The Jun A Hurlers bounced back from their recent defeat against Cula to claim a surprising but worthy victory over table toppers Bray Emmets on Sunday morning. Marley Park was in pristine condition with Pitch 2 well groomed and marked, it would have tempted anyone to participate.
Injuries to a selection of key players meant that the management team had to shuffle the deck around again in order to put out a strong team. The return of the Aherne brothers, James (America) and Rob (Leaving cert) was an welcome bonus in alleviating the selection process.
Daragh Morrissey playing in midfield started the scoring for BSJ with an excellent point from play. A selection of well taken points from play were provided by Rob Aherne, Oisin Power, and Colm O Rian. Frees awarded to BSJ were skilfully executed by both Mc Carthy and Power ensuring that BSJ maintained a 2pt lead heading into the half.
With BSJ challenging for every ball fitness was going to be a telling factor in the heat heading into the second half. To the credit of both teams they went at it hammer and tongs with not a bad pull throughout the duration of the game. Whilst very competitive it was played in a traditional hurling spirit.
The composure shown amongst the BSJ defensive line was admirable with strong performances put in by Andrew Dolan, James Aherne,& Eoin Smith. With the experienced Daragh Taffe in goal communication and direction amongst the backs was never in doubt.
Eamonn Mc Keown ( capt) Josh Hogan and Oisin Chambers were relentless in their challenges ensuring that any impending danger was always averted.
Additional scores were added in the second half by Cormac Fenton, and Rob Aherne.
With a vital championship match coming up against O Toole’s BSJ emptied the bench to ensure that niggling injuries didn’t manifest.
Sean Smith (Mc Carthy), Shane Corley ( O Rian) Jack O Donovan ( R Aherne) and Conor Hanrahan ( Mc Keown) were introduced. Jack O Donovan added 2pts from play on his introduction ensuring that a 3 pts lead was maintained coming into the last 5 minutes. Bray Emmets reduced the deficit to 2pts as the game moved into injury time and were pushing hard for a goal winning opportunity. They got close but were denied by a brilliant save from Taffe, and a super tackle and clearance by Conor Hanrahan.
As the whistle blew signalling the end of the match BSJ emerged victorious with a 2 pts difference. Final score BSJ 0-15 Bray Emmets 0-13.
Special word of thanks to Brian Sutton for setting up the nets & flags. Next match is Tues 7th July Marley 7.30pm V O’Toole’s, Championship.