I had planned on writing something about the farcical GAA fixtures list this week but that was before Ballymoe, Moore United, Castlerea Celtic and Ballinasloe Town reminded me why I love soccer.
I had predicted another Castlerea Celtic title win and for all of 83 minutes it had looked like I would be proven right. Ballinasloe Town had other ideas however, and two goals in three minutes sent the RDFL Premier Division trophy down the N60 to Ballymoe.
While I was delighted for Ballymoe, I couldn’t help but feel for Castlerea. They had been the better side on Sunday and were left to rue missed opportunities and two lapses in concentration in defence.
It was a terrific game of football, sorry soccer, and a pleasure to watch. Ballinasloe Town fought gamely while Castlerea were neat and tidy in midfield but hurried in attack.
I enjoyed watching players like David Nee, Mark Duffy, David Fitzpatrick, Ja Geraghty and others. In truth, there was talent all over the pitch and it’s easy to see why both clubs have enjoyed recent success. Both sides are packed with proper footballers who receive the right messages from the sideline.
But the day belonged to Ballymoe. Maurice Connaughton hit a point for St. Croan’s as they were swept aside by Clann last Saturday, little did he know that he would be scoring the biggest goal in Ballymoe’s recent history no more than 24 hours later.
The people of Ballymoe and surrounding areas have worked hard to develop soccer in the area and their new facilities are testament to this work. They may end the season with even more silverware over the next few weeks but I reckon Moore United, Castlerea Celtic and Ballinasloe Town may yet have something to say about that!