Our Senior Footballers got their Division 1 league playoff hopes back on track on Wednesday night with a hard fought two point win over Ballymun in Marley Park. After Ballymena registered the first score of the game and trademark Davy Devereux run created space and he found Aodhan Clabby to find the back of the net to give BSJ the advantage. They went from strength to strength stretching their lead to 7 points but Mun kicked the last two scores of the half to make it a 5 point game at half time.
Ballymun got the upper hand at the start of the second half and had it back to a one point game with 8 minutes remaining. Ballinteer kicked the next two scores though, and after two red cards and a black card for Ballymun and a lengthy stoppage, Ballinteer were able to hold out to record a two point win, 1-11 to 0-12.
By Colm O’Donnell
Junior A Footballers
Our Junior As took on O’Dwyers in Marley Park on Tuesday in a bid to get their promotion bid back on track after a loss to Plunketts in their last outing. They got off to a flying start hitting six of the first seven scores and never looked back from there. They went in at half time 0-14 to 1-03 up. The second half saw BSJ rack up another 1-11 to finish the game 1-25 to 2-07 to keep them right in contention at the top end of Division 5.
By Colm O’Donnell
Junior B Footballers
The Junior Bs had a fantastic 3-25 to 2-04 victory over Ballyboden in Loreto Park on Tuesday evening. We put together a good overall performance and got all our scores from play. We put some good moves put together and 2 goals from Oran McIvor & 1 from Eoin Coffey, leaving us 6 up at half time. We pushed on after a good start to the 2nd half and ran away comfortable winners. Everyone in the squad played there part but special mentions to Dylan Walsh & Eoin Coffey in defence, Alex Timlin in midfield, Oran McIvor & Cian Hallinan up front.
By Junior B Management
Junior C Footballers
Midweek away games can be problematic, and being 3 points to zero down with 10 mins gone emphasised this point in our AFL Div 11 game against St James Gaels at Drimnagh Castle on Thursday evening. Despite being behind, we had the bulk of possession but were failing to convert it into scores. From the 10th minute on, our backs shut down traffic towards our end and our centrefield began to take control around the middle. By half time we were 5 – 3 up and despite the low score, we were dominant all over the pitch.
In the second half, the shut-out at the back continued as Gaels failed to register a further score until the 50th minute, due to excellent covering by the wing backs Rob Redmond and Evan Regan. Darragh Quinn, named at No 4, took up a sweeping role in the centre, completely shutting down the supply line to the Gaels inside forwards. A more direct and patient approach up front resulted in the Ballinteer scores now coming thick and fast, with 11 different scorers from play by the end of the game. Gaels threw everything at it in the end, getting 5 more points (3 from play), but the result was well beyond doubt at that stage.
There were many very good performances on the night, but Conor Murphy was the stand out player, being hugely influential in initiating attacks from centrefield as well as chipping in with a goal and 3 points from play.
This result leaves us second in the table with our next match at home on July 7th in Loreto against Shankill GAA, one of our main promotion rivals.
By Louis Gunnigan
Photo courtesy of Aodan Larkin