Ballygar Club Notes   16/07/2012

Thanks to Ballygar GAA for the following report........

UNDER 13 : 'A' Championship - Quarter Final : Match Report :
BALLYGAR 2-04 : 1-03 Athenry

BALLYGAR overcame a very skillful & determined Athenry  in Ballmacward on saturday afternoon to qualify for their 1st ever County semi-final in 'A' Grade of juvenile hurling. This was a highly entertaining game in which both sides produced some excellent passages of play, but in the end Ballygar's determination & their will to win resulted in an excellent victory for a great bunch of committed players.

Athenry started on the ascendency and put alot of pressure on the Ballygar defense, but with the excellent Mairtin Quinn who was ably assisted by Sylvester Zwiercyzk cutting out alot of their attacks in the full back line, Michael Flynn was in his usual commanding role between the posts.

It was Ballygar who opened the scoring through a well executed point from Conor Raftery following great work from Oisin McConn. Athenry's response was impressive and they scored 1-01 within 5 mins to race into a 3 point lead.
Ballygar were to gain some supremacy around the middle of the field & when Diarmuid O'Brien latched onto a breaking ball in the full forward line, he turned his man and finished brilliantly to the back of the Athenry net to leave the sides all square after 15 minutes of the opening half. Both sides then traded scores to leave the half time score 1-02 a piece, - Ballygar's point coming from a well struck long distance free from Killian Mannion.

For anyone who was present would agree that Ballygar's second half performance was very impressive, they held this dangerous Athenry side to a solitary point.
With James Mulrooney & Oisin McConn beginning to dominate the midfield area of the field, this laid the foundation for many of the Ballygar attacks. With the half back line of Simon Thomas, Pierce McDonagh & Adrian Gavin in excellent form it was never going to be easy for Athenry to break them down. Patrick Quinn was also getting the upper hand on the very speedy & tricky corner forward.

Ballygar struck early in the 2nd half for a well worked goal that was finished to the back of the net by the hard working Ryan Mannion. With the now half forward line of Diarmuid O'Brien, Killian Mannion & Hughie Daly causing alot of bother to the Athenry defense, they were to extend their lead to 4 points from a well taken point from Killian Mannion following great work from Adrian Gavin & Hughie Daly. Athenry responded to leave just the one score between the teams with 5 minutes remaining on the clock. When Diarmuid O'Brien was dragged to the ground following good work from Sam O'Sullivan, it gave Killian Mannion the opportunity from the placed ball to but 4 points between the teams, which he duly accepted with time almost up.
As hard as Athenry tried in the dying moments of the game the Ballygar's defense was not going to be breached. Their final threats were snuffed out by the energetic James Mulrooney & Simon Thomas.

As the final whistle blew it sparked scenes of jubilation from the Ballygar camp knowing they are now just one step away from a County Final. They now face the all conquering Clarinbridge side who are the king-pins of Juvenile hurling in the county, but this group of Ballygar players will have no fear & will be ready to give it their all in the club jersey & aim to reach the County Final.

We would like to say hard luck to the gracious Athenry side & wish them well in the future. We would also like to thank John Hardiman & Eugene Cloonan for their words of encouragement after the game.

Once again we are indebted to our supporters for the wonderful turn out again for yesterday's game, and am sure they were all delighted to witness this great victory.

TEAM : M.Flynn, M.Quinn, S.Zwiercyzk, P.Quinn, A.Gavin, P.McDonagh, R.Mannion (1-0), K.Mannion (0-3,2f), S.Thomas, J.Mulrooney, O.McConn, H.Daly, S.O'Sullivan, D.O'Brien (1-0), C.Raftery (0-1). Subs: R.Kelly, C.Daly, D,Hanley, K.Healy.

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