Under 21 B vs Skerries Harps
Saturday, 1st November 2014

Result: 4 11 to 1 11

Under 21B Hurlers open their Championship Account with a win....(Conor Sheehan Reports)

Sancta Maria was damp and a little rainy for this first round match with Skerries Harps on Saturday afternoon. Our visitors arrived with a fine squad and included a name that may feature down the track in more exalted company.

Boden opened in a hurry and found Johnny O’Driscoll with a fine ball and in space. He beat the cover on the 20 metre and lashed the ball to the net. The seasiders got a bit of a grip around the middle and through Andy Smith, started to gain momentum. Jason Rogan pointed a free for them from the forty and Dublin Minor football star Donal McIlgorm was giving Fergal Murray plenty to think about. But Bodens attacks were of the more dangerous variety and Naoise Greene passed accurately to Eamonn O’Gorman who volleyed to the net. 2 01 to 0 01.

In defence, Conor Maher and Conor McHugh were standing up to most of the inside attacks and sending some good ball to the middle of the field. However, it was Skerries no.11, McIlgorm, a fine athlete, who lashed over three points in a row. Fionn Maguire was our best response in the scoring stakes, finding space out wide and pointing. O’Gorman was good off the free line and added some scores. Half Time had it  2 05 to 0 06 points.

The second half was hardly warmed up when Joe Mernagh lashed a fine goal to the net. Maguire followed with a point and it looked like game over! But Skerries had different ideas and they went about clawing back the big deficit. Ciaran Smith got some good chances, but took points, when goals were needed. Boden, meanwhile were picking off some good long range points through O’Gorman and Maguire. The last ten minutes was academic, particularly after Evan McDonald found the net after a good ball found him in space. Skerries goaled at the death through Owen McGinley.

Boden will be fairly happy with the result, but perhaps the management team of Gavin Duff, Dave and Gerry Doyle will be looking for a more determined approach in the next round.   

Final Score - BBSE 4 11 Skerries Harps 1 11.