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2006 Match Reports - Intermediate Championship, League and Cup



Intermediate Football Championship, 5th Round, 2nd September 2006


Ballinagore 0-06  Shandonagh 0-10


Our championship campaign came to a disappointing conclusion last Saturday evening when we had to give second best to a strong Shandonagh side in a tight encounter played in Cusack Park. The game was in the balance right to the end and only a Shandonagh point from a break upfield deep into injury time sealed the decision in their favour. Shandonagh lead the game throughout but only just and Ballinagore will regret a number of spurned goal opportunities, while Danny Maloney in our goal was never threatened. Shandonagh started the brighter of the two sides and opened the scoring with a point from play after two minutes. Ballinagore were under a lot of pressure in the opening few minutes and had to defend well before we settled. Eddie Quinlan pulled off a great diving block for a Shandonagh 45 which was missed. Eoin Miller had our first goal chance but his shot was well blocked by the Shandonagh custodian after Eoin was well setup by Michael Ennis. Our opponents doubled their lead immediately with a pointed free after six minutes action. Miller had another chance for a point but it tailed wide. Shandonagh, still well on top, turned their two point lead into a four point advantage with two points from play by the twelvth minute. Slowly Ballinagore started to settle and create our own chances. James Durkan was narrowly wide with a long range effort. Then Cathal Ennis kicked wide after a good run. Midway through the half, James Durkan kicked a fabulous point from the sideline of the outside of the boot to reduce the deficit. The same player had our second goal opportunity moments later when his shot crashed back of the bottom of the post after a good solo run. From the kickout, Michael Ennis pointed from play in a good move involving Ciaran Carey and Eddie Quinlan. Ballinagore were now motoring, Shandonagh's expected midfield dominance was absent with Eoin Miller and in particular, Stewart Gavin, playing extremely well in this sector. Our backs now appeared to have the measure of the Shandonagh forwards and things were looking good. A great run by Ciaran Carey and a quick free by Eoin Miller setup Ciaran for the equaliser after twenty two minutes. The game entered a bit of a lull thereafter with our only chances being a missed 45 and another chance of a point, both from the boot of James Durkan. The half time score was 0-04 apiece. The second half started poorly for us. Shandonagh got the start we needed and had fired over three unanswered points after eight minutes play. A good run by Cathal Ennis from the corner and pass to Ciaran Carey resulted in a foul and Eoin Miller pointed. Shortly after, our third serious goal opportunity occurred when Eoin Miller blocked a handpass out of defence and he ran right through on goal. His strong shot from twenty yards was well saved for a 45. This was well pointed by James Durkan to leave a single point between the sides. Shandonagh responded with a point from a break upfield. Ballinagore continued to press forward and had wides from Eoin Miller, Michael Ennis and substitute, David Deegan. Shandonagh increased their lead to three points with five minutes remaining. Michael Ennis had another shot on goal blocked near the end but in fairness nearly the entire Shandonagh team was in the square defending at that time. Shandonagh sealed their victory and qualification for the knockout stages in injury time when a break upfield was rewarded with a pointed free. The full time whistle sounded afterwards, ending our interest in this years championship. While we are extremely disappointed in not advancing to the knockout stages, we can still take a lot of encouragement from our first year back in the intermediate grade. We have made great progress and were no pushover for any team, indeed quite the opposite. Our defense played very well again on Saturday against a lively and strong Shandonagh forward line. Midfield competed excellantly throughout and dominated this area for long periods of play, ably assisted by our half lines with the breaking ball. Our forward division battled hard but this is a place where we can most improve for next year. We created plenty of goal chances, something we have done all year, but unfortunately took none of them. On the other hand, Shandonagh were very efficient in taking their points. If we can improve on our point taking, we will be in with a great shout next year. Well done to all the panel members and team management for a great effort throughout the year. Team: Danny Maloney, Enda McCann, Louis Ennis, Peter Deegan, Pat Heduan, Marty Linnane, Kieran Deegan, Eoin Miller, Stewart Gavin, Eddie Quinlan, James Durkan, Paul Robinson, Cathal Ennis, Michael Ennis, Ciaran Carey. Sub used: David Deegan.


