Our Senior footballers traveled to Bruff on Sunday evening for the first round of this year’s championship to take on newly promoted Claughan but unfortunately we were to pay the price for some costly mistakes to loose the game by a single point.Jimmy Barry Murphy, Eoin O’Mahony & Osin Brown had us ahead 0-5 to 0-3 at the water break but Claughan were to hit two quick fire goals to see them go in at halftime four up. Claughan had the better of the third quarter to go five clear but we battled back to level the game with five minutes remaining only to be hit with a sucker punch of a third Claughan goal when they won the ball as we tired to work it out of defence and try as hard as they could to level the game we fell just short. There isn’t much time to dwell on this defeat as we now face a strong Monaleen side on Saturday afternoon in a must win game if we are to have any chance of making it past the group stages. Full time Ballylanders 0-14 Claughan 3-06. Team and scorers, Declan O’Connor, Fergal O Connor, Pa Shanahan, Donal Kelly, Steve Fox, Shaun Moloney, Killian Meade, Eoin O’Mahony (0-3), Mark O’Connell (0-1), Shane O’Donoghue, Danny Frewen (0-2), Jason Leigh, Jimmy Barry Murphy (0-5), Eoin Walsh (0-1), Osin Brown (0-1). Subs used, Kieran O’Callaghan (0-1), Pa Holian, Cillian O’ Brien.
Ballylanders vs Monaleen in Bruff at 1:30pm on Saturday August 21st.
A much scaled back pattern festival took place over the weekend but it was great to see the car park full of cars on Friday night for TO’s drive through bingo and on Sunday full with tractors & vintage cars for the tractor run with over 100 vehicles taking to the road it brought a great buzz around the place. A huge thanks to everyone who helped run these events, those who made sandwiches,cakes etc and the women who served tea all day in the clubhouse.
On the playing field it was great to see all the future stars playing matches, thanks to all the surrounding clubs who participated in these games also.
Everyone at Ballylanders Gaa wishes John Kiely and the Limerick Senior hurling team the very best of luck in this Sunday’s All Ireland Final and hopefully by five o clock we will have bragging rights over our neighbours!