THE MINOR team won the premier Minor football Championship for the third time in the club's history with a one-point victory over Tourlestrane in the final at Markievicz Park on Sunday. The match was a tense, tough encounter where the weather conditions militated against the crisp, combination, free-scoring football that these two teams usually play. From Ballymote's point of v
THE MINOR team won the premier Minor football Championship for the third time in the club's history with a one-point victory over Tourlestrane in the final at Markievicz Park on Sunday. The match was a tense, tough encounter where the weather conditions militated against the crisp, combination, free-scoring football that these two teams usually play. From Ballymote's point of view, the defence, including goalkeeper, Michael Flannery, were the heroes of the hour and they restricted Tourlestrane to 5 points during the hour. Flannery's injury time save will be celebrated in the club's folklore as a heroic feat, for many years to come. Team captain, Derek Tighe, led by example in the mid-field area and was prominent in action in all sectors of the field, and with 4 points was the undoubted "man of the match". Centre half back, Conor Stagg, again gave an inspirational performance. Our great rivals, Tourlestrane, never stopped trying and made a significant contribution to a very competitive match. Ballymote: Michael Flannery, Darragh Creegan, Karl Meehan, Edward McGetrick, Conor Scanlon, Conor Stagg, Dermot Caffrey, Paul Mullin, Michael Doddy, Carl Scully, David McGowan, Colm Scanlon, Dermot McTernan (0-2), Derek Tighe (0-4), Conor Hannon. Subs used: Stephen Ross, Daniel Clarke, Anthony Drury,. Rest of panel: Patrick McGettrick, Gerard McGettrick, Kenny Meehan, John Drew. At the after-match reception in the Coach House Hotel, the P.R.O. and a selector/coach to the Minor squad, Neal Farry, paid tribute to the consistent involvement of the team manager, Christy McTernan and his assistant, Joe Clancy, with the team since they won the Community Games' Under-10 competition 8 years ago. Christy guided the squad to victory in the U-14 'B' Championship and in the U-16 'A' Championship. This season, the Minor squad received valuable coaching in the Intermediate sessions from Barnes Murphy, Michael Sweeney, Pat McGrath, John Lavin and, in recent weeks, from Nigel Clancy. The focused, precision work done with the team by Nigel Clancy and Michael Sweeney last week paid dividends in Sunday's final when superior concentration was needed to secure victory. The P.R.O. thanked the club officers, James Lyons, Joe Stagg, Kieran McGowan, Frank Gallagher, Jim Gallagher, Kieran Dennedy, for all the behind the scene support work that had to be done to so that effective structures existed where teams like this Minor squad could flourish and develop. Great credit is also due to the Ballymote Celtic managers, Michael Flannery and David Cannon for their co-operation and assistance with arrangements for training and matches. Our sponsors have also given the squad wonderful support this season. Senator Eamon Scanlon sponsored the after-match reception for the third time in 12 months. Connacht Gold sponsored the kit-bags for the Minor team. The other sponsors were: John Perry T.D., John Lavin Outfitters, Tom Currid Construction, John Doddy, publican, McDonagh Electrical, Simon Davey / Kane's Londis, Michael Sweeney / SME Sales, Cawley & Scanlon Construction, Tom Johnson Furniture, Martin McGettrick Outfitters, Ross's Corner House and Ballymote Ladies' G.A.A. Club. In conclusion, Mr. Farry thanked the parents of the players for the support and back-up they gave to these young men over the past 8 seasons. The character displayed by the squad in matches like the Minor final, was a credit to their parents and a clear exposition of the values that they inculcated in their charges. Finally the P.R.O. thanked our physio, Matrian Foley, for her valuable assistance during the season. Players were quickly guided back from injury with expert treatment and good professional advice. He also thanked the staff of the Coach House Hotel for the fine fare provided on this occasion.
The Intermediate team will play Calry/St. Joseph's in the League semi-final at Kent Park on next Sunday afternoon. Training continues for the Intermediate/Minor squads on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30 p.m.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to our Minor mid-fielder, Michael Doddy, who suffered a severe head injury in the first half on Sunday's match. Michael needed treatment in Sligo General Hospital and thankfully was able to join the celebrations on Sunday night. Great credit is again due to our supporters who turned out in large numbers on Sunday and played their part in the build-up to the game.