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BALLINASLOE TOWN AFCest 1951

2004/05 SEASON FIRST TEAM ARCHIVES

Weekend 1st, 2nd September 2005
Ballinasloe Town AFC seniors were away to Monk’s land this week and had most of the play throughout the game. But the luck, or our usual ”Killer Punch” seemed to be missing on the day. Not until, into injury time was the dead lock broken by a fine strike by Mark Duffy and so it ended. BALLINASLOE TOWN 0-1 MONKS LAND. Players of note I feel were our back four Pete Keighery, Gary Fury, Shane Tracey and our goal scorers brother Shane Duffy.

Ballinasloe Soccer Notes, Sunday 4th September 2005
The Ballinasloe 1st teams opposition this week were Kilcarn. And it was end-to-end stuff; the first half was a very tight fought and exciting affair. Ballinasloe trailed for most of the game, only in the 78th minute did Liam Lynch’s equaliser put this game in the Sights of the Ballinasloe lads, but alas it was not to be!  And at the end of the contest a 1-1 result seemed altogether fair. 

Ballinasloes second team faced a very strong Lislamult team. Winning out deserved winners 4-1. Goals from player manager Jason Campbell and Tich Riddle and two from an inspired Jason Scully, proved the difference in this battle royal. 

The under 18’s had their work cut out for them against a very strong St Johns opposition going down 5-0 in the first half, but Enda and his back room team did their magic( tonic or talk or a mixture of both). The visitor came out with their tales in the air, and their determination and sheer hard work paid off with excellent strikes from, Dennis Glynn and Robbie Brooks and a FOURSOME from Neil Hynes saw them win out 6-5. Congratulations and well done all-round. A team performance to set a standard. A good performance to be proud of from the lads of Ballinasloe.  

Ballinasloe Soccer Notes, Sunday 28th August 2005
The Ballinasloe 1st team travelled to Cloonfad, under the ever-watchful eye of Noel Lyons. The frist half was a very tight fought and exciting affair. With neighter team, giving or conceding a quarter. The second half saw Ballinasloe go ahead from a great strike from Gary Egan. Then in the 80th minute the team went one better from a delightful goal from Liam Lynch. The icing on the cake was a few minutes later Liam Lynch scored his second. 3-0, to the visitors a job well done. Players to note for Ballinasloe were Padriac Moloney, Shane Duffy and Lian Lynch. 

Ballinasloes second team faced a very strong Erricson team. The dead lock was broken in the 20th minute  by a good strike from Ian Moloney 1-0 Ballinasloe. In the second half on the 65th minute Ian Parker Made it 2-0, and 5 minutes later another fine goal from Ian Parker made it 3-0 to finish a hard fought battle for Ballinasloe. Player to note for Ballinasloe were Jose Goldstar, Marty Ford and Brian Campbell. 

Best of Luck to the 1st Team for the coming season, who have a lot to live up this season after a terrific year last year that saw them win the Connaught Cup and the Roscommon Premier Divison Cup. 

Managment Team - 1st Team
Team Manager, Mr. Peter Carroll.  Mr. Carroll has a wealth of experience in the game having played for Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda United in Ireland he was also on the books of Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End in England for some 5 years.  Since hanging up his boots some time ago Peter has turned to coaching and management.  He had a year coaching in Belgium and then returned to his native Dublin where he carried on for a numbers of years before settling in Ballymoe where he got the local team into the Roscommon and District Premier division.  Henry Loughnane is the 1st team Player /Coach. 

