Junior A v Castleknock
Having been unlucky in our first round Championship game against last year’s winners Ballymun we faced Castleknock , who are unbeaten in the Division 4 league in the second round. We settled into the game quickly and were 5 points up in the first 10 minutes before conceding our first score, a goal against the run of play. However with excellent defending, excellent off the ball movement and good deliveries into the full forward line who exploited the opportunities given we went in 0-14 to 1-2 ahead at HT.
In the second half we consolidated our position and a goal by Shane McCann killed off any chance of comeback by Knock. All 20 players contributed greatly to the win where Naoise Crionin, Barry Gatenby, Niall Dunphy, Colm O Donnell and Shane McCann stood out. We now go back to focusing on the league while our final Championship game V Crokes will take place in Sept where a win would ensure a Quarter Final spot.
By Kieran Duffy
Junior B v St Maurs
A good first half had us up 0-7 to 0-3 at halftime. We took some really well worked scores & had a few goal chances to be further ahead. Cian Duffy & Oran McIvor showed well up front. Kevin Power strong in midfield, Kevin Davies & Gavin Fahey in defence.
In the 2nd half we were under pressure as St. Maur’s came back into it but we worked some good scores. We were 3 up near the end when they got 1-1 without reply to win by a point.
Final score 1-11 to 13.
By Junior B Management
Junior C v Naomh Mearnog
BSJ led this Junior 5 Championship match and looked like closing it out until Mearnog got two quick goals early in the second half. From there, Johns were chasing the game and couldn’t close the gap closer than 4 points, as Mearnog packed the defence whenever Johns attacked. There were solid performances throughout the field with John Hanley, Conor Murphy and Conor Reilly particularly dominant around midfield. Derek Pounch was having a great game in goal until he had to come off with a heavy shoulder injury just before half time.
Next game is an away league fixture on Thursday May 9th. Plenty to work on in the meantime.
By Louis Gunnigan