Minor Footballers make history in winning the League

Our Minor Footballers go into the history books of Ballinteer St Johns when last week they took the Division 2 League title for the first time. In the 33 year history of the club we have never won a league or championship title up to yesterday.  For the record we were Div 3 Runners Up in 1989, Div 2 Runners Up in 2008, Minor B Champ Finalist in 2006 and 2009. In winning the league we won a very impressive 10 out of 11 games . There were wins against
Senior clubs such as Oliver Plunkets, St Vincents, Thomas Davis and St Sylvesters. We scored 232 and conceded only 92 giving us an average winning margin of 13 points per game. We will after a 2 weeks break return to training for the A Championship. Hats off?.

Back l to r: Philip Fitzpatrick, James Fitzsimons, Barry Mannion, Aaron Bradshaw, James Brown, Míchael Cronin, Adam Curry, Sean Casserly, Daniel O’Leary, Cian O’Dwyer Joe Waters, Isaac Tallant, Joe Barcoe, Ben Broderick, Shane McCann

Front l to r: Eoin O’Flaherty, Daniel Fitzgerald, Stephen Mulvaney, Evan O’Flaherty Simon O’Reilly, Peter Flanagan, Jack Walsh, Patrick Hopkins, Eoghan Fitzpatrick, Patrick O’Reilly Jack Ball, Padraic Ó hEithir, Joe Mulvaney

Great wins for Senior & Junior hurlers

On Thursday evening last our senior hurlers took on local rivals Kilmacud Crokes in a crunch league game, with both teams aiming to climb the league table. With a 2 week break commencing following this game it was important that the lads built on a very important win against Vincents from their previous outing.

From the off, Crokes started with a far greater intensity and built an early lead of 1-­03 to a solitary point. As the half progressed, the lads started to get into the game and began tagging on scores as they reduced the deficit. Our hurling got much sharper and we began to use the ball much better which resulted in us getting on top.

In the second half the game ebbed and flowed as we pushed for the elusive goal which never came. However, credit to the squad as they dominated the last 20 mins of the game and tipped away at the score board with some great individual scores, which led us to victory. The game concluded on a scoreline of 0­-16 to 1-­10. This puts our hurlers on 7 points and 4 points off Lucan who presently top the table.

Plenty of hurling still to do but 2 consecutive victories have set us up nicely for when the lads come back after a 2 week break.

The Jun A Hurlers produced a sterling performance against St Marks in their league encounter last Tuesday in Marley Park.

The match was well attended and all were thrilled to see the return of two BSJ stalwarts Cormac O Brien and Ciaran Lane who made their competitive return after nearly a year’s absence through injury.

The team format was mixed about again to facilitate the unavailability of key players due to injury.

Daragh Taffe lined out in goal with a defensive back line made up of Enda Larkin, Cormac O Brien, Andrew Dolan. This was reinforced by Josh Hogan Eoin Fitpatrick and Sean Smith.

Playing up the hill in the first half BSJ dominated possession  and scored a selection of fine points through Colm Morrissey, Jack O Donovan, Oisin Power, Ciaran Lane and Eoin Coffey.

Under the guidance of the experienced Oisin Chambers, minors Padraig O Hehir, and Eoin Fitzpatrick excelled with great enthusiasm and energy throughout.

The first half was brought to a close with the move of the match. A ball played out of defence found Lane whose pin point pass found O’ Donovan at pace. On controlling the sliothar he found the back of the net with great accuracy. Half time score BSJ 1-8 St Marks 0-5.

BSJ continued the second half with the same attitude and application. Changes were made with Shane Corley, Cormac Fenton and Paul Corcoran being introduced.

The scoreboard was kept ticking over with a selection of points from play from C Lane and O Power together with a rather fortunate goal coming from a long range free from Coffey which was deflected in. An excellent angled score from Corley assisted by a well taken goal by Fenton ensured that BSJ never relinquished their grip on the game:

Final Score BSJ 3-15 St Marks 1-6:

Great wins for Senior, Junior A and Junior B Footballers.

