FAI CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEE 2018
RDFL Premier Division Ballinasloe Town AFC 0 v 0 Castlerea Celtic 25 Jan 2019
This top of the table clash was a meeting of two of the heavyweights in the RDFL. A win for either team would have seen them move clear at the top of the table at the half way stage in the league season. The first half of this game seen Ballinasloe on top having slightly more possession in the early periods with Alan Duffy linking up play well. Castlerea settled in and got a foothold soon after. An accidental clash between Cormac Clogher and the Castlerea striker resulted in Cormac having to leave the field of play. He resumed shortly afterwards with a head bandage and a new jersey as a result of his head wound. Ballinasloe's best chance of the first half fell to Mike Lynch whose header was just off target from an Aiden Dooney corner.
The second half was a much tighter affair and either team could have won it, as both sides had good chances. Liam Lynch had a close range header just off target after an excellent Aiden Dooney cross from the left wing. Joe Hunt worked his way into a good position following a nice passing move but his finish was straight at the Castlerea goal keeper. Castlerea had a great chance which fell to Gerry Ward with 20 minutes left following a mix up in the town defence. He picked up the ball on the edge of the box and side footed his finish around Padraic Moloney, and it was just of target and wide. Ballinasloe continued to push for the elusive winner and their best chance fell to Liam Lynch in the 91st minute. A Brian Campbell flick on left Liam one on one with the keeper, but his header was just off target and grazed off the cross bar and over.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, M Lynch, J Woods, D Duffy, D Cullen, M Duffy, A Dooney, D Finn, A
Duffy, J Hunt. Subs used: L Lynch for C Clogher, B Campbell for A Duffy.
RDFL Premier Division Kilkerrin United 1 v 2 Ballinasloe Town AFC 19 Jan 2019
This game was played under lights in Kilkerrin on Saturday evening with 3 points vital for the Town to maintain their title challenge. This game started with Ballinasloe trying to pass the ball on a very soft surface due to previous rain. The town were on top early on and the opening goal arrived when Declan Duffy crossed deep to the back post to pick out Joe Hunt. Joe headed back across goal to Liam Lynch who chested the ball down and volleyed with his left foot to the bottom corner of the net. A super finish.
Ballinasloe continued to try and play and were creating their best chances from both wings with Darrel Finn and Davy Cullen working extremely hard on both sides. Davy Cullen (just back from Australia) was a thorn in Kilkerrin’s side every time he got on the ball. Kilkerrin were relying on balls over the top to their striker and trying to hit Ballinasloe on the break with runners from midfield. Mid way through the half Kilkerrin won a corner kick. Damien Mahon rose highest to power a brilliant header past Padraic Maloney from close range. 1 – 1. Kilkerrin grew in confidence after the goal and pushed higher up the pitch trying to get their second goal.
Ballinasloe’s second goal arrived just before half time, after a lovely passing move set Davy Cullen away in behind the Kilkerrin back four. Davy carried the ball into the 6 yard box and squared it just at the right moment for Aiden Dooney to tap in from 6 yards out.
The second half was a tighter affair. Kilkerrin played with 3 strikers and got the ball forward at every opportunity. The Ballinasloe back four had to work very hard to keep the Town goal. Liam Lynch came closest to adding to his tally for the day, when he carried the ball clear from a Kilkerrin corner to the half way line. He struck a brilliant effort and almost caught the Kilkerrin goal keeper of his line, the ball just hitting the back stanchion. Aiden Dooney was substituted after 65 minutes due to the after effects of a very heavy tackle from behind in the first half. Kenneth Kenny replaced Aiden and played his part in shoring up the Ballinasloe midfield. Brian Campbell replaced Joe Hunt and worked tirelessly up front and carried the game to Kilkerrin at every opportunity. Kilkerrin threw everything at Ballinasloe to get an equaliser, their best chances coming from three corners. The Town held out for a vital win and a big three points on the road.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, M Lynch, J Woods, D Duffy, D Cullen, M Duffy, A Dooney, D Finn, L Lynch, J Hunt.
