It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our friend Martin O’ Neill ( Delta).
Martin was a true Ballincollig AFC stalwart, a great servant to the club throughout the decades serving as a coach, manager, administrator and as long serving Vice Chairman. His dedication, passion and hard work for the club was truly inspirational and remains a benchmark for others to aspire to. A tireless advocate and publicist for the club he actively encouraged many others to get involved over the years .A legendary figure for Ballincollig AFC and we are forever grateful for everything he did for this club. He was a great football man but more significantly a great family man. Our thoughts prayers and condolences at this time are with his wife Attracta, and children Martin, Yvonne ,Aoife and Cathal. We also remember Martin’s late daughter Sylvia at this time.
Lying in repose at Crowley’s Funeral Home, Ballincollig. Rosary at 7pm Tuesday 26th November. Removal Wednesday 27th November at 6.30pm to the Church of St. Mary and St. John, Ballincollig. Requiem Mass at 11am Thursday, 28th November. Funeral afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.
Ballincollig Senior Team V Temple Utd at 2pm Landing Field
Ballincollig Youths V Carrigaline Utd Regional Park 2pm
Ballincollig Un 16 Div 1 V Ballincollig V Fermoy Regional Park 10:30am
Ballincollig Un 14 Div 1 V Ballincollig V Tramore Ath Regional Park 12:15pm
AUL Team President Cup 2nd Round
Ballincollig V Knocknaheeny Celtic 2pm
Youths Semi Final
Killumney V Ballincollig Un 19′s Kileady 2pm
Ballincollig 2 Youghal 0. Ballincollig Sponsored by Sams Bar
Ballincollig travelled to Youghal on Friday evening and returned with all 3 points. Ballincollig had learned lesson from losing their first Keane cup match to youghal. The management team got their tactics spot on , putting 5 in midfield to stop youghal advancing through the middle. Ballincollig got off to a great start with Jason Murphy closing down their goalkeeper, stealing the ball from him and slotting it away to give Ballincollig 1-0 lead after only few minutes. Soon after things got even better for the away side, Ballincollig finding themselves two to the good when Jason Murphy converted a penalty after he himself had been taken down. Youghal then began to get into game and had a few chances although nothing clean cut as the Ballincollig rearguard held strong, Colin Moore stuck a great shot and narrowly over and then two minutes later he had volley narrowly wide. Jason Murphy also hit the cross bar after a great cross from Ian Roche . The second half started with youghal coming out with attacking intent but the Ballincollig defence were equal to them. The away side were happy to counter attack when they created more chances with Jason Murphy going close again. Eric lynch also found himself well up the pitch only to be repelled by a fine save. Ballincollig however held out and won 2-0 . It was a great team performance . Jason Murphy worked well up front on his own , Sean Hogan impressive once more in goal directing his defensive lines. Jason o Leary and Dan Murphy were outstanding at the back with John lawor and Eric lynch working hard.In midfield Gary Foolkes made a welcome return from injury and did a great job in a holding midfield role, with Morgan o Mahony and Colin Moore in front of him pressuring Youghal and getting forward as much as they could. Ian Roche and Gavin Moore worked up and the line all evening supplying great crosses and creating a lot of Ballincollig’s chances. Micky Mac and Ken Murray kept up the performance level when they came on. Another win secured and this team look forward to their next outing.
Under 19 Cup Quarter Final
Ballincollig 3 Castleview 1. Ballincollig sponsored by Ballincollig Cabs.
Our Under 19 side took their recent good form into this cup quarter final against league leaders Castleview who were unbeaten so far this season and much fancied. This Ballincollig team have been bubbling under this season and appear to be showing their best in recent games. They excelled themselves here with a fine win beating Castleview by three goals to one. Goals were from Jack Harrington, Dara Flanagan and Dave McCarthy. Tremendous performances from Philip Desmond, Kevin O’ Regan, and Daniel Byrne. This was an excellent team Performance. This team look to be coming into their own now. Keep an eye on them!
KEANE CUP SEMI FINAL
BALLINCOLLIG 1 COLLEGE CORINTHIANS 2 ( AET)
In desperate conditions on Saturday Ballincollig went into this game as distinct underdogs against Premier League opposition. Nonetheless throughout the first period there was very little between the two teams. Ballincollig at times showed more attacking vigour against a very well organised and resolute Corinthians back four. Ballincollig conceded on the 22nd minute when the home defence expecting an offside call failed to react, the College Corinthians forward taking advantage of confusion in the back four to head home . From there on in however Ballincollig worked tirelessly to get back in the game. They should have had a clear penalty shortly after the goal when Dan Murphy was pushed to the ground in the box, the infringement somehow going unnoticed by both the Ref and the nearside linesman. Ballincollig continues to press for an equalizer before halftime and looked to have secured same on the 40th minute when an Ian Roche shot looked sure to nestle in the bottom left corner of the net before a Corinthians defender slid across to make a last ditch clearance. After half time Ballincollig maintained their pressure with a number of close chances. Their tireless efforts were finally rewarded when the reliable Richard O’ Brien netted the leveler on 81 minutes. This brought the game into extra time and with little between the times it looked like the stalemate would continue. Some three minutes before the end of extra time however Corinthians scored. It was a wretched conclusion to an outstanding Ballincollig performance. The Club are immensely proud of all the players who were an absolute credit to their jerseys. Now the focus is back to the league where this team have every chance of prospering
Ballincollig Senior Team line up before their Keane Cup Semi Final v College Corinthians
As mentioned previously Ballincollig Afc are delighted to announce that it is developing a Girls Academy, under the Auspices of Caroline Kelly. We would like to thank Caroline for taking on this role and we would hope our members and supporters will help to spread the word. Parents of any girls interested in joining can contact Caroline directly on 087 6674230 . Alternatively you can attend at the Academy on Saturday mornings at the Landing Field and meet and register with Caroline there.
Ballincollig Soccer Academy ( Sponsored by the Reel Picture Cinema)
After last week’s break the Academy returns on Sat 2nd November in The Landing Field.
We are now developing a girls academy with a dedicated female coach. Parents of Girls interested in joining can register on Saturday mornings.
An uptake in numbers has meant that we are now looking to recruit additional coaches. Enthusiastic aspiring coaches who are interested in getting involved should contact Academy director Michael Duggan on 0879766191. Ballincollig AFC will facilitate the necessary coaching qualifications for those candidates interested. The Academy caters for youngsters aged between 5-11. Our dedicated and qualified coaches seek to develop the children’s skills and understanding of the game. Our aim is to do this whilst fostering a love and appreciation of the game in a safe and fun environment. Our ethos is one of inclusion and most importantly enjoyment. Parents and new members are more than welcome to attend on Saturday mornings and register directly with the Academy
The Damned United, Winners of the Ballincollig Afc Annual Soccer Table Quiz held recently at Sam’s Bar. Well done lads.
Ballincollig Afc seniors will face College Corinthians on Saturday the 2nd November, in the Landing Field for the Keane Cup semi-final Kick Off 2pm all support welcome