Roscommon Cup Final Vs Skyvalley Rovers 15th May 2005
Ballinasloe proved to good for their local rivals Skyvalley Rovers in the Roscommon Cup Final and completed a famous league and cup double.  Ballinasloe got off to the worst possible start when they conceded a goal in the opening minute, when a Skyvalley striker beat the offside trap and coolly finished.  Ballinasloe never panicked and they were soon into their normal passing game and although they controlled the ball for long periods of time, Ballinasloe were unable to get the final killer pass to breakdown a well organised Skyvalley defence.   That was until the half hour mark when Ballinasloe were awarded a free kick 20 yards out from goal and Mark Duffy stepped up to brilliantly fire home the equaliser.  It was one all at half time.  Ballinasloe took the lead early in the second half when a brilliant run by Shane Treacy ended with a fierce shot that the Skyvalley keeper failed to hold and Mark Duffy followed up to nod home from close range.  Ballinasloe scored a third after some excellent passing finished with Jason Twohig heading home a cross from the left.  It looked all over for Skyvalley, but in a bid to pull themselves back into the game they piled men forward and they end they were playing at least 4 upfront.  This meant that it was a long ball tactic for the remaining time and while it wasn’t pretty it was somewhat effective.  Ballinasloe were coping well with this and hitting Skyvalley on the break and with their defence short on numbers Ballinasloe were creating some great chances, unfortunately they failed to convert any of them.  Skyvalley did pull a goal back after a long ball and goalmouth scramble, but it was late on.  Inexplicably, the ref played a full 7 minutes injury which baffled may watching, but it didn’t matter as Ballinasloe held on for a great victory.  A lot of credit most go to Skyvalley for a very brave performance and despite not having one of their best seasons in the league, they helped make a very exciting and tense cup final.  Best for Ballinasloe were Mark Duffy, llyod Kelly and Gary Egan. 

HOME Vs Castlerea Celtic – Divisional Cup – 8/5/05
Ballinasloe lost out to Castlerea Celtic in the Premier Division Cup on Sunday.  Ballinasloe who dominated the game from start to finish, simply could not score.  On another day it would have been an easy win for the home team, who hit the woodwork 3 times, but some excellent defending from a determined Castlerea saw the game finish goalless.  Extra time couldn’t separate the teams and the dreaded penalty shoot out was called for.  Castlerea held their nerve and advanced to the next round.  Best for Ballinasloe were Shane Duffy, Paddy Ryan and Shane Treacy, who on another day could have had a hat trick.  Ballinasloe have the significant consolation of the Roscommon Cup Final to look forward to on Sunday, when they face local rivals Skyvalley Rovers in Newbridge at 3.30pm. 

AWAY Vs Castlerea Celtic – Roscommon Cup Semi-Final – 1/5/05
Ballinasloe remain on course for the Roscommon league and cup double after a very convincing victory over Castlerea Celtic on Monday in the Roscommon Cup Semi-final.  Ballinasloe took only 3 minutes to take the lead when Shane Duffy finished off a brilliant move that started from near their own goal line.  Before half time Gary Egan made it 2 nil when he fired home a 20 yard free kick.  Castlerea simply had no answer to a super team performance from Ballinasloe and very rarely threaten the Ballinasloe goal.  Their place in the final was wrapped up when Mark Duffy got on the end of another flowing move to score from near the penalty spot.  The game finished 3 nil to Ballinasloe, it could easily have been more, on what turned out to be a very wet day and a lot of credit must go to the Shiven Rovers ground staff who had the pitch in excellent condition given the weather conditions.  Best for Ballinasloe were Peter Keighrey, Gary Egan and man of the match Paddy Ryan.  Ballinasloe will no face Skyvalley Rovers in the final on the 15th May in Moore. 

HOME Vs Kilkerrin United – Roscommon Cup –17/4/05
Ballinasloe 1st Team advanced to the semi-final of the G & H Service Station Roscommon Cup after a comfortable 2 nil home win against Kilkerrin United.  Despite some terrible weather conditions at the weekend the pitch was in very good condition thanks to the great efforts of the Ballinasloe groundskeepers, Brendan McNally and Pat Campbell.  Ballinasloe are getting back to their best form and had created a few good chances before Henry Loughnane calmly scored their first goal from a one on one situation.  Mid way through the 2nd half Peter Keighrey headed home a free kick to make it 2 nil and the game was really over as a contest.  Killkerrin battled back, but they never looked like scored against a of Kevin Flanagan, Peter Keighrey and Gary Egan who were all in tremendous form.  There is still a lot of football to be played, but the league and cup double is very much on for Ballinasloe.  Ballinasloe can seal the Premier league title if the manage to beat Monklands away on Sunday at 2pm. 

AWAY Vs Skyvalley Rovers – League – 10/4/05
The Ballinasloe 1st team are moving ever closer to the Roscommon & District Premier Division title after beating local rivals Skyvalley Rovers 2-1 on Sunday.  Ballinasloe started well and were always in control of the game, a brilliant strike from Liam Lynch mid way through the first half and a calm piece of finishing from Jason Twohig gave them a 2 nil lead.  Ballinasloe did concede a goal with 10 minutes to go when Alan Oliver headed home a free kick for Skyvalley.  The result was never really in doubt thanks to a great team performance and in particular from the “3 Amigos”, Kevin Flanagan, Paddy Ryan and Jason Twohig.  Ballinasloe have two games remaining and if they win one of those they are champions.  They have the nice distraction of a Roscommon Cup quarter final against Kilkerrin at home on Sunday at 2pm as they bid for the league and cup double. 

HOME Vs CP Ajax – Roscommon Cup – 19/3/05
Ballinasloe advanced in the Roscommon Cup by beating C.P. Ajax 4 nil on Saturday night under lights in the Curragh Grounds.  It was a very strange game in that the visitors seemed to be totally disinterested in being there.  They did not attempt to play football and were happy to simply kick the ball as hard as they could over the line.  In any event Ballinasloe tried to play, but were being somewhat frustrated by the negative tactics of their opponents.  Despite having numerous chances Ballinasloe only managed to score once in the first half thought a Peter Keighrey header.  In the second half Ballinasloe added another three goals, a tremendous long range effort from Gary Canavan and two penalties, one converted by Gary Egan and one by Henry Loughnane.  The Ballinasloe goalkeeper did not have a single shot to save.  Best for Ballinasloe were Peter Keighrey, Shane Treacy and Henry Loughnane. 

AWAY Vs Shiven Rovers – League – 13/3/05
Ballinasloe 1st team moved a step closer to the Premier Division title when they beat Shiven Rovers away on Sunday.  Ballinasloe started very brightly and were quickly into their usual passing game. Kevin Flanagan went close on a few occasions from corners and Henry Loughnane had opportunities as well, but it was Eoin Donnellan started the scoring with a fine strike from outside the box that flew into the top corner after 18 minutes. On 30 and 60 minutes Peter Keighrey showed his strikers how to score with 2 goals from Corners.  The 1st was a sweet shot from the Penalty spot and the 2nd was a powerful back post header.  Best for Ballinasloe were Glen Campbell, Eoin Donnellan and Peter Keighrey.  With only 3 games remaining for Ballinasloe, only Castlerea Celtic can catch them at the top of the table.  With the clubs still to face each other in the league it could be a very tense finish to their title charge.  Next for the 1st team is CP AJAX in the Roscommon cup at 2pm on Sunday in the Curragh Grounds. 

HOME Vs Kilkerrin – League – 6/3/05
The Ballinasloe 1st team were held to a scoreless draw at home against Kilkerrin United on Sunday.  Despite having the lion’s share of possession, Ballinasloe were unable to breakdown a very well organised Kilkerrin defence.  Both sides did have their chances, but neither set of forwards were able to break the deadlock.  It might be considered a valuable two points dropped for the home team as they push for their first Premier division title, but at it is stands they still have the fate of the title very much n their own hands. 

HOME Vs Gurteen Celtic  - Connaught Cup 27/2/05
Holders Ballinasloe Town bowed out of the Connaught Cup at the weekend when they surprisingly lost to Sligo side Gurteen Celtic.  Ballinasloe would have been quietly confident before the match as they had home advantage, they were the defending champions and were in a rich vein of form.  From the outset Ballinasloe were obviously the better footballing side, but Gurteen seemed to be that little bit hungrier and fought tigerishly for every ball.  Ballinasloe created numerous chances and on another day, they would have been comfortably ahead, but with the Gurteen goalkeeper in inspired form you felt that it might not be their day.   A defensive mix up at the back for Ballinasloe gave Gurteen the lead, a lead that they were not going to give up.  Ballinasloe threw everything they had at the Gurteen goal and continued to create scoring opportunities, but never managed to get the equaliser.  Maybe Gurteen just about deserved this victory for sheer endeavour, even if Ballinasloe played the better game.  Best for Ballinasloe were Gary Canavan, Glen Campbell and Shane Duffy. 

Home Vs Cam Celtic  - Roscommon Cup – 19/2/05
Ballinasloe’s 1st Team played Cam Celtic in the Roscommon Cup on Saturday night under floodlights.  Even though Ballinasloe weren’t as fluent as previous weeks, they were still too good for their visitors.  Goals from Mark Duffey and a brace from Henry Loughnane saw Ballinasloe comfortably through to the next round, winning on 3-1 score line.  Best for Ballinasloe were Henry Loughnane, Cary Canavan and Wane Coyne. 

HOME Vs Glen Celtic – League – 5/2/05
The 1st team had an easy win over Glen Celtic underlights on Saturday night.  Despite only leading one nil at half time, they romped home 6 nil winners in the finish.  Goals from Paddy Ryan, Jason Twohig, Kevin Flanagan, Dara Concannon and a brace from Eoin Donnelan saw them remain at the top of the table 

AWAY Vs St. John’s League – 30/1/05
The 1st Team travelled to St. John’s in the league on Sunday.  Both sides tried to play football on a pitch that was a credit to the great work undertaken by St. John’s recently.  Ballinasloe were always the better side and in the first half they created 4 or 5 very good chances, while limiting St. John’s to a couple of halve chances on the break.  15 minutes into the second half Ballinasloe go the break through, when after some lovely build up play Shane Treacy brilliantly fired home from the edge of the box.  By this stage Ballinasloe were dominant and the second goal came on 75 minutes.  Another good build up saw Mark Duffy score from 6 yards out and secure all 3 points.  Ballinasloe are still top of the Premier Division table with 6 games remaining getting ever closer to the title. 

AWAY Vs Cloonfad – League – 23/1/05
Balliansloe travelled to Cloonfad in the league on Sunday.  Some credit must go to the grounds staff to have the pitch playable at all, even if it wasn’t ideal.  The first half was a quite affair, while Ballinasloe did have 3 or 4 good chances they failed to score, Cloonfad were limited to a single half chance.  The second half started well for Ballinasloe, after only 3 minutes Shane Duffy broke down the wing and crossed perfectly for his brother Mark to head home.  10 minutes later, after a goal mouth scramble, Cloonfad equalised.  Shortly afterwards, Glen Campbell make a terrific run from midfield and just managed to beat the advancing goalkeeper to a through ball to slid home the lead goal.  In what was turning out to be a very eventful half, Cloonfad were awarded an interesting penalty, but unfortunately for them it was put just wide.  With 10 minutes remaining Cloonfad swung in a free kick from way out on the wing, loads of people went for it, but know one connected and it flew straight into the goal for another equaliser.  Ballinasloe were not finished and the move of the game saw them score the winner, some sweet passing from defence through midfield and eventually to the feet of Captain Mark Duffy to finish the game 3-2 to Ballinasloe and keep them at the top of the Premier Division.  Best for Ballinasloe were: Mark Duffy, Shane Treacy and Glen Campbell. 