Subs used: B Campbell for Joe Hunt, K Kenny for A Dooney.
RDFL Premier Division - Ballinasloe Town AFC 3 v Skyvalley Rovers 0 (12 Jan 2019)
This was the first meeting of these two sides in the 2018/2019 season and this local derby was eagerly anticipated. Ballinasloe were without the injured Des Hope, Cormac Clogher and Shane Duffy who was also unavailable. The game kicked off with Ballinasloe enjoying the majority of possession with Skyvalley happy to sit back and play a deep line and soak up the Ballinasloe pressure. Ballinasloe pressed forward but found it difficult to break down a well organised Skyvalley defence.
The deadlock was broken after 25 minutes when the excellent Callum McKelvey picked up the ball on the left wing. He cut in onto his right foot, and shot from approx 25 yards. His effort flew in to the top left hand corner of the net, leaving Skyvalley goalkeeper Brian Croffey a spectator. 1 – 0. Skyvalley continued to sit deep and soak up the town’s pressure, and were reliant on former Ballinasloe player David Grehan to try and create something on the break. The Skyvalley striker was however well marshalled by Joe Woods, Mike Lynch, Declan Duffy and Darrel Finn.
Ballinasloe continued to press forward down the right and left wings through Ryan Burke and Callum Mckelvey. The Town's second goal arrived in the 40th minute. It came from a super cross from Darrel Finn who crossed from the left deep to the back post. Liam Lynch had peeled away from his marker, and his finish was exquisite, back across the goalkeeper and nestled in low at the far post. 2 – 0. Ryan Burke was injured shortly afterwards and was replaced by Alan Duffy.
The second half resumed and the game was sealed shortly afterwards. Joe Hunt put in a superb first time cross, deep to the back post, where Liam Lynch was awaiting. Liam headed brilliantly to the net to put the game to bed. 0 -3. Ballinasloe should have added further goals through Alan Duffy who was just off target with a number of fine efforts late on. A presentation was made before this game with both Ballinasloe Town AFC and neighbours Skyvalley Rovers receiving 2 new sets of home and away jerseys. These were presented by Joseph and Cait Kelly of Joes Bar (Ballinasloe Town AFC main sponsor). All at Ballinasloe Town AFC are very thankful for Joes Bar continued sponsorship. Next up for Ballinasloe is an away fixture to Kilkerrin United.
Team: P Maloney, D Duffy, M Lynch, J Woods, D Finn, R Burke, M Duffy, A Dooney, C Mckelvey, L Lynch, J Hunt.
Subs used: A Duffy for R Burke, M Giumma for C McKelvey, K Kenny for M Duffy, D Kelly for A Dooney.
RDFL Premier Division 06 Jan 2019 - Dysart 0 - 7 Ballinasloe Town AFC
Ballinasloe were returning to action after the Christmas & New Year break and did so in fine style away to Dysart on Sunday morning. The opening stage of this game was nip and tuck with both teams trying to find their feet. Ballinasloe were starting to get a foothold in the game after 10 minutes and won a number of corners which were swung into the box by Aiden Dooney. It was from one of these corners that Ballinasloe opened the scoring. A Dysart defender headed the corner kick away from goal and it fell to Ryan Burke who was 25 yards from goal. Ryan chested the ball and hit it first time, and sent a cracking volley in to the roof of the Dysart net. 0 – 1.
Shortly afterwards Mark Duffy won possession in the middle of the park and slipped the ball to Ryan Burke, again Ryan was approx 25 yards out, his strike was hit at full force and the Dysart goalkeeper spilled the ball into the net due to the movement on the football. 0- 2. Aiden Dooney won possession in the middle of the pitch soon after amidst 3 Dysart midfielders, his drag back was perfect, releasing himself into space, and he let fly again from distance. His strike flew into the net past the Dysart goalkeeper. Ballinasloe had brought their shooting boots on this occasion. 0 – 3.