Intermediate Football Championship, 4th Round, 23rd August 2006


Ballinagore 2-06   Moate All Whites 0-13


A long break from championship football may have played a part in our championship game against Moate last Wednesday night. After a slow start from us, Moate started well with some very good moves. Although we started poorly, we were still level at the half time mark thanks to a converted penalty by Michael Ennis. Half Time score was Ballinagore 1-3 to Moates 0-06. After falling 4 points adrift after the resumption of play, Ballinagore levelled matters with a quickfire 1-01 and from that point on we looked as if we might get a winner. However, unfortunately Moate got a 13 metre free in injury time and scored to run out winners by a single point with a scoreline of Ballinagore 2-06, Moate All Whites 0-13. Team: Danny Maloney, Enda Macann, Louis Ennis, Ciaran Deegan, Marty Linnane, Peter Deegan, Pat Heduan, Stuart Gavin, Paul Robinson, Ciaran Carey, Eoin Miller, Eddie Quinlan, James Durkan, Michael Ennis, James Sheerin. Subs Used -- Cathal Ennis, Peter Heraty, Shane Heraty, Paddy Maloney.



Intermediate Football Championship 3rd Round, 4th July 2006


Ballinagore 5-06  Ballyncargy 0-09


We collected our second brace of points in this years championship last Tuesday evening, 4th July, against a weakened Ballynacargy outfit in Cusack Park. Championship games against Bal are always a close, hard fought affair and while the opening quarter was closely contested, Ballinagore were well in control by half time as we scored three first half goals to put us six points to the good at the interval. We continued our dominance in the early stages of the second half and had another brace of goals with just over ten minutes played and from that stage on the result was never in doubt. Ciaran Carey opened our account after eight minutes with a well taken point from a sideline delivery from James Durkan after good pressure by Eddie Quinlan to get the line ball. Two minutes later, James Durkan scored our first goal. Eddie Quinlan gained possession in midfield and passed to Eoin Miller. Millers long delivery was fumbled in the large square and was picked up by Paul Robinson who set James up to finish well. Ballynacargy had a good spell for the next five minutes scoring three points, two from play and one from a free. Michael Ennis then pointed for Ballinagore before Eoin Miller got our second goal. Again, another sideline kick by Eoin was returned by Ciaran Carey. Eoin broke the first tackle and a strong thirty metre run got him within sight of the goals, his shot from a narrow angle beating the Ballynacargy keeper. Ballynacargy pointed again to reduce the deficit but Ciaran Carey, whose work rate was proving a real problem for Ballynacargy, kicked his second point after twenty three minutes. Ballynacargy had two more points but they were knocked back when just before half time when Michael Ennis latched onto a long ball by Stewart Gavin and ran at their defense. He was taken down in the square and from the resulting spot kick, Michael cooly slotted home to give us a commanding 3-03 to 0-06 half time lead. Ballynacargy needed a strong start to the second half but it was Ballinagore who started better with two points from James Durkan and Michael Ennis inside four minutes. Both points were well setup by Stewart Gavin. Ballynacargy pointed a free two minutes later. Ballinagore were playing with great confidence at this stage and moments later, Michael Ennis scored his second goal following good work by Eoin Miller and Ciaran Carey. Two minutes later, Michael had his hat trick when he finished well after a James Durkan pass. Ballynacargy pointed from play almost immediately. From here on, the game deteriorated as a spectacle with very few talking points with the exception of a James Durkan point which clipped the cross bar when he was put through on goal by Michael Ennis on twenty minutes. Ballynacargy played with great heart for the remainder of the game but their attacks were met with very resolute defending by Ballinagore, their only reward being a point three minutes from time. Ballinagore introduced a number of subs during the second half and each of these got into the game and played well. This was a very good display by our lads, much improved from our previous game against Bunbrosna. While we scored five goals and our forwards played very well, our backs deserve a special mention as they played magnificently as a unit and really hounded the Ballynacargy attack, while in midfield Stewart Gavin had his best game this year. It is worth noting that Ballynacargy were missing a few first team players. However it was a morale boosting victory ahead of our next game versus Moate All Whites, who were one point winners over St. Joseph's on the same night. If we keep up the attendances and effort at training, we have every chance of reaching the knockout stages this year. Team: Paddy Maloney, Enda McCann, Louis Ennis, Kieran Deegan, Pat Heduan, Peter Heraty, Peter Deegan, Stewart Gavin, Paul Robinson, Ciaran Carey, Eoin Miller, Eddie Quinlan, James Durkan, Michael Ennis, James Sheerin. Subs used: Marty Linnane, Pierce Corcoran,, Shane Heraty, JJ Hegarty, Michael Maloney.



