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Juniors As & Bs win as Senior Footballers are beaten by Brigids

Our Senior footballers took on Brigids last Wednesday in Russell Park in another Division 1 league game. It what has been a busy few weeks for the team, they were hoping to build on there two wins in a row against Castleknock and Judes. Brigids were gifted an early but BSJ battled back with four of the next five points to make it 1-01 to 4 after 20 minutes. Brigids knocked over the next three points though to lead 1-04 to 0-04 at half time.

Ballinteer had it all to do, playing into the wind in the second half and it went from bad to worse when Brigids buried the ball in the back of the net two minutes into the half to extend their lead to six minutes. Ballinteer fought hard and a goal (from Donal Gormley) and a point brought them back to two points. The teams exchanged scores for the next 7 or 8 minutes but Ballinteer just couldn’t find the goal they needed to win the game and it ended 2-07 to 1-08 to Brigids.

Our Junior A’s were away to Ballymun Kickams on Tuesday night. After a win against Ballyboden, it was important to keep the run going after a difficult start to the season. Shane Holland moving from his normal full back position to full forward assisted Sean O’Reilly in scoring our opening goal resulting in BSJ having a one point lead at half time.

A massive effort was put in in the middle the pitch by Niall Dunphy, DJ Corbett and Ciaran Gormely ably assisted by Ciaran McCabe attacking from the half back line. With the game in the melting pot the pressure was eased by an important save by our keeper David Quinn followed by a wonderful goal by Mitch Moddy until finally DJ Corbett switching to full forward caught a perfectly placed pass from Gormely and put the result beyond doubt. A 5 point win for BSJ.

The Junior B team made the long mid week trip to North Dublin to play Garristown. The performance was more workmanlike than vintage. We lead by 7 pts at half time having dominated proceedings and ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 1-15 to 10.

Our Junior C team lost on a score 3-12 to 2-12 to Croi Ro Naofa. Missing 6 of the team that won the previous week. While they got the first goal early, they weren’t at the races early on, even though they had the wind and hill. Draw at half time. Second half was much improved into wind and sun, we led by 2 points with 8 mins to go but conceded a late goal to eventually come out on the wrong end of the result.

Senior Footballers beat Judes as Junior A & C teams win

Our Senior Footballers were looking for some revenge on St Judes after they had got the better of them in the Championship meeting earlier in the season. In a cagey opening to the game Ballinteer were first to get on the scoreboard through Sam Tully after 2 minutes of very patient build-up play. It was very much tit for tat in the first half with both teams going through purple patches but BSJ went 2 points up on the stroke of half time. The second half started in the same manner until the game sprung into life with 15 minutes remaining. Aodhan Clabby played a hand pass across the goal to Luke Naughton at the back post who palmed the ball into the net and Ballinteer back into a 2 point lead. They followed that up with another point to go 3 ahead. Ballinteer looked certain to extend it to 6 points until a miraculous block from a Judes defender denied Simon O’Reilly and Judes broke down the pitch to score a goal of their own. Judes hit 2 points directly after as well to all of a sudden be two points up. Then with only minutes remaining a high ball into the Judes big square was expertly won by Shane McCann who offloaded to Fearghal Duffy. Duffy played it across the goal where Eoin Seoige was to palm into the net at full stretch. Another point was soon followed by the final whistle and Ballinteer had won by two points.

Our Junior A’s took on Ballyboden in Marley Park last Tuesday and were 5-19 to 3-08 winners. A tremendous performance in Full Forward by Shane McGreevy was the highlight of the game. He scored 1-04 from play and had a hand in at least another 2-05.

Our Junior B team also played in Marley on Tuesday night but were beaten by a good youthful Cuala team. Having been 9 pts down at half time they brought it back to 5 but eventually lost on a scoreline of 3-18 to 3 – 11.

On Thursday night our Junior C team beat Ballyboden St Endas on a scoreline of 1-20 to 3-09. The team put in a fantastic performance and played with plenty of heart after conceding 2 early goals.

Under 14 girls showed True Grit in Feile battle

Ballinteer St Johns Under 14 A girls capped a fine season by producing a performance full of character and grit when they needed it most at their 2018 football Feile.

The girls had spent the winter playing a string of tough Division 2 league games after a great 2017 campaign saw them promoted and crowned Division 3 Shield Champions

And they needed to call on all of the experience and skill they’ve gained to do it the hard way at Feile in Erin’s Isle.

Johns found themselves in a real “group of death” with just three teams in a high standard Division 3.

They were edged out by the hosts in a high-scoring opening encounter on a hot May Saturday on Dublin’s northside.

Having already beaten a classy Castleknock outfit in the group’s opening game, Erin Isle proved just too strong for Johns as well.

BSJ forwards worked an impressive 5-4 haul with great contributions from Kate Mander, Rachel Cullen, Sarah Wall, Alix White, Nessa Hynan and Sophie Fearon in a game that ebbed and flowed before the home side netted a couple of late goals to seal the points.

