GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
County Minor B Football Championship
Group 1 Round 2
A well taken point from out near the sideline by Eamon Baynham two minutes into added time brought his tally for the game to 0-6 (3 frees) earned Monagea a share of the spoils with Granagh/Ballingarry in Round 2 of Group 1 in the County Minor B Football Championship in a most enjoyable contest in ideal conditions at Monagea on Friday evening.
The game was played behind closed doors as per current Government guidelines with Sean Hartnett of Dromcollogher/Broadford in charge. A couple of wides were exchanged before Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 13 Reece Kelly finished past the Monagea keeper Conor Shanahan on 4 minutes. Both sides were guilty of inaccurate shooting particularly Granagh/Ballingarry. Monagea’s No. 19 Eamon Carmody finished past the Granagh/Ballingarry keeper Eoin Horgan for 1-0 each on 10 minutes. Then a pair of white flags for Monagea through Eamon Carmody from open play on 12 and 14 minutes were cancelled out by Paudie Murphy from a placed ball on 17 minutes and Brian Sheehan from open play a minute later to leave the sides level for the second time at 1-2 each on 18 minutes.
Then Reece Kelly finished to the back of the Granagh/Ballingarry net for the second time on 20 minutes before points were traded from open play by Josh Quill Mulcaire on 22 minutes and Jamie Baynham on 25 minutes, substitute Philip Byrnes on 27 minutes and Jamie Baynham on 29 minutes before Eamon Carmody finished to the back of the Granagh/Ballingarry net a minute later to leave the sides level for the third time at 2-4 each at the interval.
The opening 9 minutes after the interval were close and exciting with both sides missing chances until white flags were traded from placed balls by Josh Quill Mulcaire on 41 and 44 minutes and Jamie Baynham on 46 and 50 minutes to leave for the further time the score at 2-6 each with 10 minutes remaining in this most enjoyable contest.
Then Josh Quill Mulcaire of Granagh/Ballingarry landed a trio of white flags from placed balls in a 6 minute spell to put the visitors three ahead 2-9 to 2-6 on 56 minutes. The Monagea boys far from being overawed had a trio of white flags through Jamie Baynham from a placed ball on 57 minutes, Eamon Carmody and Jamie Baynham from open play on 59 and 62 minutes to leave the sides level for the fifth time at 2-9 each at the final whistle.
In the final round of group stage games on Friday 11th September a win is a must for both sides to stay in contention for the knock-out stages when Granagh/Ballingarry play table-toppers on 4 points, Belville Gaels in Quaid Park, Coolyroe at 6.30pm and Monagea play second placed Mungret/St. Pauls on 2 points, in Mungret also at 6.30pm. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 2-3 from play and 0-6 from frees, Monagea scored 2-6 from play and 0-3 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Eoin Horgan, Jack Lynch, Padraig McKenna, Rory Condon, Owen Lynch, Sean Murphy, Eoin Herlihy, Josh Quill Mulcaire 0-6 (5 frees), Brian Sheehy 0-1, Cian McGory, Eoin Lynch, Michael Russell, Reece Kelly 2-0, Paudie Murphy 0-1 (free), T. J. Tierney. Subs used: Philip Byrnes 0-1, Tom O’Sullivan, Tim O’Donoghue and Darragh Casey.
Monagea scorers: Eamon Carmody, Eamon Carmody 2-3, Jamie Baynham 0-6 (3 frees).
Referee: Sean Hartnett (Drom/Broadford).
EFFIN STAY UP
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Semi Final
Effin retained their Intermediate Hurling Championship status for 2020 with a deserved 6 point victory over gallant Effin at Staker Wallace GAA grounds in Kilbreedy on Sunday.
The game was played behind closed doors as per current Government guidelines with Liam Berkery of Ahane in charge. Denis O’Connor of Granagh/Ballingarry opened the scoring with a point from a placed ball awarded straight from the throw-in before a trio of white flags for Effin through Jack Quaid (free) and Thomas Quaid (play and free) left the score 0-3 to 0-1 in favour of the South Limerick division side. Then a long range placed ball sent in by Denis O’Connor of Granagh/Ballingarry was finished past James O’Leary in the Effin goal on 6 minutes before white flags were traded from open play by Effin’s No. 13 Fergal O’Connor on 7 minutes and Denis O’Connor a minute later to leave 1 between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-2, Effin 0-4. Then Jack Quaid from a placed ball on 10 minutes and Thomas Quaid from open play on 13 minutes had white flags for Effin before points were traded by Denis O’Connor from a placed ball and Jack Quaid from open play to leave 1 between the sides, Effin 0-7, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-3 at the end of the first quarter. A couple of wides were exchanged before a trio of white flags for the Effin boys courtesy of Jack Quaid from a placed ball on 25 minutes and Denis O’Connor from open play 2 minutes later to leave 2 between the sides, Effin 0-11, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-6 on 27 minutes.
