BBSE U14As lined up for Féile  na nGael in a cold and windy Silverpark, in a
very strong group with hosts Kilmacud Crokes A, Thomas Davis A and Faughs A.Our first test was against a strong Kilmacud Crokes team. In a fiercely
contested first half of high quality hurling there was little between the
teams, albeit BBSE played with the wind advantage. At the break they were
level at 0-04 : 0-04. In the second half, the hosts took early advantage of
the gale at their backs and took the lead. BBSE adapted formation and the
lads dug deep, working incredibly hard, to wrestle control of the match,
which stayed at close margins. Two well taken team goals by the Boden lads
during the second half, both finished by Evan Moynihan, gave the BBSE lads a
fantastic start to win by the narrowest margin, 2-06 : 0-11.

Next up for the Boden lads were neighbours Thomas Davis, who had just
suffered defeat to Faughs in their first match.  In a very physical and
hotly contested first half BBSE trailed Thomas Davis by two scores 1-02 :
2-03 with all to play for in the second half. It was not to be however, a
couple of unfortunate instances gave Thomas Davis goal opportunities that
they seized upon while lady luck abandoned the BBSE lads. The final score of
a 2-02 : 5-07 win for Thomas Davis belied the great efforts of the BBSE

The last game came on the immediate turn around for BBSE against Faughs, who
had themselves just suffered defeat to Kilmacud Crokes in their second
match. That left all the teams level on one win and a loss apiece, and all
to play for.  Faughs won the toss and started the game with a howling gale
to their backs. Despite immense efforts across the pitch from the BBSE lads,
Faughs delighted in the conditions and coasted into an early lead as BBSE
struggled to get up the pitch. In the second half the BBSE lads played their
hearts out as the gale eased to a breeze, limiting Faughs to a single point,
and giving their all. Alas tired limbs in the last leg and a hill to climb
gave Faughs the win, 1-11 : 1-04.

Congratulation to all the BBSE lads who played some outstanding hurling and
– aside from a deserved victory over the hosts – went home without just
reward for their effort. They were model sportsmen on the day in tough
contests, and were a credit to the club and mentors.  Thanks also to our
U13s who were a seamless part of the team from the moment they joined up for
training.  Well done lads.

Foireann: Kevin Byrne, Nathan Comerford, Ryan Culleton, Seán    Keary, Gavin
Leddy (Captain), Seán Luz,, Scott McAllister, Lee McConnell, Mark McGlynn,
John McSharry, Evan Moynihan, Leon Murphy, David Quinlivan, Oisin
Quinn, James Rusk, Daragh Smyth, Dylan Timbs, Alex Young, Tiernan Kennedy,
Johnny Corr, Fionn Murphy, Liam Dargan, Darragh Durkin, Damien Gibbons.

Many thanks to Dave Rusk for the photos. For more, see here