With Marley Park out of action due to concerts, our Senior footballers moved to Loretto Park for their game against Clontarf on Saturday evening.

With a number of players missing due to injury and suspension, it was going to be a hard task to overcome their fellow promotion chasers from the Northside.

With a strong wind blowing down the pitch Ballinteer played with it in the first half but Clontarf battled hard and got some nice scores into the breeze and were very much in the game at half-time when Ballinteer went in two points up 0-07 to 0-05 with some fine scores from Glen Whealan, Fearghal Duffy and Aodhan Clabby.

Johns workrate had to be massive in the second half when playing into the breeze and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Defensively, Diarmuid Kennedy, Davy Devereux and Shay McCaffery get Clontarfs full-forward line quiet and frees were keeping Clontarf in touch and Clontarf took the lead for the first time in the game with only three minutes left. Of course, though Ballinteer didn’t give up – a trait they are becoming accustomed to. A Duffy free followed by a Whealan fist over the bar in injury, won the game as the crowd rejoiced.

The Junior As also had their match moved to Loretto Park on Sunday morning when they took on Templeogue. After a tremendous first half, the lads lead by 5 points with goals from Sean O’Reilly and Brian McCaffrey helping them. Templeogue fought back though and got back into the game and had it level as the game entered injury time. Queue Frankie Ward, who slotted over a 40 yard point with the outside of his right boot from play to give Ballinteer a one point victory.

Our Junior B footballers took on St. Annes in Bohernabreena on Sunday morning also. The Gail blew down the Dublin mountains onto tho backs of the Ballinteer men in the first half as they won the toss to play down the hill. The lads opened up a 14 point lead at half time. The Marlay men went on to win 3-17 to 0-10 with the goals coming from Mitchell Moody, Cathal McGarrigle and Sean Dunne to move them up to 4th in the league

Junior A and B Footballers Both Qualify for Championship Semi-Final

On Tuesday evening both our Junior football teams played in the Quarter Final of their respective championships and both had tremendous wins against Whitehall and Lucan.

The Junior A’s took on Whitehall in Marley Park and had a great first half putting good moves together, and leading by 7 points at half time including a well taken goal by Brian McCaffery.

Both teams then went point for point at the start of the second half with Whitehall having most of the possession until the conclusion. The lads held out well though, including 7 mins of injury time, with the performance in the first half and crucial scores & good defending in the second getting them over the line by two points.

Everyone worked hard with Enda Larkin, Shane Holland & Sean Smith setting up attacks from the back & Ciaran Clarke, Ronan Clabby, Paul Farrell, Sean Reilly & David Quinn getting some great scores.

The Junior B’s played Lucan in Lucan and had a very hard task ahead of them with Lucan not losing a game all year. The first half was very even and the teams were level at four points a piece at half time.

An goal early in the second half from DJ Corbett help Ballinteer settle in the second half but Lucan replied with a goal of their own. But with eight minutes to go, Cian Duffy buried a ball in the back of the net and but five points between the teams. Lucan tried everything to get back in but the lads held out for a two point win.

Fixtures Sat 18th – Fri 24th July

There are plenty of matches to enjoy over the weekend if you are not going to the concerts in Marley Park. Saturday evening at 6-30pm in Loretto Park our Senior Footballers take on Clontarf. On Sunday we have a full fixture list of Junior Football matches and Minor hurling to support.  For details of matches see below.

Saturday 18th July
Team Time Venue Opposition
Senior Div2 Football 18-30 Loretto Park Clontarf
Sunday 19th July
Team Time Venue Opposition
Junior A Football 11-00 Loretto Park Templeogue Synge Street
Junior B Football 11-00 Bohernabreena St Annes
Junior C Football 15-00 Loretto Park Croi Ro Naofa
Minor Div2 Hurling 11-00 AWP Naomh Fionnbarra
Monday 20th July
Junior A Hurling 19-30 Marley Park St Marks
Friday 24th July
Junior A Hurling 19-30 Rush St Maurs

Great Wins for Seniors in the League and Junior A Hurlers in C’Ship

On Tuesday the 7th of July, Ballinteer Saint Johns Senior hurlers played host to St Vincents in their 7th league game of the season. The venue was Marley park on a dull, wet night.

