Ballymac 5-10 Firies 3-11
Pride of place this week goes our u14 Boys team who were crowned Division 3 County Champions following their victory over Firies on Wednesday evening in Austin Stack Park.
The foundation for the victory was laid in the first half when playing with a stiff breeze we played some excellent football which resulted in goals for Micheàl Savage Skye Lynch(3) and Niall Collins.
Firies hit two goals of their own to leave the half time score Ballymac 5-8 Firies 2-2.
Firies applied pressure right from the start of the second half and but for some excellent defending from Micheàl Culloty Diarmuid Galvin and Luke and Aidan Horgan would have made bigger inroads into the Ballymac lead.
Good work also by Padraig Heffernan and Sean Rice around the midfield area helped Ballymac hold sway here for most of the game.
Forwards Shane Gilroy Niall Collins and Skye Lynch were involved in most of the good offensive Ballymac play
Mention must also be made of goalkeeper Tommy Palmer who was soundness personified throughout.
Well done also to our subs when introduced didn’t let the side down.
Credit must also go to Firies for their never say die attitude that saw them bring a fifteen point half time deficit down to just two scores at the final whistle.
However it was the Ballymac boys who were celebrating at the end and captain Sean Rice accepted the winning trophy on behalf of the team.
Team Tommy Palmer William O Donoghue Aidan Horgan Micheàl Culloty Jamie Burke Diarmuid Galvin Cathal White Padraig Heffernan Luke Horgan (0-1)Shane Gilroy(0-2) Sean Rice(0-2)Tom Long Micheàl Savage(1-0)Niall Collins(1-5) Skye Lynch(3-0)
Subs David Lucid Mark O Connor Thomas Leen
It is not everyday a team wins a County League title and those medals are precious.
A big thank you to all the supporters who came to Austin Stack Park to support the boys and to Coiste na nÓg for playing the final in Austin Stack Park. It was a special night for everyone involved.
Our u 16 s played Ardfert in Division 1 (b) of the Central Region at Austin Stacks Park on Monday night lat 13th May.
Ardfert started well and had two points on the board after 5 mins , but our boys playing with the wind were level soon afterwards , one point from the boot of Maurice O’Connell and another from Gary Lynch . Ardfert having that bit of a physical presence about them continued to bring the play to Ballymac , but our defenders in Ryan McHugh, James Bailey, Daragh Sweeney and Adam Kelly worked tirelessly.
Both teams added further scores to bring the sides level after 18 mins , the two points from Ballymac :one coming from James Kenny and another from Maurice O’Connell . Ballymac had the ball in the net shortly after , but the goal was disallowed, as the referee had the whistle blown for a throw ball . Ardfert added 4 further points to lead 8 Pts to 4 Pts at the interval.
Despite playing against the wind and trailing by 4 points , we were quick of the mark in the second half with a point from Adam Sheehy. Ardfert pushed ahead again with some further points and the signs were ominous when they had the ball in the net midway through the second half .
However our boys kept playing to the end , and were rewarded when Cathal Culloty had the ball in the net shortly after, following some good play from Luke O’Connell and Adam Walker in Defense. A point from a free from Adam Joy was our final Score.
Ardfert were worthy winners on a Scoreline of 1 14 to 1 06 .
Thanks to all players for putting in a great effort in the Central Region and well done on getting to the final . Thanks to all parents and supporters who travelled and supported us on the night .
Thanks to Austin Stacks Park Committee for allowing us to play in such a fine Stadium, both players and Coaches really appreciated this kind Gesture.
Mile Buíochas .
Our U17s take part in an U17 7 a side Club Competition that The County Board is organising and running over the next few weeks. The first three games take place in Ballymac on Wednesday next when we play : Gneeveguilla and Churchill. We first play Churchill at 6.45pm,then we play Gneeveguilla at 7.25pm. Churchill will play Gneeveguilla in the last game. All games this week are on In Ballymac. Please support the team and Management.
The following players are not eligible to play in the competition: Players on the Kerry Minor Football and Hurling U 17 Squads and Players on Kerry U 16 Football Development Squad.
The format is 7 aside and the following rules apply:
Rules for Competition
Games are 7 a Side
For Round 1 and Round 2 each group will be played on a round robin basis
Games are 12 minutes a side
If teams are level on points after Round 1 or Round 2,the result of the game between them will come into play
Juvenile Goals from 21 to 21 metre line
If that game was a draw scoring difference will be used
If teams still cannot be separated the least scores conceded will determine the order in the group.
If the 3 teams in the group finish level on points then scoring difference will determine the rankings (If teams still cannot be separated then points conceded will then come into play)
Round 1 on Wednesday 22nd May
Round 2 on Monday 27th May
Semi Finals and Finals on weekend of Friday 31st
Unlimited Substitutions allowed
Substitutions must take place when there is a break in play and after clearance from the Referee
This is a great competition as at time of the year U 17 players will not be involved with any other teams and this competition will provide games for these players. 7 a side football is fast, open and exciting and something different for the players. We look forward to taking part in the competition and we hope we get plenty of support for the players on the night.
U12s are training away and the fixtures for phase 2 of The County League have just come out. Our Blue team play in Division 1A and our Gold team in Division 1B. Both teams play the same opposition in the groups: Rathmore, Laune Rangers, Austin Stacks , Spa and An Ghaeltacht.
Our Round 1 game is on Tuesday 28th May at home in Ballymac at 7pm. All of our Under 12 games will involve the supporters on the sidelines being silent under the new Silent Sideline initiative being run by County Coiste na nÓg. This was a great success in Phaese 1 and will continue in Phase 2.
Ballymac GAA Academy News
Ballymac U10 Boys had a good turn out on Sunday morning, doing skills and match’s ,those to impress were Fionn Enright, Kyran Boyle, Liam O Rahilly, Jack Collins and Seadhna O’Briain.
The U10 Castleisland District Go Games Blitz take place next Thursday evening the 16th May in Ballymac starting at 6.30pm. This should be a great evenings football and everyone welcome to support our future stars.
U10s Take Part in Go Games
Our U10 boys took part in the U10 Castleisland District GO Games last Thursday evening in Ballymac.
Despite the rain our boys had a great night and played brilliant football showing off all the skills learned over the past few months.
They had another good fun filled training session on Sunday morning. The memories they will make playing with their friends at U10s will last a lifetime.
U8 boys had a super Sunday morning’s training on the field. They are looking forward to showing off their skills this Thursday 23rd May at the Ballymac Go Games. Dylan Scanlon is our star player of the week. Well done to all the boys who show up week in week out.
On Sunday last all our boys and girls turned up all ready to pick up new skills. The new skill learned this week was passing the ball and catching the ball. Everyone did so well and showed off all the skills learned in a game. This week and last we had some new members to join us and a warm welcome to: Lily O’Connor, Saidhy Dempsey, Jacob Shortt, Jack O’Connell and Ryan Scanlon. Also we had a guest player fwho was visiting her cousins in Ballymac Anna Mcllmoyle from St Mary’s Gaa Club ,Aghagallon
Co Antrim. Anna showed off her skills and was a great team player all day : Looking forward to seeing you all next week. Do not forget to bring your water and your moth guards!!
Parking/Traffic Arrangements for Sunday Academy.
For Health & Safety reason on every Sunday morning we ask all parents dropping off children to the academy , to park outside the Main Gates and walk into the pitch with children. The Main gates will be closed as its too dangerous immediately after training to accommodate all the cars leaving etc. We thank you all in advance for your cooperation and understanding.