Last week was an extremely busy week on the hurling front with Championship and League action.
Junior C Championship – BBSE 2 16 Kilmacud Crokes 2 10 (Report Below)
Junior A Championhsip – BBSE 2 13 Clontarf 1 08
Senior B Championship – BBSE 1 17 St. Sylvester 1 07 (Report Below)
Junior E Championship – BBSE got a walkover from O’ Dwyers
- The Junior A Championship team have 2 wins and a loss to date
- The Junior C Championship team have 2 wins and a draw
- The Senior B Championship team have 3 wins to their credit.
- The Junior E Championship team have two wins and a loss.
- The Senior A Championship is on a break until the Dublin players return.
AHL 1 – BBSE 0 18 St. Jude’s 2 10 (Report Below)
AHL 2 – BBSE 0 17 Setanta 2 18
AHL 3 – BBSE A 0 14 Sc. Uí Chonaill 01 08
AHL3 – BBSE B 0 04 St. Brigid’s 2 22
All 4 teams play again on Saturday, June 21st.
Faughs host the Senior A team. Brigid’s host the Senior B team. The Junior A team are at home to Faughs and Round Towers host our Junior B team.
Junior C Championship Report from Ger Doyle
Ballyboden faced group leaders Kilmacud Crokes in a wet PUM on Tuesday evening. Crokes got off to a dream start with a goal in the opening minutes, but after some good work Connor Bolger set up Neal Farrell to open our account. Brian Cummins drove a 21 yard free to the Crokes net before Crokes added their second goal of the game. Cummins added a couple of frees and an Aidan Horgan point left the sides level at HT after a tight first half. BBSE 1- 6 to Crokes 2-3.
Ballyboden started the second half in determined fashion and hit 5 unanswered points – a point from David Garry, 3 from Cummins and a fine score after great work rate by Tom Sweeney. Crokes stayed in touch from placed balls and drew level before the telling score – a goal by Cian Hiney. Boden kicked on again with Cummins again from placed balls and open play before the score of the game from David Garry from over near the sideline. Another Cummins free sealed a fine win. Another great team performance backboned by Tiernan Swords, Jason Long, David Keville the hard working Connor Bolger and scorer in Chief, Brian Cummins who contributed with 1-11. The win puts us top of the grou, unbeaten with 2 away games to play.
A big thank you from the players and management for all the support on a miserable night. Our attention turns to league action Saturday, away to Brigids in Russell Pk.
Ballyboden 2- 16: Brian Cummins 1-11, Cian Hiney 1-0, David Garry 0-2, Tom Sweeney 0-1, Aidan Horgan 0-1, Neal Farrell 0-1. Crokes 2-10
Senior B Championship from Joe Roche
Ballyboden St Endas Senior B hurlers made it three wins from three when they were victorious in their Championship match against St Sylvesters in Sancta Maria on Thursday 4th June 2014. A tentative start by both teams saw the action concentrated in the middle third of the field and this, allied to a number of wides, left the score after the first quarter two points each. A feature of this first quarter also was a fine save by goalkeeper Conor Dooley. The forward’s radar sparked into action in the second quarter and Boden began to take control. Pick of the scores were wonderful points from both corners by Jonathon O’Driscoll and Finnian McDonagh. This left the half-time score Boden 0-7 to Sylvesters’ 0-3.
This was a championship match so it was no surprise that the northside team started brightly in the second half and registered the first green flag of the evening with a well-struck goal. This seemed to spring Boden into life as they rattled over the next five points without reply, the last being a peach of a point by McDonagh after a superb puckout catch, run and pass by Adam Jermyn. The half-back line of Ronan Cleary, Jamie Desmond and Kenneth Wiggleswoth held firm as Sylvesters sought to claw back the lead. However, great work-rate by all but in particular, Eoghan O’Neill and Mattie Weldon in midfield, ensured their chances were at a minimum. Boden introduced some fresh legs in the final quarter and when Niall Ryan and Dermot Coffey registered white flags, the match was closed out on a scoreline of Boden 1-17 to Sylvesters’ 1-7. Boden now top the Group 1 table on 6 pts with matches against Round Tower (2nd July) and Whitehall Colmcille (16th July) to come.
AHL 2 Report from Joe Roche
Ballyboden St Endas Senior B hurlers lined out for the second time in four days when they faced Setanta in round five of the Division 2 league in Sancta Maria on Saturday 7th June 2014. The team showed many changes from the championship match a few days earlier and had to withstand a bright opening spell from the Ballymun team who raced into a four point lead after ten minutes. Boden steadied and fine points from Adam Jermyn, Emmett Carroll and Mark Lambert saw them back to within a point. Strong running by Setanta, in particular Dublin U21 squad member, Fiontán McGib, meant they kept the pressure on. Niall Keegan was doing well, particularly under Setanta puckouts and one such win was followed by a super pass for another Jermyn point. After this however, Setanta began to dominate and finished the half strongly with a goal by McGib to leave the half-time score Ballyboden 0-9 Setanta 1-12.
