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