Good news for Ballinasloe AFC this season, who have received a grant of €27,000 for upgrading of floodlighting and the AstroTurf pitch at their grounds at Curragh, Brackernagh. This allocation was one of 31 successful applications from the Dept of Sports Capital totalling €930,000 in Roscommon/Galway.
The club’s first team (adults) have reached the closing stages of the FAI Junior Cup, the largest Junior soccer competition in Europe, after beating top Junior club MCR of Sligo. In the open draw stage the town have been drawn away to Waterford Premier League side Villa FC - the match is being held on December first. A previous encounter in the latter stages of this competition in the 2016/17 season saw Villa knock the town out on penalties, but with the management team of Petie Keighrey and Mark Duffy this year things might look up for the club in the closing stages of this most prestigious of tournaments.
The first team are also currently placed second in the Roscommon and District Soccer League Premier Division after a very good run of form over the last number of weeks. More good news is coming from the U13 team managed by Sonya Dowd and Shane Fallon - they have reached the last 64 of the national competition in the Schoolboys FAI Cup where they will meet Westport United of Mayo in the Curragh Grounds in their hometown.
Club Chairperson Jobe Kelly stated that the club are extremely proud that Ashley Walsh, as the club’s representative, had won the Queen of the Fair and on behalf of everyone at the club wished her all the very best in the Galway Rose competition and in carrying out her various official functions for the remaining 11 months.
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