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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.

Junior As & Bs win as Judes prove too much for Senior Footballers

Senior Football

Our Senior Footballers took on St. Judes in their opening game of the Senior Football Championship on Saturday in O’Toole Park. After a slow start to the game, BSJ battled back in the second 15 minutes of the first half to hit 4 points in a row to go in 2 points down at the break. A bright start to the second half saw them score twice early on, getting it back to a one point game but Judes then went up a few gears and pulled

Junior A Football

The Junior A team took on Whitehall on the All Weather Pitch on Sunday morning. On a very wet morning, the lads dug in to ground out a 6 point win. A goal with 10 minutes to go being the crucial score that put the tie to bed. A high ball in from Ciaran Gormley from outside the 45 caused confusion in the squar. Eoin Walsh jumped with the goalkeeper and the ball ended up in the net. In true Harry Kane style – Eoin Walsh ran away with one arm raised! Also a superb performance put in by centre-forward Peter Flanagan. Final score 2-11 to 0-11

Junior B Football

Our Junior Bs played Scoil Ui Chonaill in Alfie Byrne All Wether Pitch in Clontarf, also on Sunday morning. They were also on the right end of a fantastic 6 point victory – turning over a 7 point defeat from last year. Superb performances from Brian Monahan and Frankie Ward and a two goal salvo from John Hickey insured BSJ were always comfortable and the game eventually finished 3-11 to 1-11.

Seniors Pipped as All 3 Junior Football Teams win

Senior Football

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.

U16 F keep winning, while U14B’s overcome Crokes

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.

Under 16 footballers go 3 from 3 in Div 1 as U13s see off Barrog

A super 6 point win for out U13 A football team against a good Naomh Barrog A team last Saturday. At half time they were 1 point down, but a great 2nd half display saw the lads come out on top with a scoreline of 9-06 to 7-06.

The U14 B football squad travelled to Greentrees Park to take on Robert Emmet’s last Saturday afternoon in what were ideal playing conditions. The home side started well and notched a goal in the opening minutes. BSJ responded very well and matched Emmet’s up to the short whistle with the teams level at Robert Emmet’s 2-2 BSJ 1-5. BSJ came storming out of the blocks in the second half and some good build up play ended with the ball in the net and a two point lead. Unfortunately this was to be our last score and the home side dominated the next fifteen minutes notching 1-3 in this period. BSJ never gave up however and playing some great free flowing football missed some good chances including a penalty in the closing minutes. FT Score: Robert Emmet’s 3-6 BSJ 2-5.

Our U15 footballers played a very competitive game versus St. Sylvester’s with the game in the balance right up to the end. But for the crossbar rescuing Sylvester’s on 2 occasions the result might have gone in our favour. A great team performance from the boys and a little unlucky in the end.

Our U16 footballers continued there strong start to Division 1 with a 3rd successive win in a tough hard fought win over St Pats. Missing 7 regular players – including 5 starters from last season’s championship final BSJ started well with a couple of early points. However St Pats responded well with a couple of great scores to level matters on the 10 minute mark. A number of fine scores from man of the match Liam Fenton followed before a decisive goal – scored by Fenton after brilliant work by Liam Smith on 20 minutes. St Pats continued to press and scored the point of the game just before half time. BSJ led 1-8 to 0-3 at the break. The second half was more about BSJ’s defence as St Pats applied the pressure but BSJ had the answers to all St Pats put up to them and ran out 1-11 to 0-6 winners.
Notable mentions – Sean Carroll of BSJ scoring 2 great points from play, another commanding performance from BSJ’s defence who have only conceded 0-15 in the first 3 league games. MOTM Liam Fenton at the centre of all BSJ’s best play.

Superb win for Under 16As over Crokes as U14 As and Bs come up just short

Our U16A footballers took on Kilmacud Crokes in Silver Park in their second game of their 2018 league campaign. A really solid performance from our defence limited Crokes to only 2 points in the whole game. Our attack were patient in breaking down a very defence minded Crokes side eventually racking up 2-12. St Pats of Donabate are the opponents this Saturday coming in Marley Park.

