Granagh Ballingarry Qualify for Quarter Final Despite

County U21 B Hurling Championship Group 4 Round 3
St. Kieran’s…………………..3-12

St. Kieran’s recorded a deserved three point victory over Granagh/Ballingarry in the third and final round of Group 4 in the Limerick County U21 B Hurling Championship in ideal conditions at St. Kieran’s GAA grounds in Coolcappa on Friday evening to finish level on four points with Glenroe and Granagh/Ballingarry, but lost out on a quarter final spot because of a five point scoring difference to Granagh/Ballingarry who now advance to play
Ballybricken/Bohermore on Monday 27th July in Clarina at 7.30pm. Glenroe play
Templeglantine today Wednesday 22nd July in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 7pm.
A good crowd watched this vital final group 4 stage game played on an excellent pitch with John Sexton of Bruree in charge. White flags were traded from open play in the opening four minutes by Eoin McEnery and Sean O’Connor and Michael Russell and Eoin McEnery for 0- 2 each. Then Michael Russell split the uprights for the second time for the boys in black and
green on five minutes before green flags were ???? by Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 14 Luke Flynn on seven minutes and St. Kieran’s no 10 a minute later, to leave one between the sides,
Granagh/Ballingarry 1-3, St. Kieran’s 1-2. On eight minutes a couple of wides were exchanged before Luke Flynn of Granagh/Ballingarry split the uprights on eleven minutes and white flags were traded, Eoin McEnery from open play on fourteen minutes and Sean O’Connor from a placed ball a minute later, to leave Granagh/Ballingarry two ahead 1-5 to 1- 3 at the end of the first quarter and the water break.
When play got underway again, St. Kieran’s keeper Tom McMahon brought off two top class saves before Sean O’Connor hit a pair white flags for Granagh/Ballingarry from a 65 on 17 and open play two minutes later to extend the Knockfierna boys advantage to four, 1-7 to 1-3
on 19 minutes. Then white flags were traded by Eoin McEnery from a placed ball on 22 minutes and Sean O’Connor from a placed ball on 24 minutes before a pair of white flags for St. Kieran’s from open play, courtesy of Stephen Hennessy on 25 minutes and Cathal McEnery two minutes later to leave two between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-8, St.Kieran’s 1-6 on 27 minutes. The third green flag of this well contested opening half arrived
on 28 minutes through Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 11 Jack Hartnett, following good work by Gearoid Lynch and Cormac Snow, before St. Kieran’s no 9 Cormac Mann split the uprights from long range on 30 minutes to reduce the deficit to four, Granagh/Ballingarry 2-8, St. Kieran’s 1-7 at the interval.
Sean O’Connor extended the Granagh/Ballingarry boys’advantage to five when he split the upright from a placed ball in the second minute after the
interval before the fourth green flat of the game arrived on 36 minutes through St. Kieran’s no 24 Michael Murphy to close the gap to two, 2-9 to 2-7. Then white flags were traded by Luke Flynn from open play on 38 minutes and Eoin McEnery from a placed ball three minutes later to leave two still between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 2-10, St. Kieran’s 2-8
on 41 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before St. Kieran’s no 10 Eoin McEnery pointed from a placed ball on 45 minutes to leave one between the sides, 2-10 to 2-9 at the end of the third quarter and the water break.
When they got underway again white flags were traded by Eoin McEnery from a placed ball on 47 minutes and Sean O’Connor from open play two minutes later to leave the visitors still one ahead on 49 minutes. The St. Kieran’s boys now began to up their game shooting 1-1 in the next five minutes, courtesy of a white flag by man of the match Eoin McEnery from a placed ball to bring his tally for the game to 1-8 of which 1-4 was from open play, followed by a gem of a goal by Cathal McEnery, to leave the Saints three ahead, 3-11 to 2-11 on 45
minutes. Then white flags were traded by Sean O’Connor from a 65 on 56 minutes and Michael Murphy from open play two minutes later to leave three still between the sides with two minutes of normal time remaining on the clock. Granagh/Ballingarry were awarded a free in front of the St. Kieran’s goal in added time but Sean O’Connor’s shot for goal was saved to the joy of the home supporters and the final whistle sounded shortly after to leave the home side three points ahead 3-12 to 2-12, winners of a most exciting contest, to finish
level with Granagh/Ballingarry and Glenroe on top of the Group 4 table on four points, but it’s Glenroe and Granagh/Ballingarry who qualify for the quarter finals because they are ahead of St. Kieran’s on scoring difference, St. Kieran’s scored 3-8 from play and 0-4 from frees. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 2-7 from play, 0-3 from frees and 0-2 from a 65.
St. Kieran’s: Tom McMahon, Aaron Heffernan, Edward Fitzgerald, Eoin Burke, Daniel Geraghty, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Liam Kennedy, John Buckley, Cormac Mann 0-1, Eoin McEnery 1-8 (0-4 frees), John Hayes, Stephen Hennessy 0-1, Cathal McEnery 1-1, Michael Murphy 1-1, Conor Woulfe.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Eoin Herlihy, Eoin Enright, Eoin Lynch, Sean Murphy,
Darragh Casey, Conor Lynch, Sean O’Connor 0-8 (3 frees, 2 65), Josh Quill Mulcaire, Cormac Snow, Jack Hartnett 1-0, Brian Mulqueen, Gearoid Lynch, Luke Flynn 1-2, MichaelRussell 0-2. Subs used William O’Regan, Sean English, Rory Condon
County U21 B Hurling Championship Quarter Finals

