Division 4 Donal Curtin Cup
Monday 28th June 2021
Ballymac 2:08 Firies 1:08
A fantastic win to start our County League campaign. The hard work the girls have been putting in on the training ground is really showed. The girls hit the ground running from throw in, with a point from Emma Sweeney to start. The game was a ding dong battle from the get go. Credit to a well drilled Firies side for putting up their own scores and fast running game however they really earned ever score as our defense under the leadership of captain Una Kerins was rock solid.
Further points in the first half came from Cora Savage, Alyssa Leen and a goal from Emma Sweeney saw us go into half time 2 points up.
Even with the scores Firies got our wonderful keeper Robyn White was on point for every kick out.
Firies came out flying in the second half with a quick few scores and a few cheap wides from us made for a fierce excitement amongst players and supporters.
However, with players like Emily O’Brien and Ashling O’Connell in mid field plucking balls high out of the sky and gut busting runs the game was again in our control. The forwards were spoiled with great quality ball throughout as our defence were solid and pushing forward.
The game ended with a 3 point win for Ballymac, but there was a cost we lost Cora Savage to injury in the first half and Sinead McKeown in the second half. We all wish them a speedy recovery.
Thanks to Sean Hennessey for having the pitch ready and to the senior committee for having the pitch in great condition.
Round 1 Division 2 County League
Friday 2 July 2021
Ballymac 3-07 Na Gaeil 2-04
Ballymacelligott v Na Gaeil
Our minor ladies opened their campaign in the div2 Co League tonight in Ballymac.
We togged out 22 players while Na Gaeil only had 11 so game was played 11 aside. This resulted in a disjointed display as both sides struggled to adapt to the spaces available on the pitch. However, at half time we led 2-3 to 2-2 with Eimear Curran getting 1-2 , Alyssa Leen also goaled in this period & Kate O’Connor getting a point . Ella Quirke, Sinead Mc Kewon and Grainne Galvin defended stoutly and Emily O’Brien held sway at midfield
The 2nd half we brought on fresh legs and outscored our opponents by 1-4 to 0-2 to see us home. Roisín Rahilly , Laura Sugrue , adding to Rachel Creedon’s 1-1 .
Missing tonight was Cora Savage whom we wish a speedy recovery from a recent injury.
County League Division 1 Round 3
Tuesday 29nd June 2021
Ballymac 9-09 MKL Gaels 3-04
Ballymacelligott v MKL Gaels
This was a big night for our talented group of young ladies, as we needed to recover quickly from last week’s setback with Southern Gaels. On the night we were missing three players Kerry Hennessy injured, Roisin Ragget and Aoife Sweeney unavailable, but otherwise we were at full strength, with 22 girls available, all who rotated on and off through the game.
The game didn’t start the way we wanted it to, as we conceded an early goal. But what a response we made as we went up the field to score an excellently worked goal from goalkeeper Aoibhinn Broderick all the way up to Rachel Creedon who hit the back of the net. Laura Sugrue put over a point from the resulting kick out. Our defence really upped the ante and only conceded one more point in the first quarter, while we put away a further 2-3, with goals from Roisin Rahilly and Rachel Creedon, points from Rachel Creedon with 2 and Orla O’Connor. Score at the 1st Half Water Break was 3-4 to 1-1.
Our previous 2 games had seen us put in a really poor performance in the second quarter, this time the ladies showed that they had learned from those previous two outings. Tonight we scored 3-1 and conceded nothing in the second quarter. This meant that the halftime was 6-5 to 1-1.
The second half followed with the same pattern as our girl’s maintained control, while rotating our squad. The final score was 9-9 to 3-4. Great praise is due to the ladies for the way that they moved the ball and the high work rate that they produced.
Squad on the night was Aoibhinn Broderick, Laura Kelly, Anna Collins, Alice Brosnan, Abby Leahy, Ciara Kerins, Kate Collins (1-2), Rachel Griffin, Maire Culloty, Keelin Enright, Roisin Rahilly (2-2), Rachel Creedon (4-2), Sarah Scanlon, Ella Quirke, Emma Daly, Niamh Lynch (1-0), Ciara Palmer (0-1), Laura Sugrue (0-1), Orla O’Connor (0-1), Alexa Weiss, Allie Tarrant, Jill Quirke.
