Ballygar GAA Club notes and match reports   26/06/2012

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BALLYGAR 1-06 : 1-04 Turloughmore.

This Ballygar side got the club's first ever 'venture' into the top grade of Juvenile hurling across all age-groups off to a flying start with a well deserved hard earned victory over a gallant & determined Turloughmore side last thursday evening  in Ballygar.

From the outset the team were not overawed by their formidable opponents who earlier in the week had defeated a strong Kilnadeema -Leitrim side on a scoreline of 3-08 : 2-06, and put the opening score on the board inside the 1st minute - a well taken point by Diarmuid O'Brien following good defensive work from Pierce McDonagh.
Then Turloughmore took control for the next 10 mins, and raced into 0-03 to 0-01 lead, but it could have been alot worse for the Ballygar side but for some defiant defending from Mairtin Quinn, Simon Thomas & Sylvester Zwiercyzk, along with very confident goalkeeping from Michael Flynn -who throughout the game was very solid and re-assuring between the sticks. Ballygar's response to that period of Turloughmore domination was decisive, James Mulrooney latching onto a breaking ball in the half forward line, and bursting through the turloughmore defence to produce the score of the day - a well taken point on the run. This was then followed by a cracking opportunistic goal from Oisin McConn, who even under extreme pressure found the back of the net to put Ballygar into a 2 point lead. Turloughmore responded with a well taken free from distance to leave just the minimum between the sides as half time approached. Killian Mannion punished Turloughmore's indiscipline in their defence with 2 well taken frees & on the stroke of half time Dylan Crehan extended the Ballygar lead to 1-05 : 0-04 with a well taken individual effort.
To hold onto this lead was always going to be difficult against opponents like Turloughmore, but with Patrick Quinn, Pierce McDonagh and Sam O'Sullivan getting the "upper-hand" on their opponents in the backs & with Killian Mannion beginning to get control of midfield and supplying an eager forward division where Hugh Daly, Ryan Mannion, Adrian Gavin were all working hard ensuring the Turloughmore defence got no rest. Ballygar's hard work was rewarded when they extended their lead to 5 points through a free from Killian Mannion with 10 minutes remaining on the clock.
For the remaining minutes as hard as Turloughmore tried, they were unable to break through a stern Ballygar back-line until 2 minutes from time - when they found the back of the Ballygar net from a penalty to leave 2 points between the sides. Ballygar held on for a excellent win & we now look forward to their next game in the championship. The Club would like to thank all the supporters who came along to cheer the lads on to victory. We would also like to thank the Turloughmore side for coming to Ballygar & wish them well in the remainder of the c'ship. Also a big thank you to the Mattie McDonagh Centre for having the Niall Walsh field in perfect condition considering the adverse weather conditions we have experienced lately.

TEAM : M.Flynn, M.Quinn, S.Zwiercyzk, P.Quinn, S.Thomas, P.McDonagh, S.O'Sullivan, K.Mannion (0-3), D.Crehan (0-1), J.Mulrooney (0-1), O.McConn (1-0), H.Daly, A.Gavin, R.Mannion, D.O'Brien (0-1).
  Round 2.  

BALLYGAR 1-02 - 1-02 Tynagh / Abbey-Duniry

Played on Monday Evening in Ballygar.
- To say this was an exciting & pulsating game may be a bit of an understatement, as this game was played at a very high tempo with players from both sides giving it their all in what can be best described as an "action packed" encounter from start to finish!

Ballygar started in the ascendancy and following good possession they opened the scoring with a pointed free from Killian Mannion. Ballygar's defense was in control, with Simon Thomas excelling at centre half back and never allowed a dangerous TAD side much lee-way - a side that had defeated Craughwell by 23 points last week in the C'ship. TAD opened their account with a well taken score from play to bring the teams level after 10 mins of play.

