On Sunday Morning (6th March) Ballinteer St Johns Senior Hurlers got there league campaign underway against Lucan Sarsfields on the AWP in BCS. The first half was a tight contest with neither team willing to give an inch. Seanie Lane lined up in goal and was well protected by the hard hitting full back line of Ronan Collins, Frank O’Donoghue and John Donovan. This was reinforced by James Gilligan, Keith Nolan and Jack Gilligan who all dominated in the air and forced Lucan to attempted points under pressure. Nolan’s fine catch and drive over the bar was a thing of beauty and showed from the get go that Ballinteer were up for the challenge. In midfield the duo of Cian Dolan and Darragh Morrisey were continuously putting Ballinteer on the attacking foot. Morrisey showing this by bursting through the heart of the Lucan defence on a 30yard run and placing the ball over the bar.
Fionan Clabby was his usual dogged self under the breaking ball in the half forward line, Aodhan Clabby controlled the game from centre forward spraying the ball around trying to get the entire forward line into the action and Joe Maher used his quick feet to avoid challenges and poke holes in the Lucan defence.
Credit to the Lucan full back line who gave little or no space to Ballinteer full forward line of Rob Ahern, Kevin Barry and Iarlaith MacGabhann, but this didn’t stop the pacey full forward line who continued to move around in the hope of creating space. Ballinteer went into half time leading by a single point.
In the second have Ballinteer management noted the wind had picked up and made the change to bring on the powerful Sean Corcoran at Full Forward in replace of MacGabhann. This was a stroke of genius as Corcoran rose time and time again fetching the ball and attacking the Lucan full back who had little option but to take him down. This gave Aodhan Clabby the opportunity to showcase his ability from the dead ball which he duly accepted. The breakthrough for the goal came when the ball was played into the corner where Fionan Clabby gained control and gave an inch perfect pass across the 21 to the on rushing Kevin Barry who beat his man with his momentum and leathered the ball into the back of the net. Fresh legs and experienced heads in the form of Feargal Chambers, Oisin Chambers and Danny McCarthy came on to see out the victory for Ballinteer.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.11 Lucan Sarsfields 0.08
Ballinteer will be looking to build on this win when they face Kilmacud Crokes on the 20th March at 10.30am in Silver Park. All support welcome and appreciated.
The Jun A hurling team headed to a bleak and windswept pitch in Gormanstown to take on Skerries Harps on Sunday morning. Early in the season this was never going to be a classic, and so it proved. Ballinteer started well with the 1st two points but Skerries jumped into the lead with a goal from a mis-hit 21m free. Points were evenly exchanged over the next quarter. Ballinteer’s full back line steadied up and Andy Dolan swept up well across the back line. Iarla Mc Gabhann won good ball up front and scored well, with Oisin Power scoring from frees. However in a whistle happy match, Skerries kept the score board ticking over too. At half time Skerries led by 1-06 to 5 points . The second half proved an equally uninspiring affair, with the pitch, which was truly unsuitable, being the inevitable victor, forcing the game into numerous throw-ins, with free-takers struggling to rise a dead ball from the meadow. In the closing minutes Ballinteer closed the gap right down to 3 points, and nearly tied it up from a Jack O’Donovan shot, which was parried by the goalie. 2 late frees for Skerries left a Final Score Ballinteer 0-14 Skerries 2-13
Junior B hurlers for the second year in a row have moved up a Division, to Division 7. They played St.Brigids on the AWP on Sunday in their first league game.
St.Brigids a seasoned team provided tough opposition. They stormed the 1st half with impressive score line, mainly down to a 5 minute spell where Ballinteer St Johns conceded two goals. BSJ created chances in the 1st half, but were unsuccessful.
Second half we made three changes, with Ciaran Rafter coming into midfield with the evergreen Barry Judge, they set a platform for the team to make a comeback.
With David O Donoghue and Eoin Kelly commanding in the back line, the ensured that Ray Redmond was well protected in goals in the 2nd half.
With Fionn Doherty in fine form BSJ were cutting into the deficit and with Peter Fletcher , Liam Morahan showing great skill and commitment from the back to ensure that we kept attacking.
Unfortunately the half time lead was too big to claw back, the final result Ballinteer St Johns 0-15 , St Brigids 2-12. The mentors of the Junior B`s, Ciaran Clabby, Brian Sutton and Conor Dolan will be delighted with the 2nd half performance.
Next game is Erins Isle away.