AHL 3 vs Erin's Isle
Saturday, 10th May 2014

Result: 2 19 to 0 07

“There was a roaring in the wind all night, the rain came heavily and fell in floods” wrote Wordsworth and it aptly described the conditions before the Championship second round match between Ballyboden Senior B hurlers and Erin’s Isle on Saturday 10th May in Sancta Maria. Thankfully, by the time referee Mick O’Flaherty threw in the ball the rain had abated and the dedicated band of supporters that attended could enjoy the match in a little more comfort.

The opening exchanges were closely fought and a pair of frees by Conor Dooley and Paul Doherty kept Boden in touch. A key point in this first five minutes was a point-blank save by Dooley. On the ten minute mark, a low ball was sent across the Isle’s goalmouth and was met on the full by Eoin McKenna to raise the first green flag of the match. The half-back line of Ronan Cleary, Paddy Ryan and Tom Hanafin put a stop to most Isle’s attacks and at half time the scoreboard read Boden 1-6 to Erins Isle 0-5. A feature of that scoreline was that Boden’s seven scores came from seven different players.

Boden availed of the wind in the third quarter and tagged on five points without reply. Mattie Weldon was playing particularly well in midfield, winning turnover ball and distributing cleverly. This gave the forwards plenty of supply and Adam Jermyn’s brace of points were the pick of the bunch in this quarter. Manager Ciarán Maguire introduced his substitutes in the final quarter and the strength in depth was displayed as the home team pressed on further. Driven on by Eoghan O’Neill and Dermot Coffey, a strong finish meant that Boden prevailed on a scoreline of 2-19 to 0-6 at the final whistle. This result positions the team well with two wins out of two in Group 1 of the Senior B Hurling Championship

Report by Joe Roche