Our U14A footballers 2nd match in their first season in Division 1 resulted in a narrow 2 point loss to Kilmacud in Silver Park last Saturday. This result followed our opening game win against Na Fianna. On Saturday BSJ had a slow start in each half but the work rate of the players closed the gap and kept the game in the balance until the very end. 18 players were needed and the quality in the squad was evident. Credit to John Clair for hs scoring contributions on the day.

U14 B Footballers played Man of War. We were 5 points up with 5mins to go and a few turnovers near the end saw a good performance overall lost – 6-9 to 5-7
Finn Wickham scored a fantastic goal. Thanks to Super Valu for the new jerseys

Senior footballers draw thriller in first Division 1 game

Our Senior Footballers had a good performance against Thomas Davis in their first game in Division 1. It Ended in a draw courtesy of a last minute penalty from Aodhan Clabby. It was probably a fair result overall as the first half was very even. The second half was more a ‘game of two halves’ with Thomas Davis dominating the early part and Ballinteer St Johns the latter stages. Great fitness & determination right to the end delivered the strong finish from the lads.

Our Junior A footballers had their first game under new management and they got a strong panel out. Unfortunately having led Erins Isle for a lot of the game they were eventually beaten by 2 points. Overall a good first outing & a lot of positives to take from it.

The Junior Bs also had a good panel out but unfortunately beaten by 4 points by Liffey Gaels. Kicked a lot of wides which hopefully will be eliminated in future games but were still in it right to the end until they conceded a goal in the last minute.

A new era for the Junior Cs with a panel of 23 out made up of a couple of experienced players but mainly drawn from minor panels over the last few years. They came up against a very experienced Good Counsel team who had a lot of players who clearly played in higher leagues over the years. The lads stuck with them for the whole game but eventually lost by 2 points despite having two goal chances in the dying minutes both of which were just wide.

U8 to U13 football – weekend wrap up

Our Under 8s had a great start to the season with three teams at home and three teams away to Cuala. a strong showing with the boys putting skills learned in training into the games. A great backing up of each other demonstrated by lots of team worked goals and good teamwork in blanket defense which would make Donegal proud. The 2010 boys represented the club well with lots of scores and nil conceded roll on the next match.

Our two Under 10 teams played Ballyboden in Marley Park in our first Go Games of the year. The boys started out in impressive fashion with an excellent performances – winning comfortable. These games were followed by 2 more against crumlin. Performances were really good again making it a clean sweep in Marley Park. Well done to BSJ U10’s. They looked sharp and played well.

Part of the BSJ U11 boys group made the trip out to Tyrrelstown for a football match in lovely spring weather this Saturday. In the first half, the hosts were more clinical with their finishing and took a 4 point lead into the break. Tyrrrelstown stretched their lead with an early second half goal. BSJ really stepped up the pace at that point and dominated the remainder of the game showing great stamina, discipline and skill. The BSJ lads finished the game with 7 unanswered scores to seal a well deserved victory.

Hard luck today to our U13 team who had a narrow defeat in the end 3.6 to 3.9 against Marys. It was a very good team performance against a team that played 2 division’s above us last year – onwards and upwards!

Update on All Ireland Final Tickets

12th September 2017

1. The Club Executive is committed to securing as large an allocation as possible from the Dublin County Board for the All Ireland Football final however we will not be able to secure
sufficient tickets for all Club Members as the match will be sold out.

2. Tickets will only be available Eligible Applicant i.e. those fully paid up Club Member, over 18, who have expressed interest in All Ireland Football Tickets following the TEXT messages
issued by the Club. Note that parents of juvenile members will only be eligible if they
themselves are also club members.

3. Following on from the Expressions of Ireland it is clear that we will be significantly over-
subscribed for each Ticket available therefore Tickets will be allocated in accordance with the AGM Motion #3 as approved by the AGM of 2013.

4. At this point in time it is planned to hold a Draw amongst Eligible Applicants on Saturday 16th September at 3 pm in the Clubhouse. Only Eligible Applicant, i.e. fully paid up Adult
members (including 10/20/ and Life Members) who have expressed interest by text and who have not been previously allocated a ticket by the Club will be eligible for the draw and must be present for the draw.