On Tuesday the 7th of July, Ballinteer Saint Johns Senior hurlers played host to St Vincents in their 7th league game of the season. The venue was Marley park on a dull, wet night.
Ballinteer were first off the mark with a great long range point from Glen Whealen after just 1 minute. This was shortly followed up with a free from Fionan Clabby who pointed from his own half, after James Gilligan was pulled to the ground. Fionan converting long range frees was a strong theme of the first half, successfully pointing 5 from 5.
Fergal Chambers also chipped in with the scores from play in the first half, scoring 2 excellent points from midfield, However the score of the half came from an Aodhan Clabby goal. Joe maher did the hard work, and picked up a ball 45 yards out, made a run through the middle and made a perfect handpass to Aodhan who then slotted the ball past the keeper into the roof of the net.
The Marino men kept the score board ticking over with points from John Hetherton and Mossy McGrane, however, there was no real goal threat due to the hard work from all the backs, especially the full back line of Ronan Collins, Dave Harney , and Alex Hogan.
At the Break, Ballinteer were in front, with a score line of 1-8 to 6 points.
Vincents were first to act in the second half with Mossy McGrane pointing a 30 yard free, however Fergal Chambers responded within seconds to score his third point of the night with a left sided shot from an acute angle.
Another good johns move saw a point scored by Gavin O Broin. Glen Whealen Catching a high ball straight from a Sean Lane puck out, and hand passed it out to O Broin who found himself in space and converted off the right from 45 metres. This was very quickly followed up by a point from the hard working Joe Maher. From here Johns had an excellent lead which was 1-11 to 7 points. Vincents however, were not giving in and dominated for a few minutes which saw them scoring a goal and a few points which made it level at 1 -11 a piece.
Johns now had their backs to the wall but came out to score 3 unanswered points which made it 1-14 to 1-11 with full time approaching. Johns survived a few goal mouth scrambles in the dying minutes but held on for a deserving 2 point victory.
The final score of 1-14 to 1-12 saw BSJ hurlers pick up a valuable 2 points in the league.
Man of the match – Fionan Clabby.
The Jun A Hurlers maintained their recent good form to beat a strong O Toole’s team in a vital Championship encounter on a blustery Tuesday evening in Marley Park.
With the usual selection problems due to injuries , holidays and work commitments the starting formation of the team had to shuffled yet again.
This did not deter the BSJ boys who have built up a great level of trust and belief in all of their colleagues irrespective of what position they have be asked to line out.
Knowing that defeat would leave their chances of advancing further in the championship in the hands of others, this was not an option that the BSJ lads were not prepared to concede to.
Playing into a strong breeze in the first half BSJ chased and harried the opposition down. This created problems for the O Toole’s defence. Capitalising on a couple of defensive errors BSJ scored two early goals through Corley and Aherne. A selection of superb saves by the O Tooles keeper ensured that his goal would remain intact for the rest of the half.
O Toole’s absorbed the pressure and responded to the initial challenge laid down by BSJ.
This is where the BSJ defensive unit showed its steely determination to a man.
Strong performances throughout the backs were had by O Rian, Aherne, Chambers ,Mc Keown and Hogan and topped off by an excellent performance by Andrew Dolan.
Sean Smith deputising in goal was in fine form and his puck outs into a strong breeze were a great relief to the backline.
BSJ went in at the half leading by 3pts ( 2-2 / 0-5).
The second half saw BSJ playing with a level of composure that has become the trademark of the team. The experienced players on and off the pitch ensured that the younger lads kept their focus with sound advice being transmitted throughout. Brian Mannion was replaced (injury) by Padraig O Hehir . Some good link up play between Jack O Donovan, Eoin Coffey and Daragh Morrissey saw BSJ add a selection of further scores to the board.
O Tooles made changes and pushed additional men forward in the hope of breaching the BSJ goal-line.
They were successful in the last minute scoring a goal that reduced the deficit , however BSJ tagged the final score ensuring that victory was not to be denied.
Final score BSJ 2-9 O’Toole’s 1-7