Our Under 15 Footballers, who have been struggling to find their form since
winning promotion to Division 1 in 2011, delighted their loyal
followers with a thrilling and well earned 1 point victory over Lucan
Sarsfields at their 12th Lock headquarters in their last match before
Lucan started the match at blistering pace and raced to a 4 point lead
within minutes and it seemd that Ballinteer hadn’t registered that the
match had begun. Then the fightback began. Robert raced through the middle
of the field, drawing the defence and finding Michael with the perfect
handpass. Michael showed his enormous strength and no little skill to hold
off the physical challenge as he found the net from point blank range. A
moment later and the sides were level. The Lucan mentors were heard to
exclaim, "we’ve played all the football and now they’re back level !". Their
day was to get a lot worse as Iarlaith was dragged down in the square a
minute later and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty.
Darragh, who was immense on the day, sent the keeper diving the wrong way
only for his placed effort to drift outside the right post. He quickly made
amends however by gathering the kickout and placing it over the black spot.
The game ebbed and flowed. There was no let up from either side and the
players were grateful for the occasional stoppages to attend to injured
players so they could take on water during what was an unseasonally warm
day. It was wonderful to see both sides sharing their rations in what was
otherwise an uncompromising physical encounter.
Thomas Noonan executed an amazing turn, shortly into the second half, and
sent a scorching shot towards the angle of the crossbar with the left
upright. It went over the bar like a rocket. It might so easily have been a
goal ! That was to follow within a short timeframe however as Darragh tied
the defence in knots and then delivered the perfectly timed crossfield
handpass to Tom who drilled it past the keeper who never had time to react.
Out hearts went out to the same keeper, but only briefly, when he fumbled a
high dropping ball into his own net. You see, we remember when that happened
to Tom himself against this very opposition in a Division 1 grading playoff
a few years ago. This was to be the day we laid to rest a few old ghosts !
If this report gives the impression that Lucan were surrendering then that
would be a lie. The truth is that it was a ding dong affair with no let up
on either side and the teams were level going into the last minute.
Darragh, who was a thorn in their sides all day, ripped through the heart of
the Lucan defence and was dragged down. It was outside the large
parallelogram but still within reach of a sharpshooter like Iarlaith.
The tension could be cut with a knife. The silence broken only by the call
of the Lucan players as Iarlaith began his run-up, " no pressure,
Ballinteer, NO PRESSURE ". Never a truer word was spoken. Coolness
personified ! The ball sailed high between the posts and the final whistle
sounded shortly after.
If a few players were named here that is not to downplay the contribution of
all the other heroes who played their part. If you want to see them in
action then visit
and play the slideshow.
Well done lads. Let’s have another one !
The Senior Football Championship Kicks off this weekend with St. Johns taking on St. Marks in O’Toole Park this Saturday at half 3. This match is looking like it could be an interesting encounter and Ballinteer will be hoping to advance to round 2. All support is much appreciated on Saturday.
The Full Senior Football Draw is below:
Senior Football Championship UCD v St Patrick’s P
Senior Football Championship Erin’s Isle v Naomh Mearnog `
Senior Football Championship Trinity Gaels v O Tooles
Senior Football Championship Ballymun Kickhams v St Sylvester’s
Senior Football Championship Na Fianna v Raheny
Senior Football Championship St Peregrines v Lucan Sarsfields
Senior Football Championship Ballyboden St Endas v Thomas Davis
Senior Football Championship Round Towers C v Clontarf
Senior Football Championship Kilmacud Crokes v St Mary’s S
Senior Football Championship Whitehall Colmcilles v Parnell’s
Senior Football Championship Ballinteer St Johns v St Marks
Senior Football Championship Fingallians v St Maurs
Senior Football Championship St Brigids v Templeogue SS
Senior Football Championship St Judes v St Anne’s
Senior Football Championship St Oliver Plunketts ER v St Vincent’s
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Our senior hurlers recorded the first victory of their 2011 AHL 1 campaign with a hard fought win over our near neighbours Kilmacud Crokes in Marlay Park last night. The win means we now have 3 points from 3 games after earning a highly creditable draw against county champions Ballyboden St Endas in the first game of the year.
The first half was a scrappy affair with both sides struggling to deal with the greasy conditions but in spite of this we held a narrow advantage at half time. The second half saw our lads really begin to assert their class on the game. Excellent scores by Fergal Chambers and Joe Maher pushed us into a commanding lead and in spite of a Kilmacud goal midway through the half we were still well on top, with Fionan Clabby and Ronan Collins in particular outstanding in defence. Points from Seanie Lane and Aodhan Clabby sealed the 5 point victory which will give the lads massive confidence as they face into the club’s first ever Senior A Championship campaign.
The final score was Ballinteer St Johns 0-14 Kilmacud Crokes 1-6.
It is that time of year again, when men and women start dreaming of silverware, and days out to Croker in August or even September.
The Championship is here again, and now is your chance to predict who you really think will win each of the provincial championship matches…..
Just forecast who will win each match, all the way through to the provincial finals. For each match predicted correctly, you are awarded points. The person with the highest points at the end of the championship will win €1000; second place will receive €500, 3rd place – €200, 4th place – €100 and 5th place – €50.
The forecast form is attached below. Entry is €20 and entries can be done via email or forms left in the bar, DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SATURDAY 14TH AT NOON.
Forward around and get your friends, co-workers, family, etc to join in too for the craic.
The leaderboard will be published on the club website (www.ballinteerstjohns.com) each week.
We would request your support for this, one of our main fund raising events in the club this year.
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Our Senior Hurlers take on Kilmacud Crokes tonight in Marley Park in a Division 1 League match at 6:45. The lads are looking to keep building on their good start to the season and all support is more the welcome.
Last weekend threw up some interesting fixtures for our adult football teams and the excitment of the games didn’t fail to deliver.
On Saturday evening, our Senior team took on Raheny in St. Annes Park and put up a serious fight. They hit the ground running and were trading points with Raheny and a first half goal by Shane McCann but Ballinteer in the driving seat. Ciaran Whelan and co fought back however and led again until Daragh Hopkins came in off the bench to score a goal that looked like it could win the match for Ballinteer. However Raheny came down and took the iniative, scoring two late points to win the match 0-16 to 2-09.
Our Junior A team didn’t have much more luck on Sunday morning as they took on Fingal Ravens in Rolestown. They were beaten 1-08 to 0-06 in a very scrappy match that Fingal Ravens took by the scruff on the neck with a goal 15 minutes into the second half. Before this it was very even with Ballinteer leading 2 points to 1 at half time.
Our Junior B team were involved in a very lively draw in Pairc De Burca against Kilmacud with the match eventually finishing a draw 3-12 to 1-18 in what was an extremely exciting game.
The Junior C’s took on St James Gael in the Iveagh Grounds on Sunday at 3pm and had a good win to take them to 5 points after 4 games. They beat Gaels 1-10 to 2-11 and are progessively moving higher and higher in their league.
Our Adult Football Teams are all in League action this weekend.
Our Senior team take on Raheny at 6pm on Saturday in St. Annes Park. They will be looking to kick start their season by getting their first points on the board.
Our Junior A team will be looking to add to their 4 points from 6 as they take on Fingal Ravens in Rolestown at 11am on Sunday morning.
Our Junior B team will take on Kilmacud at the same time in Pairc De Burca, while the Junior C team will play St James Gaels in the Iveagh Grounds at 3pm.
All Support is much appreciated for all these matches.