On Thursday evening last our senior hurlers took on local rivals Kilmacud Crokes in a crunch league game, with both teams aiming to climb the league table. With a 2 week break commencing following this game it was important that the lads built on a very important win against Vincents from their previous outing.
From the off, Crokes started with a far greater intensity and built an early lead of 1-03 to a solitary point. As the half progressed, the lads started to get into the game and began tagging on scores as they reduced the deficit. Our hurling got much sharper and we began to use the ball much better which resulted in us getting on top.
In the second half the game ebbed and flowed as we pushed for the elusive goal which never came. However, credit to the squad as they dominated the last 20 mins of the game and tipped away at the score board with some great individual scores, which led us to victory. The game concluded on a scoreline of 0-16 to 1-10. This puts our hurlers on 7 points and 4 points off Lucan who presently top the table.
Plenty of hurling still to do but 2 consecutive victories have set us up nicely for when the lads come back after a 2 week break.
The Jun A Hurlers produced a sterling performance against St Marks in their league encounter last Tuesday in Marley Park.
The match was well attended and all were thrilled to see the return of two BSJ stalwarts Cormac O Brien and Ciaran Lane who made their competitive return after nearly a year’s absence through injury.
The team format was mixed about again to facilitate the unavailability of key players due to injury.
Daragh Taffe lined out in goal with a defensive back line made up of Enda Larkin, Cormac O Brien, Andrew Dolan. This was reinforced by Josh Hogan Eoin Fitpatrick and Sean Smith.
Playing up the hill in the first half BSJ dominated possession and scored a selection of fine points through Colm Morrissey, Jack O Donovan, Oisin Power, Ciaran Lane and Eoin Coffey.
Under the guidance of the experienced Oisin Chambers, minors Padraig O Hehir, and Eoin Fitzpatrick excelled with great enthusiasm and energy throughout.
The first half was brought to a close with the move of the match. A ball played out of defence found Lane whose pin point pass found O’ Donovan at pace. On controlling the sliothar he found the back of the net with great accuracy. Half time score BSJ 1-8 St Marks 0-5.
BSJ continued the second half with the same attitude and application. Changes were made with Shane Corley, Cormac Fenton and Paul Corcoran being introduced.
The scoreboard was kept ticking over with a selection of points from play from C Lane and O Power together with a rather fortunate goal coming from a long range free from Coffey which was deflected in. An excellent angled score from Corley assisted by a well taken goal by Fenton ensured that BSJ never relinquished their grip on the game:
Final Score BSJ 3-15 St Marks 1-6: