FAI CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEE 2018
LADIES SOCCER ARCHIVES
Ballinasloe had a history of being associated with Ladies
soccer in the past dating from 1981 when a league was
formed in the town with teams coming from local companies
at the time Square D & A.T Cross and the hospitals of St
Bridgets & Portiuncula. The following year enough players
were available to form a club and the newly elected Chairman
Jim Docherty also became their manager with Johnny Riddell
coaching the team as they entered the team into the Galway
& District League where they finished a highly creditable 3rd in
their inaugural season. This was followed up for the following
2 years with further third places in the Galway League, this
coupled with the club finishing as Runners Up in the
Ballinahown League in 1984 made for an exciting 1985 season
where the club finished as Runners Up in the Galway League
as well as winning the Galway & District League Cup. Dixie
Carrig also came on board to help train the team at this stage.
In 1986 the ladies team began to gather momentum and
captured the Ballinahown League title and once again
frustratingly finished second in the Galway League but despite
this set back they went on to win the Galway Cup in 1987 as
well as the Ballinahown League and Shield. In 1988 the club
finally won the Galway League and went on to win the
prestigous All Ireland Presidents Cup.
(To read further on how Ladies soccer continued in the locality please see Ballinasloe Town AFC's 50th Anniversary Celebrations Book 1951/52-2001/02)
The Following Match Reports have been taken from Ballinasloe Town's archived website
Roscommon Ladies Senior Soccer Cup Final 2003/04
Ballinasloe played Shiven Rovers Ladies in the Cup Final on Saturday 15th November, despite being the holders Ballinasloe went in to the match as underdogs. The tag of underdogs didn't bother Ballinasloe as they knew if they played to their potential that the cup was theirs for the taking.
Ballinasloe started very nervously and probably gave the opposition too much respect, sitting back far to deep. They went in at half time 2 nil down, but were still in the game and they knew they could play much better. Ballinasloe were a different team second half, they played with more confidence and closed down Shiven quicker. They got some reward early on when Stacey Egan pulled a goal back. Ballinasloe knew that they had to attack more and this made for a very open game with a number of chances at both ends. Ballinasloe went closest hitting the post, but neither side could score again and an enjoyable cup final victory went Shiven Rovers. Best for Ballinasloe were Suzanne Duffy, Aíne Hogan and the outstanding player on the pitch was Aoife Doherty. Manager Mike Riddle was obviously disappointed in losing a final, but was happy that Ballinasloe did themselves some justice with their second half performance.
Despite losing the Final the ladies still deserve great credit for getting there in the first place and coming so close to retaining the cup. Congratulation girls even through you might not have brought the cup home, you did youselves and the club proud.
Ladies Senior Team
The Ballinasloe Womens senior squad let their hair down
and partied long into the night at the Roscommon Womens
senior League presentation night held last Friday (25/1/03)
in Gullanes Hotel. Fiona Mitchell received the Ballinasloe
Player of the Year award. Willie Roche, who has retired from
managing the Womens teams this year, thanked all the girls
who played for him over the years and expressed his
appreciation to the present squad of players for their loyalty
and commitment, which resulted in their great cup success.
The Ballinasloe Senior Womens squad are looking forward
to receiving their Cup Winners medals this Friday (25/01/03)
evening at the Roscommon Womens Senior League
presentation night in Gullanes Hotel. Ballinasloes Player of
the Year will also be announced on the night from the following
nominations. Sara Jane Kelly, Kristin Cassidy, Aoife Doherty, Suzanne Duffy, Karen Dolphin, Fiona Mitchell, Aine Hogan and Emma Trainor. Mike Riddell is the new manager of the Womens Senior team for this season and the club are delighted with his appointment and wish him the best of luck in the coming season.
Girls Under 16's Manager - Jim Doherty
Roscommon & District Under 16 League Final
Ballinasloe Vs Cam Celtic 16th October 2004
The Curragh Grounds in Ballinasloe was the scene for this very entertaining game. The pitch was in perfect condition and it is a great pity that the glorious autumn sunshine did not attract a bigger crowd. The two teams were evenly matched having met twice before in the league, resulting in a draw and a narrow win for Ballinasloe.
The early exchanges were close with both sides launching some very good attacks. With 20 minutes gone, Sarah Kiely broke the deadlock when she moved forward from midfield and in her customary cool manner stroked home a poor clearance. The Ballinasloe backline of Lorraine Canavan, Siobhan Campbell, Mirran Mannion and Catriona Cormican with Mairead Cleary in goal were in such good form that the would surely have held out the Man. Utd. forward line.
10 minutes into the second half, Rachelle O’Brien, who had been pushing forward all through the game scored the goal that put Ballinasloe on their way to victory. From then on “The Town” seemed to gain confidence. A few minutes later O’Brien who was now dominating midfield scored her second goal. Cam Celtic refused to bend and launched a few great attacks of their own, but failed to get passed Mairead Cleary. The Ballinasloe midfield of Caith Cleary, Sarah Kiely, Rachelle O’Brien and Aishling Kelly really come on top towards the end of the game. Up front Kaylie Koentop and Darina Flynn laid on some great crosses. With about 10 minutes to go Aishling Kelly drove a great ball to the net and Kaylie Koentop finished the scoring with a great goal 5 minutes from the end to leave the winning score of Ballinasloe 5 Cam Celtic 0. The subs who were used for Ballinasloe were Yvonne Naughton and Aoife Kenny.
There were some great individual performances from Ballinasloe, but it would be unfair to pick a play of the match as Ballinasloe had 11 of them. Congratulation to all the girls and manager Jim Doherty.