Jun A Hurlers had a well deserved victory in a tough, physical but very fair battle against Naomh Brid on Sunday morning in Marley Park in front of a great BSJ crowd.
Playing into a swirling breeze in the first half BSJ attacked with a level of enthusiasm and guile that seemed to take the visitors by surprise. Early markers were laid down by a strong defensive performance by the returning Oisin Chambers and the departing ( USA) James Aherne. A selection of quality scores from frees by Eoin Coffey , and the marauding Danny Quinn kept the BSJ lads ahead by a couple of points heading towards the half. A penalty awarded To BSJ was well finished by the impressive Danny Mc Carthy ensuring that the lead was maintained at half time.
BSJ had to contend with the breeze in the second half and their cause wasn’t helped by the loss of Sean O Brien to injury early in the second. The introduction of the experienced Eamonn Mc Keown
and Sean Smith ensured that their steely resolve prevailed throughout the second half. Fitness was the key word and it was so visible the John’s boys have it in abundance due to their new training regime.
Additional points by Coffey, Quinn, O Donovan, Mannion, & Mc Carthy kept Naomh Brid at arms length. Naomh Brid to their credit, chasing the game responded with a selection of quality points and a goal from play. However with impressive Mc Carthy adding two more goals from play to cap off an excellent performance the BSJ lads showed great composure to record an excellent victory. Final score BSJ 3-14 N Brid 1-15.
Next match Championship Tuesday 26th BSJ V Kevin’s 7.15 Dolphins Barn
Junior B hurlers played their Championship game against Naomh Fionnbara on Sunday in overcast Pope John Paul 2 Park. Fionnbarrs won their opening championship game and were playing at home..
Fionnbarrs started with a lot of energy and were making a lot of attempts at points, but Eoin Kelly, Barry Judge and Peter Fletcher were forcing them to take points under pressure. With Fiachra Power ,Tony Dillon and Diarmuid Morrissey in defence , BSJ had the goals well minded. But , Dara Taffee in goals was able to look after anything that came his way either high or low.
BSJ grew in confidence with Eoin Walsh wearing number 11 , was directing operations and with Conor Hanrahan tidying up and generating great yardage. Brian Dollard got his 2nd goal of the season, after some great work by Cian Morrissey. With Cian in the half forward line, he was more influential as the game went on, provider of many of the BSJ scores.
With Denis Flanagan`s radar on he was able to fine the crossbar at will. Eoin Walsh was unlucky with a great effort that the Umpire surprisingly gave wide.
Then Fionnbarrs were awarded 7 frees in row, from scoring angles, which gave them confidence and brought them back in to the game. BSJ went in at half time leading 1-10 to 1-3.
In the 2nd half with Conor Murphy growing in confidence, he sowed the seeds of BSJ success by adding few early points. Osin MacCinnide engaging with Fionnbarrs throughout the game, ensured BSJ were soon back in control.
Sean Murphy had great chance for goal, only great save by the goalie prevented Sean scoring. Sean picked up hand injury in the attack and was replaced by Kevin Croke.
Conor Hanrahan made great run into the scoring zone, offloaded to Denis Flanagan who scored a great goal.
Barry Judge won a great ball and feed Eoin Walsh, who picked out Kevin Croke as he advanced on goals, the Fionnbarrs defence parted like the red sea, allowing Kevin score a excellent team goal.
Introduction of Eoin Smith and Tommy Brady energised BSJ into further attacks, more points were added.
Final score was 3-14 to 1-6.
Junior B`s win capped off great weekend for Hurling in Ballinteer St Johns with all 3 adult Hurling teams winning championship games. This will keep the mentors, Jim Devereux, Graham Dent , Ciaran Clabby and Conor Dolan happy.
What will please them the most, is not only the performance, but more importantly the character of the team to win away against team playing in higher league and against a team that can challenge you. Junior B`s were appreciative of the support for the team on Sunday afternoon.
Next game is at home to St Pats Donabate on Thursday May 28th at 7.15pm in Marlay Park, all support welcome.