Ballinaglera GAA Club Notes 03/10/2018

County Champions – Sunday was a memorable day for the club as we witnessed our ladies team become Intermediate County Champions. This game had just about everything and kept our supporters on the edge of their seats till the final whistle. The team showed tremendous heart and determination to come back from 5 points down to win by 2. They led 1.5 to no score early in the first half thanks to a superb Mairead McCauley goal coming straight from the throw-in. Some timely interceptions late in the second half by Emma Dunne, Aine Flood, Aideen McKiernan and player of the match McCauley epitomised the never say die attitude of the girls. Tanya McPartland was an engine in midfield that drove the team on time and time again along with some excellent shooting. Mairead Flood worked tirelessly to help out the defence. Stephanie Reynolds was a rock at full back and supported greatly by her sister Annette and Emma in the corners. Michelle Monaghan kept everyone on their toes as she demanded the goal area. Half back line Dara Morahan, Eimear Gibbons and Meave Daly put in some great tackles and were solid throughout, with Daly popping up for an important point. Ciara McTigue, Aine Flood and Roisin McGrenaghan made excellent runs from half forward and supported Ciara McPartland and Ailish Cornyn in the full forward line, who both linked up well. McPartland won some important frees and Cornyn finished a well-worked move to the back of the net, which proved vital. Subs McKiernan and Katy Foley also made a great impact off the bench. Well done to the whole panel who worked so hard all year; Sarah Loughlin, Ciara Reynolds, Aideen Kane, Aoife Gilmartin, Sadhbh Sweeney, Niamh McDonagh and Rachel McLoughlin. We wish Rachel a speedy recovery from a hand injury and hope to see her back on the pitch next year. Congratulations on the hard-fought win and to the management Paul Martin and Gareth Smith. Thanks also to Ann Flood, Sinead Dolan, Verona Fitzpatrick, Bernie Blessing Lynch, Jackie Gibbons and Fergal Wynne for their help and support. Thanks to the fantastic supporters who came out in great numbers.

County Management –  We wish the new county management the best of luck for 2019 under manager Terry Hyland. We would like to congratulate Glenfarne native Padraig McGourty who is a selector for the team and Drumkeerin’s  Shane Bohan who will be their physio. Great to see North Leitrim representatives on the management team.