On Saturday 18th May our U14 lads set off for the long awaited weekend of Féile hurling.
First match against Castleknock in the group stages saw a terrific start by the boys who were well up for the challenge and fired over some lovely points and two goals to put some daylight between the teams.
Second game was always going to be close against Naomh Fionnbarra and indeed it turned out to be exactly that. Game was in the balance until late in the second half when Adam and Cian produced a goal and a point respectively to put us 3 clear and the lads held out heroically to go through to the semi-final. Special mention also goes to Abdullah who scored a cracking goal in the first half and brought us into the game.
Third game saw all the squad getting a run and they battled gamely against St Brigids who played well and racked up some nice scores to retain home advantage for their semi final.
Full complements to St Brigids who organised a terrific day and provided lunch for the boys all of which were exhausted and needed the boost to get them going again.
Supporters and players went back on the road heading for Tymon Park to play Raheny.
What a game that turned out to be and the extra local support from BSJ was well appreciated and added to the atmosphere.
Lads started down the hill and scored some lovely quick points and things were looking good. Raheny are a good team however and managed to get back into the game and go ahead by a point midway into second half.
At this stage our lads were exhausted and “Running On Empty” as one experienced mentor said. However the light was still flickering and somehow they managed to win and convert two frees and go ahead by a point 90 seconds in to additional time.
It was not to be however and Raheny popped over a soft free to take it to extra time. Some fresh legs from the Raheny bench did the business for the 2 x 5 mins of extra time and they pulled away to win by 4 points.
Big thanks to St Judes for organising the pitch and venue for semi-final.
Full credit goes to all the BSJ players who were disappointed but had given it everything despite many injuries and knocks.
Semi Final Players
Luke Ennis – Fantastic in Goal.
Gareth Byrne, Liam Casey, Jack Keneally, Tom McLoughlin, Ciaran Rafter, Patrick Watchorn – Brilliant Defence
Adam La Grue, Ian Sheridan. – Marathon Men at midfield.
Tom Aherne, Chris Garvin, David O Dwyer. Cian Shelly, Brian Smith, Abdullah Aljumaili (Sub- Eoghan Joyce for Abdullah) – Top class and huge effort.
Squad Players (Who contributed really well in the group games and all team warmup’s )
Naoise Cronin, Joe Sheehan, Cathal Morrisey, Maitiu Gaffney, Tama De Burca, David Smith , Alexander Timlin, Kieran Molphy, Odhran Doherty,Sean Byrne, Declan Dolan
Big Thanks to all Mentors, Parents, Supporters, fund raising committee ,host clubs and not least a great Squad of players for a fantastic day of hurling and entertainment for all.
By Michael Rafter.
See some photos from the action below: