County Premier Intermediate Hurling Champmionship Round 2
Goals courtesy of David Condron and Niall Kennedy in the 3rd and 24th minute of the first half and a second by Condron one minute into added time were crucial to Granagh/Ballingarry's eight point victory over neighbours Croom and a first win in their County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship campaign in difficult misty conditions at Croagh on Friday evening.
A good crowd turned out to watch this clash of near neighbours and great rivals on a well laid out pitch with the scoreboard in operation. Conor Allis from a placed ball and Denis O'Connor from open play exchanged points inside the opening 2 minutes before David Condron collected from Michael Clancy and finished past Croom keeper Mark 0 Kelly to leave it 1-2 to 0-1 in favour of Granagh/Ballingarry on 3 minutes. The next 12 minutes were tense and exciting with points exchanged by Stephen Moore (play) on 4 minutes and Denis O'Connor (free) on 5 minutes, Ger Flynn (free) on 7 minutes and Pat Carroll (play) on 8 minutes, Conor Laffan play on 9 minutes and David Clancy play on 10 minutes, Conor Allis (play) on 12 minutes and Denis O'Connor (free) on 13 minutes, Denis O'Connor (play) on 14 minutes and Thomas Carmody from open play a minute later to leave Granagh/Ballingarry still four ahead 1-6 to 0-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Then Conor Allis from open play on 16 minutes and Ger Flynn from a placed ball three minutes later had white flags for Croom to close the gap to one, 0-8 to 1-6 on 19 minutes. The next seven minutes belonged to Niall Kennedy of Granagh/ Ballingarry who showed his class with 1-3 from open play to increase the black and green's advantage to seven, 2-9 to 0-8 on 26 minutes. The Croom boys upped their game with a pair of white flags courtesy of Ger Flynn from a placed ball on 28 and open play on 30 minutes to reduce the deficit to five, Granagh/ Ballingarry 2-9, Croom 0-10 at the interval. The hurling in the opening three minutes of the second half was poor with both sides missing chances. Granagh/Ballingarry now began to up their game with a pair of white flags courtesy of Bart Hanley from open play on 34 minutes and Denis O'Connor from a placed ball on 36 minutes to increase their advantage to seven 2-11 to 0-10. The next ten minutes were close and exciting with
points traded by Ger Flynn free on 38 minutes and Pat Carroll (play) on 39, Ger Flynn (free) on 42 min and Niall Kennedy (play) on 43 minutes, Conor Allis (play) on 44 min and Denis O'Connor (free) a minute later to leave Granagh/Ballingarry still seven ahead, 2-14 to 0-15 at the end of the third quarter.
Croom received a lifeline on 47 minutes when Conor Laffin finished past Colm Noonan to close the gap to tour. The next three minutes were exciting with both teams missing chances before points were traded by Conor Allis from open play on 51 minutes and Denis O'Connor from a placed ball on 53 minutes, Conor Allis from a placed ball on 54 minutes and David Clancy (play) a minute later to leave four still between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 2-16, Croom 1-15 with five minutes of normal time remaining on the clock.
Croom hit a couple of wides before a well taken point by second half substitute Jim O'Keeffe on 60 minutes and a second green flag courtesy of David Clancy one minute into added time left GranaghlBallingarry 7 up at the final whistle, 3-17 to 1-15 and a first win in the County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship to move to second place on the league championship table on three points, one behind Monaleen and Garryspillane after a most exiting contest played in a fine sporting manner in difficult misty conditions. Granagh/Bal1ingarry can now look forward to their next round against table toppers Monaleen on Saturday 21st August in Fitzgerald Park KilImallock at 7.30p.m. while Croom play Effin this Saturday 14th May in Ballyagran at 7.15p.m. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 3-12 from play and 0-5 from frees. Croom scored 1-8 from play and 0-7 from frees.
Colm Noonan Sean Lenihan Cian Cagney, Donagh McCarthy, Mark Tierney, Donal O'Grady, John Carroll, captain, Bart Hanley 0-1, Kevin O'Connor, Denis O'Connor 0-7, David Clancy 0-2, Pat Carroll 0-2, Michael Clancy, Niall Kennedy 1-4, David Condron 2-0. Subs used Kevin Forde Jack Cagney Jim O'Keeffe 0-1, Niall McCarthy.
Croom: Mark O'Kelly, Richie 0 'Kelly Marcus Cregan, Padge Brennan, Mickey Cahill, Mark O'Riordan, Aidan Morrissey, Mark Reidy, Thomas Carmody 0-1, Ger Flynn 0-6, Conor Allis 0-6, S Stephen Moore 0-1, Damien Sexton, Pa Reidy, Conor Laffan 1-1.
Referee Denis Richardson, Murroe-Boher.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 2
Garryspillane 3-15, Cappamore 0-16. Monaleen 1-17, Effin 0-18. GranaghJBallingarry 3-17, Croom 1-15. Feohanagh/Castlemahon v Blackrock to be played on Saturday 21st May in O'Carroll Park, Ballyagran at 7.15p.m,
Round 3 Draw
Saturday 14th May:
Blackrock v Cappamore in Hospital at 5p.m. Effin v Croom at O'Carroll Park, Ballyagran 7.15p.m. Sunday 15th May:
Garryspillane v Feohinagh/ Castlemahon, Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock 7. 13p.m. Saturday 21st May:
Granagh/Ballingaqy v M.onaleenl Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 7.30p.m. .