Ballinasloe's best goal came shortly afterwards, Declan Duffy picked up the ball at left back, played it through the middle to Callum Mckelvey who linked up very well with Joe Hunt. Joe slipped Alan Duffy away into the box, Alan then pulled the ball back in the six yard box for Callum to tap home. A super goal by the Town. 0 - 4. Dysart pushed forward on a number of occasions, and had some half chances but resolute defending from Mike Lynch, Kenneth Kenny, Joe Woods and Declan Duffy prevented any goals.
The second half resumed and Ballinasloe soon increased the score line. Joe Hunt slammed a left foot volley home from close range. 0 - 5. Soon after an exquisite back heel from Joe Hunt set Alan Duffy one on one with the Dysart keeper, and Alan coolly slotted the ball past the Dysart keeper. 0 – 6. Darren Kelly, Liam Lynch and Paul Hickey joined the action for Mark Duffy, Ryan Burke and Kenneth Kenny with 30 minutes to play. Aiden Dooney rounded off the scoring for the Town with a tap in from close range. All in all this was a good display from Ballinasloe who put some tough defeats behind them to start 2019 in good fashion. Up next is a home tie v Skyvalley Rovers in the league where Ballinasloe will look to build some more momentum.
Team: P Maloney, K Kenny, M Lynch, J Woods, D Duffy, R Burke, M Duffy, A Dooney, C Mckelvey, A Duffy, J Hunt.
Subs used: D Kelly for M Duffy, L Lynch for R Burke, P Hickey for K Kenny.
RDFL Ballinasloe Town AFC 0 v 1 Ballymoe 07 Dec 2018
Ballinasloe Town were at home to Ballymoe on Friday night with the Town well placed, sitting 3 points of top spot with 2 games in hand. Ballinasloe had Des Hope and Joe Woods ruled out through injuries picked up against Westport.
Ballymoe chose to play with the elements meaning Ballinasloe would have to play into a strong wind in the first half. Ballymoe pressed high up the pitch early on, putting the Ballinasloe back 4 under pressure. This pressure was rewarded 20 minutes into the game when a handball in the box, resulted in a penalty to Ballymoe. Damien Goggins stepped up and slotted the ball to the bottom left past Padraic Moloney. Ballinasloe continued to play and were just off target on a number of occasions. Aiden Dooney whipped a number of free kicks into the danger area but the Town could not get the vital finish required.
The second half began with Ballinasloe trying hard to break down a stubborn Ballymoe defence. Ballinasloe best chance fell to Aiden Dooney, whose effort from 20 yards struck the outside of the left hand upright and tailed off wide. Darrel Finn had a good chance when put through on goal, he turned back onto his right foot however his effort was blocked down. A first league defeat of the season for Ballinasloe, who will need to pick themselves up quickly if they are to maintain a title challenge. Next up is a tricky away fixture to last season’s Connacht shield winners Kilkerrin United.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, M Lynch, D Duffy, D Finn, C McKelvey, M Duffy, A Dooney, S Duffy, A Duffy, L Lynch.
Subs used: J Hunt for A Duffy, R Burke for S Duffy, D Kelly for M Lynch.
FAI Junior Cup Ballinasloe Town AFC 0 v 1 Westport United 02 Dec 2018
Ballinasloe Town were the sole representatives of the RDFL remaining in the FAI Junior cup and were drawn against Westport United in the last 64 of the competition.
The Ballinasloe pitch held up very well considering the inclement weather for the previous week. The game kicked off amidst heavy wind and rain. Ballinasloe were aided by the elements in the first half and were the better team. The first half was a tense affair with the Town camped in the Westport half but without having any clear cut opportunties. The Town had numerous frees and corners throughout this period but could not make the breakthrough against a very solid Westport goalkeeper and defence. Ballinasloe's best chance fell to the Mike Lynch with a header following a corner. On 17 minutes Des Hope drilled a close range free kick over the bar. Shortly afterwards a huge blow happened to Ballinasloe’s chances with the loss of Des Hope when he got injured and had to leave the field of play. Liam Lynch replaced Des and went straight into centre forward, with Mark Duffy dropping to centre mid, and Joe Woods dropping to centre back.
The second half saw Westport impose themselves more on the game and created some half chances while Ballinasloe continued to push forward. United did take the lead when Jack Murphy’s free kick was whipped in and in the ensuing goalmouth scramble, the Ballinasloe goalkeeper Padraic Moloney pulled off a remarkable double save but Peter Corcoran was in the right place at the time to prod home from close range in the ensuing six yard box melee. Westport thought they had a second when David Hoban had a goal ruled out for offside. United were dominant and were creating a number of half chances but Ballinasloe did have one chance that whistled wide of the post and another that went across goal. Ballinasloe were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute when Westports James O Donnell handled the ball in the box. Liam Lynch, who scored a dramatic late penalty against Boyle 2 weeks earlier, stepped up to take the penalty. Unfortunately on this occasion the penalty flew over the bar. Ballinasloe continued to push for an equalizer and had a late opportunity through Mark Richardson that whizzed past the Westport goalkeeper Gary Cunninghams left hand post, and with that the Towns chance was gone.
Ballinasloe and Westport have had some magnificent battles in the FAI and Connacht cup in recent years and the club would like to wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season in both competitions.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, D Hope, M Lynch, D Duffy, J Woods, A Dooney, S Duffy, R Burke, M Duffy, D Finn.
Subs used: L Lynch for D Hope, C McKelvey for Ryan Burke, A Duffy for D Finn, M Richardson for S Duffy.
Connacht Junior Cup Ballyglass 3 v 1 Ballinasloe Town AFC 25 Nov 2018
This Connacht Cup tie was always going to be a tough tie for Ballinasloe away to Ballyglass who had just finished 6th in the Mayo Super league a few weeks earlier. Ballinasloe started this game brilliantly playing fast fluid football and were moving the ball very well. The 1st chance arrived straight from the kick off when Darrel Finn powered into the box forcing the goalkeeper to save from close range. Ballinasloe broke the deadlock in the 6th minute. A nice passing move between Declan and Mark Duffy set Finn away again who had his first attempt blocked, Darrel recycled the ball, and clipped it to the back post where Ryan Burke was waiting. Ryan brilliantly headed the ball to the net to give the town a deserved lead. 0 – 1.
Ballinasloe continued to play good football, and almost added to their lead on several occasions through Shane Duffy and Aiden Dooney. An excellent breakaway by Ballinasloe from a corner, saw Darrel Finn hacked down on the edge of the box and the Ballyglass right back cautioned. Shortly afterwards the Ballyglass centre back was cautioned for a similar foul on the same player, whose pace was terrorising the home defence. Ballyglass had one breakaway chance in the first half with JP O'Gorman clean through on goal, but Padraic Moloney made an excellent right handed save. The town finished the half well on top and looked to be in control of this game.
The second half resumed and play continued as per the first half. Darrel Finn was hacked down when clean through on goal, and another free was awarded. Another chance for Ballinasloe but the delivery was headed clear. A free kick was awarded against Ballinasloe in the middle of the park. The ball was clipped out to the right wing, where the Ballyglass winger took a touch and drilled the ball into the 6 yard box. The Ballyglass centre forward had nipped in between Des Hope & Mike Lynch and volleyed to the Ballinasloe net. This goal gave Ballyglass a huge lift, and 6 minutes later a carbon copy of the first goal was repeated. A cross swung in from the right was met first time and volleyed to the town net. A disastrous 6 minutes for Ballinasloe, nevertheless there was lots of time to turn this game around.
Ballinasloe continued to press forward. Mark Duffy was fouled and reacted quickly to play a quick free kick to put Darrel Finn through on goal one on one with the Ballyglass goalkeeper, however his finish was off target. Declan Duffy went close with a diving header from a corner and Ryan Burke hit a rocket off a shot which just flew over. Alan Duffy was introduced and did very well when called upon. Alan was very composed on the ball and created another couple of chances but the Ballyglass goal seemed to have been blessed. Ballinasloe were pressing for an equaliser and a late Ballyglass breakaway goal made the scoreline 3 – 1. The town had one more great chance to pull it back to 3 -2 when Joe Woods put Darrel through on goal however it was not to be.
