Ballyboro in goal-den form

Both Ballyboro U13 and U14 teams were involved in goal fests last week, scoring an amazing 19 goals between them.

First up were the U14s in the Shield semi-final, and they certainly had their shooting boots on when they accounted for Ardagh United by ten goals to five.

Team: Brian Farrell, Jack McGloin, Ryan Byrne (1),Luke Dowd, Paul Byrne, Bryan Mullooly (2), Shane Ross, Jimmy Farrell (1), Ciaran O'Dowd, Matthew Heneghan (3), Christy Burke (2). Subs: Christian Donlon (1), Sam Murphy, Cormac O'Dowd.

Not to be outdone, the U13s were also on fire in their encounter with Stonepark. They prevailed on a scoreline of nine goals to seven.

Team: Sam Glennon, Rory Carling, Jack Casey, Cormac O'Dowd, Josh Crawford, Joey Trimble (1), Christian Donlon (2), Sam Murphy, Euan Cullen (2), Eoin Cox (4), Conor Farrell. Subs: Luke Cullen, Christov.

The U10 team qualified for the Shield final when they defeated Gaels United. The first half was closely contested and ended all square 2-2. However, in the second period the Ballyboro boys gradually got on top and triumphed 6-3 .

Team: Mikie Sorohan, Ciaran McGloin, Leon Malkowski, Rian Hogan (1), Rian Shanley (2), Oisin Dillon (1), Dan Casey (1). Subs: Eoghan Mullooly (1), Evan Rooney, Sean O’Dowd, Keilon Gilmore, Eoin Farrell, Eoin Connell.

The U12s tried very hard but eventually gave best, 1-3, to a strong Melview team on Sunday. After a very closely contested first half which ended scoreless, Christian Donlon raised hopes of a Ballyboro win with a well taken goal.

Ballyboro: Ronan Cox, Aidan Kelly, Jack Casey, David Cox, Billy Murray, Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon, Rian Hogan, Ben Murphy. Subs: Daniel Hogan, Ethan Slattery, Tom Gilmore, Luke Johnston, Conn Maxwell. Thanks are due to Karl Crawford and his team who held a very successful cake sale and raffle in Newtowncashel.

There are just two left in Last Man Standing 2, and this weekend should see the crowning of the overall winner.
Fixtures: The U8s have a Blitz at home on Saturday at 11am. The U12s have a busy week ahead; on Tuesday they were at home to UCL, while on Thursday they are away to Newtown, 7pm start. The U16s play Newtown in the Shield semi-final on Wednesday at 7pm in Newtownforbes. If they win, they play UCL Harps in the final in Abbeycartron at 4pm on Sunday.

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