Askeaton book semi-final spot
West Junior B hurling league. Group 1 round 3
Granagh/ Ballingarry 1-12
Askeaton made it a hat-trick of wins in group 1 of the West Junior B hurling League with a deserved 5 point victory over holders Granagh/Ballingarry at Askeaton on Tuesday 3rd May to qualify for a semi-final meeting with the group 2 runners-up.
A small crowd watched this hard fought contest between two sporting sides on a fine pitch with County Board Assistant Secretary Seamus McNamara of Fr. Casey's in charge.
The home side Askeaton, with the wind at their backs dominated the opening five minutes with a well taken point from' play by Mick Neville. A minute later a green flag by lain Ranallan was followed by a white flag from a placed ball by Mick
Griffin and a second green flag by lain Ranahan to leave It 2-2 to 0-0 to the home side. Brian Fitzgerald finally opened the Granagh/Ballingarry boys account with a well taken point from play following a good solo run on 7 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before Eoin Casey split the uprights for the visitors on ten to close the gap to six, 2-2 to 0-2. Then Thomas O'Donovan from a placed ball on 13 minutes and Richie O'Keeffe from open play two minutes later had white flags for Granagh/ Ballingarry before points were traded by Mick Griffin from a placed ball two minutes later leaving it Askeaton 2-3, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-5 on 20 minutes. Thomas O'Donovan closed the gap to three with his second white flag from play on 22 minutes before Ian Rahahan finished past the Granagh/Ballingarry keeper Jimmy Shiels for the second time on 24 minutes to leave it 3-3 to 0-6 to Askeaton. Thomas O'Donovan on 26 minutes and Mick Griffin on 28 traded points from placed balls before the last point of this well contested opening half fell to Seanie Houlilian of Askeaton on 30 minutes to send his side in at the interval leading by seven, 3-5 to 0-7.
In the opening five minutes after the interval a pointed free by Mick Griffin and a well taken point from open play courtesy of Cathal Anglim extended the Askeaton boys' advantage to nine, 3-9 to 0-7 on 35 minutes. Niall McCarthy won a point back for Granagh/Ballingarry on 37 minutes before a pair of white flags from play courtesy of Devon Gallagher on 38 and E. Whelan 2 minutes later increased the home side's advantage to 10, 3-9 to 0-8 on 40 minutes. Granagh/Ballingarry, far from being overawed, scored a goal through Eoin Casey on 42 minutes and followed this up with a fine point following a good solo run by Marcus Moore on 44
minutes and a pointed free courtesy of Thomas O'Donovan 2 minutes later to reduce the deficit to 5, Askeaton 3-9, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-10 on 46 minutes before points were traded by Cian O'Keeffe on 50 minutes and Brian Fitzgerald on 52 minutes Alan O'Shaughnessy on 53 minutes and Niall McCarthy. from a 65 three minutes later to leave 5 still between the sides. The hurling in the final minutes was poor with both sides missmg, chances. At the final wliistle the home side Askeaton were worthy 5 point, 3-11 to 1-12 winners of their third successive brace of points in Group 1 of the West Junior B Hurling League to qualify for the semi final while holders Granagh/Ballingarry must defeat both neighbours Croagh/Kilfinny. and Knockaderry to stay in contention for the second semi final spot. Askeaton scored 3-7 from play and 0-4 from frees. Granagh/Ballingarry scored I-8 from play, 0-3 from frees and 0-1 from a 65.
Jimmy Shiels, Mickie O'Keeffe Eoin Cahill, Patrick Shelton, Kieran O'Donovan, Niall McCarthy (0-2), Michael O'Rourke, Eoin Casey 0-1), Michael Walsh Thomas O'Donovan 0-5, Brian Fitzgerald (0-2), Marcus Moore (0-1), Brian Noonan, Niall Carroll, Richie O'K.eeffe (0-1). Subs used: Kevin Mulcahy, Darragh O'Grady, Patrick Potter and Neil Dunworth.
The Askeaton scorers were Ian Ranahan 2-0, Mick Neville 1-1. .. Mick Griffin 0-4, shane Houlihan Cathal Anglim (0-1 , Devon Gallagher (0-1 , Eamonn Whelan (0-1 , Cian O'Keeffe (0-1), Alan O'Shaughnessy (0-1).
McNamara (Fr. Casey's)
The numbers drawn were 6, 12 23 and 31. The €10,000 jackpot was not won. The next draw is on Saturday 28th May at Limerick Live 95FM studio.
There was no winner of the €12,800 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club lottery on Monday May 9th at Dinny A's Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 10, 15 18 and 30. Lucky dips of €20 each went to V. Harding, Mick Harding, Seamus Stapleton, Liam Herlihy and Brendan Noonan. The next draw is on Monday May 15th for a jackpot of €12,800. We thank all our punters for their continued support.
West Junior B Hurling League Group 1 round 5
Knockaderry v Granagh/Ballingarry in Knockaderry at 7.30pm.