Result: 2 04 to 0 10

Baile Buadáin Naomh Éanna B v Cromhghlinn

Question: Is there anywhere more miserable on a wet day?  An t-Iománaí ar an gClaí reports from Ballycullen

Crumlin were our visitors to Ballycullen to take on our Minor B hurlers. Evelyn Cusack and others at Met Éireann conspired against us but it would take more than wind and rain to keep these lads from putting in a top class performance.

Crumlin, playing with the wind, rushed into an early lead – tagging point after point until they led by four. We were just wondering could it be one of those days when Seán Lambert stepped up and found his range with a 40 yard free into the wind. But it was James Hanrahan who turned this contest around. The dogged full forward fought for scraps all day and when the keeper mishit a puck out the lightning speed of young Hanrahan got himself to the ball first and drove it into the back of the net. This goal lifted the team immediately and it was now Crumlin that were on the back foot.

The second goal for Boden, which followed shortly, was not what you would describe as a thing of beauty – but they all count! Mathew Nolan on the long range frees struck the ball high into the sky and after some clash of the ash and a bit of pushing and shoving in the small parallelogram the ball found its way into the back of the net. Several players emerged roaring from the ruck claiming that they had deflected the ball in – so much so that even Harry Kane’s agent contacted the club to see if there was a possibility that ‘arry himself might have gotten the last touch – but to no avail. After a quickly convened meeting of the influential Goals and Points Resolution committee at a late night meeting in Parnell Park the goal was finally credited to the one man who should definitely not have been in that half of the field…. Mathew Nolan.

The match swung back and forth for the next half an hour with Boden just managing to stay that point ahead only to be reeled in the last five minutes to finish in a draw.

The lads were disappointed but should be very proud of their performances in what was later described as the ‘Bog of Cullen’.

Laoch na hImeartha: Darragh Murphy who stopped just about everything in the box. An excellent performance!

The boys were all winners when there was none!!

Baile Buadáin Naomh Éanna B 2-4 v Cromhghlinn 0-10

Match Day Squad:

Adam Fisher, Benjamin Hurley, Cillian Brandon, Darragh Murphy, Darragh O’Neill, David Barrett, Eoin Duffy (0-1), Hugh Nolan, James Hanrahan, James Kinsella (1-0), Liam Mac Pháidín, Matthew Nolan (1-1), Peter Byrne, Robert Lambert, Ruaidhrí Nolan, Seán Lambert (0-2), Thomas O’Neill