Intermediate Championship 2nd Round, Sunday 28th May


Ballinagore  0-09  Bunbrosna  0-14

We played our second game in this years championship last Sunday in Castletown Geoghegan. Unfortunately after a promising first half performance, Bunbrosna had that little bit extra and in the end were deserving winners. Ballinagore played with the aid of the lively breeze in the first half but it was Bunbrosna who got the opening two points of the game. Marty Linnane opened our account after ten minutes with a well taken point following good approach play by JJ Hegarty and Eoin Miller. Bunbrosna replied immediately with another point from play. Michael Ennis pointed at the midway stage of the half but again Bunbrosa’s response was immediate with another point of their own. Ciaran Carey was fouled moments later and Michael Ennis pointed the resultant free. James Durkan, who is just returning from injury, came on at this stage of the game and within a minute he had his name on the scoresheet with a well taken point near the sideline. Bunbrosna then had two points, one from a free and another from play. Towards the end of the half, Eoin Miller pointed a free after James Durkan was fouled. From the kickout, Ballinagore won possession and Michael Ennis was again on target with a fisted point. The last action of the half was another Bunbrosna point to leave the half time score Ballinagore 0-06, Bunbrosna 0-07. The second half was a disappointment from our point of view. We lost our way during this half and Bunbrosna were able to punish us time and time again. Bunbrosna again scored the first two points of half to stretch their lead to three. After ten minutes, Eoin Miller had a glorious opportunity to bring us right back into the game when Ciaran Carey laid off a neat pass. However Eoins shot was excellently saved by the keeper and the games only goal chance was gone. James Durkan did reduce the lead to two a minute later when he pointed a free after Michael Ennis was fouled. For the next ten minutes, we seemed to loose our concentration on the game and Bunbrosna were quick to seize the opportunity and scored three points without reply. Eoin Miller did reduce the deficit to four when he pointed following a poor clearance by a Bunbrosna back. However Bunbrosna restored their advantage soon after with another point from play. James Durkan had our final point from play towards the end of the game but Bunbrosna still had another score in them and they pointed a free right at the final whistle to win by five points. Ballinagore will be disappointed with this result. A promising first half performance was followed by a poor second half with lots of mistakes and unforced errors. Bunbrosna punished us each time with some very well taken points, despite the fact that our defence played very well as a unit on Sunday. However it was a good game for us to see where we are ourselves and for half of the game we were a good match for one of the competitions favourites. With a bit more work and effort we will hopefully build on this for our remaining games. Team: Danny Maloney, Enda McCann, Louis Ennis, Kieran Deegan, Peter Deegan, Stewart Gavin, Pat Heduan, Eoin Miller, Paul Robinson, JJ Hegarty, Ciaran Carey, Marty Linnane, Cathal Ennis, Michael Ennis, Pierce Corcoran. Subs used: James Durkan, James Sheerin, Eddie Quinlan, Jason Winfield.



Intermediate Championship 1st Round, Saturday 22nd April


Ballinagore 0-09  St. Joseph’s 1-05


Ballinagore played their opening game in this years championship last Saturday evening in Castletown Geoghegan against nearby St. Joseph’s. Very little final preparation had taken place for this game and it was unknown as to how we would perform following the tragic events over the Easter. We also lost our corner forward, James Durkan, the day before the game with a knee injury. However, after a ding-dong battle between two evenly matched sides, we came away with an important win. Ballinagore started in whirlwind fashion and had opened up a three point lead inside the first five minutes. St. Joseph’s settled soon after and started creating their own chances. With Ballinagore leading by 0-05 to 0-02, St. Joseph’s got in for a goal and that left the half time score level. The second half was hectic even if the football wasn’t of the highest standard. Peter Heraty came in as a substitute and his experience counted on a number of occasions. St. Joseph’s created a number of chances towards the end of the game and will feel in hard luck not to at least share the points. Fortunately, Ballinagore held on for a very important win in the end. Ballinagore played poorly enough and made lots of mistakes in this game which is understandable given last weeks events. However we will have to work hard to improve on this for our next game in this competition. Training continues for all on Wesnesdays and Fridays at eight o’clock. Team :Paddy Maloney, Enda McCann, Peter Deegan, Ciaran Deegan, Eddie Quinlan, Louis Ennis, Pat Heduan, Stuart Gavin, Paul Robinson, Marty Linnane, Eoin Miller, Ciaran Carey, Cathal Ennis, Michael Ennis, James Sheerin. Sub used: Peter Heraty.






