Pride of place this issue must go to our Minor B footballers who have just finished top of their league having won their last 6 matches. Anyone who has seen this team play will attest to their exciting brand of attacking football, they have been in free scoring mode for almost every game and are fully deserving of a league play off place. Great credit goes to all the players and the management team of Don Carolan, Tadgh Cashman, Neil Brennan and Darren O’Reilly and we wish the team all the best for the upcoming Championship. See report of their victory over St.Annes on Sunday below.
MFL Div.3B Minor B V St. Annes
BBSE Minor B 1-15 St. Annes 1-11
Ballyboden St. Endas Minor B team left it till late to see off a strong challenge by St. Annes, in a balmy Bohernabreena on Sunday 22nd June. It was a tough contest, with both sides exchanging points for most of the game and only in the last quarter did Ballyboden succeed in pulling away from St. Annes. During this period all of our subs played a significant roll. Liam Mullen who came on for an injured Cian Murray tore through the St. Annes defence to score a super point and when Philip McCormack was introduced he scored a vital goal to relieve the pressure. Both Rossa Lynch and Rory Knight then ran at St. Annes defence and scored fine points. There was a fine display of fielding by Liam O’Flaherty and Ruadhán Fanning, especially in the first half, and Josh Kane made some fantastic and important saves in goal.
Overall a fine team display.
Is maith and cúnamh lá breá.
Men of the Match – James Mc Donnell strong in defence, Rory Knight for his speed and Liam Mullen for his persistence.
Team – Josh Kane, Robbie O’Connell, James McDonnell, Oisín Tobin, Cian Murray (0-1), Kevin Cronin, Cathal O’Dea (0-1), Liam Stafford, Ruadhán Fanning, Mark McGee (0-3), Liam Flaherty (0-3), Seán Mc Donnell, Conor Kennedy, Ruairí Kirwan (0-3), Cian Kelly (0-1), Kevin Lynch, Liam Mullen (0-1), Philip McCormack (1-0), Rossa Lynch (0-1), Rory Knight (0.1)
Staying with the Minors, our Minor A team travelled to league leaders Ballymun intent on finishing their league campaign on a high in preparation for Championship. They ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-06 which in the eyes of some observers may be seen as a shock given the recent results of both teams. We know however that this team has quality and we wish them the best for the Championship. See report below.
Minor A League
BBSE 2-16 v 0-06 Ballymun
Ballyboden Minor As travelled to Ballymun on Sunday for the last match in the league and produced a good team performance to win on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-6. A key feature of the first half was the work rate of the forwards and midfield as they clocked up an impressive 8 turnover tackles and managed to upset the Ballymun rhythm. A Colm Basquel free opened the account for Boden, quickly followed by points from the in-form full-forward line of Adam Carney and Warren Egan. Harry Coffey anticipated a short Ballymun kickout and his alertness resulted in a fine individual goal which gave Ballyboden a platform to run in at half time ahead on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-2.
The second half saw Boden continue as they had left off in the first and two points from Carney followed by a fisted effort from Coffey meant that Ballymun were chasing the game all through. A goal from a penalty from Colm Basquel saw Boden run out comfortable winners in the end. In the backs, Oisín Ó Dúill had one of his finest games in the Boden jersey and the half back line of Bobbett, Mellet and Hestor were rock-solid. The new midfield duo of Darragh Maguire and Brian Kirwan emptied the tank and dominated the area. In the forwards, the movement and workrate of Adam Carney was notable and he ended the match with a personal tally of 4 points from play, despite taking a couple of heavy knocks. Others to impress were Basquel and Egan who brought their team mates into the play resulting in a number of fine team scores.
Overall, Manager Liam Deane and coaches Fearghal Brennan and Ciaran Doyle will be happy with this performance as they head into the Summer. Championship is not too far away and will surely not be as easy as this performance.
Scorers: Colm Basquel 1-4 (penalty, 0-2 f); Harry Coffey 1-1; Adam Carney 0-4; Warren Egan 0-4(1 45); Barra McGarry 0-2; Conor Deane 0-1.
Ballyboden 0-16 Beann Eadair 2-11
The Junior B’s suffered a narrow one point defeat to Beann Eadair in the Sheridan Cup semi final on Sunday. Up by three points with less than two minutes to go a crazy finish denied Boden victory which in reality was all their own doing.
Boden were strengthened before kick off with a number of returning regulars from holidays and also welcomed club cult hero Conor Morris and the enigma that is Dara Shovlin to the starting line-up. Despite a sluggish start Boden found their way into the game and good scores by Shovlin, Adam Kearney, and Tom Conors keep the score board ticking over. Beann Eadair though were a tough gutsy outfit, especially strong around the middle and opened up a four point lead at half time having dispatched a dubious penalty and scored a number of frees. Boden upped the ante after the break with Morris and Oisin Cannon getting a foothold in midfield and the half back line of Alex Murphy, Dean O’Donnell and James McTiernan starting to punch holes at the Beann Eadair defence. The full back line of Gareth O’Keefe, Michael Dunne and Ross Traynor dealt with everything thrown at them with ease and Ger Flaherty was untroubled in open play. Despite the opposition getting the first score of the second half Boden then replied with seven unanswered points. The foundation of these scores were epitomised by the hardworking Dave O’Donnell and Ross Maguire allowing Tom Connors to feed quality ball into Shovlin, Kearney and Stephen McDonald who scored at will allowing Boden to ring the changes with notable contributions made by Shane Gallagher, Mikey Ryan and Liam McNamara. When Shovlin popped over a routine free with three minutes left to give Boden a three point lead it looked all over but Beann Eadair would not go away and a tangle in the full back line lead to a penalty which was clinically dispatched. The resulting kick out was collected again by the opposition and after the concession of a free Beann Eadair went one up with little or no time remaining. A cruel defeat but in reality could have been avoided.
Next Fixture V St.Annes 26/6/14 Ballycullen 19.30pm.
Seniors: The Seniors had had no official game last weekend but on Thursday last took on the Dublin Minor team in Pairc Ui Mhurchu. A good crowd witnessed a fast paced encounter which ebbed and flowed throughout the match. Nobody seemed to keeping score so we’ll call it a draw!
Next Fixture V St.Marys 28/6/14 Saggart 18.30pm.
Inters: Our Inter team received a walkover on Saturday in the Loving Cup match V Trinity Gaels and have two fixtures on Wednesday and Saturday, see below.
AFL Div.3 Wednesday 25/6/14 Inters V St.Marks McGee Park at 19.30pm.
AFL Div.3 Saturday 28/6/14 Inters V Garda Sancta Maria at 18.30pm.
The Junior A’s received a walkover against Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday in the Conlon Cup.
Next Fixture V Round Towers L 29/6/14 Lusk 10.30am
Finally, best of luck to our 3 Dublin Senior football stars, Michael-Darragh, Darragh and Declan as the Dubs prepare to face Wexford in the Leinster SFC semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday 29th June at 4pm.