Senior Footballers beat Castleknock as Junior C’s win and Junior B’s draw

Our Senior Footballers took on Castleknock last Wednesday in the league and had a superb 5 point win over them on their home turf. A great start saw them 1-03 to 0-00 up within 10 minutes – the goal coming from a Castleknock defender after a Paul Farrell shot rebounded off the goalkeeper and the defenders foot before ending up in the goal.  Castleknock fought back and always kept in touch until Paul Farrell round the Castleknock goalkeeper with 10 minutes to go to extend Ballinteer’s lead to 8 points. A penalty in the last minute saw Castleknock claw it back to 5 but Ballinteer were not going to be denied. Next up in St Judes on Wednesday week.

Our Junior C’s had a hard fought win away to Thomas Davis on Thursday night on a score line 0-16 to 3-05 We gave away a soft early goal and conceded a converted penalty early in second half. The team fought back well to get the upper hand mid way through the second half however and eventually saw a 2 point victory out.

The Junior B team finished level with Scoil Ui Chonaill 0-07 a piece on Tuesday night. The lads dominated possession but their wide count proved their downfall, however with 10 games left – everything is left to play for.

The Junior A’s also played on Tuesday night a lost to St. Brendan’s by 3 points – 0-13 to 1-07. A long trip out to Grangegorman on a Tuesday night did them no favours as they ran out of steam having led for the majority of the game.

BSJ U14 Girls B Team Crowned Féile Football Champions

On a sun-drenched Saturday in May, our BSJ U14 girls went into battle for Féile glory and headed off as face painted warriors to Ballyboden for their greatest challenge. As a lone piper led the 5 teams across the pitch, and as our national anthem played, the tension was unbearable. Our girls were so fired up, playing the hosts on their senior pitch, in front of a huge crowd, and so they went into battle with words of encouragement ringing in their ears from the head mentor Liz.

BSJ had 4 games in 4 hours in quick succession and what a challenge this was going to be in the white hot conditions. Heroic performances all over the pitch, with Shauna, Alanah, Amy and Seána holding firm, and as the game moved into the second half, BSJ got the upper hand over our great rivals, and finished the game winning 2-4 to 1.1 with some great scores. Molly and Katie dominated midfield and Réalta, Sarah and Elena kept the pressure on.

Na Fianna was up next and Molly scored a great solo effort charging past the flailing backs.  Great scores by Katie, Cora, Hannah and Sarah delivered our 2nd win. Our 3rd match v St Sylvesters showed how exhausted our girls were and we narrowly lost to a last-minute score. Sometimes a narrow defeat brings on great teams, and this was no different, as our do or die last match of the day v Shankill showed. Incredible scores by Réalta and Elena showed how our team can score from all angles.

Liz then gave us all the good news that BSJ had made it to the Féile final, to be played v Ballyboden in Shamrock Rovers ground Tallaght Stadium. The following morning, bright and early, and with more face paint on show, our warriors headed down the M50 for a date with destiny. The huge travelling support marched confidently through the turnstiles, and our heroines came sprinting onto the hallowed ground of the hoops. As the match started, with ferocious tacking from both teams, it wasn’t long before our goal poacher supreme Sarah struck with what can only be described as a “Mo Salah” like finish. What a dream start but Ballyboden came back strong, only to be hit by a sucker punch when Ella took one side step and struck an unstoppable shot from 25 yards that smashed against one post, across to the other and nestled into the net. We knew we had witnessed a great start by our warriors, but we also knew that a good team like Ballyboden would come back strong.

Saoirse, Elizabeth and Grace swept up all in front of them, and Ailis played through the pain barrier. Keelin, Lisa and Hannah continued to dominate up front. One of our injured heroines Molly struck with a well taken point, and then when Ballyboden really started to put it up to BSJ, our captain fantastic Cora took a great pass from Emily Rose and struck a bullet from the right that smashed into the left-hand corner. Tension was now unbearable and a gallant defensive display over the last few minutes resulted in the Ref brining the Féile final to a close, and BSJ had secured a historic win being the first juvenile ladies football team to win a final on Shamrock Rovers famous ground. The players ran to their supporters and the wild celebrations were a sight to be seen. They had made BSJ so proud with the club’s first Ladies Football Féile title in many years.