The second goal of this exciting contest arrived on 29 minutes through Effin’s No. 12 Pierse O’Kelly followed up with a Ruairi O’Connor point from play to send the Effin boys in at the interval leading by 6, 1-12 to 1-6.
Granagh/Ballingarry with the wind at their backs made a good start to the second half with a pair of white flags by Denis O’Connor in a 4 minute spell to reduce the deficit to 4, 1-12 to 1-8. Then Ruairi O’Connor of Effin split the uprights following a good solo run on 35 minutes before Jack Quaid finished past
Granagh/Ballingarry’s keeper a minute later to increase the Effin boys’ advantage to 8, 2-13 to 1-8 on 36 minutes. Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 7 Damien O’Donovan split the uprights on 38 minutes before David Condron finished to the back of the Effin net for the second time a minute later to reduce the deficit to 4, 2-13 to 2-9 on 39 minutes. Then Jack Quaid had a pair of white flags from placed balls for Effin before green flags were traded by Eoin Chawke and Jack Quaid followed by a Quaid pointed free to leave 6 between the sides. At the end of the third quarter at the second water-break, the score was 3-16 to 3-9 in favour of the Effin boys.
When play got under way again Granagh/Ballingarry had a trio of white flags through Denis O’Connor from a 65 on 47 minutes and a placed ball on 50 minutes followed by a well taken point from open play by Luke Flynn a minute later to reduce the deficit to 3, 3-16 to 3-13 on 51 minutes. Effin finished strong with a pair of white flags from open play by Ruairi O’Connor on 53 minutes and Pierse O’Kelly on 56 minutes before Jack Quaid put 6 between the sides with a late pointed free to leave Effin worthy 3-19 to 3-13 winners to secure their survival in the Intermediate Hurling Championship for 2021, while the Granagh/Ballingarry boys play St. Patrick’s in the relegation final this Sunday September 13th in Clarina at 12 noon with the losers here regraded to Junior A for 2021. Effin scored 3-10 from play and 0-9 from frees. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 3-5 from play 0-7 from frees and 0-1 from a 65.
Effin: James O’Leary, Mark Mullins, Robert Cagney, Patrick Carroll, Michael Rea, Darren Sheehy, Alan Byrne, Paul Treacy, Jack Quaid 2-9 (0-8 frees), Nickie Quaid, Ruairi O’Connor 0-5, Pierse O’Kelly 1-1, Fergal O’Connor, 0-1, Thomas Quaid 0-2 (1 free), Hugh O’Neill 0-1. Sub used: Frankie Herr.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Niall Cahill, David Clancy (captain), Brendan Lynch, Thomas O’Donovan, Donal O’Grady, Eoin Casey, Pat Carroll, Darragh Casey, Damien O’Donovan 0-1, Cathal O’Keeffe, Luke Flynn 0-1, Denis O’Connor 0-9 (7 frees 1 65), David Condron 2-2, Gearoid Lynch. Subs used: Eoin Chawke 1-0, Jack Cagney, Sean O’Connor, Edward Sheehy.