Intermediate Football Cup, 8th October 2006


Ballinagore 1-10   Moate All Whites 1-07


We qualified for the semi-final of the cup competition after a hard earned win against the home side last Sunday morning. This game was played in good spirit throughout by two committed sides and ended just before the rain settled down for the remainder of the day. Moate opened the scoring playing against the lively breeze with a point after five minutes action. James Durkan responded quickly with a nice point from a tight angle. Ballinagore took control over the next ten minutes and had three unanswered points from Kieran Deegan, Michael Ennis and Danny Maloney. However Moate scored the next two points to tighten up matters. James Durkan had another point after twenty five minutes play following good approach work by Shane Heraty and Michael Ennis. Eoin Miller got into the scoring action when he pointed from play two minutes later to leave three between the sides. Moate scored another point right at the end of the thirty minutes but there was still enough time for Michael Ennis to respond with a good point a minute later. Half time score was 0-07 to 0-04 in our favour with the breeze to face in the second half. Moate started the second half with great urgency. They pointed directly from the throw in and moments later they took the lead for the second time in the game when a long range effort for a point came back of Sean Delaney’s hands and the cross bar to be punched to the net. We had the perfect response to this setback. From the kickout, Michael Ennis gained possession in our half back line. A long solo run coupled with lay-off’s and returns from Shane Heraty and David Deegan ended up with Michael passing to James Durkan who crashed the ball to the bottom corner for a great goal. Shane Heraty pointed a minute later from play to leave us 1-08 to 1-05 to the good. Moate pointed soon afterwards but this was cancelled by a James Durkan point following a quick free from Eoin Miller midway through the half. Ballinagore’s defence withstood severe pressure for the remainder of the half but the managers decision to deploy Michael Ennis at centre back paid dividends with Ballinagore continually breaking down Moate attacks and breaking upfield. Ballinagore played some great football in this second half and one move involving at least five players resulted with James Sheerin’s strong shot being well saved for a ’45 by the Moate custodian. Moate had another point from play but Cathal Ennis ensured our win with a well taken point with two minutes left on the clock. This was a very good performance by the team despite being short a few regulars. Well done to all and hopefully we can repeat this performance in the semi-final. Team: Sean Delaney, Darren Ennis, Enda McCann, Louis Ennis, James Sheerin, Kieran Deegan, Pat Heduan, Eoin Miller, Stewart Gavin, Danny Maloney, Michael Ennis, Shane Heraty, James Durkan, David Deegan, Cathal Ennis.


Intermediate Football League, 9th September 2006


Ballinagore 1-13   Ballynacargy 0-06


Our Intermediate team returned to their winning ways last Saturday evening in Ballynacargy with a good victory over the home side. At half time, Ballinagore lead by eight points to four. A Stewart Gavin goal midway through the second half ensured victory for Ballinagore. Team: Peter Heraty, Peter Deegan, Louis Ennis, Paul Maloney, Kieran Deegan, Enda McCann, Cathal Ennis, Stewart Gavin, Eoin Miller, Gerry Claffey, James Durkan, Sean Robinson, Thomas McDaniels, Michael Ennis, Jason Winfield.