Monday 27th July: Granagh/Ballingarry v Ballingarry v Ballybricken/Bohermore/Fedamore in Clarina at 7.30pm

Revised County Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 1
The mouth watering clash of neighbours Granagh/Ballingarry and Croom in the opening game of Group 2 in the County Intermediate Hurling Championship goes ahead in Croagh on Saturday 25th July at 7pm. This is the first meeting of the sides in the Intermediate Championship since Sunday 27th August??? at Croagh where Croom recorded an impressive nine point 3-21 to 2-15 victory over neighbours Granagh/Ballingarry in the fifth and final round of group 2 to finish level in third place on four points with Granagh/Ballingarry and
Claughaun/Old Christians but lost out on a quarter final spot because of a one point scoring difference to Granagh/Ballingarry.

We wish the team and management the best of luck in their bid to make a winning start to their County Intermediate Hurling Championship campaign.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Tickets
Granagh/Ballingarry Intermediate hurlers start their County Championship campaign when they clash with neighbours Croom on Saturday 25th July in Croagh at 7pm. Unfortunately, due to current government restrictions on attendances at outdoor events to 200, our club will only be entitled to 50 tickets for supporters for Saturday evening’s game. No cash will be taken at the gate and entry will strictly be ticket only. This has placed our club in an
extremely difficult position, considering the great help we have always received over many years from so many in the parish. Therefore, the club has decided that each member of the Intermediate panel (players and management) will have the option of purchasing one ticket each for the game. Promoters of our lottery draw will also be able to apply for one ticket for either the Croom game or our second game against Hospital/Herbertstown. Any remaining
tickets for the Croom game this Saturday in Croagh will be raffled off among club members who can contact Club Secretary John Lynch (087) 2912356, Chairman Andrew Holmes (087)9429228 or Treasurer Adrian Farragher (087) 9187269 by 5pm Thursday 23rd July.
Note: All tickets must be paid for on collection by cash or cheque.d Members are asked forpatience and understanding in the run-up to Saturday’s game because not all will receivetickets as demand is likely to far exceed the quantity our club receives from the County Board. We look forward to the co-operation of all our club members to implement the sale of tickets satisfactorily.
West Junior B Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 1
Tuesday 28th July in Ballingarry at 7.30pm sees the eagerly awaited clash of holders Tournafulla with Granagh in the opening game of Group 2 in the West Junior B Hurling Champinship. It is a repeat of last year’s final which was won 4-10 to 1-10 by Tournafulla, to make it two in a row at Dromcollogher on Saturday 28th September.