Result: 2 07 to 1 14

Junior C Championship Round 1

A group of young bucks and hardy veterans came together on Sunday morning at a sunny Drumnigh to take on Trinity Gaels in the first group game of this year’s Junior C Championship.  With the emphasis on the process this team is a work in progress with the aim of introducing younger players to adult hurling while providing a platform for the more experienced player to display his talents.

For 40 minutes of this contest the process was working fine. Ballyboden led by 5 and victory was in sight. However from this point onwards a physically stronger and more experienced Trinity Gaels took the initiative to close out a 4 point win.

Ballyboden led at half time with a score line of 2-5 to 1-5.  Oisin Cannon goaled after 10 minutes. A devastating run and shot by James Gorman just before the break gave the Boden lads a deserved half time lead.  Evan McDonnell was unerring with placed balls but the score of the match came 15 minutes into the half.  Marc McLiam’s puck out landed down Aidan Horgan’s wing. Shrugging off his marker Horgan played a deft one two with Jonathan O’Donoghue.  Horgan continued the move with a lovely cross field pass to Brian Cummins who finished off the attack with a dexterous over the shoulder strike for a point.

It was perhaps optimistic to expect that this style of balletic hurling would be sustainable in the second half.  Indeed a strong breeze and an appreciable slope made it a struggle for Boden to continue to play their expansive game.  In the final 10 minutes Trinity took over to shoot 7 unanswered points to close out the contest.

Scorers:  Evan McDonnell 0-4 (4 frees), Seán Gorman 1-0, Oisin Cannon 1-0, Brian Cummins 0-1, Jonathan O’Donoghue 0-1, Benjamin Hurley 0-1.


Team:  Marc Mac Liam, Sam Lally, Cathal Ryan, Gavin Duff, Ger.Keating, Eoin McKenna, Seán Lambert, Benjamin Hurley, Rob Donoghue, Jonathan O’Donoghue, Seán Gorman, Aidan Horgan, Oisin Cannon, Evan McDonnell, Brian Cummins, James Kinsella, James Hanrahan, Brian Kelleher, Thomas Sweeney.