Intermediate Football League, 25th July 2006


Ballinagore 2-10    Kilbeggan Shamrocks 1-10


We travelled the short distance to Kilbeggan last Saturday evening to play our neighbours in the league. We were minus the services of county players, Michael Ennis and James Durkan, and along with Kieran Deegan carrying an injury, we were always going to find it tough against Kilbeggan who had a very convincing win against Ballymore the previous Wednesday. However after an entertaining hours football we came away with the victory which is our fourth in this league campaign. Kilbeggan had the first score after two minutes play. We settled into the game early and had the next three points after ten minutes action. Thomas McDaniels, who had a fine game scoring 1-01 along with a number of assists, fired over the first from play. This was quickly followed up by an Eoin Miller free after a foul on Thomas McDaniels. Ciaran Carey then completed the trio of scores with a well take point after good work by Eddie Quinlan and Stewart Gavin. Kilbeggan came more into the game and dominated for the next fifteen minutes or so. They scored the next four points and finally a goal which looked as if it might go over the bar but dropped in agonisingly at the point where post meets bar. This left them well in control of the scoreboard at 1-05 to 0-03, but with four minutes left in the half, Ballinagore kicked into gear again. Cathal Ennis was on hand to score a point when he should have scored a goal. He immediately made amends by gaining possession from the kickout and after a good solo run, his shot was deflected across the goals where Thomas McDaniels was waiting to finish to the net. Eoin Miller then pointed a free following a foul on Eddie Quinlan to give us a real fighting chance for the second half as the half time score was even at 1-05 apiece. We took the game to Kilbeggan right from the throw in. Eoin Miller pointed a free after two minutes. Ciaran Carey then scored a fine point on five minutes following a move that started with Miller fetching the ball under our posts and a long delivery to Cathal Ennis who setup Ciaran for the score. Eoin Miller then pointed another free following a foul on Eddie Quinlan to put us three points up. Kilbeggan had the next two points before Eoin Miller pointed a free following a foul on himself. The game was in the melting pot soon after as Kilbeggan drew level after twenty minutes following two pointed free’s. Play swept from end to end and it was anybody’s game. Ciaran Carey had a goal effort blocked in a crowded square when he probably should have fisted over. Cathal Ennis then game us the lead with a point after a move involving JJ Hegarty and Eoin Miller. From the kickout, Ballinagore won possession and drove forward. Thomas McDaniels gained possession in the corner and rounded his man. He soloed along the end line until he approached the small square and fisted across the goal mouth to Stewart Gavin who fisted to the net. Kilbeggan came at us very hard for the remaining few minutes in search of a goal but some brave defending, especially two superb interventions from Enda McCann, along with a great save by Paddy Maloney, kept them out. Kilbeggan’s only reward for this pressure was a point in the last minute to leave the final score Ballinagore 2-10, Kilbeggan Shamrocks 1-10. Team: Paddy Maloney, Enda McCann, Louis Ennis, Peter Deegan, Pat Heduan, Peter Heraty, James Sheerin, Stewart Gavin, Paul Robinson, Eddie Quinlan, Eoin Miller, Marty Linnane, Cathal Ennis, Ciaran Carey, Thomas McDaniels. Subs used: JJ Hegarty, Shane Heraty, Paul Maloney, Pierce Corcoran



Intermediate Football League, 18th June 2006


Ballinagore 1-07  Ballymore 2-14


Ballinagore suffered a heavy defeat to a strong Ballymore team last Saturday evening in the League. Missing a number of key players for this clash, we were always going to find it tough against a physically stronger Ballymore side. However for most of the first half we were well in contention and were it not for a sucker-punch of a goal in first half injury time we would have been just one point in arrears at the break. Ballymore scored the first two points of the game before Eoin Miller pointed a free after being fouled. From the kickout, Ballinagore won possession and Peter Deegan, who gave a good display at full forward, won possession and was fouled. Peter immediately lobbed the ball goalward towards an unmarked Eoin Miller who rose high to punch to the Ballymore net. Ballymore then had a controversial point which was signalled wide by the umpire and looked wide to most who were at the right angle to judge but was deemed good by the referee. The sides traded another point apiece, ours being an Eoin Miller free after Peter Deegan was fouled. This was in the tenth minute and another fifteen were to pass before the next score with both sides missing good chances. Ballymore ended the scoring drought with a point from play. A minute later, Ballinagore could have had another goal when Peter Deegan was in hard luck after good work by Paul Maloney. On the stroke of half time, Ballymore took the lead with a point from play and just before the half time whistle they broke through to score a vital goal to give them a four point cushion at the break, Ballinagore 1-02 Ballymore 1-06. The second half started brightly when Eoin Miller scored a point after gaining possession from the throw in. Ballymore responded with a similar score three minutes later but Ballinagore were in it again when another Eoin Miller free reduced the lead to three after ten minutes play. Another Ballymore point was followed up immediately with the score that finished the game as a contest when Ballymore were awarded and scored a penalty. From this stage on we seemed to lose our interest in clawing back this deficit. Unfortunately our performance dwindled and we were punished by four more unanswered points in the next ten minutes. Eoin Miller eventually scored a point from a free and Cathal Ennis followed this score up with a fine point after a mazy run. Eoin Miller pointed the last score of a disappointing evening with a free in the last minute to leave the final score reading Ballinagore 1-07 Ballymore 2-14. In a disappointing display, the entire full back line acquitted themselves very well with Eoin Miller working hard at midfield and Peter Deegan showing up well at full forward only for it not to come into him in the second half. We will have to up our performance a lot for the next round of the championship so all players are asked to keep up the work at training. Team: Danny Maloney, Kieran Deegan, Enda McCann, Michael Maloney, James Sheerin, Peter Heraty, Pat Heduan, Paul Robinson, Stewart Gavin, Pierce Corcoran, Eoin Miller, Shane Heraty, Paul Maloney, Peter Deegan, Declan Claffey. Subs used: Cathal Ennis, Jason Winfield, Darren Ennis, Eddie Quinlan.



