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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.

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.