Just like the recent county championship game vs South Kerry , a blistering start to the second half was the deciding factor in this game when in a purple patch from the 7th to the 14th minute we hit St Marys for 1-05 without reply effectively putting the game beyond their reach.
John Keane kick started the blitz and further rapid points from John Ferguson, Jason O’Leary raiding from defence, Shane Brosnan and the outstanding Con Barrett saw us increase our lead to 8 points ( 1-13 to 0-08) and worse was to follow for the home side when Tom Hoare ( outstanding all through) was on the end of a passing move to finish low to the net, the much sought after points were on the way to Strand Road.
We were quickest out of the blocks and had the opening score on 40 seconds when Tom Hoare, operating at full forward rounded his marker to finish low to the net for the perfect start – Tom quickly added another point and was to prove a thorn in the St Marys side throughout the game finishing on a personal tally of 2-03.
We had the upper hand at midfield where Con Barrett was outstanding all night, fielding cleanly, carrying to great effect and working back when needed. Con was ably assisted by Ryan Carroll and in defence Danny O’Sullivan, Jason O’Leary and Tommy Begley kept a tight rein on their men offering the opposition little opportunities to threaten our goal – when they did,Gary Kissane was equal to the task and made some fine stops in the 17th & 20th minutes to keep a clean sheet. As half time approached we were 3 points to the good, 1-07 to 0-07 and though facing the breeze in the second half there was enough to suggest that we would prevail on the night.
The resumption saw both sides trading points before the blitzkrieg which ended this game as a contest in the first quarter – we led 2-14 to 0-10 after 16 minutes and though conceding two late goals we ran out deserving winners on a final score line of 2-16 to 2-12.
Everyone played their part in securing this win but special mention to Con Barrett, Tom Hoare, John Ferguson and Danny O’Sullivan who were all outstanding on the night.
Team: Gary Kissane, David Murphy, Shane Brosnan ( 0-01), Danny O’Sullivan, Jason O’Leary ( 0-01), Karl Mullins, Tommy Begley ) 0-01), Ryan Carroll, Con Barrett ( 0-01), Darragh McElligott, Padraig Griffin, Rory Molloy ( 0-01), John Keane ( 0-04), Tom Hoare ( 2-03), John Ferguson ( 0-02).
Subs: Tommy Walsh ( 0-02), Kieran Mangan, Gearoid Hartnett, Gary Nolan, Donagh O’Brien.
We wish David, Jack & Barry John all the best next week vs Mayo in the All Ireland semi finals – here’s hoping that they will be preparing for another final in Sept.
Following on from our county league victory,attention now turns to Coiste Trá Lí league with the semi final down for decision on Friday night next ( 18th) when we travel to Connolly Park to take on Stacks with throw in @ 19.30 – we have already overcome the same opposition but Stacks will be a different proposition in their own backyard and a great game is in prospect. Best of luck to Barry, Eugene, Ken, Liam and team involved.
We played Laune Rangers in the central league on Monday night last but similar to our county championship clash, we went down by 3 points, 2-17 to 2-14. Our next game in this competition sees us travel to Dingle on Monday 21st to play the locals.
The Rose Cup will take place this coming week end ( Sat 19th) in conjunction with the Festival; 16 teams will take part, with matches being played in two venues, our own Healy Park and Na Gaeil with the action getting under way at 10.30 am.
The final is scheduled for Healy Park on Sat evening. We would like to wish Denis, Mark, Paul and the lads all the best in this competition.
A great turnout again this week from our junior blues in Ballyrickard. Again we had a few newcomers which is great to see- welcome to our club. We were blessed with the weather and the girls and boys had a great morning’s training from our superb coaches.
Our ‘players of the week ‘ are as follows:
U6 – Ryan Ward, Ava O’ Donoghue and Shane O’ Keeffe.
U8 / 10 Girls- Georgina Kennedy and Lily Mae Bowler.
U8 Boys- Owen Behan and Jayden Collins.
U10 Boys- Luke O’ Brien
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the home baking- much appreciated and was very tasty with a cuppa.
Next Sunday many are travelling to Croke Park for the All Ireland semis so there won’t be any juvenile training on Sunday. Best of luck to Kerry and our Strand Road players David, Barry John and Jack.
Well done to our U12 boys who defeated John Mitchels in The Central Region, Division 2. Next up is an away trip to Ballymacelligott.
Well done to the boys on defeating Listowel Emmets on a scoreline of 4-10 to 0-11 in The County League. Some fantastic football on display and well done to Mazie, Mark and JT for progressing this team so much over the year.
Training continues in preparation for The Town League which commences on August 22nd. In Round 1 we are home to Na Gaeil. Texts will be sent.
Unfortunately we were unable to play Castlegregory last Sunday- more details to follow. We also have a back game v Beale / Ballyduff to play and we are home to John Mitchels in the next round.
Our second team are home to Moyvane this Tuesday in Ballyrickard. Throw in is at 7.30p.m.
The girls are training hard for The Town League which commences next week. In Round 1 we are home to Na Gaeil.
Last Wednesday evening we played Na Gaeil in a challenge match. Thanks to Na Gaeil for an enjoyable game.
Texts will be sent about training.
We will have a challenge match against Dingle shortly- more details to follow.
Leaving Cert Results
Best of luck to everyone who is getting their exam results this Wednesday.
The Lotto jackpot of €8,700 was not won on Monday night last ( 7th) where the winning numbers drawn were: 6, 17, 25 & 28 – there were no match 3 winners. The following are the entrants for the special December draw: Sadbh, Tadgh & Maryanne, Carmel Ross, Oliver Molloy, John & Julie O’Connor and Michael O’Sullivan. Next week’s jackpot will now be €8,800.
A range of activities take place weekly in the bar with all tastes catered for – from pilates on Mondays & Tuesdays to Irish dancing on Wednesdays, to card playing ( Whist Drive) on Thursdays; there is live music on week ends with food each evening. Friday night specials include a steak/chips with a pint or glass of wine all for €19.95- why not make Charlies your next port of call for your night out? You can contact Tom or Eileen on 7124956.
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