Football News 07/10/13
Our Senior footballers overcame a much fancied Kilmacud Crokes team in the SFC at O’Toole park on Saturday. They showed a steely resolve to come from 6 points down at one stage to finish strongly on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-12. A large Boden crowd was in attendance to support the lads.
Report by Conor Deegan – Senior Football Manager
The Senior footballers played against old rivals Kilmacud Crokes in the football championship in O’Toole Park in their newly sponsored jerseys (H&K – David Bobbett). It was a game that had Kilmacud listed as the favorites but as history has shown when these two teams meet there is never much between them and yet again this proved to be the case. We found the going difficult at the start, playing into a stiff breeze. This allowed Kilmacud to build up a 0.7-0.1 lead after just twenty minutes, mostly from placed balls and things looked ominous. Then a real injection of belief came for Ballyboden in the form of a goal from Ryan Basquel. The ball was intercepted from a short kick-out moved quickly through the hands to Ryan who slotted home. From this point until the end of the half Ballyboden grew in conviction and finished the half trailing by just two points 0.8-1.3. This now seemed very manageable turning to play with the wind and into the ‘scoring’ goals.
The game was in the balance but the momentum had shifted. Kilmacud had retreated further into defence and due to the great work rate being applied struggled to get the ball into their forward line, when they did, the scoring threat was from placed balls from sporadic attacks. Ballyboden started to go for it. Early scores were exchanged but then Sean Gibbons drove at the very heart of the defence, won a free and the deficit was one. Kilmacud chipped in with another free to go back to two clear. Then Ballyboden scored a great goal again on the back of a forceful run from Sean Gibbons along the end line. It was passed inside to Andrew Kerins who bundled over the line to go one clear. Kilmacud had a call for a goal but this was disallowed by the ref. This along with a sending off seemed to deflate Kilmacud with Ballyboden tagging on two more points to finish up winning by 2.9 – 0.12. thus turning a six point deficit to a three point victory. This was a display of heart and effort. We did not play well in the first half but stuck at it and outworked Kilmacud. There were plenty of mistakes but the belief was there and that was the most important factor. We have plenty of work to do between now and the next match which is against St. Brigids. It was a day when the younger lads kept us in the game and the more experienced lads helped to seal the result.
We would like to wish the Intermediate footballers all the best in the championship match against St. Patricks on wednesday evening in Balgriffin and the Senior hurlers all the best against Kilmacud in the Senior huling championship next Saturday.
It was the turn of the Minor footballers on Sunday as our 3 teams all qualified for the knockout stages of the competition with wins over St.Judes, Na Fianna and O’Dwyers respectively. The Minor A & B teams topped their groups while the C’s finished second. To have all 3 teams represented in the knockout phase is no mean achievement and we congratulate the players and Mentors on an excellent day for Minor football.
Minor A Report: MFC ‘A’ Minor A 0-15 V 0-10 St.Judes
Ballyboden’s Minor A footballers kept their 100% winning record in the third round robin game of the championship with a 0-15 to 0-10 win against local rivals St.Judes in Tymon Park on Sunday October 6th. With both teams vying to top the group it was all to play for and the home side started strongly and exerted pressure on the Boden defence forcing a couple of frees through which they opened the scoring. The Boden backs stared to get a foothold and the team responded well with a well taken point by Warren Egan. Two further points from Colm Basquel were exchanged with two frees from the home team. St.Judes then had their strongest spell of the game scoring a number of points while Boden missed a number of goal chances. With Shane Clayton and Brian Bobbett outstanding in defence, points by James Madden and Brian Bobbett in the closing 5 minutes of the first half meant Boden kept in touch. They trailed 0-7 to 0-5 at half time.
A couple of tactical changes at half time saw Ballyboden start strongly in the second half. They now looked the more cohesive side and started to deliver early ball into the forwards yielding three successive points from Colm Basquel which edged Boden in front for the first time since the fifth minute. Cian Bates, whose pace was a key factor in opening up the Judes rearguard, then cut through the home defence and blasted just over the crossbar when a goal looked certain. Boden started to turn on the pressure now and two well taken frees by Colm Basquel and three from play, two from James Madden and one from Warren Egan finished off the game.
Well done to the squad, next up are the quarter finals in 2 weeks.
Cian Bates in full flow against St.Judes.
MFC ‘A’ Minor A 0-15 V 0-10 St.Judes
MFC ‘C’ Minor B 7-22 V 0-04 Na Fianna
MFC ‘D’ Minor C 2-24 V 2-07 O’Dwyers
Our attention now switches to the Intermediates who were given a walkover last Wednesday against Clann Mhuire in the Championship and who now face a Quarter-Final clash against St.Pats of Donabate in Balgriffin on Wednesday at 18.45pm.
See poster below, your support is much appreciated.
Congratulations to Michael-Darragh Macauley on his All-Star and Player of the Year nominations. Also congratulations to the Senior Camoige team on their 4 in a row Championship win.
Reminder, gumshields are mandatory from next January, see the website for details of how and where to get fitted, don’t leave it til the last minute!
Finally, we again request that members who are interested in being involved in any of our adult or minor football teams next year contact Ger Flaherty 0876599359 or any member of the football committee. We can always accommodate fresh faces and new ideas to bring our teams forward. You will be working with a great group of people without whom we would be unable to run our 5 adult and 3 minor teams