Roscommon Challenge Cup Semi-Final – Ballymoe FC 1 Ballinasloe Town 0
Ballymoe seniors took on Ballinasloe Town in the second semi final of the Roscommon Challenge Cup in Newbridge on Thursday night last. The winner of this game knew that a final date against Castlerea Celtic was up for grabs.
The game started off quite evenly as both teams tried to get into their stride and there were chances for both sides, Ballymoe having a few goalmouth scrambles cleared while Michael Kenny was forced into a superb save from a long range shot. As the half wore on, Ballymoe increased their dominance and were disappointed to go in at half time without a goal to show for their efforts.
The second half started much the same as the first had ended with both teams creating chances. The introduction of Adrian Collins in the 60th minute brought a new dimension to the Ballymoe attack and within 2 minutes he very nearly broke the deadlock as he just missed connecting with a Gregory Grogan cross. However the same combination would again combine 5 minutes later to break the deadlock, this time Adrian sending Gregory free with a great through ball and Gregory applying the finish in a one-on-one situation. This would be the only goal of the game as Ballymoe’s defence once more closed out the game and kept a clean sheet. Ballinasloe had a man sent off in the 87th minute for a second bookable offense. The team would like to thank all of the supporters who came out to cheer them on. Team: Micheal Kenny, Dean Muldoon, Keith Keenan, John Connaughton, James Connaughton, Aidan Brogan, Gregory Grogan, Paul Hynes, Ross Timothy, Keith Muldoon, Mark Kilcommons, Adrian Collins, Damien Conboy, Jason Tarmey, Kevin Morgan. Ballymoe had great performances across the pitch as the team have now made it into their second cup final in the space of a week.
The first of these finals is the Premier Division Cup Final which is fixed for Sunday 29th at 12pm in Lecarrow against Moore United. After 3 tough games against Moore this year, another great game should be in store and all support would be greatly appreciated.
The RDFL Challenge Cup Final is fixed for Saturday 4th June at 7pm in Lecarrow against Castlerea Celtic.