We were in hurling action on Saturday and all of our teams were involved in very close and competitive games. There was some high class skills on display as all teams won against Lucan. The games against Naas were split and despite some very strong performances, we lost narrowly to Scoil Ui Chonail.
BSJ Minor Hurlers had a disappointing day out in their 2nd game of the Dividion 1 League on Sunday March 25th v Cuala, losing ultimately 1-19 2-11.
With a five week gap since the first league game, BSJ were wary of rustiness but were very much 2nd best in the first half trailing at half time 0-3 1-8, with very few players satisfied with their 30 minutes.
Johns did up the tempo in the 2nd half, with goals from Tom Ahern & Seamus Fenton narrowing the gap to 4 points, however Cuala held their nerve to run out deserving winners on the day.
Our Senior footballers has an agonising 1 point lost to Cuala in Shanganagh Park on Sunday morning. In what was a thrilling game, that went back and forth a number of times Cuala eventually won the game with a point with the last kick of the game. Ballinteer were badly hit with injuries before the game and Peter O’Curry and Jamie O’Connor both limping off during the game certainly didn’t help their cause. With only 1 point in it at half time, Ballinteer took the lead with 10 minutes to go but a goal by Cuala very quickly after put them back into a two point lead. Ballinteer battled back again however and drew the game level again until Cuala stepped up and won the game with the last kick.
Junior A Football
The BSJ Junior A team took on St Brigid’s away in their second league game of the 2018 season after a narrow defeat by Erins isle in their first outing. After a strong start with the assistance of a light breeze, we finished the half one goal up thanks to a penalty executed perfectly by Peter Flanagan after our wingback Maithu O’Suilleabhain was taken down in the square. St Brigid’s came back strongly at the beginning of the second half, leveling the game with 20 mins to go. Assisted by excellent fielding by Ciaran Gormley and a rock solid defense our forwards took their opportunities leading to a comfortable 3-14 to 0-10 victory.
Junior B Football
Our Junior B (AFL 7) footballers reversed last years result when they beat St Annes in a thriller by 2-16 to 4-09. We dominated the first 10 mins but poor shooting saw us a point behind . However in the last 10 minutes of the half we kicked 6 points in a row to go in 4 points up at half time having played down the hill and with the breeze. St Annes started the second half in very impressive fashion and scored 1-02 without reply and went 3 up. The introduction of the evergreen Frankie Ward steadied the ship and we scored 1-07 in the last 15 mins to lead by four going into injury time. Annes scored a penalty with the last kick of the game to give us a one point win. While it was a great team performance which was heavily depleted with injuries, best for Johns was Sean Dunne (6 points, 3 from play and 3 from frees), Brian Monahan, Ciaran Nally, Cian Hallihan, Conor Lawlor and Dan O’Leary.
Junior C Football
Our Junior C footballers had a good win against Ballyboden Wanderers on Sunday in Loreto Park, by 5-15 to 2-09. We had a good turnout of players, 24 in total. We withstood early pressure in the first half and grew in dominance in the second half playing good possession football on the breaks.
Huge congratulations to Sarah Meagher and Derbhla Nolan who are part of the Dublin Camogie team who are taking on Kilkenny in the minor Championship tomorrow. The girls play Senior Camogie in the club and coach the U12 Camogie team. Tomorrow’s game is on at 1pm in Parnells GAA club go out and support the girls in blue. The club is very proud of the girls and all they achieved with Dublin while representing our club.
The U14Bs had a great win against their local rivals Kilmacud Crokes, with a scoreline that read St. Johns 5 -4 TO 1-7. Angello Marsella was in great scoring form scoring a brace. With Seán Bailey and Oisín McHugh commanding midfield it was difficult for Kilmacud to get a footing in the game. However , in the second half our defence was tested more as both James Cassidy and the solid Aaron Kelly were both injured and Oisín McHugh had to go into goal. However , Oscar Cronon Eamonn Fallon and Danny Fanning played very well and thwarted any challenge offered by Kilmacud with clever defending and robust blocking.
The U15 boys played out a highly competitive Division 1 league fixture with Skerries on Sunday. A high quality game went right to the wire following an excellent performance from the Ballinteer team. Well done to the squad on a highly skilful display of football.
Another fantastic defensive display underpinned a super win for BSJ U16s in this top of the table clash. On a big, but soft and difficult pitch BSJ started well and even though we went a point down early on, slowly but surely we took control of the game. We were allowed to build a lead with a number of frees. Our link up play in the first half was particularly impressive and we transitioned from defence to attack very slickly at times. The key scores were two opportunist poacher goals by Jack Lundy in the first half. This ensured that BSJ had a 2-3 to 0-3 lead at half time, a lead that never came under pressure.
Second half started with a bit of pressure from Cuala, but by the end of Q3 BSJ had regained the upper hand and a late Ronan Cullen goal after great work from Conor Brown was the icing on the cake. Josh Curran nearly had the goal of the game from a great move that ended up a with blockbuster shot being stopped by a dubious “foot block”. It would have bust the net.
Our three adult hurling teams all sit top of their respective leagues with two wins from two.
On Sunday Morning Ballinteer St Johns Senior Hurlers took on Naomh Fionnbarra in their second league game after a win in their first game against Naomh Olaf.
Our men started as they meant to go on controlling possession, dominating in the air and finding their range from play and from placed balls. Cormac O’Brien and James Gilligan were rock solid at the spine of the defense and with Brian Smith along side them picking up breaking ball and spraying it into the forwards. Gavin O’Broin plucked balls from the sky at ease, Aodhan Clabby was a power house up top and Ciaran Lane showed majestic touches, flicks and vision working off Clabby’s breaks. A laps in concentration just before half time gave Naomh Fionnbarra a goal but Ballinteer went into the break leading 0.17 to 1.05.
The second half was a tighter contest but Johns were in control. Sean Smith and Eoin Coffey worked tirelessly around the middle and with Danny McCarthy along side them firing long range efforts to keep the scoreboard ticking over. A well worked play down the left side of the field was finished with Ciaran Lane stepping inside the last defender and lashing the ball in the back of the net. Finnbar’s scored a late goal but the result was put to bed long before that.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.24 Naomh Fionnbarra 2.10
Junior A Hurlers
Our Junior A team were next on the pitch and also looking to follow on from an opening day victory. The game started slowly with both teams struggling to get a hold of the game. A scrappy Crumlin goal woke up the Johns team and they didn’t look back after that. John’s went into the break leading 0.08 to 1.03.
The second half was a demonstration of how to control a game by our men. Our defense nullified any threat Crumlin had, Brian Mannion at midfield worked from box to box and up front Danny Quinn, Jack Kenneally and Eoin O’Callanain picked off scores from every angle. Paul Corcoran put the icing on the cake with a super finish past the Crumlin goalkeeper.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.17 Crumlin 1.06
Junior B Hurlers
Then came the chance of the Junior B team looking for a win to cap off a fine day of hurling against Erin go Brágh. A very tight game up until half time with Ballinteer going into the break 4 points ahead. Again the hard work the lads have been putting in at training showed and Ballinteer powered ahead in the second half. Ray Redmond and John Quaid were solid at the back and setting an example for the players further up the pitch. Cormac Fenton and Conor Murphy took the game by the scruff of the neck in midfield with some fine points as did Luke Ennis and Colm O’Muirghease up front. Midway through the second half Padraic Ó Heithir got the goal Johns needed to see out the game with a fine strike.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.19 Erin go Bragh 0.08
Please note that there will be no Bingo in the Clubhouse tonight.