KNOCKADERRY FORCE PLAYOFF
West Junior B League group 2 round 3
In the last game of group 2 in the West Limerick Junior B Hurling League at Knockaderry on Tuesday 12th May the home side recorded a three point 2-16 to 1-16 victory over neighbours Granagh-Ballingarry in a thrilling 35-score contest to finish level on four points with Croagh-Kilfinny and Granagh-Ballingarry for a three-way play-off for the two semi-final places. A small crowd turned out to watch this hard fought exciting contest between neighbouring sides on a top class pitch with Jason O'Mahony of Kildimo in charge.
Granagh-Ballingarry were majestic in the first five minutes with points by Jimmy Shiels from two placed balls and John O'Grady from play before points were exchanged from play by Donnacha O'Dea on 6 minutes and Jimmy Shiels on 7 to leave it 0-4 to 0-1 in favour of Granagh-Ballingarry on 7 minutes. Wides were exchanged before points were exchanged from placed balls by Mike Downes on 10 minutes and Jimmy shield on 11 before the first goal of the game a minute later by Mike Downes to level the score, Granagh-Ballingarry 0-5 Knockaderry 1-2 on 12 minutes. the hurling in the next five minutes was poor as both sides found it hard to create scoring chances, then points by Tom McGrath on 18 minutes and Mark Danaher from a placed ball on 20 minutes were followed by a cracking Noel O'Connor goal to minutes later but the home side were now five ahead, 2-4 to 0-5. Granagh-Ballingarry, far from being overawed, scored three points courtesy of Richie O'Keeffe on 22 minutes and Brian Fitzgerald on 24 and 26 minutes to reduce the gap to two, 2-4 to 0-8, four minutes before half time. Then points were exchanged by Noel O'Connor on 27 minutes and Jimmy shield from a placed ball on 29 to leave the home side still two ahead. The last few minutes of this well contested opening half produced no more scores so the home side went in still two ahead, 2-5 to 0-9.
The first five minutes after half time were again close and exciting with points exchanged by Mark Danaher (from a placed ball) and sub Brendan Lynch, Michael Flynn and John O'Grady, before points for Granagh-Ballingarry by Richie O'Keeffe on 26 minutes and John O'Grady on 38 levelled the score for the second time, Granagh-Ballingarry 0-13 Knockaderry 2-8 on 38 minutes. then points by Mark Danaher from a placed ball on 40 minutes, Tom McGrath on 42 and Mark Danaher again from a placed ball on 44 put the home side three ahead 2-10 to 0-13 on 44 minutes. The game’s third goal arrived a minute later when Brian Fitzgerald cut through the home defence and laid off to Jimmy Shiels who finished past the Knockaderry keeper to level the score for the third time in this riveting contest, Granagh-Ballingarry 1-13 Knockaderry 2-10 at the end of the third quarter. The next five minutes were tense and exciting with points exchanged by Donnacha O'Dea and sub Kevin O'Kelly, William Guiry and Kieran Condron, to see the sides still level for the fifth time Granagh-Ballingarry 1-15 Knockaderry 2-12 on 50 minutes. Knockaderry were majestic in the next eight minutes striking four points courtesy of William Guiry (two from play) and Mark Danaher (two from placed balls) to leave them four ahead 2-16 to 1-15 with two minutes to go. John O'Grady closed the gap to three with a point from a 40 metre placed ball on 59 minutes. the last few minutes were very exciting with Granagh-Ballingarry awarded a free in front of the Knockaderry goal in added time but John O'Grady’s shot was saved by the keeper and cleared. The final whistle sounded shortly afterwards to the joy of the Knockaderry boys who held out, if only just, for a thrilling three point 2-16 to 1-16 victory to finish level with Granagh-Ballingarry and Croagh-Kilfinny on four points for a three-way playoff for the two semi-final places from this group in the West Junior B Hurling League.
Knockaderry scored 2-8 from play and 0-8 from frees; Granagh-Ballingarry scored 0-11 from play and 0-5 from frees.
Granagh-Ballingarry: Conor Mulqueen, Patrick Potter, Eoin Cahill, Mickie O'Keeffe, Mark Tierney, Michael Walsh, Michael O'Rourke, Brian Fitzgerald 0-2, Mark Snow, Jimmy shield 1-5, Kieran Condron 0-1, Eoin Casey, Richie O'Keeffe 0-1, John O'Grady 0-3, Niall Carroll. Subs used: Brendan Lynch, Jack O'Donoghue, Kevin O'Kelly, Aaron O'Kelly. The Knockaderry scorers were Mark Danaher 0-8, Noel O'Connor 1-1, Mike Downes 1-0, Donnacha O'Dea, Tom McGrath and William Guiry 0-2 each and Michael Flynn 0-1.
Referee: Jason O'Mahony, Kildimo.
Get well soon: best wishes for a speedy recovery from injury to Mark Snow and Mark Tierney who were forced to leave the field in the second half.
Group 2 play-off
Granagh-Ballingarry clash with neighbours Croagh-Kilfinny in the first round play-off in group 2 of the West Junior B Hurling League on Thursday 28th May at Seán Finns Park, Rathkeale at 7.30pm. The winners will qualify for the semi-final and the losers will play Knockaderry on a date to be confirmed for the second semi-final spot from the group.
