CLG Naomh Olaf: 2-13 ; Baile Buadáin Naomh Éanna: 1-12
Cé go raibh deichniúr imreoirí gortaithe nó tinn Dé Domhnaigh seo caite don chluiche sa tSraith AHL 3 i gcoinne CLG Naomh Olaf, bhí bainisteoir na foirne Des O’Sullivan sásta go leor leis an taispeántas. Ní raibh idir na foirne ag an deireadh ach 4 chúilín.
Thosaigh Boden do láidir agus bhí dhá chúilín ar an gclár ag Chris Lambert taobh istigh de dhá nóiméad. It was nip and tuck from there to the interval, Boden showing strongly, led from the back by Josh Corcoran, who notched up two fine long range efforts, and a top class point from Wiggy at full-forward. A scrappy Olaf’s goal neutralised Oisín Byrne’s three fine first half points; an scór ag leathama ná Olafs: 1-5; Boden 0-7.
Lean Boden leis an dea-imirt sa dara leath. Two excellent points from Oisín Byrne and a superb point from newcomer Shane Bell meant Boden were in this game to the end. However, as the game went on, Boden struggled to cope with Dublin panellist from 2022, Eoin Foley, whose incisive runs created chances for his colleagues on the overlap. A second half solo goal from Foley put the game out of reach for Boden, ach lean siad ar aghaidh ag imirt and a clever pass from a free from Oisín Byrne to unmarked Chris Lambert resulted in a typical Lambo special to the top corner. Ciarán Cashman, who looked lively all through, finished the scoring with an excellent point ón imirt.
D’imir Boden go han-mhaith mar fhoireann sa chluiche seo; the support play was excellent; the fitness levels up to the pace of the game and lots of positives to be taken from this performance against an Olaf’s first team for whom Niall Burke, Eoin Foley, Tom McGuirk and Cian Mc Daid were impressive.
Ross McCormack stepped into goals at the last minute for the injured Ronan Sharkey, and acquitted himself very well. His precision puck outs allowed Boden to build a platform from the back, with Alan McGrath’s and Mo Ormsby’s distribution top class from the short puck outs.
Josh Corcoran at right half back dominated proceedings and was the stand out Boden player on view. Sna tosaithe, Owen Wigglesworth at full-forward, continued a fine run of form, ably assisted by speed merchant Oisín Byrne. Chris Lambert stepped up to the plate in the second half and finished with his ‘usual’ tally of 1-2. No pressure, Chris! All three subs made an impact.
We would like to wish Des O’ Sullivan a speedy recovery from injury. However his presence on the sideline with Brendan Treacy and recent addition, Clare man, Noel Hehir means there is no shortage of opinions when it comes to making switches.
Despite losing the match, the highlight of the day was the presence of Tom ‘The Limerick Layder’ McGrath. This was Tom’s first visit to Páirc Uí Mhurchú since his return from hospital, and he got a great welcome from all the players, but particularly those he had coached as juveniles and minors. Tom’s match reports were legendary and his account from the Minor Final in 2016 would win a few prizes in the fiction and non-fiction categories. Is féidir leat é a léamh anseo:
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Bhí áthas an domhain ar gach éinne Tom a fheiscint ag an gcluiche lena bhean chéile Dympna agus a mhac Kevin.
Laoch na hImeartha: Josh Corcoran
An chéad chluiche eile i gcoinne Emmet Bhré CLG sa bhaile Dé Sathairn 15 Aibreán 6.15pm
Ár mbuíochas le Billy Coman agus Shane Ormsby na maoir chúil, agus le John Ryan an maor line.
Pitch report: Despite incessant rain all week, the pitch stood up well and is a credit to all the ‘grounds’ staff!
Réiteoir: Eoin Crossan
Ross McCormack; Alan McGrath; Ruairí Mac Mathúna; Matthew Ormsby; Josh Corcoran 0-2 (1F); Joe Maguire; Ruairi Hestor; Ruairi Kirwan; Andy Hand; Oisín Byrne 0-5 (1F); James Enright; Chris Lambert 1-2; Daniel O’Riordan; Owen Wigglesworth 0-1; Ciaran Cashman 0-1; Cian Corcoran; Seán Bury; Shane Bell 0-1.