Ballinasloe bow out of the Connacht cup with their first defeat of the season and will rue numerous missed chances they had to put this game to bed. Ballyglass were clinical in front of goal with limited chances. Best of luck to Ballyglass in the next round.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, D Hope, M Lynch, D Duffy, J Woods, A Dooney, S Duffy, R Burke, M Duffy, D Finn.
Subs used: A Duffy for M Lynch
RDFL Premier Division Boyle Celtic 0 v 1 Ballinasloe Town AFC 18 Nov 2018
This Premier Division tie was a huge game in the RDFL with Boyle sitting in top spot and the Town closely behind with 2 games less played. Both teams having only dropped 2 points to date. The Ballinasloe management team were without Declan Duffy & Aiden Dooney, however Des Hope and Darrell Finn both recovered from injuries and were fit for selection for this game.
The game started with both teams finding it hard to settle and defences well on top. Neither team fully settled in the first half, as space was difficult to find. Ballinasloe had a number of free kicks early on which they could not capitalise on. Boyle Celtic grew into the game and were the better team towards the end of the first half, playing a nice brand of football.
Boyle Celtic started brightly in the second half and were very unlucky not to open the scoring after Enda Smith broke clear of the Ballinasloe defence and sent an effort across Padraig Moloney, only for the ball to hit the post and roll back along the line, where Moloney scrambled back and gathered the ball. In the 71st minute Boyle had a second chance to break the deadlock but an unbelievable bicycle kick clearance from Mike Lynch on the Ballinasloe goal line hooked the ball away to safety. Des Hope was also unlucky not to put Ballinasloe ahead with a free header from 8 yards out from a Town corner. On the 70th minute Ryan Burke replaced Darrel Finn, and as always gave everything for the team. Ryan is one of the brightest young talents in the Ballinasloe squad and has an excellent attitude.
Ballinasloe were finishing this game stronger as Boyle were dropping deeper and deeper. With 10 minutes left the town were awarded another free kick 20 yards from goal. Shane Duffy's effort from the free was drilled along the ground but did not trouble the Boyle Celtic keeper. Alan Duffy replaced Mahmoud Giumma in the 85th minute. This game looked like it was headed for stalemate, but Ballinasloe continued to push for a winner. The energetic Mark Richardson was fouled in the middle of the pitch. Mark Duffy clipped the resulting free to the front post to Des Hope. Des powered a header back across the Boyle 18 yard box. Joe Woods who was outstanding on the night, was quickest to react, and let fly with a half volley which was destined for the top corner. The Boyle defender John Connolly who was 2 yards from his own goal line, then pushed the ball over the bar with both hands. Ballinasloe appealed for the penalty, and after consulting with his linesman the referee correctly awarded the penalty kick, and red carded the Boyle defender.
Liam Lynch who was the calmest man in Boyle, stepped up to the spot kick and placed his effort past the despairing Boyle keeper in the 93rd minute. The game was blown up shortly afterwards to the delight of the Ballinasloe team and supporters. This was a smash and grab win, against a very good Boyle team. Ballinasloe were under pressure defensively for long periods but stayed in the game and got their reward late on. A big 3 points for the Town away from home.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, D Hope, M Lynch, J Woods, M Duffy, S Duffy, M Richardson, Mahmoud Giumma, L Lynch, D Finn, Subs used: R Burke for Darrel Finn, A Duffy for M Giumma
FAI Junior Cup Round 4
Ballinasloe Town AFC 2 v 1 Castlerea Celtic - 11 Nov 2018
This round 4 tie threw up a mouth watering clash between 2 of the best sides in the RDFL. Ballinasloe and Castlerea have had some great battles in previous years, and this game turned out to be no different. The town were carrying some injury concerns into this game with Des Hope, Darrell Finn and Declan Duffy all carrying knocks into this game.
This game started at a frantic pace and both sides struggled to get their foot on the ball early on. Ballinasloe soon settled and opened the scoring after 10 minutes. A nice passing move between Shane Duffy, Aiden Dooney and Mark Duffy created a chance for Darrell Finn, who cooly side footed the ball from the edge of the box past the Celtic goalkeeper John McHugh. An excellent finish from Darrell. 0 -1. Two minutes later Darrell had to leave the field of play due to a recurring injury. Ryan Burke was called upon as his replacement.
