A super 6 point win for out U13 A football team against a good Naomh Barrog A team last Saturday. At half time they were 1 point down, but a great 2nd half display saw the lads come out on top with a scoreline of 9-06 to 7-06.
The U14 B football squad travelled to Greentrees Park to take on Robert Emmet’s last Saturday afternoon in what were ideal playing conditions. The home side started well and notched a goal in the opening minutes. BSJ responded very well and matched Emmet’s up to the short whistle with the teams level at Robert Emmet’s 2-2 BSJ 1-5. BSJ came storming out of the blocks in the second half and some good build up play ended with the ball in the net and a two point lead. Unfortunately this was to be our last score and the home side dominated the next fifteen minutes notching 1-3 in this period. BSJ never gave up however and playing some great free flowing football missed some good chances including a penalty in the closing minutes. FT Score: Robert Emmet’s 3-6 BSJ 2-5.
Our U15 footballers played a very competitive game versus St. Sylvester’s with the game in the balance right up to the end. But for the crossbar rescuing Sylvester’s on 2 occasions the result might have gone in our favour. A great team performance from the boys and a little unlucky in the end.
Our U16 footballers continued there strong start to Division 1 with a 3rd successive win in a tough hard fought win over St Pats. Missing 7 regular players – including 5 starters from last season’s championship final BSJ started well with a couple of early points. However St Pats responded well with a couple of great scores to level matters on the 10 minute mark. A number of fine scores from man of the match Liam Fenton followed before a decisive goal – scored by Fenton after brilliant work by Liam Smith on 20 minutes. St Pats continued to press and scored the point of the game just before half time. BSJ led 1-8 to 0-3 at the break. The second half was more about BSJ’s defence as St Pats applied the pressure but BSJ had the answers to all St Pats put up to them and ran out 1-11 to 0-6 winners.
Notable mentions – Sean Carroll of BSJ scoring 2 great points from play, another commanding performance from BSJ’s defence who have only conceded 0-15 in the first 3 league games. MOTM Liam Fenton at the centre of all BSJ’s best play.
On Sunday Morning Ballinteer St Johns Senior Hurlers got there league campaign underway against Olafs away.
The first half was a tight contest and a strong wind made it difficult for both sets of forwards to find their range. Ballinteer went into half time leading 0.07 to 0.05.
In the second half with the wind behind us, our boys drove on. A great defencive performance nullified any threat the opposition had and upfront Danny McCarthy was accurate from frees and some fine points by Ciaran Lane and Aodhan Clabby kept the scoreboard ticking over. A goal from Glenn Whelan ended the game as a contest.
Fresh legs and experienced heads came on to see out what was a comprehensive victory for Ballinteer in the end.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.18 Naomh Olaf 0.06
Ballinteer will be looking to build on this win when they face Naomh Fionnbarra on the 11th March at 10.15am in Marley Park. All support welcome and appreciated.
Junior A Hurlers
The Junior A team got their AHL5 league campaign up and running on Sunday with an away win against Faughs. On what was a very difficult pitch to play on Ballinteer started with a determination and drive dominating the first half to lead 2.10 to 0.02 at the break. The second half was a lot tighter affair with Faughs scoring two goals and sticking a few points to put a little bit of fear into our men. Order was restored however and Johns tightened up and drove on again with two more goals and a few points to see out what was a comfortable victory in the end.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 4.19 Faughs 2.12
Next match is at home in Marley on March 11th at 12 o’clock vs Crumlin.
Junior B Hurlers
The Junior B team got their AHL8 league campaign off to a good start on Sunday with an away win against Lucan Sarsfields. We had 18 players on the day and all 18 made a good contribution during the game. We were up the hill and into the wind in the 1st half but an excellent solo goal by Paraic O Heithir ensured we went in all square at half-time, 1-3 to 0-6.
In the 2nd half the lads upped the intensity and a 2nd goal scored by Colm O Muirgheassa gave us some daylight and with Conor Murphy adding frees and 65s to some great scores from play we pulled away to win by 2-9 to 0-8. Our defence was rock solid throughout and we had plenty of contenders for man of the match.
Next match is at home in Marley on March 11th at 14:30 vs Erin go Brath.
On paper Ballinteer had a daunting introduction to Division 1 Minor hurling on Sunday, drawn away to Na Fianna, county championship winners for the last four winners. The BSJ boys were determined to give a good account of themselves and what followed was nothing short of a classic.
Hard fought in the first half there was nothing more than a puck a ball between the two sides, Na Fianna leading at the break 1-6 0-7, the goal delivered through a penalty.
St Johns dominated the 3rd quarter opening up a small lead with the aid of a goal from Jack Kelly. However they were rocked by the concession of a soft goal which led to a period of Na Fianna domination. Back came BSJ with a goal by Tom Ahearne and appeared to be heading for victory until the concession of two goals towards the end of the game looked to have won the game for the Mobhi Road men.
However the Ballinteer lads never wilted and with the game in injury time Tom Ahearne scored direct from a free to draw level and in the following minute Seamus Fenton won a foot race to a breaking ball to force the ball home for a fourth goal!
BSJ put their bodies on the line for the remaining minutes to run out 4.14 to 4.11 winners!!
Next game Sunday March 4th v St Vincents in Marlay
Our U16A footballers took on Kilmacud Crokes in Silver Park in their second game of their 2018 league campaign. A really solid performance from our defence limited Crokes to only 2 points in the whole game. Our attack were patient in breaking down a very defence minded Crokes side eventually racking up 2-12. St Pats of Donabate are the opponents this Saturday coming in Marley Park.
Our U14A footballers 2nd match in their first season in Division 1 resulted in a narrow 2 point loss to Kilmacud in Silver Park last Saturday. This result followed our opening game win against Na Fianna. On Saturday BSJ had a slow start in each half but the work rate of the players closed the gap and kept the game in the balance until the very end. 18 players were needed and the quality in the squad was evident. Credit to John Clair for hs scoring contributions on the day.
U14 B Footballers played Man of War. We were 5 points up with 5mins to go and a few turnovers near the end saw a good performance overall lost – 6-9 to 5-7
Finn Wickham scored a fantastic goal. Thanks to Super Valu for the new jerseys
Our Senior Footballers had a good performance against Thomas Davis in their first game in Division 1. It Ended in a draw courtesy of a last minute penalty from Aodhan Clabby. It was probably a fair result overall as the first half was very even. The second half was more a ‘game of two halves’ with Thomas Davis dominating the early part and Ballinteer St Johns the latter stages. Great fitness & determination right to the end delivered the strong finish from the lads.
Our Junior A footballers had their first game under new management and they got a strong panel out. Unfortunately having led Erins Isle for a lot of the game they were eventually beaten by 2 points. Overall a good first outing & a lot of positives to take from it.
The Junior Bs also had a good panel out but unfortunately beaten by 4 points by Liffey Gaels. Kicked a lot of wides which hopefully will be eliminated in future games but were still in it right to the end until they conceded a goal in the last minute.
A new era for the Junior Cs with a panel of 23 out made up of a couple of experienced players but mainly drawn from minor panels over the last few years. They came up against a very experienced Good Counsel team who had a lot of players who clearly played in higher leagues over the years. The lads stuck with them for the whole game but eventually lost by 2 points despite having two goal chances in the dying minutes both of which were just wide.