Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:41
Pictured at a press conference to announce details of next Sunday’s Connacht Gold Cup final between Iorras Aontaithe and Ballina Town were, from left, Anthony Mills, captain, Iorras Aontaithe, Sean Henry, Connacht Gold, and Aidan Reape, Ballina Town. INSET Ballina Town ace Michael Duffy is hoping to inspire his side to victory in next Sunday’s Connacht Gold Cup final.
THE low point in Ballina Town’s year – the club’s 50th
– came on a bitter day at Forthill, Sligo, in March for a Connaught Cup clash with Carbury FC, who put four past them without reply, and it could have been much more.
Down to the bare bones and with Declan O’Connor – who played that day before going off with an injury – as stand-in manager, it was all a far cry from the end of 2010 when they basked in the glory of a second successive league title under the guidance of the club’s most successful manager, Brendan Kenny.
Time passed and still a permanent manager had to be found. Then, just before the league season started, Alan Gough came in and took on the job.