BALLINASLOE TOWN AFC MATCH REPORTS 2019/20
O'HARA'S DOUBLE SEALS IT
ADSL U11's Ballinasloe Town Reds v Hodson Bay.
This was a very even game from both sides from very early on, the Reds were forced into making an early change when James Connolly fell awkwardly on his wrist and had to be taken off with only ten minutes played. Into the last minute of the first half and it was Niall Conneely getting the only goal of the first half in cold and windy conditions. Into the second half and it was Hodson Bay that started the strongest, pulling a goal back within 2 minutes of the restart, but it was Ballinasloe who took the lead again when Senan O' Hara broke through on goal and slotted the ball into the corner of the goal. However with no subs on the side Ballinasloe got a bit tired and Hodson Bay took full advantage of this and went on to score the next two goals.
But the never say die attitude from this group of lads got themselves back on level terms with Aaron Treacy's excellent free kick finding the back of the net and suddenly the momentum was back in Ballinasloe Town's favour and indeed with 3 minutes left on the clock it was Ballinasloe who took the lead when Senan O' Hara found himself one on one with the keeper and the striker had the composure to find the net for his second of the game and more importantly the winning goal. A well deserved win in the end.
JENNINGS HAT TRICK ORDER OF THE DAY
Today we played our 4th game of the season in the u14/15 Combi League at home to a good Temple Villa side. We got off to a flyer within minutes when we were awarded a penalty which Alan Jennings put away to give us an early lead, we were very rusty being our 1st game in 6 weeks and went behind with 2 Temple Villa goals to go in H/T 2-1 down. We came out in the second half and got an equaliser through Caysan Walsh 2-2, and quickly went 3-2 up through Darrell Sweeney but Temple Villa struck back to make it 3-3. We got our heads in front again with Alan Jennings on target again 4-3, and quickly went 5-3 with Alan Jennings getting netting his hat- trick and Darrell Sweeney slotting home our 6th to make the game safe. Temple Villa got a late goal to end the game 6-3. That leaves our Ballinasloe flyers with 4 wins from 4.
FAI Junior Cup 5th Round match report.
Ballinasloe Town AFC charged into the 6th round of the FAI Junior Cup following a pulsating 3 - 2 win away to Waterford Premier league side Villa FC.
This was an excellent game of football from start to finish with both teams going at it from the off. Villa had the best of the opening 15 minutes, playing neat and tidy football and looking for runners in behind the Town defence. Ballinasloe soon settled and started to get some joy of their own, with Jordan Carr and Ryan Burke doing well on both flanks and Shane, Oisin and Mark Duffy all linking up well through the middle. Ballinasloe’s first chance fell to Aiden Dooney who was slipped through by Mark Duffy, but his effort was just of target. Gary Egan was also now having an impact on the game with his deadly set pieces causing havoc at the back for Villa.
In the 30th minute Ballinasloe were dealt a major blow with the dismissal of Joe Woods. A free kick on the edge of the Town box was taken quickly by goalkeeper Padraic Moloney. Padraic played the free to Woods, who was immediately closed down by the Villa striker. The striker got a touch on the ball and the outstretched arm of Joe got tangled up with the Villa striker, who hit the ground and this was deemed enough to warrant a red card, when a yellow looked like it would have been enough. The Town needed to reshuffle quickly, and Des Hope was called upon from the bench and replaced Mark Duffy. Both sides held firm until half time and the score remained at 0-0.
Petie Keigherys half time chat seen a reinvigorated Ballinasloe Town open up and with Jordan Carr now terrorising the Villa defense out wide, the opening goal came. Jordan left three Villa defenders in his wake and slipped a perfectly weighted through ball to Aiden Dooney. Aiden whipped a brilliant effort in the Villa top corner to put the Town 1 0 ahead. A super goal.
Ballinasloe now had something to hold onto and set up brilliantly playing a tight defensive shape with the back five of Padraic Maloney Cormac Clogher, Mike Lynch, Des Hope and Gary Egan at the top of their game. As the second half wore on Ballinasloe were now starting to drop deeper and Villa started to enjoy more possession. A brilliant passing move seen Villa cut open Ballinasloe’s defence and a quick through ball across the edge of the Ballinasloe box was hit first time and drove past Maloney to level the game up at 1 - 1.
Callum McKelvey replaced Aiden Dooney with 17mins of normal time left. Dooney had worked tirelessly up front. Normal time blew and the score remained at 1 -1.
Extra time resumed and Ballinasloe took over the game. A great passing move seen Oisin Duffy set Jordan Carr away down the left flank. Jordan beat the Villa right back, and cut in along the end line. He drilled a low pass across the box, back to Oisin who showed great composure to finish from close range. 2 -1.