Ballinteer were first off the mark with a great long range point from Glen Whealen after just 1 minute. This was shortly followed up with a free from Fionan Clabby who pointed from his own half, after James Gilligan was pulled to the ground. Fionan converting long range frees was a strong theme of the first half, successfully pointing 5 from 5.

Fergal Chambers also chipped in with the scores from play in the first half, scoring 2 excellent points from midfield, However the score of the half came from an Aodhan Clabby goal. Joe maher did the hard work, and picked up a ball 45 yards out, made a run through the middle and made a perfect handpass to Aodhan who then slotted the ball past the keeper into the roof of the net.

The Marino men kept the score board ticking over with points from John Hetherton and Mossy McGrane, however, there was no real goal threat due to the hard work from all the backs, especially the full back line of Ronan Collins, Dave Harney , and Alex Hogan.

At the Break, Ballinteer were in front, with a score line of 1-8 to 6 points.

Vincents were first to act in the second half with Mossy McGrane pointing a 30 yard free, however Fergal Chambers responded within seconds to score his third point of the night with a left sided shot from an acute angle.

Another good johns move saw a point scored by Gavin O Broin. Glen Whealen Catching a high ball straight from a Sean Lane puck out, and hand passed it out to O Broin who found himself in space and converted off the right from 45 metres. This was very quickly followed up by a point from the hard working Joe Maher. From here Johns had an excellent lead which was 1-11 to 7 points. Vincents however, were not giving in and dominated for a few minutes which saw them scoring a goal and a few points which made it level at 1 -11 a piece.

Johns now had their backs to the wall but came out to score 3 unanswered points which made it   1-14 to 1-11 with full time approaching. Johns survived a few goal mouth scrambles in the dying minutes but held on for a deserving 2 point victory.

The final score of 1-14 to 1-12 saw BSJ hurlers pick up a valuable 2 points in the league.

Man of the match – Fionan Clabby.

The Jun A Hurlers maintained their recent good form to beat a strong O Toole’s team in a vital Championship encounter on a blustery Tuesday evening in Marley Park.

With the usual selection problems due to injuries , holidays and work commitments the starting  formation of the team had to shuffled yet again.

This did not deter the BSJ boys who have built up a great level of trust and belief in all of their colleagues irrespective of what position they have be asked to line out.

Knowing  that defeat would leave their chances of advancing further in the championship in  the hands of others, this was not an option that the BSJ lads were not prepared to concede to.

Playing into a strong breeze in the first half BSJ chased and harried the opposition down. This created problems for the O Toole’s defence. Capitalising on a couple of defensive errors BSJ scored two early goals through Corley and Aherne. A selection of superb saves by the O Tooles keeper ensured that his goal would remain intact for the rest of the half.

O Toole’s absorbed the pressure and responded to the initial challenge laid down by BSJ.

This is where the BSJ defensive unit showed its steely determination to a man.

Strong performances throughout the backs were had by O Rian, Aherne, Chambers ,Mc Keown and Hogan and topped off by an excellent performance by Andrew Dolan.

Sean Smith deputising in goal was in fine form and his puck outs into a strong breeze were a great relief to the backline.

BSJ went in at the half leading by 3pts (  2-2 / 0-5).

The second half saw BSJ playing with a level of composure that has become the trademark of the team. The experienced players on and off the pitch ensured that the younger lads kept their focus with sound advice being transmitted throughout. Brian Mannion was replaced (injury) by Padraig O Hehir . Some good link up play between Jack O Donovan, Eoin Coffey and Daragh Morrissey saw BSJ add a selection of further scores to the board.

