First half scoring blitz sees Carrick Swan into semi-final

South u-21 FC ‘B’

South u-21 FC ‘B’


Carrick Swan qualified for the semi-final of the Hall Alarms U21 B Football Championship when they defeated Ballingarry in a fairly one sided game played in Cloneen last Saturday.

Jonathan Ivors opened the scoring for Ballingarry with a fine point after 2 minutess and that was to be their only score of the half, there after Swan took total control and dominated the first half - Bill Barrett scored a point after 5 minutes and Bill Walsh scored a fine goal after 10 minutes.

Ballingarry could make no inroads on a strong Swan defence where Colin Waters, Jamie Torpey, Jack Walsh and Colin Loughman were to the fore.

Evan Hogan knocked over a point for Swan after 11 minutes, Dale O’Mahony added another after 12 minutes followed by Evan Hogan after 16 minutes and Martin Griffin from a free after 18 minutes.

Bill Walsh score his second goal on 20 minutes after some good support play.

Evan Hogan who was having a fine game for Swan then scored a goal on 23 minutes, Martin Griffin pointed on 24 minutes and finally Lee Wall scored an opportunist point just before half time when he moved up the field to somehow evade a host of Ballingarry defenders. The score at half time was Swan 3-7 to Ballingarry 0-1.

If this game was going to survive as a contest then the Ballingarry mentors would have to work a bit of magic at the break and in fairness to them they did put up a much better effort in the second half, Sean Maher got a wonderful goal for Ballingarry on 33 minutes, Dean Murphy replied for Swan 34 minutes and Martin Griffin hit another on 36 minutes.

Paul Butler for Ballingarry had a fine point on 38 minutes. The game was now a more even contest as Ballingarry carried the fight to Swan,  Evan Hogan point for Swan 48 minutes, and then it was all Ballingarry - they pointed on 56 minutes through Jonathan Ivors and in the last minute Eamonn Tuohy got a goal from the penalty spot to leave the final score Swan 3-10 to Ballingarry 2-3.

Swan now march on to the semi-finals and will play the winners of Mullinahone v Clonmel Óg in the knowledge that when on song they can play football with the best of them. Their best performers were Jamie Torpey, Colin Loughman, Mikey Loughman, Dale O’Mahony, Bill Walsh, Evan Hogan and Martin Griffin while for Ballingarry none were better than goalie William Ryan who brought off some great saves, also Darragh Ivors, Paul Butler, Gerard Fennelly, Sean Maher, Eamonn Tuohy, Sean Doheny and Matt Butler tried hardest.

Carrick Swan - Sean Dowley, Lee Wall, Colin Waters, Jamie Torpey, Jamie Long, Jack Walsh, Colin Loughman, Mikey Loughman, Dale O’Mahony, Martin Griffin, Bill Walsh, Danny Fitzpatrick, Evan Hogan, Dean Murphy, Bill Barrett. Subs. used- Gavin O’Halloran for Jamie Long, Seanie Boland for Colin Waters, Derek Burrows for Bill Barrett, Rowland Fitzpatrick for Mikey Loughman, and James O’Hanlon for Danny Fitzpatrick.

Ballingarry - William Ryan, Conor Maher, Darragh Ivors, Conor Mangan, Paul Butler, Sean Doheny, Kevin Pollard, Gerard Fennelly, John Pollard, Eamonn Tuohy, Sean Maher, Matt Butler, Kieran Hayes, Ricky Cashin, Jonathan Ivors. Subs.used- Eamonn Butler for Eamonn Hayes, Daniel Dunne for Conor Mangan.

Referee - Pa Shelley