BBSE 3 21 St. Sylvester’s 0 11
It was a beautiful sunny morning in Broomfield as Sylvester’s finest took on our minor B hurlers. Keelin Smith was first on the scoresheet with an early free after three minutes. Daniel Daly followed suit very quickly with a good individual score and Scott O’Sullivan took a great score from a tight angle on the left wing. Sylvesters kept in touch early on, mainly with scores from frees but the Ballyboden forward machine was not to be stopped as Fionn Keating put Keelin in for a great score after 22 minutes. Ballyboden were just ahead by 0-5 to 0-2 at the water break. Aodán O’Reilly was next to show his dexterity with the hurley taking a magnificent point after an excellent run from midfield. Cian Durkin, with a good point, from a tight angle ensured that all the forwards were on the score sheet by half time.
Conor Barnes had a quite morning in the goal but marshalled his defence diligently as per usual. The two Seáns, O’Shea and Wall, attacked every ball in defence with Jack O’Connor and Ollie Brophy keeping the right wing scoreless throughout the first half. Fionn and Reed Barry worked hard in tandem to snuff out an early goal chance for Sylvester’s and proved a solid defensive pairing in the first half.
Although Boden were seven points up at half time Sylvester’s had shown enough to suggest that they could create and take good scores from play. However 2 minutes into the second half Darragh Brooks muscled his way through and hit the back of the net to put an end to any chance of a Sylvester’s revival. Robbie O’Reilly worked hard throughout the second half and eventually got the score he deserved and a couple of handy frees!
The introduction of Lee McConnell, Michael Hanrahan and Leon Murphy early in the second-half gave a new impetus to the team. After some great work by Lee in the corner he fired across the large parallelogram for Jack Hutchinson to double on the sliotar and hit the back of the net. Jack followed up with a second goal late in the game and was probably unlucky not to finish with a hat trick.
An excellent all round performance by the lads winning by 3-21 to 0-11.
Laoch na hImeartha: Seán O’Shea