Both teams continued to try get the ball down and Castlerea at this stage were getting the best of the chances. Their direct running causing the town numerous problems through Ronan Curran and Eoghan O Connell. Ballinasloe had a good chance when Mark Richardson was put through on goal after 25 minutes but his scuffed shot did not trouble the Castlerea keeper. On the 28th minute the town again showed their quality. The excellent Mark Richardson picked up the ball on the left wing following a nice series of passes, cut in, and crossed to the back post to Liam Lynch who had slipped away from the Castlerea defender. Lynch is lethal in these areas, and brilliantly headed the chance to the net. 0-2.
Castlerea were shell shocked to have found themselves 0-2 down in a game that was a lot closer than the score line suggests. Shortly before half time Castlerea gave themselves a lifeline. A cross from the right wing to Paul Mee on the left wing, was met first time by the winger, and a cracking volley was sent crashing in off the far Ballinasloe post. Padraic Moloney was a mere spectator, as were the rest of the Ballinasloe team. A super strike. 2- 1.
Des Hope left the field of play after 35 minutes due to an injury and Joe Woods slotted in at centre back, with Declan Duffy filling in at left back. Upon the resumption Castlerea grabbed a hold of the game and Ballinasloe were struggling to get out of their own half. Castlerea piled on the pressure and won numerous frees, and corners but could not break down a stubborn Ballinasloe rear guard. Padraic Moloney, Joe Woods, Cormac Clogher, Declan Duffy and Mike Lynch dealt very well with everything that came their way. Declan Duffy left the field of play on the 80th minute for Joe Hunt.
The town held on for the win and will be delighted at reaching the open draw again this year. Hard luck to Castlerea. A mention for the referee Keith Reynolds, who handled this game very well. His common sense approach and talking to the players meant the game flowed very well, and minimal cards were required.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, D Hope, M Lynch, J Woods, M Duffy, S Duffy, A Dooney, M Richardson, L Lynch, D Finn,
Subs used: R Burke for Darrel Finn, D Duffy for D Hope, J Hunt for D Duffy
RDFL Premier League 02 Nov 2018
Shiven Rovers 0 v Ballinasloe Town AFC 4
This game was played in very tough conditions as the wind and rain hurled up through Shiven Rovers grounds from left to right.
Ballinasloe manager Petie Keighery had a number of injuries to contend with for this game, with Kenneth Kenny, Shane Duffy and Declan Duffy all ruled out. Town Captain Des Hope chose to play against the elements in the first half. Ballinasloe started the game well enough, trying to keep the ball on the ground and play through midfield through Mark Duffy, Canavan and Richardson. The town were attacking well and creating lots of chances with Liam Lynch, Giumma, Hunt and Canavan all going close, but without causing the Shiven Rovers keeper any real trouble.
Shiven Rovers began to assert themselves and started to grow into the game. The elusive breakthrough for the Town was not coming as frustration started to grow. Shiven broke away from a Ballinasloe corner and almost scored bar a fine save from Padraic Maloney in the Ballinasloe goal. Again Shiven went close after they robbed possession in the Ballinasloe defence and broke through one on one with the Ballinasloe goalkeeper only for Padraic Maloney to produce another excellent save and push a goal chance around the post for a corner. Ballinasloe continued to press forward after this and were rewarded on the 35 minute mark. A clearance from the Shiven Rovers defence fell to Joe Hunt who was about 25 yards from goal. Hunt looked up and curled a beauty into the far top corner to give the Town a vital lead 0 – 1. The town continued to press forward for the remainder of the half but could not add to the score line.
