West Junior B Hurling League Group 1 Round 4
Holders Granagh/Ballingarry recorded their first win in their West Junior B Hurling League campaign with a comfortable victory over gallant neighbours Croagh/Kilfinny in difficult misty conditions at Ballingarry on Tuesday 10th May to stay in contention for the second semi-final spot in the group if they defeat or draw with neighbours Knockaderry in the final round.
A small crowd turned out to watch this clash of near neighbours and great rivals on a well laid out pitch with Martin O'Doherty of Rathkeale in charge. Granagh/Ballingarry made all the early rurining with white flags from play courtesy of Brian Fitzgerald and Richie 0'Keeffe inside the opening two minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before James Mullane opened the visitors' account with a well taken point from play on 5 minutes before the fIrst green flag of the game arrived a minute later through Mark Storan to leave the Croagh/KilfInny boys two ahead 1-1 to 0-2 on 6 minutes.
The Granagh/Ballingarry boys upped their game with a pan of white flags from placed balls through Thomas O'Donovan on 8 and 10 minutes followed by points from open play through Jimmy Shiels on 12 minutes and Eoin Casey on 14 minutes before Richard Lenihan of Croagh/Kilfinny split the uprights from a placed ball a mmute later to leave Granagh/Ballingarry one ahead, 0-6 to 1-2 at the end of the first quarter. The hurling in the next five minutes was poor with both sides missing chances. Granagh/Ballingarry increased their advantage to three courtesy of white flags from placed balls by Richie O'Keeffe on 22 minutes and Thomas O'Donovan on 24 minutes before Richard Lenihan of Croagh/Kilfinny split the uprigllts for the second time from a placed ball to close the gap to two, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-8, Croagh/Kilfinny 1-3 on 23 minutes.
Granagh/Ballingarry finished this well contested opening half strongly with a trio of unanswered white flags from play through Eoin Casey on 26 and 28 minutes and Brian Noonan on 30 minutes to leave the black and greens five ahead, 0-11 to 1- 3 at the interval. Granagh/ Ballingarry dominated the opening seven minutes after the interval with green flags courtesy of Richie O'Keeffe and Brian Fitzgerald followed by a trio of white flags through Brian Noonan (play) Richie O'Keeffe (free) and Brian Fitzgerald (play) to leave it 2-14 to 1-3 in favour of Granagh/Ballingarry on 37 minutes. Patrick Wall opened the Croagh/Kilfinny boys' account with a fInal point following a good solo run on 40 minutes. The next 14 minutes were all Granagh/ Ballingarry striking 2-4 from play through Richie O'Keeffe 1-2, John O'Grady and Brian Noonan 0-1 and a second green flag by Brian Fitzgerald to leave it Granagh/Ballingarry 4-19, Croagh/Kilfinny 1-4 on 54 minutes. Croagh/Kilfinny, far from being overawed, scored two goals through Richard Lenihan from a penalty on 56 minutes and Michael Hanley from open play two minutes later before sub Neil Dunworth hit the final point of this one sided second half to leave holders Granagh/ Ballingarry worthy winners of their first brace of points in this year's West Junior B Hurling League to remain in contention for the second semi-final spot in the group if they defeat or draw with neighbours Knockaderry in tbe final round.
Granagh/Ballingarry scored 4-14 from play and 0-6 from frees. Croagh/Kilfinny scored 2-3 from play, 0-1 from a penalty and 0-2 from frees
Conor Mulqueen! Patrick Shelton, Michael Walsh, Mickie O'Keeffe, Kieran O'Donovan, Eoin Cahill, Michael 0 'Rourke, Edward Sheehy, Eoin Kennedy, Thomas O'Donovan 0-3, Brian Fitzgerald 2-2, Brian Noonan 0-3, Richie O'Keeffe 2-6, Eoin Casey 0-3, Jimmy Shiels. Subs used Kieran Condron, Neil Dunworth 0-1, Niall Carroll and John O'Grady 0-1.
Croagh/Kilfinny: Liam Collins, Robert Cregan, Patrick Lenihan, Mark Collins, Kevin Shanahan, James Enright, Bill Lyons, Mark Storan 1-0 Denis Lenihan, Richard Shorten, James Mullane 0-1 Brian Meade, Michael Hanley 1-0, Richard Lenihan -12. Subs used Patrick Wall 0-1.
Co. Premier Intermediate Hurling Chammpionship round 3 Preview
There should be a feast of hurling at two South Limerick venues with the two third round games listed in the Limerick County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship this Saturday 21st May at 7.15p.m. with the meeting of Granagh/Ballingarry and Monaleen at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock and Feohanagh/Castlemahon and Blackrock at O'Carroll Park, Ballyagran.
The mouth watering clash of Granagh/BalliIlgarry and Monaleen at Fitzgerald Park on Saturday evening at 7.l5p.m. has generated a great buzz in both clubs as Monaleen bid to take their third successive brace of points after wins over Croom and Effin, and Granagh/Ballingarry who drew with Effin in their opening game will be hoping for back to back wins after defeating Croom last time out and a repeat of last year's round 2 three point 0-17 to 0-14 victory over the city boys which had former county senior footballer Ger Collins sent off in the final minute of normal time at Bruff on Friday 26th June.
The winning Granagh/Ballingarry side was Jimmy Shiels, Cian Cagney, Donagh McCarthy, MIchael Carroll, John Carroll, David Clancy, Bobby Houlihan, Bart Hanley 0-2, Sean Lenihan, David Condron 0-1, Donal O'Grady 0-5, Denis O'Connor 0-7, Michael Clancy 0-1, Kevin O'Connor 0-1, Pat Carroll. Subs used Eoin Kennedy, Niall McCarthy and Jack Cagney.
