With Marley Park out of action due to concerts, our Senior footballers moved to Loretto Park for their game against Clontarf on Saturday evening.
With a number of players missing due to injury and suspension, it was going to be a hard task to overcome their fellow promotion chasers from the Northside.
With a strong wind blowing down the pitch Ballinteer played with it in the first half but Clontarf battled hard and got some nice scores into the breeze and were very much in the game at half-time when Ballinteer went in two points up 0-07 to 0-05 with some fine scores from Glen Whealan, Fearghal Duffy and Aodhan Clabby.
Johns workrate had to be massive in the second half when playing into the breeze and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Defensively, Diarmuid Kennedy, Davy Devereux and Shay McCaffery get Clontarfs full-forward line quiet and frees were keeping Clontarf in touch and Clontarf took the lead for the first time in the game with only three minutes left. Of course, though Ballinteer didn’t give up – a trait they are becoming accustomed to. A Duffy free followed by a Whealan fist over the bar in injury, won the game as the crowd rejoiced.
The Junior As also had their match moved to Loretto Park on Sunday morning when they took on Templeogue. After a tremendous first half, the lads lead by 5 points with goals from Sean O’Reilly and Brian McCaffrey helping them. Templeogue fought back though and got back into the game and had it level as the game entered injury time. Queue Frankie Ward, who slotted over a 40 yard point with the outside of his right boot from play to give Ballinteer a one point victory.
Our Junior B footballers took on St. Annes in Bohernabreena on Sunday morning also. The Gail blew down the Dublin mountains onto tho backs of the Ballinteer men in the first half as they won the toss to play down the hill. The lads opened up a 14 point lead at half time. The Marlay men went on to win 3-17 to 0-10 with the goals coming from Mitchell Moody, Cathal McGarrigle and Sean Dunne to move them up to 4th in the league