Ballymackey FC

Founded 1973

Co. Tipperary

Match Report Ballymackey FFA v Leeds / Cope Foundation

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Ballymackey's Senior Football for All Squad travelled to Leeds AFC Cork for a Tournament on the new February Bank Holiday. After the group games Ballymackey qualified for their Divisional Final where they faced a strong Leeds AFC side. In the first half Ballymackey had the advantage of what was a strong wind as well as the slope of the field and they had most of the territory in the first half and they troubled the Leeds defense. Two great goals from Enda Reddan and Sean Shaw put Ballymackey 2 up, but a great strike from distance brought Leeds back to 2-1 before half time. Ballymackey looked like they were really going to be up again it in the second half defending the slenderest of leads playing against the wind and up the hill. A super performance from all 8 players saw Ballymackey defend their lead keeping Leeds scoreless and indeed they came close to extending the lead on a couple of occasions, with Amy Lillis in particular going close to scoring. 2-1 it finished and there were great celebrations as captain Enda Redden lifted the trophy. It was a fabulous Final with all the Ballymackey players playing out of their skins. Sean Shaw and Enda Reddan attacked with menace but also defended exceptionally well Gabriel Vingiene and Rose Lineen linked play so well in our midfield, Christopher O Meara made some vital interventions, Matthew Quinn had a super first half in goals and second half out field, Amy Lillis troubled the Leeds defence all match and our player of the match was Tommy Cleary who made some fantastic saves to keep Leed's out in that vital second half. The players did the club pride wearing the Navy and red with distinction. It was not just their super performance in a hotly contested final that stood out. The players deserve great credit for there sporting conduct in the group stages where they showed great care in playing against some younger players, making sure their opponents enjoyed their matches against Ballymackey. We are rightly really proud of that.

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