Intermediate Football League, 10th June 2006


Ballinagore 1-09  St. Joseph’s 1-13


We travelled to Streamstown with a depleted squad last Friday evening to play the hosts in the league. In fact, due to exams, injury and other reasons we had the bare fifteen togged out at the start including veteran Gerry Claffey who as always gave a good display. After a very brave effort however, we had to give second best to our neighbours after an entertaining hours play. Best wishes to Louis Ennis who injured himself during the game. Team: Sean Delaney, Pat Heduan, Louis Ennis, Kieran Deegan, Darren Ennis, Enda McCann, James Sheerin, Eoin Miller, Paul Robinson, Danny Maloney, Cathal Ennis, Pierce Corcoran, Gerry Claffey, Jason Winfield, Declan Claffey. Stuart Gavin for Louis Ennis.



Intermediate Football League, 13th May 2006


Ballinagore 1-06  Rosemount 0-09


We travelled the short distance to Rosemount to play the home side in this league on Saturday 13th May. The conditions were perfect for football and all present were treated to an entertaining hours football. Ballinagore started the game well and Eoin Miller registered our first two scores from frees after good pressure by our forwards. Rosemount levelled on each occasion and took the lead with a free after fifteen minutes. On twenty minutes, Stuart Gavin came very close to levelling matters with an excellant effort from a sideline kick was knocked away for a 45. Eoin Miller knocked this kick over the bar to equalise. We took the lead almost immediately with Ciaran Carey, who was having a great game, scoring a point after good work outfield by Paul Robinson and Stuart Gavin. Rosemount pointed a free on twenty five minutes and Eoin Miller did similar two minutes later following a foul on Ciaran Carey. Rosemount had the last score of the half with Cathal Keane scoring a good point from play right at the half time whistle. Half time score was 0-05 apiece. Ballinagore had a tonic start to the second half. Two minutes in, Cathal Ennis gained possession just inside the Rosemount half. His long run straight through the heart of Rosemounts defense was followed with a good layoff to Eddie Quinlan. Eddie calmly sidestepped the keeper to kick to an open net and give us a three point cushion. Three minutes later Rosemount pointed a free. This was followed by an Eoin Miller free soon afterwards. This was to be our last score of the game despite having quite a lot of possession. Rosemount pointed two more frees on to leave just the minimum between the sides after twenty minutes. In the 26th minute a great move by Ballinagore should have resulted in a point but the final pass went astray and instead Rosemount broke upfield and scored an equaliser. Rosemount dominated the last few minutes of the game and indeed we were both lucky and relieved at the end to come away with a draw. Team: Paddy Maloney, Enda McCann, Louis Ennis, Ciaran Deegan, Peter Deegan, Peter Heraty, Pat Heduan, Paul Robinson, Stuart Gavin, Eddie Quinlan, Eoin Miller, Marty Linnane, Cathal Ennis, Ciaran Carey, Pierce Corcoran. Subs used: Shane Heraty. Subs: Declan Claffey, JJ Hegarty, Sean Delaney, Darren Ennis, James Sheerin, Jason Winfield.



Intermediate Football League, 13th May 2006


Ballinagore 3-10 Moate All Whites 0-14


Ballinagore garnered two more points in the league by virtue of a hard earned win over Moate on Sunday week last in this game played in Ballinagore. Goals at vital stages in this game were the difference between the sides in an open game of football played at a good pace. Pierce Corcoran, operating at wing forward in this game, got our first goal in the first half. In the second half, Peter Deegan got our second and quick thinking by Eoin Miller allowed him to score our third from a quick free. This goal gave us a seven point lead entering the closing stages of the game and while Moate applied pressure towards the end we had done enough to hold out and win the game fairly comfortably in the end. Team: Paddy Maloney, Enda McCann, Louis Ennis, Pat Heduan, Ciaran Deegan, Peter Heraty, Eddie Quinlan, Stuart Gavin, Marty Linnane, Pierce Corcoran, Eoin Miller, James Sheerin, Cathal Ennis, Ciaran Carey, Shane Heraty. Subs used: Peter Deegan, Jason Winfield, Declan Claffey.



