It was a very different derby day experience in Kilmalock on Saturday evening for Ballylanders vs Galtee Gaels following the news earlier in the week by the government that supporters would not be allowed attend the weekends matches, thankfully Limerick Gaa streamed the game live so supporters could at least watch the match at home.
It was a wet evening & there was a stiff breeze blowing from left to right & captain Jimmy Barry Murphy chose to play into the wind in the first half. Gaels, who were defeated by Oola the previous week, knew they had to win to progress in the championship & were out of the blocks fast, kicking the opening score inside twenty seconds, & only for a great save by Declan O’Connor in goal, could of added to that. Danny Frewen had Bally up & running six minutes in when he hit two on the bounce & by the time the water break came the sides were level on four points each with Jimmy Barry adding the other two scores. The remaining 15 minutes was much of the same as both teams traded scores with Danny adding two more & Jimmy one to leave the score at the break 0-7 a piece.
With the wind at our backs now in the second half David McCarthy didn’t waste any time when he swung over a beautiful long range point from our first attack of the half. Gaels were running at our defence hard now but time after time they were met with a block wall & could not find a way through, as the likes of Steve Walsh, Donal Kelly & Steve Fox were showing the way for the three minor lads,Pa Holian, Shaun Moloney & Killian Meade making their debut at senior ranks. Eoin O’Mahony added the only other score of the third quarter leaving the scores 0-9 to 0-7 with fifteen to play. Straight after the restart Mark O’Connell put three between with a great score from 45 yards out. Gaels were to get their only score of the half to narrow the gap once again but our forwards were to run right in the ten minutes scoring 1-6 without reply with the goal coming from Ciaran Kelly to seal off a great win for Niall Fitzgerald’s first game in charge & setting up a top of the table clash with Oola next weekend now to see who finishes first or second. Team & scorers; Declan O’Connor, Pa Holian, Steve Walsh, Donal Kelly, Steve Fox, Shaun Moloney, Killian Meade, Eoin O’Mahony (0-1), Mark O’Connell (0-1), Brian O’Connell, Ciaran Kelly (1-2), David McCarthy (0-1), Jimmy Barry Murphy (0-5, 2 frees), Eoin Walsh, Danny Frewen (0-5, 3 frees). Subs used Tom O’Dywer (0-1,45), Pa Shanahan, Eamon O’Mahony & Jason Leigh.
The lotto draw was held Saturday night for a €3,600 jackpot. There was no winner, lucky dip winners were Danny O’Reilly, Pa Joe Quane, Frankie Walsh, Kevin Flynn, Sheila Blade. Next draw takes place on Saturday September 5th for a €3,800 jackpot,tickets available locally or on the smartlotto website. Thank you for your continued support.
Senior Football Championship Ballylanders vs Oola on Saturday August 29th in Kilmalock at 6pm