After just one game it left the Ballinteer girls facing a do or die clash against a very good Castleknock team who were also desperate for the win to progress to the semi-finals.

The winner-takes-all clash took on all the atmosphere and tension of a knockout championship showdown.

And with their backs to the wall, Johns dug deep to produce one of the best team displays their supporters have seen from them all year.

A superb defensive unit held the line with important interventions from Ellen O’Callaghan, Keela Rigby, Ciara Kelly, Zara Nelson, Sadbh Brown, Grace Lynch and Juliet Moore to shut out the talented Castleknock forwards.

Together they held a side that hit Erins Isle for 5-4 to just 1-4 backed up by a super goalkeeping performance by Riona Clancy.

Anu Ni Mhuirgheasa, Eve Leslie, Luisagh Guerrine and Lauren Burke did great work around the middle of the pitch to link up the play, aided by some great ball winning and strong running from Isabelle Mulholland and Hazel Grady.

Up front Alice keoghan and Jodi Morrisey battled hard for possession in a forward line that combined to create a string of scoring opportunities including a brilliant three-goal blast from Emily Adderley. It helped an overjoyed Johns to a well deserved 3-8 to 1-4 victory at the final whistle after a performance of real team work and character.

The prize was qualification from the group and a short trip to Whitehall to take on the other Division 3 group winners Thomas Davis in the semi-final.

As the heat sapped the energy from tired BSJ limbs, Thomas Davis took a 2 goal lead leaving Johns facing an uphill battle in the conditions. Fresh legs from the bench helped to rally the troops and Ballinteer hit back with a goal and two great points to show they were not going down without a fight. But Thomas Davis proved to be the fresher, stronger team and won out to face eventual winners Erin’s Isle in the final.

On a sun-splashed day the heat demanded a total squad effort from all 24 girls on the panel with everyone playing their part when asked to step up across three gruelling games.

The travelling support were thrilled with the character, team spirit and pride in the jersey the girls showed. All 24 squad members, including the injured Leah Kavanagh, stood up, never dropped their heads and even managed to have a lot of fun along the way.

They did themselves, their mentors and the club proud with their attitude, behaviour and skill in a Feile adventure saw them grow as a team and sends them into the championship later this summer full of hope.


1. Riona Clancy

2. Keela Rigby

3. Ellen O’Callaghan

4. Ciara Kelly

5. Isabelle Mulholland

6. Juliet Moore

7. Sadbh Brown

8. Anu Ni Mhuirgheasa

9. Eve Leslie

10. Luisagh Guerrine

11. Rachel Cullen

12. Kate Mander

13. Sarah Wall

14. Jodi Morrisey

15. Emily Adderley

16. Alix White

17. Nessa Hynan

18. Zara Nelson

19. Alice Keoghan

20. Lauren Burke

21. Grace Lynch

22. Sophie Fearon

23. Hazel Grady

24. Leah Kavanagh


Christine Johnston

Suzanne Guerrine

Niall Keoghan

Thanks to Neil Leslie for the article.

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.

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 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.

Under 14 B Camogie Fall Just Short of Feile Final

Ballinteer St John’s Camogie B team for Féile na nGael – Ath Cliath put in a gutsy performance in the Division 6 competition at Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA Club on Saturday, April 28th.

They fell just short of qualifying for Sunday’s final, a couple of points making all the difference over the course of three games.

Unfazed at the prospect of facing hosts Ballyboden in the opener, BSJ took an early lead but were pegged back by half time. Some extra firepower from the St Enda’s bench proved all the difference, and the hosts were flattered by the final scoreline of 7-1 to 2-0.

Heads never dropped from BSJ and, in the second fixture, they took an early lead against Raheny scoring two goals in quick succession. Raheny pegged back a goal and St John’s replied sending the sliotar over the bar after a free. The referee ruled it out, however, on the grounds the free was indirect.

A sucker-punch came in the final minutes as Raheny levelled the score. It finished 2-0 apiece.

The final match saw BSJ again take an early lead. Players were giving their all, and exceptional teamwork and skills proved they were more than a match for a strong Castleknock side. Depending on results elsewhere, the chance of a final berth loomed as the teams went into the final minutes all square.

A harsh free was awarded against BSJ and Castleknock took their chance, winning in the end by a point: 3-3 to 2-7.

Mentors Tom Kiely, Ken Fleming and Ann O’Regan couldn’t have been prouder of the team, whose level of commitment was a credit also to Jim Holland who coached many of the girls from the earliest years in the BSJ nursery.

Team: Moya Quigley (captain), Nessa Hynan, Zara Nelson, Jodi Morrisey, Ailis Holland, Luisagh Guerrine, Elizabeth O’Regan-Murphy, Alix White, Megan Humphreys, Ella Kiely, Maude O’Connell, Sarah Fleming, Alanah Carey, Shauna Holland, Amy O’Reilly, Grace O’Kane, Realta Lattimore, Sophie Fearon, Hazel Grady, Ellie Kearns.