Intermediate Football League, 26th March 2006


Ballinagore 2-02  Bunbrosna 3-10


We played hosts to Bunbrosna last Sunday in the third round of the league. This game was played on a miserable, wet and windy day and on a pitch that was very soft and slippy underfoot after the recent heavy rain. However the conditions were the same for both sides and on the day we were well beaten by a very strong, hard working and organised Bun outfit. The game started in whirlwind fashion with Bunbrosna scoring a goal following a good move. The initial shot came back off the cross-bar but a Bun forward was onhand to bury the rebound. Ballinagore replied quickly with a three-pointer of our own on four minutes. A long delivery by Eoin Miller in over the last line of defence was collected by Cathal Ennis. He laid off nicely to James Durkan who cheekily chipped the keeper from close range. Bunbrosa were on top for the next few minutes and had two points, one from a free and the second from play after a strong run from Finian Newman from the centre back position. Ballinagore responded well though and in the twelvth minute, a long passage of passing around the half forward line and midfield led to a long delivery being excellantly fielded by Eoin Miller in the large square. He passed to Cathal Ennis who side-stepped their keeper and blast to an empty net. Ballinagore had the lions share of possession from there until the twentieth minute but could not convert chances into scores. From then until the end of the first half Bunbrosna took complete control and registered five unanswered points to leave the half time score Ballinagore 2-00, Bunbrosna 1-07. Ballinagore faced the strong breeze in the second half and we got off to the worst possible start when Bunbrosna got through for a well taken goal after just three minutes of play. We played well after that setback and again had large amounts of possession but could not break down a resolute defense. Cathal Ennis was in hard luck for a second goal when put through but his shot went wide in the twelvth minute. A minute later, James Durkan could have narrowed the gap but his free dropped just wide. From the kickout, Bunbrosna won possession and raced upfield to score a good point from play. In the space of two minutes, what could have been a gap reduced to three points was now eight points and both teams knew at this stage the inevitable outcome. Bunbrosna kicked two more unanswered points before Ballinagore eventually broke their second half duck in the 24th minute when James Durkan pointed a close range free following a foul on himself. Bunbrosna immediately responded with their third goal of the day and James Durkan rounded off the scoring on a miserable day and performance with another pointed free in the last minute. The final score was Ballinagore 2-02, Bunbrosna 3-10. This was a poor team performance overall with no real fire or passion on display as has been the case in most of our more recent games. However some of the lads played with great spirit and Ciaran Deegan and Eoin Miller played excellantly throughout. The day was atrocious but that's no excuse as both teams had to cope with the desperate conditions. We were simply outplayed by a better side and it proves that we have a lot of work to do in a short space of time as the championship will be on top of us soon. Remember, Bunbrosna are in our group so we will be meeting them again. Training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays at eight o'clock, everyone is to attend, no excuses....Team: Paddy Maloney, Ciaran Deegan, Peter Deegan, Pierce Corcoran, Eddie Quinlan, Louis Ennis, Pat Heduan, Marty Linnane, Stuart Gavin, JJ Hegarty, Eoin Miller, James Sheerin, Cathal Ennis, Jason Winfield, James Durkan. Subs: Shane Heraty, Ian Seery, Thomas McDaniels, Darren Ennis, Sean Delaney.