Our next outing is away to Scartaglin next Tuesday 6th July at 7.30pm.
Sunday 27th June 2021
Na Gael 5 – 06 Ballymac 5 – 05
Ballymacelligott v Na Gaeil
We had a beautiful sunny day on Sunday for a game of football between Na Gael and Ballymac in Na Gael sports field, however there was a strong breeze blowing from the north east which made it difficult for both teams to go for points. Ballymac were having trouble this week in filling their team as some players were not able to attend the match and brought up 3 subs from U 12’s Emily Heffernan, Katie Turner and Grace Kelly so a special thanks to these three ladies.
In the first half Ballymac played against the wind and found it difficult to find the target.
Score at the first water break
Na Gael 2 – 4 Ballymac no score
Na Gael 3 – 4 Ballymac 1 – 2
2nd water break
Na Gael 3 – 4 Ballymac 2 – 3
Na Gael 5 – 6 Ballymac 5 – 5
This was a great game of football with a very exciting finish and you would feel that if Ballymac had a few more mins they could have come away with the win however fair play to Na Gael for holding out against a great finish from Ballymac .
There was an outstanding performance from Jill Quirke who scored 5 goals and 3 points for Ballymac, also Anna Collins made some great runs from defence into attacking positions, fantastic work rate here. Overall this Ballymac team continues to improve and we look forward to our next outing when we play MKL Gaels.
Round 3 North Kerry League
Monday 28th June 2021
Ballyduff 5-10 Ballymac 4-04
The Girls from Ballymac ended their unbeaten run to a hungrier and physically bigger Ballyduff team on Monday evening.
A sunshine filled evening in Ballyduff saw Ballymac come up short at the final whistle.
The gamed started competitively with a wind assisted Ballyduff going in for some early scores and could have been further ahead at the water break but for some finishing errors.
Ballymac rallied in the remainder of the half, but the pressure imposed on the forwards thwarted numerous attacking moves.
Ballymac finally got off the mark at the end of the first half with a goal from Michelle O’Connor leaving the score at half time 4-03 to 1-00
A welcome break at half time saw Abigail Geary put the ball in the back of the Ballyduff net only for it to be overruled for a free in for a foul in the lead up play.
Michelle O’Connor duly obliged kicking over the free and quickly followed this with two further goals and a point from play.
Abigail Geary who has a striker instinct again rattled the Ballyduff net for a second time but like previously it was overruled and a free in was awarded which was again converted by Michelle O’Connor.
Molly O’Connor battled hard throughout and was a real thorn in the side of the Ballyduff midfield linking up with her forwards time and time again & kicking a wonderful long-range point of her own.
In defence for Ballymac Emily Heffernan, Alice Savage and Sorcha Healy played their hearts out and were ably assisted by Fiona McCarthy Olivia Sweeney and Aibhe Jones clearing a lot of ball against a tide of Ballyduff attacks.
In goals Aoibheann Sheehan had a mammoth task but stopped a lot of shots and her kickouts were strong finding her teammates time and time again.
Aideen Healy at Half forward was lively throughout the game showing great speed and courage for a nine-year-old. Katie Turner went in for a well deserve goal in the second half rounding three Ballyduff defenders to finish to the back of the net. Kate O’Neill, Tara Slattery, Abagail Geary, Grace Kelly, Cait Griffin and Caitlyn Scanlon looked lively up front too and would have converted more but the Ballyduff Defence was well drilled and did not give them much to play with.
On top at the second water break Ballymac still trailed Ballyduff & it was Ballyduff who finished out the half strongest kicking some great scores to seal their win.
Final Score Ballyduff 5:10 Ballymac 4-04
Scorers Ballymac: Michelle O’Connor 3-03 (2f), Katie Turner 1-00, Molly O’Connor 0-01
Joint Captains for the game: Abigail Geary & Sorcha Healy.
Congratulations to Ballyduff with an unbeaten run in this competition winning the Division 4 title.