Under 19 Cup Quarter Final
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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!
Munster Senior League
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Ballincollig travelled the short distance to C.I.T to take on Crofton on Sunday 20th. Difficult weather conditions rendered it hard for either side to take control of the game in the early stages. After a cautious opening period Ballincollig began to create a number of chances with Jason O’ Leary going close after good work from Cathal O’ Neill. However it was Crofton who opened the scoring with an outstanding drive from long range which Sean Hogan had little chance with. The goal drew an appropriate response from Ballincollig who leveled within 5 minutes through right back Colin Moore who found himself in an advanced position in Crofton’s box to finish with aplomb. Shortly thereafter Moore turned provider , neatly setting up Richard O’ Brien who dispatched the second. Further chances fell to O’ Brien and O’ Leary but they could not extend their lead before the interval. After the restart it was Crofton who seemed the hungrier and they took the game to Ballincollig. Ballincollig defended resolutely but the ongoing pressure finally told and Crofton equalized midway through the second half. There was still plenty of time for either team to take all three points and Ballincollig carved out a number of promising openings but the deadlock remained. In the end the shared spoils was perhaps the fairest outcome. Best for Ballincollig Colin Moore, Dan Murphy at the back and Richard O’ Brien up front.adobe creative suite 6 production premium
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Ballincollig senior team encountered Casement in the league last Saturday. Ballincollig started the game quite tentatively with Casement beginning much stronger and getting on the ball more. The opponents defended high up the pitch and kept relentless pressure on the Collig players when they had the ball. Casement finally broke down the Ballincollig defence with a fine through ball to the Casement forward allowing him to slot home to give Casement a half time lead. This game was the proverbial game of 2 halves as Ballincollig came out in the second half with all guns blazing taking the game to Casement. Great movement by Ballincollig’s wingers Cathal O’ Neill and Ian Roche followed by an inch perfect through ball to O’ Neill from Gavin Moore left him l one on one with the keeper and he coolly finished to level. Ballincollig then made a decisive change bringing Richard O’ Brien on which gave Ballincollig greater attacking impetus and it was Richard who got Ballincollig’s second. It was an archetypal forward’s goal with O’ Brien standing in the right place to finish from a corner. Ballincollig pushed on to kill the game and Jason Murphy had a couple of great chances and was unlucky not to score. Ian Roche was denied an outstanding goal from a free kick by the cross bar. Shortly afterwards he was again denied by the cross bar with a Ballincollig finally rendered the game safe with a third from Eric Lynch, Lynch finishing in some style after being played in on the Casement keeper. That goal proved vital as Casement reduced the deficit with almost ten minutes remaining making it a very nervous finale for the management team. Ballincollig hung on however to take a very important three points by the skin of their teeth. Eric Lynch, Cathal O’ Neill and Jason O’ Leary excelled for Ballincollig . Dan Murphy was once again solid at the back and Gavin Moore creative in midfield. John Lawor worked tirelessly and belied the fact that he was not fully fit. The squad would like to wish Tom Ross a speedy recovery from an injury he picked up in training
Ballincollig settled into this game from the off and went 1-0 up after 5 minutes when Ryan Twomey shot home from 12 metres after an excellent passing move provided him with the opportunity. An outstanding goal, finished by Johnnie O’ Driscoll, some 6 minutes later put Ballincollig 2-0 up. This was initiated by goalkeeper Patrick Cronin throwing the ball to Ben Sweeney .Neat interplay between Sweeney and Murray left O’ Driscoll with the opportunity to finish well.
Unfortunately for Ballincollig this lead was cancelled out in its entirety some 6 minutes later. In the 15th minute, a Midleton free kick was floated in to the box and somehow found its way to the net .Two minutes later, a Midleton corner was not adequately dealt with and the game was level..
The match settled down after this and Ballincollig continued to play some good football and create chances, Shane O’ Mahony shooting narrowly over. In the second half, both teams had chances to win the game. Ballincollig came close on three occasions in the first 7 minutes of the half through Hogan, O’ Mahony and O’ Driscoll. Midleton, for their part, were also making chances and 17 minutes into the half almost scored when a deflected shot was tipped onto the bar by Cronin in the Ballincollig goal. On 70 minutes, Midleton should have scored when their centre forward shot wide with only Cronin to beat.
The game was on a knife-edge at this stage and could have gone either way. However, no more goals were forthcoming and it ended on a 2-2 scoreline which was probably a fair result over the full course of the game. The result keeps Midleton in second place in the league, one point ahead of Ballincollig in third.
Sunday 29th September
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Ballincollig Afc traveled to Crosshaven on Sunday morning and advanced to the next round of the Munster Senior Cup with a 4-2 win. Ballincollig started quite slowly with Crosshaven creating a couple of chances but Sean Hogan in goal was equal to them. Ballincollig looked dangerous only from corners with two great chances to convert but Crosshaven's defence held strong. Crosshaven were awarded a penalty and duly converted it and just before half time got a second goal as a result of some poor defending from Ballincollig to make it 2-0. The second half was a huge improvement with Ballincollig’s midfield starting to take control of the game. Cathel O Neill got Ballincollig's first after some great work from Michael McNulty on the wing set him up to finish low into the corner from outside the box giving the Crosshaven keeper no chance. Ballincollig got a second from a corner with Gavin Moore coming in at the back post to header into the back of the net. Ballincollig were well in the ascendency, with Daniel Murphy tightening up the back line. Ballincollig took the lead for the first time after a quality pass from Jason Murphy played in Ian Roche who finished superbly to make it 3-2 to Ballincollig. The fourth soon came from a corner again with a Crosshaven player putting into his own net. It finished up 4-2 to Ballincollig and they advance. Connor McHugh and Gavin Moore played well but it was Kenneth Murphy and Cathel O Neill who were the pick for Ballincollig .The team would also like to wish Frank Downs a speedy recovery from injury, Frank also won Ballincollig Afc senior player of the month for September . Well done Frank