Our Senior footballers took on O’Tooles in the first league match of the season yesterday morning in Marley Park and got their campaign off to a winning start.
It was a cold, wet, windy, mucky day and in a game strewn with mistakes from the get go, Ballinteer came out on top by four points 2-05 to 1-04. The wind had a major role in both halves with O’Tooles using it to their advantage to build up a 1-04 to 0-01 lead at half time with Robbie Gaughan getting the only score for Ballinteer. The second half was completely different though with Robbie Gaughan and Fearghal Duffy pitching in with scores around a Shane McCann flicked goal to level things up. A penalty was awarded half way through the second half and Paul Cronin cooly slotted it into the corner to put Ballinteer three up. Although they didn’t score again until the last five minutes with a free from Fearghal Duffy, the wind scuppered most of O’Tooles attacks and Ballinteer went on to win the game 2-05 to 1-04.
The Junior A’s also had a game in Ballycullen, that was majorly effected by the wind. Playing with the wind, Ballinteer built up an eight point lead but Ballyboden bit back in the second half, winning 3-07 to 2-08. There were good performances from Ian Griffin, Michael Mitchell and Brian McCaffery, however.
Our Junior B team took on Thomas Davis in Marley Park at 12pm. Leading 0-04 to 0-02 at half-time they went on to win by four points; 2-09 to 0-08. John Hickey scored 1-01 while Cian Duffy and Rob Bracken scored two points each. Defensively, Eoin Walsh and Mitchell Moody were solid as ever and there was even an appearance in goal by Ger Keogh after a five year break!