Intermediate Football League, 26th February 2006


Ballinagore 2-07 Milltownpass 1-02


Ballinagore picked up their second brace of points in as many outings last Sunday when they accounted for Milltownpass in Ballinagore. This was a good solid display by Ballinagore where most of their groundwork was achieved in the first half when playing with the lively breeze. Ballinagore settled well and had six points on the board before Milltownpass opened their account which was a goal from a penalty. We played our best football in this first half, putting together some lovely passing movements together out of defense and into attack. Pat Heduan and Peter Deegan were playing very well in our back line with Michael Ennis and James Durkan showing up well in attack. James Durkan was in hard luck when his shot came back of the cross bar after a mazy run, however he was on hand shortly afterwards when he scored a lovely goal after another defense splitting run. The half time score was Ballinagore 1-06 Milltownpass 1-01. Despite facing the difficult wind, Ballinagore got the opening point of the second half and shortly afterwards Michael Ennis palmed the ball to the net to leave Milltownpass with a mountain to climb. From there on, we battoned down the hatches with our defense playing very well. Milltownpass were in hard luck for a goal when a shot came back off the woodwork but we never looked to be in trouble and ran out convincing winners on a final scoreline of 2-07 to 1-02. This was another promising display and it continues our good start to the season. Our defense played very well particularly in the second half. Midfielded grafted hard throughout and gave good supply into our forwards who showed up well and worked hard. Training continues on Wednesday and Friday nights at eight o'clock. We need to start getting the numbers back up at training from here on in preparation for the championship so everybody is asked to make training on these nights. Team: Danny Maloney, Enda McCann, Peter Deegan, Pierce Corcoran, Eddie Quinlan, Louis Ennis, Pat Heduan, JJ Hegarty, Stuart Gavin, Eoin Miller, Marty Linnane, Ian Seery, Cathal Ennis, Michael Ennis, James Durkan. Subs used: Shane Heraty, Declan Claffey.



Intermediate Football League, 19th February 2006


Ballinagore 2-08  Castletown/Finea/Coole/Whitehall 1-09


We entertained CFCW last Sunday in our opening league game of 2006 and emerged two points winners after a closely fought battle which went right down to the wire. Playing with the breeze in the first half, we got the perfect start when Cathal Ennis scored a great goal following a good block down by James Sheerin after two minutes. Ballinagore were very dominant for the next ten minutes or so and increased our lead with points from play by Stuart Gavin, Michael Ennis and Eoin Miller. Marty Linnane had a penalty claim turned down when he appeared to taken down in the square during this opening quarter. CFCW got a lifeline after fifteen minutes when a long delivery wasn't dealt with by Ballinagore and their full forward jumped highest to flick the bouncing ball to our net. Our opponents had the next two scores, both points, to leave just the minimum between the sides after twenty minutes. Michael Ennis looked to have a goal for Ballinagore when he was put through but unfortunately his shot cannoned off the crossbar and went wide. Eoin Miller, who was now exerting his authority in midfield, scored our next two points from frees which were both conceded on himself after gaining good possession from kickouts. This left the half time score Ballinagore 1-05 CFCW 1-02 with us facing a strong breeze in the second half. Sure enough, CFCW put Ballinagore under extreme pressure from the resumption. They scored the first three points from play and took the lead with a pointed free inside the opening ten minutes as Ballinagore struggled. Michael Ennis then had a fisted point to level after Paul Robinsons shot fell short in the wind. Our opponents though had the upper hand and scored the next three points to open up a three point lead after twenty minutes. Just when it looked like the game might slip away from us, our centre back Louis Ennis gained possession just inside the CFCW half. Play opened up in front of him and he duly carried the ball goalwards. His shot from thirty yards ended up in the bottom corner to draw the teams level, 2-05 to 1-08. CFCW responded quickly with a point but minutes later Michael Ennis scored a long distance free after a foul on Eoin Miller to bring us level again. The same player was on hand again to point following a good movement and final lay off from Cathal Ennis to give us the lead with three minutes left on the clock. CFCW kicked a few wides in the last few minutes which was a sign of panic as they had been very economical with their shooting until that point. Danny Maloney made a good save from Darren McCormack in the dying minutes also. In injury time we got our insurance point and it was worth waiting for. Michael Ennis caught a kickout inside our 45 metre line and turned to run up along the sideline. His solo run continued with CFCW players in chase until he was inside the CFCW 45 where he passed inside to Cathal Ennis. Cathal neatly returned his pass to Michael who had contined his run diagonally and he calmly slotted over in front of goal after a magnificent run to ensure our victory. This was a good win after our disappointment against Loughrea a few weeks ago with the lads putting together some good movements and working hard defensively also. Already we can see that there is that step up in standard so we have to work hard on our fitness and ball play in the coming months to prepare ourselves for the championship. After having the last two weeks off, training resumes this Wednesday and Friday at eight o'clock. Team: Danny Maloney, Enda McCann, Peter Deegan, Pierce Corcoran, Eddie Quinlan, Louis Ennis, Pat Heduan, Paul Robinson, Stuart Gavin, Eoin Miller, Ian Seery, Marty Linnane, James Sheerin, Michael Ennis, Cathal Ennis. Subs used: Jason Winfield, JJ Hegarty. Rest of panel: Mark Claffey, Darren Ennis, Sean Delaney, James Hennessy