Match Day - 16th January 2005 HOME Vs Carew Park (Limerick) Last 32 of F.A.I. Junior Cup
Ballinasloe faced Carew Park of Limerick in the last 32 of FAI Junior Cup at the weekend.  There was a great crowd present for this very important game and nearly €400 was collected for the Tsunami appeal.  Ballinasloe got off to the worst possible start when Carew scored after only 7 minutes from a great free kick from 20 yards out.  For the rest of first half Ballinasloe defended excellently coping well with Carew’s wind assisted long ball tactics.  Ballinasloe did create a few half chances in the first half, but nothing came of it.  The second half was a much different story, Ballinasloe dominated for long periods but a very physical Carew defence were playing very well.  Ballinasloe had at least 3 gilt edge chances to get back in the game, but a combination of the crossbar and probably inexperience meant that they were destined not to score.  Carew were down to 10 men for the last 10 minutes and Ballinasloe piled on the pressure pushing everyone forward which did leave some gaps at the back and Carew had some late chances, however Padraig Maloney in the Ballinasloe goal made some clever saves.  To sum up, Ballinasloe were definitely the better footballing side, but with 5 under 18’s in their ranks they were perhaps little too inexperienced for the more mature Carew side.  A draw was the worst that Ballinasloe deserved on the day and on another day they would have won the game, but not on this day.  Best for a very good and gutsy Ballinasloe side were Padraig Maloney, Gary Egan and Jason Twohig.  A special mention must go to the Ballinasloe grounds staff who had the pitch in tremendous condition despite all the bad weather of late and also to the referee Tommy Cormican who was always in control and let a very good game flow as much as possible.

Match Day 12th December HOME Vs Trinity Corithians - FAI Junior Cup
The Senior Men’s side beat Dublin side Trinity Corinthians to advance in the FAI Junior Cup.  Ballinasloe have in the last few seasons turned penalty shootouts into some what of art form such is their record in cup competitions.  They probably shouldn’t have needed to go that far, ironically missing a penalty in normal time.  Ballinasloe were the better side and was it not for the heroics of the Trinity goalkeeper they would have won more comfortably.   In the end it was Paddy Ryan who slotted home Ballinasloe 8th and winning penalty.  Ballinasloe manager, Peter Carroll, praised his team for their magnificent performance and in particular Gary Egan, Liam Lynch and Eoin Donnelan.  He also had praise for the referee Tommy Cormican who was always in control. 

Match Day 5th December HOME Vs Corrib Rangers - Connaught Junior Cup
On Sunday the Ballinasloe 1st team were out again, this time as defending champions in the Connaught Junior Cup against Galway side Corrib Rangers.  Corrib are a big, physical, fit side and it Ballinasloe time to settle against them.  For the first 10 minutes Corrib were on top, but after that Ballinasloe looked comfortable.  On 27 minutes Ballinasloe were awarded a penalty after the ever threatening Henry Loughnane was fouled in the box, this was calmly dispatched by Gary Egan.  10 minutes later and Ballinasloe failed to mark up at the back post from a free kick and Corrib equalised.  Early in the 2nd half Ballinasloe re-took the lead when centre-half Peter Keighrey fired home brilliantly when a ball dropped to him following a dangerous freekick.  Keighrey popped up with similar success 15 minutes later to leave Ballinasloe cruising at 3-1.  A last minute consolation goal from Corrib left the final score 3-2 to Ballinasloe and the champions are still on course to retain their title. 

Match Day 1st December HOME Vs Skyvalley Rovers - FAI Junior Cup
It was a busy week for the 1st team as they had play a rearranged FAI Junior Cup games against local rivals Skyvalley Rovers on Wednesday night.  A good crowd enjoyed a very good and very close game under the new floodlights in Ballinasloe.  While both sides created good chances throughout the game and into extra time there was nothing to separate them and the game went to the dreaded penalties.  Ballinasloe won a number of games last year on penalties and this experience proved vital as they won 5-4 in a very tense shootout.  Next up in the cup are Dublin side Trinity Corinthians who travel to Ballinasloe for this 5th round contest at 2pm on Sunday next. 

