Minor A vs Whitehall Colmcille
Sunday, 21st September 2014

Result: 0 18 to 0 13

Superb Second Half Performance puts Boden back in frame

A soft duvet of grey over Three Rock was the backdrop for this Group game with Whitehall, managed by the Dublin CEO John Costello. The game was, essentially, a "shoot-out", as our visitors to Sancta Maria were looking for the brace of points to qualify for the Semi, and Boden were on Zero points following their opener with Vincents.

The opening exchanges were competitive, both sides keen to set the pace. Cian Mellett opened Boden's account with a fine point, following some good passing. Sean Gray, for the visitors, slotted  a free, one of several in the opening thirty. Mellett was in again with a score, following pressure play on the forty. Cian Kelly won a free and Garrett Crowley added the point. As if it was needed by them, Whitehall got a grip on the game, Cathal Ryan, shot from the wing, Sean Power got  a sweet one, before Rian Cannon stopped the rot, with a grand finish. Conor Sheedy, for Whitehall, made it 6 to 4 after twenty minutes. Crowley slotted a free, Whitehall responding with Gray from play and frees. Cannon was now getting into the game, using the odd "dummy" to create space. The break had it ten to seven.

Team management, Declan, David, John and Peter, introduced Aidan Mellett, fresh from a semi final win with the U 16's on Saturday, and appeared to offer him a "free" role. Boden upped the pace of the game, and immediately won a free, Crowley slotted. Whitehall responded with Gray from a free and one from play and their wing-man landed a huge one from the South. But this just got Boden's "gander" up and points from Crowley, Mellett, and Crowley again, tied the game at 13 each! Ruadhain Fanning made a stern stop and won his free, Andy Lyons launching one into enemy territory.
The younger Mellett caught a fine ball and passed it through a hole. Crowley received the gift and slotted it home, Boden were in "close-out" mood! With Five minutes left and the game finely balanced. Boden "closed shop" at the half-back line, Fergal Murray providing leadership and launching attacks. Crowley got a fine free and Sean McDonnell made it a three point advantage. Conor Deane laid on a fine pass to young Aidan and he duly obliged. The last few minutes were frantic, Whitehall looking for goals, but at the other end, Cian Kelly, despite being "stood-up", lashed the ball over for the final score.

This was victory fashioned on the training field, the hard work of David Sweeney and the team management, paying off and keeping the prospect of retaining the title alive. Next up, Clontarf in two weeks. (tbc)

Boden: Andrew Boyd Lyons, Robert Leddy, Ruadhain Fanning, Kevin Cronin, Fergal Murray, Owen Wigglesworth, Cian Murray, Rian Cannon, Cian Mellett, Sean McDonnell, Garrett Crowley, Conor Deane, Cian Kelly, Dara Maguire, Sean Brennan, Luke O'Donoghue, Harry Coffey, Evan McDonnell, Neil  Hester, Jack Mahon