O Tooles made changes and pushed additional men forward in the hope of breaching the BSJ goal-line.

They were successful in the last minute scoring a goal that reduced the deficit , however BSJ tagged the final score ensuring that victory was not to be denied.

Final score BSJ 2-9  O’Toole’s 1-7

Senior footballers beat Peregrines as Junior Bs win against Robert Emmetts

Our Senior footballers took on St. Peregrines in Blakestown on Saturday evening in the league and recorded a good five point victory against the northsiders.

Playing with the wind in the first half Ballinteer were made to work hard for scores by the Peregrines defence. The teams were trading scores until Glenn Whelan latched on a ball and buried it in the back of the net to put Ballinteer 1-04 to 0-03 up. Two scores for Peregrines before half-time and one from Ballinteer had it a three point game at half-time.

Up the hill and into the wind for the second half Ballinteer had a lot of work to do and Peregrines got off to a good start and had it down to two points early on. However a point from Breandan and a penalty from Paul Cronin extended Ballinteers lead again to five points. Points from Luke Naughton, Paul Mullan, Paul Cronin and 1-01 from McCann in the last fiftheen minutes ensured a five point victory for Johns with a scoreline of 3-10 to 0-14.

The Junior Bs took on Robert Emmetts away from home on Sunday morning and had a good 3-09 to 0-06 win. Goals from Conor Lawlor, Graham Dent and Sean Dunne helped them along their way and they now sit one point of the playoff places with a game in hand.

Junior A Hurlers Defeat Bray Emmets

The Jun A Hurlers bounced back from their recent defeat against Cula to claim a surprising but worthy victory over table toppers Bray Emmets on Sunday morning. Marley Park was in pristine condition with Pitch 2 well groomed and marked, it would have tempted anyone to participate.

Injuries to a selection of key players meant that the management team had to shuffle the deck around again in order to put out a strong team. The return of the Aherne brothers, James (America) and Rob (Leaving cert) was an welcome bonus in alleviating the selection process.

Daragh Morrissey playing in midfield started the scoring for BSJ with an excellent point from play. A selection of well taken points from play were provided by Rob Aherne, Oisin Power, and Colm O Rian. Frees awarded to BSJ were skilfully executed by both Mc Carthy and Power ensuring that BSJ maintained a 2pt lead heading into the half.

With BSJ challenging for every ball fitness was going to be a telling factor in the heat heading into the second half. To the credit of both teams they went at it hammer and tongs with not a bad pull throughout the duration of the game. Whilst very competitive it was played in a traditional hurling spirit.

The composure shown amongst the BSJ defensive line was admirable with strong performances put in by Andrew Dolan, James Aherne,& Eoin Smith. With the experienced Daragh Taffe in goal communication and direction amongst the backs was never in doubt.
Eamonn Mc Keown ( capt) Josh Hogan and Oisin Chambers were relentless in their challenges ensuring that any impending danger was always averted.

Additional scores were added in the second half by Cormac Fenton, and Rob Aherne.
With a vital championship match coming up against O Toole’s BSJ emptied the bench to ensure that niggling injuries didn’t manifest.

Sean Smith (Mc Carthy), Shane Corley ( O Rian) Jack O Donovan ( R Aherne) and Conor Hanrahan ( Mc Keown) were introduced. Jack O Donovan added 2pts from play on his introduction ensuring that a 3 pts lead was maintained coming into the last 5 minutes. Bray Emmets reduced the deficit to 2pts as the game moved into injury time and were pushing hard for a goal winning opportunity. They got close but were denied by a brilliant save from Taffe, and a super tackle and clearance by Conor Hanrahan.

As the whistle blew signalling the end of the match BSJ emerged victorious with a 2 pts difference. Final score BSJ 0-15 Bray Emmets 0-13.

Special word of thanks to Brian Sutton for setting up the nets & flags. Next match is Tues 7th July Marley 7.30pm V O’Toole’s, Championship.