Under 21 A Semi Final  

BBSE 6 11 St. Jude’s 2 18

Boden welcomed neighbours St. Jude’s to PUM on Saturday afternoon for the eagerly awaited Under 21 Semi Final.  The game was a high scoring affair with Boden coming on top on a scoreline of 6 11 to 2 18.

The scoring in the first quarter of the game might have convinced the huge number of spectators present that this was a game from another code…. Boden went into a 3 nil lead with goals from Darragh Kenny, Fergal Ryan and Luke McDwyer before Jude’s finally got on the scoreboard. A fourth goal followed from Pierce Christie.  At the 1st water break, Boden led 4 05 to 0 04, a 13 point margin. One might have thought that this game was well and truly over but Judes, to their credit, battled their way back into the game. The next two quarters were dominated by them.   By half time the margin was reduced to 8 points and we knew there was a game on! Boden found it difficult to get scores after the half time break but 5th goal did come and it  was badly  needed and also worth waiting for…. a cracker from Cillian Kirwan when he made a great catch and then turned and buried the sliotar in the Jude’s net. However, Jude’s kept adding to their tally and  by the end of the 3rd quarter, that margin was down to 2 points ( 5 10 to 2 17) and there were some worried observers among the Boden supporters

To the home team’s credit, they upped their game after the 2nd water break.  The tide of scores from Judes was stemmed and they managed only one more point  in a dogged final quarter. The deciding score came from Cillian Kirwan when he finished a well worked move to the net  in what was really the deciding score of the game.  Boden added another point to finish winners on a final scoreline  of 6 11 to 2 18.

The early goals may have given Boden the cushion they needed but losing the next two quarters 2 13 to 1 05 will give some food for thought to the Boden management team.  This was a game that was going away from them but to their credit, they showed great grit and determination as the game entered the final stretch.  Goals will not be as easy to come by the next day and a more even performance will be needed against St. Vincents in the final on Saturday week (tbc).

This will be the final game of the year for the Adult Hurling Section.  The last few weeks have seen tremendous performances in semi finals and finals from nearly all our teams. The only trophy to date is the Junior A Championship so let’s hope we can cap off the year by adding the Under 21 A Championship. As mentioned above, the final is likely to be on Saturday week. Keep the day free to support the boys!

Thanks to John Kirwan for the photos.