisin Kiernan, Killian Jackson, Ronan McLavin, Dylan Franzoni, David Maloney, Max Ripley, Shane Doran, Jack Gannon, Jack Mulligan, Cathal Elliffe, Conor O'Malley, Shane Corcoran, Philip Reynolds, Niall Claffey, Adam Cassidy, Andrew Dalton, Eoin Robinson, Shane Dalton
Lilliput Gaels 3-09 Milltownpass 6-07
Our U12 team played Milltownpass on Wednesday evening in Ballinagore. We were slow out of the blocks and our opponents built up an early lead to go 5-04 to 0-07 ahead at the break. We battled well in the second half scoring 3-02 to Milltownpass 1-03. Team: Dylan Birch, Conor Maloney, Evin Dalton, Shane Maloney, Rory Quinn, David Costello, David O'Malley, Dylan Corrigan, Eoin Robinson, Patrick Maloney, Philip Reynolds, Jack Maloney, Sean Bolger, Eoin Bolger, Adam Cassidy. Subs: Eoin Carey, Morgan Redmond, Darragh Mulligan, Luke Robinson, Oisin McCabe.
Thu 9th August, Minor, Lilliput Gaels vs Milltownpass in Ballinagore at 19:00
Wed 15th August, U12, Lilliput Gaels vs St. Lomans in Lakepoint at 19:00
Thu 16th August, U14, Lilliput Gaels vs Moate All Whites in Ballinagore at 19:00
Fri 17th August, IFC, Ballinagore vs Milltownpass in Rochfortbridge at 19:15.
Club Lotto Results
Last weeks winning numbers were 9, 15, 16 and 19. We had one match three winner in Gilbert Carey, well done Gilbert! Next weeks jackpot is €7100.
Social Night and Auction of Promises
We had a hugely successful night in Mahon's last Saturday when there was a great turnout to support the club at our auction of promises. We want to thank the following who contributed promises: Kevin Deegan, Eimear Fox, Robert Gannon, Gabrielle Seery, Pauline and Joe Keegan, Mark King, Jerome Robinson, Kieran Deegan, Gerry Claffey, Robert Mizzell, Sean Delaney, Mick Heeney, Monaghan GAA, Hair Gallery Kilbeggan, Brian Sheerin, Kevin Kennedy, FBD, Cafe Mokka Kilbeggan and all those who gave raffle prizes. We extend a special thanks to Ashlene Finnane and Natasha Slevin for their help with the raffle and finally to our maestro with the gavel, Mick Heeney, who had us all entertained with his inimitable style and made sure nobody went home empty handed!
The club sends its congratulations to Cathal and Orla Ennis on the birth of their baby son, Conor. Cathal showed his dedication to our club by togging out and playing on Saturday evening, just 24 hours after Conor arriving into the world.