AHL 3 vs Crumlin
Saturday, 5th April 2014

Result: 2-22 to 3-18
Ballyboden St Endas Senior B hurlers faced a strong Crumlin team in the third round of AHL2 on Saturday 5th April in Sancta Maria. Despite good performances in both opening rounds, the team had lost narrowly on each occasion, so there was a determination to continue with another strong performance and put some points on the board.
In bright and breezy conditions, Crumlin showed their strength of attack and some speedy runs gave them the opening brace of points. Boden responded quickly and after a long-range Conor Dooley point, midfielder Mattie Weldon got on the end of a breaking ball to fire to the net. Crumlin responded immediately with a goal of their own and after a fine point from Chris Lambert, a great passing move ended with a Jonathon O’Driscoll goal. The pace of the match was breathless and the score at the quarter-end showed Boden 2-6 to Crumlin 2-4.
Boden’s ability to attack the ball and deliver good quality passes to the forwards continued in the second quarter with Lambert and O’Driscoll picking off nice points. Boden went to the break 4 points ahead by 2-12 to 2-8.
As they had in the first half, Crumlin opened the scoring with two fine points at the start of the second half. However, Boden’s response was strong and they reeled off the next three points with frees by James Roche and another Dooley long-range effort. With Niall Keegan and Ronan Clearly sweeping up most loose ball at the back Boden stretched their lead further and were eight points ahead at the three quarter hour mark.
The introduction of substitutes Brendan Treacy and Conor Mc Hugh strengthened the middle third and strong running by James Roche yielded valuable points for Boden. A Crumlin goal with 12 minutes left gave them a lift and led to the greatest period of pressure on the Boden defence. The team, led by Darragh O’Gorman, held firm and two long-distance points from Mattie Weldon and Simon Daly ensured Boden kept some daylight between the teams. Although Crumlin had the last few points of the match, Boden emerged winners of a superb encounter by a point on a scoreline of 2-22 to 3-18. The key to this performance was the excellent work-rate of all players throughout and the fact that eight different players got on the scoresheet. It was a good boost in advance of the championship matches later in the month.