Captain Darragh O’Gorman, who was having a fine game at full-back, rallied the troops at half-time. There is great fighting spirit in this team and following concession of a second goal to Setanta, the work-rate of the team increased. Paddy Ryan led from centre-back ably assisted by Keegan and Kenneth Wigglesworth. The first of four points by Mattie Weldon gave the team a lift and they got to within four points. Despite their best efforts they could not push Setanta any further and the northside team emerged on top on a scoreline of 2-18 to 0-17. Thank you to the players who stepped in for this match – well done to all. The team now has a well-earned break for a couple of weeks before the next league match against St Brigids on the 21st June.
AHL 1 Report By Cian Mc Kiernan for grassrootsgaa.ie
A flurry of points in the first 15 minutes gave Ballyboden St. Endas a platform to beat St. Judes in this rather heated AHL 1 match in Pairc Uí Mhurchú.
St. Judes battled back well but Ballyboden were always a step ahead of the men from Tymon. Boden came flying out of the blocks at the start of the game with points from David Curtin and James Roche which were followed by two narrowly missed frees from goalkeeper Conor Dooley.
This was followed up by another point from Curtin, this time from a free, and a well taken point from his midfield partner, Ronan Cleary. Gavin Corrigan then scored a fine point to put his team into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead.
But it was not all one way traffic and Judes could have been closer to their opponents if not for some wayward shooting, which was to be a theme of the afternoon for Judes as they racked up 14 wides throughout the match.
Judes were being overrun in midfield and had to make changes to alter this. Jesse Kennedy was moved from wing back to midfield while midfielder Rob Hardy dropped deeper to help out his defence. Considering Kennedy and Hardy had performed so well when operating from deeper roles in the Championship match against Ballinteer, it was a surprise to see them pushed forward.
The changes made all the difference as the St. Judes defence tightened up and allowed more space for their forwards to move into. They were rewarded with their first point after 15 minutes when Hardy slotted over a free from just inside his own half.
But Boden answered straight away with another free from David Curtin. Judes came into the match more and more in the last ten minutes of the second half with Kennedy scoring from distance after great work from Vinnie Walsh in midfield.
The Tymon men were then brought right back into the game rather fortuitously as a high looping strike from centre back Paul Aylward came back off the post and into the hand of full forward John Ryan who duly dispatched the ball into the back of the net.
But Boden wouldn’t be knocked down as they continued to push on with scores from Naoise Maguire and Paul Doherty. Another pointed free from Hardy put Judes closer to their opponents but Boden restored their three point lead through a point from Curtin.
Judes finished the half strongly with John Ryan pointing from the 21 yard line to pull his team within two points at half time with the score at 0-9 to 1-4.
The second half looked like it would be a repeat of the first half as Boden scored two quick points through Corrigan and Cleary but Judes had learnt their lesson and came firing back at Boden with a pointed free from Hardy after Neil Mangan was brought down after a great run.
At this point Hardy was everywhere for Judes. He cleared a ball from the defence and dashed up the pitch to take a hand pass from Mangan to put his team back to within two points.
Judes then took the lead through another goal from John Ryan. This time the full forward received a pass from Eoin Mc Loughlin before firing past Dooley in the Ballyboden goal.
David Curtin added another point from a free before wing forward Gavin Corrigan added his third point of the match.
Hardy added to his tally with another well taken point before Judes had a goal chance as Neil Mangan turned and struck a stinging shot towards the Ballyboden goal but Dooley was equal to the task as he threw a hand out to catch the ball without the slightest bother.
But Mangan was to be given another chance and scored a well taken point shortly after. Hardy added another free to put Judes into a one point lead. But like a well-oiled machine, Boden kept putting scores on the board without much fuss. Curtin added two more points from frees and James Roche got his second point of the match.
Hardy scored another point to bring his tally to 0-7 for the day but Curtin also pointed from a free to equal his midfield opponent’s score.
With the sides level, Boden’s wing backs Conor Robinson and Tim Sweeney surged forward to score a point each to give their side the win.
Judes will be disappointed with only their first loss of the league campaign while Boden will hope this win will help them push on further in the league
Ballyboden St. Endas Squad List: C Dooley; E Small; D Curran; S O’ Connor; T Sweeney (0-1); J Desmond; C Robinson (0-1); R Cleary (0-2); D Curtin (0-7, 5 frees); N Maguire (0-1); F Mc Garry; G Corrigan (0-3); F Mc Donagh; P Doherty (0-1); J Roche (0-2)
St. Judes Squad List: M Hartnett; C Mangan; G Mc Manus; B Moran; A O’ Byrne; P Aylward; R O Brien; R Hardy (0-7, 5 frees); V Walsh; E Mc Loughlin; N Mangan (0-1); J Kennedy (0-1); E Walsh; J Ryan (2-1); J Mc Manus
Good Luck to the Dubs
Attention this week turns on the Dublin Senior hurlers as they make their way to Wexford for what promises to be a very tough outing. Last year they met twice….. a draw the first day was followed by a comprehensive win against 14 man Wexford in Parnell Park.. A Leinster final place against Galway or Kilkenny awaits the winner. The qualifiers await the loser. Roll on Sunday!! Good luck to the BBSE contingent