Match Day 26th November HOME Vs Monkland - League
Ballinasloe Town had a great night on Friday when they had their first ever game under floodlights.  A crowd of over 200 enjoyed a cool but clear night under the stars and lights, to see Ballinasloe faced Monksland in the league.  Pat Campbell, long time committee member, said that it was a very proud day for the club, bringing even more great facilities to the town. He hoped that the games under lights would bring out the crowds and that everyone in the town should come up at least once to see them.  It was a very even game as you would expect when 2nd play 3rd in the league.  Ballinasloe probably just edged the first half and saw one wonderful strike from Shane Duffy crash back off the crossbar on 20 minutes.  Ballinasloe got a great start to the second half when Henry Loughnane poked home the lead goal.  A Monksland defence that was previous very solid looking then gave away a silly penalty with a blatant handball.  Gary Egan duly dispatched the penalty for well earned if not over comfortable home win.  Best for Ballinasloe on this historic night were paddy Ryan, Shane Duffy and Gary Furey.  The 1st team will continue in their quest to retain their Connaught Cup Title when then face Corrib Rangers at home at 2pm on Sunday. 

Match Day 7th November HOME Vs Manor United - FAI Junior Cup
Ballinasloe’s first team had a very easy win in the F.A.I. Junior Cup against Manor United.  A classy hat-trick from Vinny Doherty, two goals from Glen Campbell including a magnificent 20 year volley and one goal from Jason Twohig saw Ballinasloe win 6-1.  On Friday night Ballinasloe will host their first ever floodlit game when they kick off against Monklands United at 8pm in the league.  They are hoping for a good crowd for this momentous occasion. 

Match Day 17th October HOME Vs Shiven Rovers
The 1st Team won 3-1 at home against Shiven Rovers.  The goals came courtesy of Gary Egan who scored from a cleverly worked corner kick. Vinny Doherty had a tap in after closing down an attepmted clearance from the goalkeeper and Glen Campbell scored with tunderour header from 20 yards.  Ballinasloe even had the luxuary of Gary Egan missing a penalty. Ballinasloe played well and deserved the points and even though they were missing some key players they still maintained their perfect start to the season with their 6th win on the trot. 

Match Day 10th October HOME Vs Abbey Rovers - SFAI CUP
Ballinasloe’s 1st Team faced Abbey Rovers in the SFAI Roscommon Area Junior Cup last Sunday.  Ballinasloe were strong favourites as they were playing some 3 divisions above their guests.  The Abbey players seemed more up for the game and harried Ballinasloe throughout the game and didn’t let Ballinasloe settle into their normal fluid passing game.  It wasn’t until early in the second half that Ballinasloe took the lead after mark Duffy controlled well and fired home from inside the box.  Abbey kept to their tactics and drew level from the penalty spot with 25 minutes remaining.  Ballinasloe did not look impressive throughout game, but they scraped the win when substitute Paddy Ryan scored with a great strike from outside the box with 15 minutes remaining.  Abbey created some good chances after this, but it is Ballinasloe who go through to the next round after a dogged but unimpressive win. The game was kindly sponsored by Downey’s Bar & Restaurant. Ballinasloe next face Shiven Rovers in the league at 11am on Sunday the 17th at home 

Match Day 19th September HOME Vs Clonfad United
The first team have made it 5 wins out of 5 in the league, they came from behind thanks to two headed goals from Jason Twohig to beat Clonfad United 2-1 in the Curragh.  Against the elements and a very physical side, Ballinasloe will consider themselves a little bit fortunate to take all 3 points.  While they would have been favourites before the game, Ballinasloe did not reach their usual high standards and seemed a little off their game.  However, it says a lot for the team that they can play badly and still take all 3 points.  Much credit must go the Ballinasloe defence trio of Peter Keighrey, Gary Egan and Kevin Flanagan who have yet to concede a goal from open play in the league.  The game was kindly sponsored by Downey’s Bar and Restaurant. 

Match Day 12th September AWAY Vs Glen Celtic
Playing against a very strong wind and driving rain in the first half they twice took the lead, firstly through Vinny Doherty and again from a great strike from Liam Lynch.  Glen Celtic twice equalised from free kicks aided by the wind.  In the second half and with the wind at their back, Ballinasloe dominated.  Two goals from Henry Loughnane and one from Mark Duffey saw them comfortable 5-2 winners in the end.  Special mention must go to Gary Egan, Peter Keighrey and Kevin Flanagan for their great displays at the back especially in the first half.  Ballinasloe face Cloonfad United at home at 2pm on Sunday, hoping to make it 5 wins out of 5 in the league. 

