Ballivor U12's disappointed in Summerhill

November 7, 2018

Venue:  Summerhill

Home Team: Summerhill

Away Team: Ballivor

Competition: Summer Fair Play League

Half Time: Summerhill 3-11 Ballivor 1-2

Full Time Score: Summerhill 3-14 Ballivor 3-10

Ballivor Team: M. Clarke; D. Heavey; R. Sheridan; C. Hynes; S. McGourty; J. Smyth; A. Troy; L. Doyle (0-1); M. Callaghan; B. McKeon (1-8); J. Walsh (1-0); J. King(0-1); D. Molloy; L. Hynes; J. Kelly (1-0)

Subs: J. Duignan (on for S. McGourty); T. Heavey (on for D. Molloy);


This was another of those games of two halves. The Ballivor team were second best throughout the first half and had difficulty containing the Summerhill midfield and half-forwards as they appeared to dictate the flow of the game. As the half drew to a close, Ballivor did manage to string some good movement together and picked off a couple of scores but still went in at half time feeling dejected with a near impossible mountain to climb. Paddy, the coach, pulled the team together and told them that there was better football in the Ballivor team than what had been seen in the first half. He asked them to salvage some pride and to win the second half – because he believed that the team were capable of that. I don’t know if those words were all that inspiring, or if something else changed at half time, but the Ballivor team that emerged for the second half were much more focussed and hungry. Within a couple of minutes they had pulled back a goal and a couple of points and their tails were up. Ballivor dominated the second half and began to put together flowing football that we all new they were capable of. In the end, the mountain was just too big for them to overhaul, but the difference was just 4 points at the final whistle – which was an amazing turnaround. Our next game may not be for a couple of weeks, but the team will need to put that sort of performance together for the full game and we will be unstoppable. Well done team – and hard luck this time but you can hold your heads up high!