Goals Galore in Marley as all three Adult Hurling teams record victories

Our Seniors Hurlers made it 4 wins from 4 with a win against Scoil Ui Chonaill.

A dream start for Ballinteer as James Gilligan’s long range pile driver found the back of the net in the first minute.  Ballinteer continued to push ahead with the aerial ability of Gavin O’Broin and Glenn Whelan securing possession and Johns tagging on points from every angle.  Scoil Ui Chonaill to their credit battled hard and after a mix up in defense bagged a goal for themselves, this was quickly followed by a harsh penalty which was converted. This didn’t stop Johns and once they regained possession a long ball into Barry Mannion who danced past the opposition to find the back of the net.

Half Time score BSJ: 2.12 Scoil Ui Chonaill: 3.02

In the second half Ballinteer stayed in control although not converting a lot of their chances. Another goal from Barry Mannion who was a pain for the opposition defense all game and a Danny McCarthy goal late on secured the victory to keep John’s top of the table and undefeated in the league this season.

Final Score : Ballinteer St Johns: 4.15 Scoil Ui Chonaill: 3.08

 

Our Junior A Hurlers put on an exhibition of hurling on Tuesday night. Looking to bounce back after a loss to Cuala the lads were pumped up from the start and exploded out of the blocks. Early scores from Oisin Power and Rob Sheridan followed by a Darren Hudson goal and Johns were cruising. Realt Dearg struggled to get the ball past the Ballinteer half back line with Dave Harney mopping up loose ball and anytime the ball did make it past him our full back line were first to react. Ballinteer worked the ball superbly finding the man in the better scoring position and that is exactly what happened when Sheridan made a run through the heart of the opposition defense and laying it off to Hudson for his second goal. Realt Dearg struggled to deal with the pace of Jack Kenneally inside and the work rate of Ciaran Rafter and Brian Mannion around midfield.

Half Time score BSJ: 2.12 Realt Dearg: 0.02

If the first have was an exhibition the second half was a masterclass. Experienced heads came in off the bench and Ballinteer continued to push forward. Rob Sheridan again being the link man between the backs and full forward line as well as accurately executing his shoots when he was within range. Hudson completed his hat-trick and Ballinteer romped home in impressive style. The win puts Johns back into second place in the league and push for promotion continues.

Final Score: Ballinteer St Johns 3.21 Realt Dearg 1.04

 

Our Junior B team also secured the 2 points to leave them sitting in a strong promotion position as well.

Minor Hurlers finished in style before the Leaving Cert break

In their last game before the Leaving Cert break the Johns Minor Hurlers finished in style to complete a victory against Judes 3-13 2-10.

Playing against the hill and the elements the team started poorly and were too porous at the back, by the end of the first quarter Judes enjoyed a lead of 2-6 to 0-2. However a defensive reshuffle stabilised the team and in the last twelve minutes of the first half outscored the opposition 1-4 to no score, Joe Sweeney & Tom Ahearn sharing the points and Tom delivering the goal from a 20 metre free.

Judes delivered the first point of the 2nd half but BSJ responded with points from Cian Barry, Joe Sweeny and Tom Ahearn. On 38 minutes Judes had a player sent off which was quickly followed by a goal by Ewan Wells and from there on Ballinteer looked comforatable with Ahearn, Jack Kelly and Donnacha Carey all contributing scores from play, including a another goal from Tom.

Next game Sunday June 24th v Boden in Marlay

Under 13 Hurling Weekend Review

After some hard work our A team made it 4 wins from 4 with a 1 point win over Naomh Mearnog. After conceding 2 early goals at the start of the first half the boys work very hard chipping away at the lead to go in at half time 3 points down again the hard work paid off in the second half with another 5 points.

Final score BSJ 0.08 to Naomh Mearnog 2.01

Senior Footballers draw with Plunketts as Junior Bs and Junior Cs record wins

Our Senior Footballers took on St. Oliver Plunketts on Wednesday evening in Marlay Park in what was the first meeting between the sides since Ballinteer’s famous victory in the Championship 6 years ago. Ballinteer started brightly playing into the wind and managed to get 3 early points but were pegged back quickly when Plunketts broke up the pitch to score an early goal to level things. Ballinteer had the perfect answer though when Shane McCann went up for a high ball with the Plunketts keeper to punch into the net. Aodhan Clabby struck some very nice frees but another Plunketts goal and a free nice scores meant Ballinteer went in leading by a point at the break. Clabby kept striking the frees over the bar and added a few from play as well in the second half in what was a man of the match performance. Ballinteer led by three again when Plunketts broke down the middle to score their third goal of the game, followed by a point to go into the lead for the first time in the game. Fearghal Duffy however levelled things up and Ballinteer had a few chances to win it that went agonisingly wide.

