Dunnes Bar ACL Division 2 Champions: A 21-year drought finally came to an end for Ballinaglera on Saturday when Padraig Cornyn lifted the Division 2 League Cup in Ballinamore Pairc Seán Uí Heislín. Many of the current group still remember the day in 1996 when the Glera men won their last title with just Colm Maguire still being on the panel today. Huge congratulations to the entire team who put in a tremendous 1st half display with some very fine scores to lead 0-08 to 0-02 at halftime. A ferocious wind in the second half meant Leitrim Gaels were always going to push the lads all the way with Glera’s Gerard Clarke scoring two vital scores in the 2nd half. The final score was Ballinaglera 0-10 Leitrim Gaels 0-09. Congratulations to James Wynne and his background team Joe Mc Morrow, Declan Mc Grail, Damian Mc Gourty, Enda Gilrane who have worked extremely hard with this team over the last 3 years. Thanks also to anyone else that helped out on the day of the final or throughout the year in any way from water boys, umpires, people who travelled with the team to Mullingar to train and Michael Cornyn for his coaching in Dublin, our first aider Verona. To all our sponsors who have supported us throughout the year we are very grateful. Thank you to the supporter that turned out in huge numbers on Saturday and all the year also. Commiserations to the Leitrim Gaels team who have had a tough few weeks in finals. However, they will have their day in the future no doubt. A few years ago, there was a lot of uncertainty about our numbers and the club’s future. However, a small panel of players represented and kept the club going during a very challenging period and it has now ended in us playing Division 1 football in 2018. For a small parish like Ballinaglera, this is a massive achievement. Team and scorers: Conor O Brien, Rory Mc Partland, Brendan Mc Gourty, Padraig Clarke, Patrick Mc Grail, Tomas Cornyn (0-01), Padraig Cornyn (0-01), Enda Maguire (0-02), Seamus Mc Govern (0-01), Seamie Mc Morrow (0-02), Luke Bradley, Gerard Clarke (0-02), Fergal Wynne, Barry Maguire, Wayne Reynolds (0-01), Colm Maguire, Anton Mc Gourty, Niall Mc Gourty, Ryan Crawford, Shane Mulvey, Barry Gilmartin, James Mc Dowell, Hugh Gilmartin, Oisin Mc Gourty, Gerard Mc Gourty, Ciaran Cornyn, John Crawford, Michael Crawford.
Get Well Wishes: We would like to wish a speedy recovery to Leitrim Gaels’ Noel Flynn who sustained an injury towards the end of the league final.
U-21’s: The year has not finished quite yet. The St Francis U-21’s play Bornacoola/St Mary’s on Saturday at 12:00 pm. Venue TBC.
Club Meeting: There is an important club meeting on Wednesday night at 9.30 pm sharp.