Ballinacurra News

07 September, 2010

Junior Football League

Ballinacurra 2-5

Lisgoold 1-9

Despite a promising start The Village lost out by the minimum of margains to Lisgoold at Pairc Na Gael last Wednesday evening.

Ballinacurra started brightly and within a minute a well worked move from the right hand side resulted in a Tommy O’Leary point. Despite numerous opportunities The Village failed to register another score during their early dominance. Lisgoold found their feet in the 7th minute and took advantage of a rare foray forward to equalise. A move involving James Nagle and Scott Richards resulted in the latter splitting the posts after twelve minutes. While the football was entertaining scores were few with neither team troubling the umpires until the 20th minute. Lisgoold rattled off three points in as many minutes to take a two point lead after 23 minutes. In the 24th minute a quick thinking Ritchie Keohane found James Nagle from a free who again pointed for The Village to leave the minimum between the sides. The rest of the half belonged to Lisgoold who scored three more points before the break to leave themselves seven points to three up at half time.

The second half was only two minutes old when Ballinacurra got the life-line they needed. Ritchie Keohane who was showing well for the ball all evening won a ball close in and was dragged down inside the large square to win a penalty. Tommy O’Leary stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the corner to leave The Village only one behind. Four minutes later the same player pointed after a lay-off from James Nagle to leave the sides level after thirty seven minutes. In the 47th minute Tommy O’Leary found Killian Harty who fed Adrian O’Donovan who in turn kicked over a find score to put leave Ballinacurra a point up and looking poised for victory. Back came Lisgoold with two points in the 50th and 53rd minutes to again edge ahead in a ding - dong battle. The decisive score of the game came in the 57th minute when a Lisgoold goal left them four points ahead with three minutes remaining. In typical Ballinacurra fashion they weren’t going to lie down and a defence splitting run from Scott Richards resulted in the second penalty of the game. Again Tommy O’Leary stepped up to convert to leave them just a point behind with a minute remaining. It was all out attack for The Village for the remainder of the game but they just couldn’t muster up an equalising score which they surely deserved.

Best for Ballinacurra on the night were Damien Daly, Trevor Costigan, James Nagle, Tommy O’Leary and Ritchie Keohane.

Team : T Finnegan, T Richards, I Cahill, G Healy, D Daly, S Murphy, T Costigan, J Nagle, J Healy, D MacCarthy, S Richards, R Keohane, C Harty, A O’Donovan

Juvenile Club

The Juvenile had a great run out last Saturday at home against Carrigtwohill. While going down narrowly in the hurling The Village just scraped through in the football decider. Credit must go to both teams who provided great entertainment for the crowd with some up and coming stars emerging from both sides.

The Blitz finals are going ahead this Saturday in Aghada. Texts will be send to parents with full details of all activities this week. All support appreciated.

Defibbillator Training

The Club is looking for volunteers to partake in Defibbillator Training. No date or time has been fixed as yet. If you are interested in partaking you can contact Dougie at 086 0609737 or any other committee member to express your interest.

Club Website

The Club Website is being constantly updated throughout the year. A calender of up-coming events is now available on the website Don't forget the club now also has a facebook page. Thanks to Keith Strain for all his hard work.

U-21 East Cork Hurling Final

The Club recently played host to the U21 Hurling Final between Aghada and Castlelyons. Although the evening turned out to be wet and miserable there were no shortage of volunteers to assist with the duties on the day. Many thanks to all club members who helped on the day.


The footballers were due to play Erins Own last Monday night 6th September 2010. Full report to follow next week.

The Hurlers have a league game against Killeagh at 6.30pm this evening (Wednesday 8th September) due to be played in Killeagh.