Our Junior As took on Round Towers in Marlay Park on Tuesday night In Marlay Park. It what was a very exciting match, Round Towers started the strongest but Ballinteer fought back just before half time to leave just 3 points in it and had the wind behind their backs in the second half. The fought hard throughout the second half but 2 goals for Towers eventually got them over the line as the won by 4 points.

Our AFL 7 team had a comprehensive win over Parnells last Tuesday night on a scoreline of 3-1 to 11points. We started off at a blistering space and were 2- 4 up before Parnells registered their first score.   In the second half we emptied the bench to run out easy winners. Our next game on the Sunday 20th May will be against table toppers Geraldine Morans.

Our Junior Cs had a very good win last night on a score 2.13 to 1.4. While we played well in the first half with the aid of a strong wind, we missed alot of easy scores and led  0.9 to 1.1. However the team played bri

Under 13 Hurling Weekend Review

A 3rd straight win for the lads.

We traveled to Ringsend park to play Clanna Gael in the forth of our grading games. Got off to a great start leading for most of the first half, but 2 late goals from the opposition left us 1 point down at half time . A very strong second half from our young men saw us secure the win. Again great performance and team spirit from the Boys .
Result: BSJ 5.08 Clanna 3.06

 

Under 15 B Footballers into Championship Final

Our Under 15 B Football team had a great win in the Championship Semi Final on Wednesday evening away to a strong St. Sylvesters side.

The lads took a strong lead in first half with wind behind them and went in 8 points up at half time. In the second half and against the wind, the lads showed great character and battled to protect their lead. A nervous last 5 mins where all dug deep and saw the game out with final 3 point winning margin. Roll on championship final.

Seniors Hurlers make it 3 wins from 3 in League

On Tuesday night our Senior Hurlers traveled over to Silver Park to face Kilmacud Crokes.

The lads had won their opening 2 games in the league before the break for championship matches and were looking to get back to winning ways after a defeat to Lucan in the second of those championship games.

Ballinteer had a youthful looking team out with the average age of our half-back and midfield lines just 20years of age, but that didn’t show in their performance as Ballinteer controlled possession although struggling to convert chances in the opening exchanges.

A well worked goal converted by Joe Maher just before the break put Ballinteer ahead 1.08 to 0.05 at the break.

The second half was a test of character as Crokes upped their game but our men stayed composed and continued to chip away at the score board. Seanie Lane was called into action on a few occasions but stood his ground to deny the Crokes forwards. A goal a piece from Danny McCarthy and Barry Mannion secured the win for St Johns to keep us top of the league.

Full time score: Ballinteer St Johns 3.13 Kilmacud Crokes 1.09

Next Game: Wednesday 16th May, 7.15pm Marley Park

BALLINTEER ST JOHNS vs SCOIL UI CHONAILL

Minor Hurlers have to settle for a share of the points

BSJ Minor Hurlers had another tight and nerve-wracking league game in Division 1 on a sunny Sunday morning in Marlay. This time the opponents were Plunketts and at the end the two teams could not be separated, finishing with 1-16 apiece.

Playing with the benefit of a breeze Plunketts started the strongest racing into a 4 point lead within four minutes. Johns however dug in and ensured the gap never widened, with Jack Kelly, Tom Ahern, Seamus Fenton & Daire Casserly all scoring from play, the first half finished 0-10 to 0-7 for the visitors. Again BSJ commenced the new half poorly, only scoring one point and hitting 3 wides in the first 10 minutes of action but a goal from Daire Casserly provided the catalyst for a revival with the team scoring 6 points (5 from play) in the next ten minutes, the highlight being a great score from the wing from Harry Ball. Heading towards the end Ballinteer had a 4 point lead and looked good for the win but conceded a late goal and point to finish the game level.

S Fenton 0-6 (0-5F)

D Casserly 1-2

Jack Kelly 0-3

T Ahern 0-3 (0-1F)

H Ball 0-2