Go Ahead AHL 1

Ballyboden St Endas 0 22  Kilmacud Crokes 2 15

Long Fella reports from PUM

Round 2 of AHL1 brought the county senior hurling champions to HQ on Sunday morning to show their skills on a rain sodden surface that largely held its own in drying conditions. Apart from the goalmouths and the player dugouts (where a “pondish” mess threatened to destroy the trousers of a good Sunday suit), the grassy surface allowed players provide the large support with a game of real quality festooned with classy scores and some manly body challenges. Crokes will argue that their failure to convert a brace of late “scorable” frees deprived them of morale boosting league points, albeit at this very early stage of the season. The sides were tied at 0.18 to 2.12 with nine minutes to play and it took one of the best scores of the game from Sean McDonnell to launch Boden towards victory. Their following up scores came from the unerring stick of Paul Ryan and a cracker of a point from Stephen O’Connor. Crokes late points came from Naomhan O’Riordain and a brace of frees from Sean Kinsella.

Ryan opened the scoring after corner-man Davy Keogh was fouled, but the lead was overshadowed by a brilliant Crokes goal into the roof of the net from Ger Veale. Ryan again pointed a free, a monster from seventy metres, and Niall McMorrow tied the game with a catch, swivel and strike. A Boden pass that went astray brought Dublin forward Oisin O’Rourke into play with a fine score, but within a minute Boden’s captain Shane Durkin fired over from the car-park. A Conor Dooley assist allowed Ryan to fire his first from play over the black-spot, and Veale cancelled the score with a quality finish. Crokes veteran servant Bill O’Carroll popped up with the next score after some good play from Kinsella. A period of good Crokes possession yielded no reward after their shooting went awol in the flukey wind. McMorrow again showed his sharpness with a beauty and the good play continued when Simon Lambert placed Ryan in space for a monster from seventy. Ryan then followed with one of the best of the day from the whitewash. More good play followed and it was Davy Keogh this time to finish the move with a point. Nine to a goal and three.

Anything McMorrow could do, Crokes Fionn O’Ceallaigh could also do and he added stylishly, and was quickly followed by O’Rorke and Padhraic Linehan to tie the game. The Boden response was instant when John Maguire sent his marker wide of him to tap over from thirty. Corkman Mark Howard again tied the game with a point, but Boden went back in front after McMorrow stylishly controlled a line-cut, corkscrewed into space and placed his shot over the sweet spot. The Ryans had the best of the half’s remainder when Paul pointed a free from sixty and cousin Niall bagged the first of a brace on the day from a similar distance, HALF TIME 0.13 TO 1.07.

Boden’s McDonnell opened his side’s second half tally with a neat point, but Linehan matched the effort with his second on the morning. Introduction Luke McDwyer became provider to allow Niall Ryan to extend the Boden lead, but up pops O’Ceallaigh with a quality effort. Lambert and O’Ceallaigh traded scores, though the formers was from the Boden bar-door, an eighty metre bomber. Again O’Ceallaigh stepped up and was quickly followed by Maguire with his second of the morning. Crokes second goal came at the right time for them after they had seemed somewhat unsure of their game plan after a few of turn-overs. The man in-form O’Ceallaigh prodded the ball to the net after Boden failed to clear their lines. Score at 0.18 to 2.10. Crokes Davy Keogh (there’s confusion for you) was next to chalk his name up with an inner-line defender’s rarity, a cracker of a point. The game went tied after a Crokes free before six Boden passes were linked together for McDonnell’s point. Boden’s Eoin Behan worked hard to create for McMorrow only to be fouled and allow Ryan to chalk up the free. Frustratingly for Crokes their shooting radar deserted them from placed balls and with Behan in particular active for Boden, the home side “dogged it out” in combatative style with O’Connor left to put a gloss on the morning with a smasher of a score.

Without doubt Ryan, McMorrow, O’Ceallaigh and Veale in the opening half made the head-lines, but there were others who contributed hugely. In particular Lambert, after he was allocated defensive duties, Behan in the engine-room and Dean Curran in defence over the hour, all gave their all. For Crokes Linehan and O’Carroll gave structure to the visitors performance, and O’Rorke when he could free himself from the clutches of busy Boden markers.

Boden; Conor O’Donoghue, Stephen O’Connor, Dean Curran, Luke Mulligan-Lynch, Sean McDonnell, Luke Corcoran, Shane Durkin, Niall Ryan, Simon Lambert, John Maguire, Conor Dooley, Timmy Hammersly, Paul Ryan, Niall McMorrow, Davy Keogh, Conor McKeon, Luke McDwyer, Eoin Behan, Matthew Weldon, Barry Maguire, Kevin Desmond.

The Under 12 Hurlers showed off their skills at half time in this game. The future is bright for Boden. Thanks to the Seamus Vaughan for organising.

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Thanks to Clíona and Miriam for photographs from Senior A game and Under 12s Half Time display

The Senior B team travelled to Thomas Davis and just came up short.  Team photo below compliments of John Kirwan

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