Junior A & B hurlers reach C’Ship Semis as Senior draw with Boden

Junior A’s beat Faughs

The Junior A Hurlers  secured a Championship semi-final spot after a comprehensive victory over an experienced Faughs team on Sunday morning in Tymon Park.

Team selection was slightly hampered due to injuries but the return of Ciaran Brennan and Danny Quinn to the fold eased the concerns of the management team.

Throughout the first half the BSJ defensive line was in complete control of any impending danger with Andy Dolan, James Aherne, and the very impressive Paddy O Reilly tidying up all that dropped in front or behind them. With Eamonn Mc Keown, Josh Hogan and Oisin Chambers guarding the outer perimeter with  a ring of steel, a marker was laid and the message “ thou shalt not pass “ was conveyed.

This ensured that Sean Smith had a relatively quiet day in goal.

BSJ opened the scoring with points from midfielders Eoin Coffey & Danny Mc Carthy. The collective team play gradually kicked into gear after a couple of scoring opportunities went a begging in the first 15 minutes. With Brennan & Quinn adding a level of physicality and guile to the half forward line ably assisted by the speedy  Rob Aherne it was proving difficult for the Faughs team to make any penetration.

Additional points were contributed by corner forward Jack O’ Donovan and a fine strike from Ciaran Brennan.  Danny Mc Carthy scored a goal from a well taken free which deceived the keeper and crept in under the bar. Half Time score BSJ 1-7 Faughs 0-7.

The second half saw BSJ playing up the hill. Faughs to their credit came at Ballinteer but could not penetrate the defensive barriers in front of them. Josh Hogan typified the level of commitment applied and played the second half with a broken finger.

A brilliant team goal was scored after Rob Aherne picked up on a breaking ball from Brennan, burst through to find Mc Carthy who in turn flicked it to the on running O’ Donovan who smashed the sliothar into the back of the net.

This set BSJ on their way. A couple of  stylish points were added from two line balls by Mc Carthy aided by scores from Coffey and O’Donovan and a  fine point from play by Aherne.  Simon O Reilly and Sean Casserly  were introduced for Corley and Mannion as BSJ maintained their dominance until the final whistle.

Final Score BSJ 2-15  Faughs 0-16
Semi Final Draw BSJ v O Tooles Aug 30th

Junior B’s beat Lucan

Junior B hurlers played their Championship Quarter Final game against Lucan Sarsfields early last Sunday morning in warm and sunny Marley Park. Lucan had beating John`s in the League by 7pts and had beaten Boden in their last Round Robin Championship game.

Johns started with a lot of energy and were making a lot of attempts at points,  quickly added 2pts to their score. With Anton Redmond and Shane O`Connor were very prominent in  the early exchanges. Lucan came more into the game as the 1st half worn on. With the half back line of  Eoin Kelly, Barry Judge and Peter Fletcher were forcing Lucan  to take points under pressure. With Fiachra Power ,Tony Dillon and Diarmuid Morrissey  in defence , BSJ had the goals well minded.

But, Dara Taffee in goals was able to look after anything that came his way either high or low.

The middle ground in Marlay was where the battle took place, that was worthy of anything that J.R.R Tolkien could write.

With Conor Murphy and Oisin Mac Cinnide battling away worthy opponents.

BSJ  grew in confidence with Eoin Walsh wearing number 11 , was looking good in directing operations, able assisted by Cian Morrissey and Michael Byrne. Denis Flanagan adding points, whilst carrying a calf injury.

Lucan never missed from the dead ball, they were unerringly accurate, BSJ went in at half time down 0-3 to 0-4.

The introduction at half time of Joe Watters for the injured Denis Flanagan, had the desired impact. Joe was able to roam  the forward line at will. Added points to give John`s a slender league.

But Lucan, would not go down with a fight and made great effort to seek goal , but Shane O`Connor chased back and Diarmuid Morrissey stood firm and Dara Taaffe was coolness personified

Barry Mannion was introduced for Michael Byrne and Michael had played his part in the battle of the middle ground.

In the 2nd half with  Junior B`s, scored 8 points to 5 points, they came out on top by 11 points to 9 points. It was  win that capped off a great weekend for Hurling in Ballinteer St Johns.

This will keep the mentors, Jim Devereux, Graham Dent , Ciaran Clabby and Conor Dolan happy.

What will please them the most, is not the  performance, but  more importantly the character of the squad to win  against team that beat us in the league and against a team that can challenge you. at all levels.  Junior B`s were appreciative of the support for the squad on Sunday morning.

Next game is a Semi – Final against Round Towers Clondalkin in Marlay Park on Sunday August 30th at 10.15 am, all support welcome.

Seniors draw with Ballyboden

Our Senior hurlers took on Ballyboden in the Senior 1 league game on Monday evening in Marley park. The lads started well with 2 early points from Glenn Whelan who was inspirational on the night with his high fielding from puckouts. Ballyboden were not ready to let Johns dictate and replied with a couple of points from Paul Ryan. The Ballinteer backs were on top with Cormac O’Brien and David Harney commanding their respective positions. Just on the half time blower Aodhon Clabby and Oisin Power combined to set Glenn Whelan up for a goal against Garry Maguire that would leave the home side 1.8 to 0.10 up at the interval.

On the resumption Boden took over and scored two goals from O’Neill and McGarry and lead by 4pts at the mid way stage however a stubborn streak exists with the lads and this was to be tested going down the final straight. Points from Fergal Chambers who was outstanding all night at midfield Ciaran Lane, Glenn Whelan, Fionan Clabby, and Aodhan Clabby saw Ballinteer gain an important point on the night. This late run was only interupted by a Paul Ryan Free.

This leaves the lads on 8 pts having accounted for Crokes and Vincents recently and hopefully will be enough to keep them in Division 1 for the 5th season in the last 6 years. The support on the night was fantastic and it helped the players in those last few moments. Next game up is Championship v Lucan on Saturday 29th in Monastery road all support welcome.