Monaleen: Cian O'Dwyer, Darragh Madden, Damien Cosgrave, Jamie Potter, Lorcan Lyons 0-1, Brian Geary 0-1, Simon GriffIn, Edward Doyle 0-1, Michael Nagle, Ger Collins, Peter Russell 0-1, Mark O'Dwyer, John Nicholas, Andrew La Touche Cosgrave 0-7, Shane Mullane 0-2. Subs used Eamon O'Connell 0-1 and Darren Gleeson.
They have won two, lost two and drawn one· of their five competitive games to date this year and will enter Saturday's game in third place on the league championship on 3 points.
County Division 2 Hurling League: Ganyspillane 0-17; Granagh/Ballingarry 0-12, Ballybrown 5-16, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-12. West IntermedIate Hurling Ghampionship quarterfmal: Granagh/Ballingarry 2-14, Templeglantine 1-1 I. County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship: Granagh/Ballingarry 1-15, Effin 1-15. Granagh/Ballingarry 3-17, Croom 1-15.
Panel: Colm Noonan, Sean Lenihan, Cian Cagney, Donagh McCarthy, Mark Tierney, Donal O'Grady, John Carroll, captain, Bart Hanley, Kevin O'Connor, Denis O'Connor, David Clancy, Pat Carroll, Michael Clancy, Niall Kennedy, David Condron,
Jimmy Shiels, Niall Cahill, Jim O'Keeffe, Brendan Lynch, Niall McCarthy, Kevin Forde, Eoin Cahill, John O'Grady, Eoin Casey, Jack Cagney, Edward Sheehy, Stephen Hickey Mark Snow, Patrick Bolton, Kevin Mulcahy, Padraig Lynch and Kieran O'Donovan.
Management: manager Liam Carroll, coach Aidan 0' Rahilly, selectors Stephen Stapleton, Paul Kennedy Darragh O'Grady; first aid, Breda and Laura O'Keeffe.
Monaleen have won three and lost one of their four games this season and will enter Saturday evening's game in second place on the league championship table on four points from two games, two behind Garryspillane who have played three games.
County Division 2 Hurling League;
Monaleen 3-16, South Liberties 1-14.
City Senior Hurling championship Ouarter Final:
Patrickswell 2-18, Monaleen 0-16
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship:
Monaleen 1-18, Croom 0-12; Monaleen 0-18, Effin 0-18.
Panel: Cian O'Dwyer, Darragh Madden, Darnien Cosgrave, Simon Griffin, Lorcan Lyons, Brian Geary, Cian O'Brien Michael Doyle, Edward Doyle, Andrew Cosgrave, Peter Russell, captain, Luke Murphy, Gerry Collins, Shane Mullane, John Nicholas, Jamie Rower, Mark O'Dwyer,. Darren Golden, John O'Dwyer; Jamie Poter, Conor Snerlock Alan Nicholas, Kevin Gleeson, Donie Power, Diarmuid Lehane.
Management team: Jimmy Brownel Edward Cosgrave, Jed o Dwyer, Eamon Doyle, Alan Ward, Eamon Cosgrave. Physiotherapists: Laura Comber and Colm Moran. Team Liaison: Tom Murphy.
A mouth watering clash awaits with neither side fearing the other and both confident of victory so this Saturday, May 21 st in Fitzgerald park Kilmallock is the place for al Granagh/Ballingarry fans to be at 7.I5p.m. to cheer them on as they bid for their second successive County Premier IntermediateChampionship win.
Round 4 Draw
Friday May 27th:
Blackrock v Granagh/Ballingarry in Fitzgerald Park, KIlmallock at 7.30p.m.
Saturday May 28th:
Cappamore v Effin in Bruff at 5.45p.m.; Garryspillane v Monaleen in Caherconlish at 7.30p.m. Friday June 3rd: Feohanagh/Castlemahon v Croom in Croagh at 7.30p.m.
Congratulations to Keith O'FIynn and MJ Luke Purtill on receiving GAA part scholarships to Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht this summer.
There was no winner of the €12,800 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club lottery on Monday May 16th at Barrett's bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 2, 22, 24, 26. Lucky dips of €20 each went to Cathal, Donncha and Liam. Philip Noonan, Patrick Potter, Jim Noonan and Mairead O'Keeffe. The next draw is on Mondar May 23rd in Buckley s bar, Ballingarry for a jackpot of €12,900.
We thank all our punters for their continued support.
Friday May 20th: West Junior A Hurling Championship Group 1 Round 1, Killeedy v Rathkeale in Ouaid Park Coolyroe at 7.30p.in. Saturday May 21st:
Munster Senior Camogie Championship final, Limerick v Cork at 3.30p.m. venue to be confirmed.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship round 3: Granagh/Ballingarry v Monaleen in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 7.15p.m. Blackrock v Feohanagh/Castlemahon in O'Carroll Park Ballyagran at 7.15p.m.
Sunday May 22nd:
Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final: Tipperary v Cork in Semple Stadium Thurles at 2p.m.
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter fInal: Tipperary v Cork in Semple Stadium Thurles at
West Junior B Football League final, Rathkeale v Knockaderry in Foynes at
West Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Newcastle West v Drom/ Broadford in Knockaderry at 7p.m. West Junior B Football Championship Group 1 round 1, Athea v Mountcollins in Abbeyfeale at 7p.m.
Tuesday May 24th: West Junior A Hurling League Final, Killeedy v Adare or Templeglantine in Tournafulla at 7.30p.m.