On Sunday evening our senior footballers traveled to Kilmalock to take on neighbours Galbally in the senior football relegation semifinal. Bally got off to the perfect start kicking five unanswered points in the opening ten minutes from the booths of Jimmy Barry (2), Eoin Walsh, Danny Frewen and Eoin O’Mahony. Galbally opened their account on the 12th minute but going into the water break another Jimmy Barry free had the gap back out to five. Cillian O Brien was introduced for Pa Holian who picked up a knock with 20 minutes gone. Eoin O’Mahony added a long range free before centre back Shaun Moloney finished off a superb move to fire over our eight point of the half, Galbally added two points before the half time whistle to leave it 0-8 to 0-3 at the break. Shane O’Donoghue opened the scoring in the second half with a brilliantly taking mark which was closely followed by another point from play from Jimmy Barry. Galbally took control of the remaining quarter to narrow the gap to four. Another Jimmy Barry free and Eoin O’Mahony point each side of a Galbally effort had it at 0-12 to 0-7 around the 22nd minute. Then came the crucial score of the game when Shane O’Donoghue finished to the back of the net to put daylight between the sides. Try as they might Galbally were kept out by some strong defending and when they did get through Declan O’Connor in goal was to deny them time and again. Steve Fox and Donal Kelly were rolling back the years with some calm & accurate play while Jason Leigh was working tirelessly across the middle of the field. Danny Frewen kicked our final score of the game to secure the victory and sees us remain in the top flight for our 23rd season. Huge thanks to the players who put their bodies on the line to make sure of the win,to the management team of Niall Fitzgerald, Eoin O’Connor, Eamon Dineen, Eddie English and Tom Sheehan who had the lads well prepared for the battle. Full time score Ballylanders 1-13 Galbally 0-11. Team and scorers, Declan O’Connor, Pa Holian, Donal Kelly, Killian Meade, Fergal O Connor, Shaun Moloney (0-1), Steve Fox, Eoin O’Mahony (0-3), Mark O’Connell, Ciaran Kelly, Danny Frewen (0-2), Jason Leigh, Jimmy Barry Murphy (0-5), Eoin Walsh (0-1), Shane O’Donoghue (1-1). Subs used, Cillian O Brien, Kieran O’Callaghan, Tom O’Dywer.
The lotto draw takes place on Saturday night for a jackpot of €1,800. Tickets available locally or online.
Best of luck to the Glenroe hurlers who face Mungret in the semifinal of the Premier Intermediate Championship on Saturday at 4pm in Kilmalock.