Then Ballygar were to put daylight between the sides when a well taken line ball from Killian Mannion found its way straight to the back of the TAD net. This rocked the visitors and James Mulrooney followed this up with an excellent point - an individual effort from play, when he strode effortlessly through the TAD defense and on the run drove the ball straight between the TAD posts. This extended the Ballygar lead to 1-02 to 0-01 as the half time whistle approached. This was a half time lead the Ballygar lads well deserved after having done most of the hurling in their opponents half, but the failure to convert the opportunities created probably resulted in them not coming away with both points at the end of the game.

As all are aware there is never an "easy" game in the top level of Juvenile hurling, and a gallant TAD side were not going to lie down in the 2nd half. They dominated the possession in the 2nd half, but were finding it hard to break down a resolute Ballygar defense.
With 5 minutes left on the clock it looked as if the wonderful attitude & will to win from the Ballygar lads was going to see them through, but the concession of an opportunistic goal for the TAD lads left the minimum between the sides. The equalizing score for the TAD lads, an excellent score from distance whilst under pressure- was a fitting score to level the game and for both teams to share the spoils.

We would like to thank the referee Padraig Barrett for his work in what could be described as not the easiest fixture he would have overseen, due to the willingness of both sides to put their bodies on the line.

The Club would like to thank the parents & all the supporters who once again cheered on the lads to a great result. We would like to thank TAD for coming to Ballygar and wish them the best of luck in the remainder of the C'Ship - They will certainly be involved in the "business" end of it, and with the progression of our young players there's no reason that this Ballygar side will not have a big say in the latter stages as well, after now securing 3 points from their opening 2 games.

We would like to wish a speedy recovery to Pierce McDonagh, Diarmuid O'Brien & Killian Mannion who all picked up injuries this eve., but knowing these lads they will be raring to go again on Wednesday eve., when they travel to Castlegar to meet the home side in the next round. This game is on at 7.00pm, and we are meeting in the Square, B'Gar @ 5.15pm sharp.

TEAM : M.Flynn, M.Quinn, S.Zwiercyzk, P.Quinn, P.McDonagh, S.Thomas, R.Mannion, K.Mannion (1-02), D.Crehan, S.O'Sullivan, O.McConn, J.Mulrooney (0-01), D.O'Brien, H.Daly, R.Kelly. Subs Used : A.Gavin, K.Healy.

EAST GALWAY LEAGUE : Sat. 23rd June.
Result : BALLYGAR 1-04 : 1-02 Tynagh / Abbey-Duniry.

Ballygar overcame a very strong Tynagh Abbey-Duniry side with a determined performance this morning in Kilconieron. The lads came out on top of what was a tight hard fought battle. We started excellently with Seamus Langan and Tom Collins dominating the half back line. Greg Thomas po...inted two early frees after some hard work by Ryan Duffy. Duniry got a point back with a long range effort. We were very tight at the back where Jamie Doyle, Andrew Naughton and James Connelly were in great form, while at the other end Edward Kilheeney and Brian Kelly were causing all sorts of problems. We extended our lead just before half time after some good work by Paddy Downey sent Eamonn Trayers through and he finished to the back of the Duniry net. Greg Thomas pointed again to leave the half time score 1-3 to 0-1. Our second half substitutes all made an impact with Liam Hannon, Frankie Quinn, Aaron Hannon, Gerard Calligy, Evan Duffy, Gerard Cunningham and Ewan Murray all contributing to the end result. Another point extended our lead halfway through the second half as the lads continued to battle hard. Duniry pointed a free and scored an oportunistic goal just before full time. All players should be complimented on what was a great performance.

PANEL: Jamie Doyle, Andrew Naughton, James Connelly, Seamus Langan, Tom Collins, Greg Thomas, Eamonn Trayers, Paddy Downey, Ryan Duffy, Brian Kelly, Edward Kilheeney, Liam Hannon, Frankie Quinn, Aaron Hannon, Gerard Calligy, Evan Duffy, Gerard Cunningham, Ewan Murray.

Well done yo all involved in these matches, keep up the hard work on the training field. See facebook for further details of all club activity. Junior A team are scheduled to have championship this coming weekend, no details as of yet, please come out and support the team.

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