From the throw in the U16 Div 1 girls showed that hard work combined with working together is a force to be reckoned with. The many months of dedication to fitness, skills development, tactics and drill work allowed this team to perform to the high standards they set for themselves. Each girl moved in support of the next creating many scoring chances which were confidently executed. Many of the scores were a direct result of the hard work and quick thinking of the full and half back lines. Added to this the accuracy and timing of our kick outs enabled the mid-field and forwards to create and convert goal and point scoring opportunities.
After a ‘score for score’ opening 10 minutes the Boden girls started to put space between themselves and Cuala. At half time the score was 5-7 to 2-2 in favour of BBSE. The second half was played with the wind at the backs of the Ballyboden girls. There was a determined effort by the whole team to ensure no goals were conceded in the second half, and that’s what was achieved – no goals. In fact only 3 points conceded in the second half against a scoring tally of 4 goals and 3 points for BBSE.
Final score Cuala 2-5 / Ballyboden 9-10
Back to the training pitch on Tuesday.
U16 Coaching Team
Naomh Barrog 1-09 BBSE 6-13
While Kilkenny and Tipperary were contesting the All-Ireland final on Sunday Bodens’ U16 Div.2 Ladies footballers began their Championship with a tricky away fixture in Pairc Barrog. In glorious sunshine they were hoping to emulate their Div.1 friends and training partners who, earlier in the day, had dispatched Cuala in clinical style. After a nervy start where the Boden girls were uncharacteristically sloppy the game settled down and both teams traded points until the home side found the net and tagged on another point to lead by 4 points midway through the first half. The Mentors identified a couple of changes and they immediately paid dividends with Boden finding the net themselves and from there they never looked back going in at half time 2-07 to 1-04 to the good. Confidence restored, the second half proved to be a team performance to be proud of with the backs, not only repelling attacks, but also displaying a steely determination not to concede goals. This set up a platform from which the midfielders and forwards flourished with the girls following the game plan to great effect. Attack after attack yielded scores with the kind of play any coach would be proud of. A final score of 6-13 to 1-09 didn’t flatter the team and was well deserved. The focus now turns to Castleknock next Sunday. Well done to all the panel and thanks to the U14A girls who were fine additions to the squad.