A few choice words were needed from Keighery at half time to the Ballinasloe players in the hope to try and drive them on for the priceless 3 points. Ballinasloe had 12 months earlier drawn this game and this was still fresh in the memories of all concerned. The town now had the aid of the elements and showed improvement early on. Joe Woods was introduced and replaced Joe Hunt. Woods immediately shored up the Town midfield and allowed more cover to the back 4. Gary Canavan who was fouled on numerous occasions throughout this game won a free mid way through the 2nd half. Mark Duffy took the free and curled it to the edge of the box, where it was met by the skipper Des Hope who hit a thumping header from 18 yards high into the far post to make it 0 – 2.
The adaptable Darrel Finn who is having an excellent season to date was now bombing forward at every occasion. Finn won the ball on the left wing and rounded the defender and was hacked down for a free on the edge of the 18 yard box. Again Mark Duffy took the close range free kick from the left. This time it was drilled low to the front post where Des Hope made an excellent run to toe poke home and seal the points. Hope is always a threat in these scenarios and loves scoring goals!! 0 – 3. A quick brace of chances fell to Mark Richardson and both were very close but just off target.
Shiven continued to break away and cause the Ballinasloe defence trouble, but could not get a clear goal scoring opportunity on Maloney due to good work from Cormac Clogher and Mike Lynch. It was from one of these Shiven chances that the next Town goal arrived. Maloney launched a clearance forward right up the middle of the pitch. Confusion in the Shiven defence, meant nobody attacked the ball. Liam Lynch was quickly off the defenders shoulder to rob the ball and dribble into close range and tap it by the keeper 0-4. Ryan Burke replaced Mahmoud Giumma with 10 minutes left and as always gave his very best for the team.
This was a tough game for Ballinasloe, played in very poor weather conditions against a well organised Shiven Rovers. All in all the Town will take the positives from this game, and be content with 3 points in what is always a tricky away game. Best of luck to Senior player Gary Canavan who leaves for the Lebanon this week on duty with the Irish Defence Forces.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, D Hope, M Lynch, D Finn, M Duffy, G Canavan, M Richardson, M Giumma, L Lynch, J Hunt
Subs used: J Woods for J Hunt, R Burke for Mahmoud Giumma.
ACORN LIFE U9'S CUP & SHIELD REPORT
Our u9's travelled to Galway this morning two strong teams with 22 players in total. John Conway, Gary Mcloughin, Vincent Doherty, and Simon Price were the Club coaches that traveled with the teams. Thanks very much guys you did a tremendous job. Thank you to Mark Duffy also. Special mention also to the parents for the great support shown on the day and thank you for driving its very much appreciated.
Cup team were grouped with Salthill Devon 1, Aisling Annacotty 2, and St Bernards 1. This was a very strong group. We played St.Bernards first and drew this game. A very tight game and we were very unlucky near the end not to get all 3 points. Our 2nd game was against Aisling Annacotty, another very good game team who traveled up from Limerick, both sides had chances but in a close battle we came away with the win. Our third game was against Salthill Devon 1, another very close game which could have gone either way. That left us on 4 points. And qualified us for the Cup semi final.
In the Cup semi final we played Mervue United. The lads were super in this game and won and qualified for the final. We played Aisling Annacotty 1 in the final, which we won and the kids were really delighted. It was a super performance from all the players , who all kept their shape and played some lovely football with some great passing and finishing. It was a brilliiant team effort from everyone and great to win the cup Comp.
The shield team was grouped with Ashling Annacotty, Barna/Furbo, Salthill Devon & Mervue United. They had some excellent performances and played some nice football in the group and were narrowly beaten twice and had two draws also. They came out the group into the shield knockout and played Barna/Furbo in what was a fantastic game with the teams level it was Barna/Furbo who scored right on the whistle to advance.
All games were played in great spirit and the kids had a brilliant day , Special thanks to Martin O Connell for the invite. Both teams were treated to Supermacs on the way home to round of a fine day. Thank you again to Salthill Devon and well done to all the Boys and Girls who took part in the competition.
FAI Junior Cup 21 Oct 2018
Ballinasloe Town AFC 7 v 0 Ballaghdereen. 21 Oct 2018
A change in competition this week with an opportunity to progress to the next round of the FAI junior cup at stake.
