What a weekend again of sport. They say ‘two out of three aint bad’ and so it was with our minor footballers this weekend. Both Minor A and B teams won their respective matches while the C team were unlucky to lose by two points to St. Pats Donabate in a close encounter.

The Minor A’s overcame a defensive Ballymun by a scoreline of 15 pts to 1-6 in this opening round robin fixture. Full report below.

MFC ‘A’ BBSE 0-15 to Ballymun 1-6 (half time 0-6 to 1-3)
Scorers: C.Basquel 0-9 T.Hanifin 0-2 and 0-1 from J.Madden, W.Egan, B.O’Shea and B.McGarry

Ballyboden’s Minor A’s got off to a winning start in the A minor championship yesterday in Sancta Maria overcoming the young guns of Ballymun by 6 points. The visitors got off to the ideal start, aided by a strong wind, scoring a goal from a penalty after just 1 minute. After 3 minutes Colm Basquel was hauled down and he pointed the subsequent 14m free. This helped settle the home team down. Ballymun were happy to sit back, packing the defence with 10 players, and hitting Ballyboden on the break. A number of turnovers of the ball by the Boden defence however kept the pressure on Ballymun and eventually Boden’s attacking approach paid off and the teams went in at half time on level terms .
The second half started with Boden piling on the pressure and dominating possession however, the blanket defence approach appeared to be working, frustrating the home side into kicking a series of wides. It took a Colm Basquel point to break the ice and from there the Boden lads pushed on and scored 6 unanswered points in the last 20 minutes of the game to finish comfortably ahead. Well done to the lads on the result and to Ballymun for the stern test they put up. The Boden boys will learn a lot from the performance and from playing against a packed defence. Next up is an Away championship game to Thomas Davis on Sunday 22nd. September at 10.30 am, Kiltipper Road.

It was somewhat easier for the Minor B’s out in St. Anne’s against Clontarf. They got into their stride straight away dominating both halves with a good all-round team effort. See report below. The next round of games take place on the morning of All-Ireland football final day 22/9/13.

MFC ‘C’ – Ballyboden (B) 6-17  V Clontarf (B) 1-3
Our second team travelled to St Anne’s park – what a pitch!! to contest the opening round of the 2013 championship against Clontarf. We started very quickly with a goal from Dara Langan  in the 1st minute followed by some lovely points also from Dara. Two more goals in the first half by Liam “Bomber” Flaherty and Kevin Lynch and some great points from Flaherty (3) Rian Cannon (1) and Langans tally of (5) left us with a half time scoreline of 3-9 to 1-1.
The second half seen some great points from Ciaran O Brien Rian Cannon and Substitute and Bar tender Sean Brennan two goals from Garreth Growley also introduced in the second half and points and a goal from Dara Langan giving him a personal score of 2-8 saw off the Clontarf challenge. Our Goal keeper Andy Boyd Lyons and our defence was truly amazing.
Clontarf mentors commented that our A team must be unbelievable as some of the onlookers thought we had made a mistake and brought along our A squad!

Our team lined out as follows:
1 Andy Boyd Lyons 2 Oisin O’Duill 3 Joe Mernagh 4 Ronan Dooley 5 Brian Kilduff 6 Brian Kirwan 7 Rossa Lynch 8 Ciaran O Brien 9 Daragh Maguire 10 Rian Cannon 11 Harry Coffey 12 Niall Hestor 13 Dara Langan 14 Liam Flaherty 15 Kevin Lynch 16 Garreth Crowley 17 Colm og Humphries 18 Sean Brennan 19 Mark McGee 20 James O’Connor

All twenty players played their part with good a attitude and represented their club with pride.

Great credit to Feargal Brennan Head coach and newly recruited assistant Conor Morris who prepared the team professionally and new analyst for the championship Declan O Brien also minor B Hurling Manager.

With Dublin now in the All-Ireland football final, the c/ship fixtures next round have been fixed for Friday October 4th (Inters) and Saturday October 5th (Seniors). See full fixture listing of upcoming games. Next weekend sees all teams in action.

Congrats to Conal and the hurlers on their great success in winning the Crokes sevens beating fellow Dublin team Cuala in the final.

Thanks to all sponsors of the golf classic. It was a great day and another success under the stewardship of the one and only Liam Dean (Deano as he is affectionately known).

Adult players need to make arrangements to acquire Gum-shields in advance of next season when it becomes mandatory. We will also be publishing details of where you can go locally should you wish to do so.

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.