Match Day 5th September HOME Vs St. John's Athletic
Ballinasloe continued their perfect start to the season when they beat St. John Athletic by 6 goals to nil in the league.  It was Ballinasloe’s first home game and credit to Brendan McNally and Pat Campbell for presenting the pitch in wonderful condition.  St. John’s are a good side and will cause other teams a lot of trouble in the league this season, but on Sunday Ballinasloe were just too good.  On 17 minutes Vinny Doherty scored a wonder goal, first hitting the post from 25 yards with a right foot drive and then after following in the rebound he scored in the top corner with his left foot.  On 42 minutes Wayne Coyne crossed precisely for Glen Campbell to make it 2 nil.  4 minutes into the second half Henry Loughnane glanced home a Gary Egan free kick. The 57th minute saw Vinny Doherty head home his second.  On 67 minutes Paddy Ryan finished with some aplomb when through on the keeper and Jason Twohig finished the scoring on 73 minutes when he cleverly lobbed the advancing keeper.  Ballinasloe manager, Peter Carroll, was delighted with his team performance, which he said was easily their best of the season.  Last years Connaught Cup win has given the side a new confidence and long may it continue.  Best for Ballinasloe were Peter Keighrey at the back, Wayne Coyne in midfield and Vinny Doherty upfront 

Match Day 29th August AWAY Vs Skyvalley Rovers - League
Ballinasloe were away to local rivals Skyvalley Rovers at the weekend.  Even though it is very early in the league, this game always gives you a good sense on how you are likely to perform for the season as it against one of the most consistent teams over the years.  It has to be said that Ballinasloe passed this test with flying colours.  They began very well, on an excellent pitch, working the Skyvally goalkeeper from the start, but from early on it looked like it might be “one of those” games, the keeper was making some great saves and anything he missed was being cleared off the line.  On 20 minutes they got the breakthrough when Peter Keighrey rose highest to met a corner and head home their first goal.  Ballinasloe kept on the pressure, but Skyvalley held out until half time.  Skyvalley made some tactical changes at half time at for the 1st 10 minutes of the half they were causing Ballinasloe some trouble, but without getting any reward.  On 60 minutes Gary Egan swung in a fierce free kick and Henry Lounghnane appeared to get the slightest of touches to glance home Ballinasloe’s second.  15 minutes later Shane Duffey played a great through ball for his brother Mark who beat the advancing goalkeeper with a tidy finish.  In the last few minutes Glen Campbell latched on to another Shane Duffey pass and fired in great shot which the Skyvalley keeper managed to get a hand to, but to no avail as the ball crawled towards the line and Vinny Doherty finished brilliantly from a matter of inches.  Best for Ballinasloe were Peter Keighrey, Glen Campbell and Mark Duffey. 

Match Day August 22nd AWAY Vs Moore United  - League
The new season kicked off on Sunday with Ballinasloe travelling the short distance to play neighbours Moore United in their first game in the league.  The weather really was terrible with strong winds and driving rain making playing a passing game very difficult indeed, but credit to both sides as they were determined not to let the weather dictate their style of play.  A mention must go to the grounds staff at Moore who had the pitch in excellent condition, despite the elements being against them.  Ballinasloe started the match well, creating a few chances but failed to put them away.  Moore had a few chances as well, but never really looked like scoring early on.  On 43 minutes Glen Campell put the visitors in front when he slid home a great cross from Paddy Ryan at the back post. The second half was a bit more physical than what had gone before, this was evident in the number of free kicks Ballinasloe had around the Moore box.  Gary Egan was taking the frees and he seemed to be getting closer with every one, the Moore goalkeeper pulling off 2 great saves to deny him.  It was from an Egan free kick that the security goal came from, when Paddy Ryan rose highest to meet one and headed home.  Ballinasloe deserving held on for a winning start.  Best for Ballinasloe were; Padraig Maloney making his debut in goal, Mark Duffy the new captain for the season and Paddy Ryan the “seasoned campaigner”.