West Junior A football round 3 cancelled
The Granagh-Ballingarry v Gerald Griffin's West Junior A Football Championship round 3 tie fixed for Newcastle West last Saturday evening was cancelled due to the eight-day county by-law rule covering Gerald Griffin's keeper Padraig Scanlon who lines out in goal for Limerick in the Munster Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Clare this Saturday 23rd May in Cusack Park Ennis at 7pm. Granagh-Ballingarry’s first game in the West Junior A Football Championship will now go ahead on Saturday 6th June against neighbours Cappagh at 7pm at a venue to be confirmed.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship round 3
The mouth-watering clash of Granagh-Ballingarry and Pallasgreen in round 3 of the County Premier intern Hurling Championship goes ahead on Saturday 30th May at 6pm in Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock as part of a double header with neighbours Bruree and Dromin-Athlacca at 7.45pm. please support.
Round 3 fixtures
Thursday 28th May Knockaderry v Garryspillane, Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock, 7.30pm; Blackrock v Monaleen, Hospital, 7.30pm
Saturday 30th May at Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock, Granagh-Ballingarry v Pallasgreen at 6pm, Bruree v Dromin-Athlacca at 7.45pm.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship round 2
Friday 29th May Cappamore v caherine in Hospital at 7.30pm; Mungret-St Paul's v Feenagh-Kilmeedy in Askeaton at 7.30pm; Newcastle West v Feohanagh-Castlemahon in Knockaderry at 7.30pm.
Saturday 30th May Knockaderry v St Kieran's in Dromcollogher at 7.30pm, Glenroe v Hospital-Herbertstown in Kilfinane at 7.30pm.
Sunday 31st May Kildimo-Pallaskenry v Claughaun in Mungret at 7.30pm.
County Senior Hurling Championship round 3
Friday 29th May Na Piarsaigh v Ballybrown, Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock, 7.30pm; Ahane v Effin, Bruff, 6.15pm; Kilmallock v South Liberties, Bruff, 7.45pm.
Saturday 30th May Doon v Bruff, Caherconlish, 7.30pm; Murroe-Boher v Patrickswell, Claughaun,7.30pm.
Sunday 31st May Adare v Croom, Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock, 7.30pm.
West Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final
Askeaton is the venue on bank holiday Monday 1st June at 7.30pm for the clash of Granagh-Ballingarry and St Kieran's in the quarter-final of the West Senior Hurling Championship. an exciting game is in prospect with the prize for the winners a semi-final place against Newcastle West. Your support would be welcome.
Tickets for the Limerick v Clare Munster Intermediate and Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium Thurles this Sunday 24th May will be distributed to the Granagh-Ballingarry G.A.A. club members who have ordered them tomorrow Thursday 21st May in the clubhouse in Ballingarry at 8.30pm or contact the secretary at 087-2912356 to arrange collection. Please note, all tickets must be paid for on collection by cheque or cash.
Munster Football Championship
The best of luck to both the Limerick Junior and Senior footballers who play clar in the Munster Championship quarter finals this Saturday 23rd May in Cusack park, Ennis. The throw-in for the junior game is 5pm followed at 7pm by the seniors.
Munster Hurling Championship quarter-final
A large crowd from Granagh-Ballingarry is expected to go to Semple Stadium Thurles this Sunday 31st May to support our own Donal O'Grady who captains Limerick for the third successive year when they clash with Clare in the opening round of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship at 4pm. the curtain raiser to the senior game is the clash of Limerick and Clare in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter-final at 2pm. We wish the best of luck to both Limerick sides and their management team.
Congratulations to Ciara O'Connor and Darragh Casey who have been picked to represent Ballingarry NS and play in Sunday’s primary game in Thurles. Ciara and Darragh will line out during the half-time interval between Limerick and Clare. Good luck Ciara and Darragh.
Well done to Darragh Casey and Josh Mulcaire- Quille who represented Ballingarry NS when they lined out for West Limerick schools in the Mackey Cup hurling competition. Darragh was centre back and Josh was corner back, and both played excellently in a very exciting semi-final where West Limerick were eventually defeated by East Limerick on the score line of 3-13 to 3-7. East Limerick went on to beat the City in the Mackey Cup final by two points.
Thursday 31st May Munster Hurling Championship quarter-final tickets for Granagh-Ballingarry club members who have ordered them to be distributed in the clubhouse in Ballingarry at 8.30pm.
Saturday 23rd May Munster Junior Football Championship quarter-final, Limerick v Clare, Cusack Park Ennis, 5pm
Munster Senior Football Championship quarter-final, Limerick v Clare, Cusack Park Ennis, 7pm.
Sunday 24th May Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter-final, Limerick v Clare, Semple Stadium Thurles, 2pm
Munster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final, Limerick v Clare, Semple Stadium Thurles,4pm
Thursday 28th May West Junior B Hurling League group 1 play-off, Newcastle West v Tournafulla in Ballingarry at 7.30pm
West Junior B Hurling League play-off, Granagh-Ballingarry v Croagh-Kilfinny, Seán Finns Park, Rathkeale, 7.30pm
Saturday 30th May County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship round 3, Granagh-Ballingarry v Pallasgreen, Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock, 6pm; Dromin-Athlacca v Bruree, Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock, 7.45pm
Sunday 1st June West Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final, Granagh-Ballingarry v St Kieran's, askeqaton, 7.30pm