Junior A Hurling: The Junior A hurlers played the third round of the JAHC on Saturday night in Cappamore against our neighbours and fierce rivals, Caherline. Bally were quick out of the blocks with Conor McCarthy opening the scoring from play inside 30 seconds. He soon added a second from a dead ball before Dan McGuire rose highest to pull the ball out of the sky before slotting over from there sideline. Andrew Brennan opened Caherline’s account from a free but Dan Owens immediately cancelled out that score. Caherline seemed to gather the troops as they pulled the game back to a single point before scores from Conor McCarthy gave us a three point lead at the water break. Conor McCarthy and caherline exchanged scores and a super save from John Casey gave Caherline a 65 which saw the gap back too two points. A breaking ball around the 21 yard line saw Eoighan O Neill the quickest to react and he left the full back line for dead as he blasted the ball past the keeper. At half time bally lead 1:10 to 0:08. Both teams again traded scores after the restart Until two unanswered Caherline scores saw Bally lead by six at the second water break. Conor McCarthy was first off the mark when the game resumed but a serious effort from caherline saw them claw the game back to two points. A high dangerous dropping ball in the bally square was somehow cleared despite a sea of bodies, and bally managed to get the ball up to Eoin O Neill who split the posts to seal the game for us on a scoreline of 1:17 to 0:17.
Junior B Hurling: Our Junior Bs played their second game of the East Championship on Thursday night against Murroe Boher in Caherelly. The game started lively with both teams trading points until Jack Cross and Matt Mitchell got lovely scores from play to push us out to a two point lead. Murroe responded straight away to bring it back before Davy Ryan scored an absolute monster of a point and a long ranger from Larry Browne saw us up 7-5 at the water break. Murroe Boher came out all guns blazing after the break and had the game tied up after a few minutes. The game was nip and tuck and had all the makings of a humdinger. Up stepped David Grimes who stood over a free from the 45 yard line and nearly broke the nets in the goal giving the keeper absolutely no chance. He then took the full back for a run around and convert a beauty of a point from play. Rory Cahill was not to be outdone by David Grimes and scored a super point after some individual play. Murroe Boher rallied again as you would expect at the end of the half and the half time score was bally 1:11 Murroe Boher 0:09. Rory Cahill started the second half like his finished the first and scored a great point inside the opening seconds. Both sides again continued to trade scores coming up to the water break. in the last quarter Jack Cross went on a magnificent solo run and slotted the ball over the bar. A high dangerous ball dropped into the Murroe Boher Square and there was bodies everywhere pulling like mad until Colm Teefy got the ball on the end of his hurl and made no mistake for the second week in a row slotting the ball past the Murroe Keeper. The last ten minutes were a dogfight for both teams who gave everything but in the end Bally prevailed on a scoreline of 2:14 to 0:12. The lads now play Ahane on Thursday night in Ahane at 6:20pm.
Junior A Football: On Sunday the 26th September our Junior A Footballers will play Mungret in the JAFC quarter final at 12:00pm in Claughaun.
U19’s: On Monday night the U19’s take on Banogue in the football championship quarter final at 8pm in Rathkeale. Please come out and support the lads.
Underage: On Saturday our U13’s continued there great run of wins as they qualified for the county football final a week after being crowned county hurling champions last weekend. They beat a good Galbally side on Friday evening to secure their place in the final. This is a fantastic achievement from this group of players and management.
Club Notices: There was no winner of the Bally club lotto which was held on Monday night in the clubhouse. Congratulations to Susan Marnane, Mike Aherne, Pat Keogh & St Ailbies Ladies Football on their lucky dips. The next draw will be held on the 20th September 2021 and the jackpot is €10,500.