Baile Buadáin Naomh Éanna 2-17, Naomh Jude 0-15
Baile Buadáin agus Naomh Jude a thug aghaidh ar a chéile tráthnóna Dé Sathairn i bPáirc Thigh Mhotháin i Roinn a 4 den tsraith iomána. Bhí an lámh in uachtar ag Baile Buadáin ón uair go bhfuair Jim Kennedy an chéad chúilín taobh istigh de thríocha soicind. This was an accomplished team performance away from home. Is léir go bhfuil na fitness levels ag teacht ar aghaidh le cúpla seachtain anuas. A mixture of youth and experience, the Cratloe craftsman, James Enright, and the improving Andy Hand showed the way to the young guns Oisín Byrne, Conall McGlynn and Jim Kennedy. Player manager Des O’Sullivan, who also has Clare blood in his veins, led the defence in commanding fashion and nullified Judes’ main threat at full forward. Fuair Daniel O’Riordan cúl cliste díreach roimh leathama a d’fhág Baile Buadáin 1-10 go 0-6 chun tosaigh ag an mbriseadh. Another well worked goal from Dan on the resumption agus bhí Boden 10 gcúilín chun tosaigh. As often happens Boden took the foot off the gas and four unanswered points from Judes signified a revival of sorts. However, a couple of points from Daire Sweeney, fresh from his Donegal under 20 campaign, and the introduction of Ronan Cleary and Owen Wigglesworth steadied the ship.
Sa chúl níor chuir Ronan Sharkey cos ar strae with another clean sheet to his credit. After a strong start, Gillo pulled up early with a hamstring which hopefully is not too serious. The half back line of Hestor, Weldon and Corcoran dominated all through with Josh scoring two fine points from play along with a 65. Hestor’s point was greeted by surprisingly warm applause. Last year’s Dublin minor Jim Kennedy showed lovely stickwork at midfield with three lovely points from play. Eamon Gorman’s high workrate was the subject of much comment and his three excellent assists capped a fine performance. Agus Garett Crowley gortaithe, rinne Eoin McKenna sárjab ar na poic saor. Beidh Coach Mick Keville sásta go raibh naonúr imreoirí ar an gclár scóir.
Bhí slua deas i láthair ó Bhaile Buadáin agus beidh siad sásta leis an taispeántas seo ach tá a fhios acu go mbeidh cluichí níos deacra acu níos déanaí sa bhliain.
Susan Creed was on First Aid and fed the multitudes after the match. If the lads tackled their men like they tackle Susan’s hot dogs, we’d never lose a match.
Ár mbuíochas le Ben Kelly agus Aaron Coffey, maoir chúil, agus an réiteoir Tom Tansey.
Tar éis an chluiche, Mick Keville and Keith O’Donnell were off to the Ballyboden 1996 Under 21 County Champions reunion. Keith was seen doing a few warm-up stretches beforehand. We hope their fitness and stamina levels were up to it!
Laoch na hImeartha: Jim Kennedy
Ronan Sharkey; David Gilheaney; Des O Sullivan; Ruairi Kirwan; Ruairi Hestor (0-1); Karl Weldon; Josh Corcoran (0-3, 0-165); Jim Kennedy (0-3); Andy Hand; Connell McGlynn (0-1); James Enright (0-3); Eoin McKenna (0-3, 0-3F); Oisín Byrne; Eamon O Gorman; Dan O’Riordan(2-0); Ronan Cleary; Daire Sweeney (0-2); Owen Wigglesworth (0-1); Ronan Cleary; Jack Daly Kenny
Thanks to Sean Gilheaney for the photos
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