Ballinasloe pushed forward now at every chance and another passing move seen Oisin and Ryan Burke link up, with Ryan drilling a 15 yard effort at the Villa goalkeeper, who could not hold the ball and Jordan was on hand to smash home from close range to the delight of the Town team. 3 – 1.
Jay Mulligan was introduced in the second period of ET, replacing Jordan Carr and showed all his experience in the middle of the park, providing a defensive shield for the town back four, making some vital interceptions.
A delightful passing move seen Callum McKelvey slipped away and the young striker was just denied by the Villa goal keeper which would have sealed the game for the Town.
A late headed goal by Villa following a long delivery from defense brought the score back to 3 - 2. Ballinasloe with Des and Mike In superb form withstood a late rally from Villa and moved into round 6 and the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup.
Some outstanding performances from Ballinasloe on the day with all 14 players playing their part. Massive well done to all our players and management team of Petie, Mark, Wayne and Noel.
BTAFC: P Maloney, C Clogher, M Lynch, J Woods, G Egan, R Burke, O Duffy, S Duffy, J Carr, M Duffy, A Dooney.
Subs: D Hope for M Duffy, C McKelvey for A Dooney, J Mulligan for J Carr.
Ballinasloe Town AFC U12'S - 17 November
Ballinasloe Town Reds hosted Cregmore/Claregalway u12's in the Connaught Shield today.
Despite Ballinasloe's slow start they soon settled into the game and had a lot of possession and only failed to open the scoring because of some fine saves from the Cregmore/Claregalway goalkeeper. 0-0 at half time, and it was Ballinasloe that had the first chance in the second half only just putting the ball over the crossbar with the goalie going to ground.
End to end football flowed and it was Cregmore who eventually broke the deadlock with 5 minutes to go, with Ballinasloe pushing forward for an equaliser they got caught out with a counter attack and Cregmore scored their second of the game to finish it of. A very strong game from this young u11 Ballinasloe team and they will be back again next year to give it another shot in the Connaught Cup.
Full time score Ballinasloe Town Reds 0-2 Cregmore/Claregalway.
Best of luck to Cregmore/Claregalway in the next round.
U13 SFAi Cup 2nd round
Ballinasloe v Ballymoe
Our u13's were playing their first game of the season this morning against Ballymoe in the 2nd round of the sfai cup. An ideal morning for a game of football and what a game it turned out to be. The boys started well and deservedly took the lead through Joshua Loyd. Ballymoe then equalised and the sides went in at halftime all level. The second half started at a blistering pace with both teams playing some good football, but it was Ballymoe who took the lead, the town fought their way back into the game and were rewarded when Ruth Kilkenny finished well inside the box. Full time 2-2. Extra time was more of the same with both teams having chances but penalties were gonna decide this cup tie.
Ballymoe went first and Oisin Fallon saved brilliantly to his left, Oisin then slotted home his penalty. Ballymoe scored their 2nd and Ryan Howard fired his home. Ballymoe then scored their 3rd and Josh Bradley buried his penalty into the corner. Ballymoe took their 4th spot kick and again Oisin save to his left. Captain Ryan Dowd then stepped up and coolly slotted home the winner.
An excellent team performance from these players today who fought from the first whistle and never gave up..
Well done guys and best of luck in the next round
U12 SFAI cup - 2nd rd 28th September 2019
Arrow Harps 3-2 Ballinasloe Town
Our U12 team made the long journey to Riverstown, Sligo to play Arrow Harps in the 2nd round of the SFAI cup. The lads settled into the game well and took the lead after 15 minutes through a wonderful 30 yard freekick from Cillian McPhilips. Arrow Harps responded quickly with a well taken equaliser. Both sides went in level at the break.
Arrow started the better in the 2nd half and took the lead. Our lads pushed for an equaliser but couldn't find a way past the well organised Arrow defence. With us pushing for a goal, Arrow broke and scored a 3rd. The lads never gave up and pulled a well worked goal back through Ryan Kennedy. The clock was against us and thats how the game finished.
Great effort from the lads who are improving each week and now look forward to the start of the ADSL. Thanks to the kids and parents for traveling. Best of luck to Arrow Harps in the next round.
North West Cup 14th September 2019
Ballinasloe Town u11's made the long journey down to Sligo, to take part in the North West Cup, this was a big step up for these lads as this tournament is at an u12 level. Even with a slow start in the first two games losing the second game from a last minute penalty the lads eventuality settled in the next game winning 4-0 with a very strong performance. Lying in second place with one game to play it was do or die unfortunately going down 1 nil it wasn't to be and we had to settle for a fourth place place off. After a cracking game again ending 1-1 it went to the dreaded penalty shootout with Ballinasloe Town coming out on top with our goalkeeper TJ Fallon scoring the last penalty and winning 3-2 to round off an exciting day of soccer. Thanks to all the players, parents, and coaches for a fantastic day.