Referee Liam Berkery, Ahane.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Final
All roads lead to Ballybrown GAA grounds in Clarina on Sunday September 13th at 12 noon for the mouth-watering clash of Granagh/Ballingarry and St. Patrick’s in the County Intermediate Hurling Championship relegation final. This is a re-match of last year’s Group 2 round/tie at Clarina on Friday 12th April where St. Patrick’s were reduced to 14 players 3 minutes into the second half and their No. 3 Mark Phelan received a red card following a foul on former Limerick captain Donal O’Grady to draw on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-13 with Granagh/Ballingarry in a resounding fashion to come from 6 points down 1-13 to 1-7 with a polished 10 minute display scoring 1-3 through a goal by substitute Padraig Reale followed by 3 points by All Ireland medal winner Gearoid Hegarty (1 free 2 play) and holding their West Limerick opponents scoreless in this hard fought contest.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Edward Sheehy, David Clancy, Eoin Cahill, Eoin Casey, John Carroll, David Condron, Jack Cagney 0-1, Denis O’Connor, Damien O’Donovan 0-3 frees, Pat Cahill, Cathal O’Keeffe 1-4, Donal O’Grady 0-1, Luke Flynn. Subs used: Sean O’Connor 0-3, Colm Noonan 0-1, Thomas O’Donovan and Padraig Lynch.
St. Patricks: David Clancy, Jack Greenwood, Mark Phelan, James Madden, Andrew Flanagan, Brendan Mullins, Gearoid Phelan, Jason Mullins, Conor Kavanagh, Niall Phelan, Gearoid Hegarty 0-5 (2 frees), Kevin Maher, John Mullane 1-0, Colin Earls, Calvin Moran 0-4 frees. Subs used: Padraig Reale 1-0, Travis Quaid, David Clancy, Micheal Geary and Conor O’Sullivan.
Referee: Seamus Hayes, Mungret St. Pauls.
In this year’s County Intermediate Hurling Championship St. Patrick’s suffered two straight defeats to Knockaderry by 4 points 0-15 to 0-11 and to Newcastlewest by 7, 3-14 to 2-10 to finish pointless at the bottom of Group 3 and went under to Tournafulla by 3, 2-17 to 2-14 in the relegation semi. Granagh/Ballingarry after playing a thrilling 1-19 to 2-16 draw with Croom were most unlucky to go under to Hospital/Herbertstown by 3 points 1-14 to 1-11 courtesy of a late Aaron Murphy (goal) to finish bottom of the group on 1 point and went under to Effin by 6, 3-19 to 3-13 in the relegation final to set up Sunday’s relegation final with Effin. The winners will retain their intermediate hurling status for 2021 and the losers relegated to Junior A for 2021. We wish the team and management the best of luck on Sunday in Clarina at 12 noon in their bid to retain their intermediate status.
Unfortunately due to Covid 19 restrictions the game will be played behind closed doors with no more than 40 people per team allowed access. This figure should include all players, management, coaches, ancillary backroom personnel and team officials. The 80 team personnel (40 per team) is in addition to associated match day personnel such as match officials (referee, linesmen, umpires) media and event officials (stewards etc).
West Junior B Hurling Championship
Group 2 Round 4
Granagh/Ballingarry travel to Quaid Park, Coolyroe tomorrow Thursday 10th September to play Feohanagh/Castlemahon in Round 4 of Group 2 in the West Junior B Hurling Championship at 6.30pm. Granagh/Ballingarry will enter this game on top of the group on 6 points after recording three straight wins over holders Tournafulla, Drom/Broadford and Adare. Feohanagh/Castlemahon is in third place on 2 points after going under to Adare in their opening game defeating Drom/Broadford last time out.
An exciting game is in prospect where a win for Granagh/Ballingarry will see them qualify straight to the semi finals.
Unfortunately due to Covid 19 restrictions the game will be played behind closed doors.
CLUB FACE MASKS
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club face masks are now available in store at O’Grady’s Spar Shop in Ballingarry, reusable and washable, with all proceeds going to Bord na nÓg.
Thursday 10th September
West Junior B Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 4
Granagh/Ballingarry v Feohanagh/Castlemahon in Quaid Park, Coolyroe at 6.30pm.
Friday 11th September
County Minor B Football Championship Group 1 Round 3
Granagh/Ballingarry v Belville Gaels in Pairc Caoimh Uí Luing, Feenagh at 6.30pm.
Saturday 12th September
County Junior A Hurling Championship Group 1 Round 5
St. Kierans v Castletown in Ballyagran in Ballingarry at 5pm.
Sunday 13th September
County Intermediate Hurling Championship relegation final
St. Patricks v Granagh/Ballingarry in Clarina at 12 noon.
Tuesday 22nd September
West Junior B Football Championship Group 2 Round 3
Granagh/Ballingarry v Feenagh/Kilmeedy in Pairc Caoimh Uí Luing, Feenagh at 6.30pm.