Iomáint Faoi 19

 Naomh Uinsionn 3 13   Baile Buadáin Naomh Éanna 0 13

It was a beautiful spring morning in Ard-Scoil Rís for Ballyboden St Enda’s first ever Under 19 hurling league fixture. The opposition was St. Vincent’s,  last year’s beaten minor finalists. Ballyboden had a fantastic start and really found a rhythm of play very early on. Josh Corcoran pointed from the halfway line with a magnificent strike after one minute and John Farrington followed suit shortly afterwards with a long range strike from open play off his left hand side. Vincent’s were relying on frees in the first quarter and only had two points to show when Oisín Byrne broke through their defence and pointed from a tight angle.

Is deas an rud é cúilíní a aimsiú ach níl amhras ar bith gurb iad na cúil a bhuafaidh an cluiche i gcónaí. Is mar sin a thit cúrsaí amach ar an taobh ó thuaidh den chathair.

Goals win games and the goals when they came made the difference. The Boden defence coughed up the sliotar in the 20th minute to allow Vincent’s a clear run at goal. Vincent’s fluffed the first opportunity but made no mistake with the second. The goal inspired the northside outfit and it wasn’t long until they had their second. The halftime score of 2-6 to 0-5 was possibly not a fair reflection of the game but unfortunately, the scoreboard always gets to tell its own story.

Ballyboden fought hard in the second with Josh Corcoran, Oisín Byrne and Cian Kelly taking some good scores. However, a third goal for Vincent’s put the result beyond our lads. Plenty positives will be taken from this game and we know that there is much more to come from these young hurlers. Losing unfortunately is part of the journey.

Laoch na hImeartha: Josh Corcoran

Match day Squad:

Eoin Mac Pháidín, Fionn Keating, Seán Wall, Mathew Ormbsy, Josh Corcoran (0-8), Barry McGuire, Seán O’Shea, David Gannon, Ciarán Kiely, John Farrington (0-1), Evan Welsh, Oisín Byrne (0-3), Setanta Sudway, Stephen Pullan, Cian Kelly (0-1), Jack O’Connor, Seán Bury.