Ballinasloe started this game with a high tempo from the off and were attacking forward at will against a young Ballaghderren side who had got some very good results in Division 1 in recent weeks. 2 early goals from Darrel Finn & Liam Lynch from close range had the town well in control. A Darrel Finn cross shot from the left wing ended up in the net soon after to make it 3 0. Aiden Dooney rounded off the scoring just before half time to leave the town well in control.
Mahmoud Giumma got the half time call from Petie Keighery and he replaced Mark Duffy. Mahmoud Giumma back from his exploits representing Ireland at the 6 a side European Championships looked lively early on, and created a chance for Liam Lynch to toe poke home from close range soon after the restart. Mark Richardson got his name on the score sheet soon after he cheekily robbed the Ballagh goalkeeper to finish to the net. The scoring was rounded off with a Joe Hunt penalty after the same player was fouled in the box. Well played to a Ballaghderren team who are trying to play the game in the correct manner and the game was played in the correct spirit throughout.
Team: P Maloney, C Clogher, D Hope, M Lynch, D Duffy, M Duffy, S Duffy, A Dooney, D Finn, L Lynch, M Richardson
Subs used: M Giumma, J Hunt, R Burke.
RDFL Premier Division 14 Oct 2018
Ballinasloe Town AFC 4 v 2 Cloonfad United. 20 Oct 2018
The game started with Ballinasloe controlling possession for most of the first half, and trying to break down a tough and well organised Cloonfad defence. Ryan Burke amongst others went close early on. An injury to Joe Woods forced him off and Petie Keighery had to shuffle his defence, with Gary Canavan dropping to defense and Joe Hunt introduced. The breakthrough came midway through the first half with a cool finish from the edge of the box from Aiden Dooney.
A brilliant start to the second period by Cloonfad saw them snatch the lead from Ballinasloe with two goals from Cian Ruane and another fine solo effort from Conor Flynn. Ballinasloe manager Petie Keighery sprung Mahmoud Giumma and Liam Lynch from the bench, as the Town tried to work their way back into this game. Ballinasloe settled down and forced an equaliser through Shane Duffy from a very acute angle. A good finish from the midfielder.
Ballinasloe kept passing the ball well and eventually a chance fell to Dooney who again slotted home from the edge of the box to the delight of the Ballinasloe crowd. This was Aidens second goal of the day, and this man looks to be really enjoying his football, back at the club for his second spell. Shortly after Cloonfads Callum Manhire went down with a serious looking knee injury which forced a nearby ambulance to be called. Conor Flynn also had to board the vehicle as could no longer continue due to a head injury leaving Cloonfad to finish the game with 9, as they had used all their subs.
Darrel Finn continued his fine form in front of goal with a left foot finish late on following an excellent Mark Richardson run to cap off the scoring at 4 2 to Ballinasloe. Well done to Ballinasloe who despite not being at their best, kept going and going and got the 3 points they deserved.
Team: P Maloney, D Duffy, J Woods, M Lynch, D Finn, M Duffy, S Duffy, A Dooney, R Burke, A Duffy, G Canavan.
Subs used: J Hunt, L Lynch, M Giumma, M Richardson.
BURKE GETS THE BALL ROLLING IN SLIGO
MCR 0-3 BALLINASLOE TOWN AFC (senior A)
x1 burke, x1 canavan, x1 lynch
FAI Junior Cup Round 1 match report 30 Sep 2018
Ballinasloe Town advanced to the next round of the junior cup in convincing fashion after making the long journey to face Sligo Premier league side MCR FC. Ballinasloe started the game in tremendous fashion with an early goal from the excellent Ryan Burke after 6 mins. Ballinasloe continued to dominate the game playing at a high tempo and were rewarded on 19 mins when the always dangerous Gary Canavan slotted home to make it 2-0. The remainder of the first half was a more even affair but Ballinasloe still looked in control.The game was over as a contest a couple of minutes into the second half when Mike Lynch met a Gary Canavan corner with a powerful back post header. Ballinasloe could have added to this total in the remainder of the game striking the post on 3 occasions but all in all a really good away performance from the town against a strong MCR side. Thanks to all at MCR FC for their hospitality after the game.