It was a dark and windy night but the future of Hurling is bright in Ballinteer. In a convincing team performance which thrilled their loyal followers and surprised near neighbours, Ballyboden St Enda’s, our Under 21 Hurlers made history last night to record a first win at semi-final stage in the Dublin U21 ‘A’ Hurling Championship and set up a final date with neighbours Kilmacud Crokes who beat St Judes in the other semi-final on 9th February in Bray Emmets.
It was a gutsy performance on a gusty night on the All Weather Pitch but our lads fought for every sliotar and put the opposition under such pressure that Ballyboden’s efforts at points were rushed and tailed away in the blustery wind. The only goal of the night rippled the Ballyboden net before half-time and the visitors never got within that margin no matter how hard they fought to overcome the deficit in the second half, when they had the benefit of the freshening wind. Frank Clabby has expertly melded the disparate talents of the different team that go to make up this side and the result was a sum that is greater than the individual parts. Every Ballinteer man brought his ‘A’ game last night and the BSJ 1-13 0-12 Ballyboden scoreline, when the last whistle sounded, was a fitting reward to a side that outscored their opponents from play and raised their game when required. Well done Frank and all his team.
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