Ballinteer Under 14s crowned Camogie Feile Division 3 Champions


What a game. What a finish. And what a way to win Feile.

Ballinteer Under 14s were crowned Division 3 Feile champions in the most dramatic and nail biting fashion when a goal with the last puck of the game sealed a 2-3 to 2-2 win over a strong Clontarf side.

With Ballinteer trailing 2-2 to 1-3  Katie Dillon stood up to a 45 to be told by the match referee it was the last puck of the game.

Having already struck 1-2 from placed balls, including a goal just a minute earlier, Katie held her nerve to drill the ball through a forest of Clontarf defenders to the back of the Clontarf net.

The referee blew the whistle on the re-start to cue joyous celebrations on the pitch and in the stand for the large crowd of BSJ supporters who travelled to Naomh Peregrine in west Dublin to cheer on the girls.

Clontarf had led from the opening minutes right to the last ball.  A goal in the closing stages put them 2-2 to 0-3 ahead with the finishing line in sight.

But a battling Ballinteer never dropped their heads and never gave up.  Their fighting spirit paid off when great team work won a free that Katie struck to the back of the net and the late 45 with time almost up.

Saturday – 28th  Group Stages and Semi – Final

It was the same spirit that carried them to the final through four tough games in a sun-splashed Naomh Mearnog on Saturday.

Determined to enjoy the occasion BSJ even went into battle with their colours war painted on their faces and legs.

In the sunshine a few may even have ended up with temporary sunburn tattoos where the club colours were painted on.

But it was their performances that were stamped with determination, hard work and an array of skills from high catching to super ball carrying and score taking that impressed the travelling support.

BSJ beat Naomh Maurs in a tough opening encounter coming out 2-4 to 1-3 winners.

They backed that up with a 1-2 to 1-0 victory over Na Fianna in a war of attrition.

It was one of a string of superb defensive displays from a brilliant back line helped with an assured goalkeeping performance from Cora McCarthy that laid the platform for their successful Feile run.

In their final group game they held local rivals Naomh Olaf scoreless while BSJ forwards bagged 2-3.

It was a feat they managed to repeat in the semi final against hosts Naomh Mearnog while scoring 1-4 to secure a spot in Sunday’s final.

BSJ conceded just one score over the final three games while forwards racked up 6-13 en route to the final.

All 19 girls on the panel brought their best hurling and a brilliant attitude to Feile, and were crowned worthy champions by five o’clock on Sunday.

Scorers over the 5 games
Scored 8-16
Katie Dillon 2-10
Saoirse Kavanagh 2-1
Eve Leslie  1-1
Lauren Burke 1-1
Juliet Moore  1-0
Sarah Wall  1-0
Ellen O’Callaghan 0-2
Rachel Cullen  0-1

Cora McCarthy
Kate Mander
Ellen O’Callaghan
Ciara Kelly
Emily Adderley
Anu Ni Mhuirgheasa
Keela Rigby
Saoirse Kavanagh
Eve Leslie
Rachel Cullen (captain)
Katie Dillon 
Isabelle Mulholland 
Juliet Moore 
Hannah Whyte 
Sarah Wall
Alice Keoghan 
Grace Lynch 
Lauren Burke 
Laura O’Connor 

Barry McCarthy
Shane Adderley
Kathy Cullen
Neil Leslie.

U15 footballers progress in Championship and U14s record second win

Under 14s

Our Under 14s had an excellent team performance and win against Ballyboden last weekend. BSJ 4-17 Boden 4-5. The lads settled into an early lead with scores from players from a number of sources. This our 2nd win in Division 1 so is a good milestone to have achieved.

Under 15s

The U15 boys advanced to the next round of the U15 A football championship with a win over Clontarf at the weekend. After a thrilling game, played at championship intensity, it appeared that BSJ had done enough in normal time only for Clontarf to salvage a dramatic draw at the death to force Extra Time. Despite the setback of conceding the late equaliser the BSJ boys showed tremendous resolve and spirit to play some fantastic football in the extra period and book their place in the next round. All of the panel contributed over 80 minutes of a high quality team performance to secure a deserved victory and a place in the Quarter Final. Next up is a fixture versus Erin’s Isle in 2 weeks’ time for a place in the County Semi Final.

Under 16s

BSJ 2-9 BBSE 3-8 – After a fantastic start to the season the Under 16s suffered there first loss in a pulsating game against near rivals Ballyboden. BSJ started well with points from Conor Browne, Liam Fenton & Jack Lundy but a break away goal brought Boden right into it. BSJ responded with a goal from Conor Browne to re-establish a 4 point lead. Boden responded with a second goal and led by one point at halftime. BSJ fell further behind in the second half and trailed by 7 points. With 15 minutes remaining Boden had a played dismissed and BSJ responded with 1-4 unanswered – including a goal from sub Adam O’Brien to draw level. Both sides had chances to win it – BSJ missing two frees before Boden scored 2 injury time points to take it at the death.