Our Senior Hurlers played their 2nd game of the league campaign on Sunday last against Lucan Sarsfields. Over the past 12 months, we have played Lucan in 2 league games and 1 championship game and after Sundays result, we have now drawn with them on all 3 occasions. The game on Sunday was played in difficult conditions and was a tight affair all through. Glenn Whelan scored our goal in the 1st half and was a constant threat all game in the full forward line. As the game neared its finish Lucan lead by 1 point but up stepped veteran Feargal Chambers to level matters with a great score on the run from his left. Another deadlock against Lucan but some positives to take forward into our next game against O Tooles. Special mention and speedy recovery to Ciarán Walsh who broke his thumb in the 2nd half, he’ll be badly missed but will hopefully be back in action soon.
Jun A Hurlers travelled to Skerries last Sunday in blustery wet conditions to unleash 8 weeks of preparation against an expectant Skerries team. BSJ were without their inspirational capt Eamonn McKeown, but leadership and experience was in abundance in all areas of the field throughout the game.
Playing with the breeze in the first half BSJ pushed ahead through scores by Eoin Coffey, Danny McCarthy and Danny Quinn. The link up play with all the forwards was excellent and resulted in additional scores from Cormac Fenton, Jack O Donovan, Colm Morrissey, Brian Mannion and a goal from Shane Corlay. Getting all the forwards on the scoresheet was a reflection on the whole teamplay ethic being encouraged by the new management team.
The BSJ defensive line was superb throughout both halves and communication was the key word. Louis O Flaherty conducting the orchestra from his goaline with James Aherne, Sean O Brien, Andrew Dolan, Daragh Morrissey and the excellent Eoin Walsh playing beautiful music. A lucky Skerries goal made the finishing 15 minutes a bit closer than BSJ would have liked but composure was the key word with Oisin Mc Cinneide leading them over the finishing line to a 1-13 1-11 victory.
4 league points from 2 league games is an excellent start to the league campaign for the new management team of Ken Aherne and Dermot Quinn.
Next league game is home Apr 19th against Kilmacud Crokes 11am.
Junior B hurlers played their 2nd league game against Clontarf in wet and wintry Marlay Park. Clontarf won the toss and played with the wind in the 1st half.
Clontarf started with a lot of energy and were making a lot of attempts at points, but Eoin Kelly and Barry Judge were forcing them to take points under pressure. With Tom Hayes and Tony Dillon in defence , BSJ had the goals well minded. BSJ grew in confidence with Shane O`Connor and Anton Redmond creating a lot of space for the inside forwards. Brian Dollard got his 1st goal of the season, after some great work by Cian Morrissey. With Cian moving out to the half forward line, he was more influential as the game went on, provider of many of the BSJ scores. With Denis Flanagan and Brain Dollard adding few points, BSJ went in at half time leading 1-5 to 2 pts .
With Conor Murphy growing in confidence he sowed the seeds of BSJ success by adding few early points. Clontarf were pushing for goal, Hayes -Dillon stronghold was beaten by good goal by Clontarf that the excellent keeper Sean O`Brien was at no fault, in fact in he made some excellent saves and clearances throughout the game.
Introduction of Conor Meegan, Brian Mannion and Tommy Brady energised BSJ into further attacks, more points and goals were added. Best goal of the game was by Denis Flanagan, from 48 metres out and he drove it in top right hand corner, the goalie had no chance. Ciaran Clabby was introduced and was unlucky not to score at the end of the game. 4 league points from 2 league games excellent start to the newly promoted Junior B`s. This will keep the mentors, Jim Devereux, Graham Dent, Ciaran Clabby and Conor Dolan happy, especially the performance of the team. Next game is at home to Castleknock on April 19th at 3pm, all support welcome.