Minor B vs St. Anne's
Sunday, 2nd November 2014

Result: 4 12 to 3 07

Minor B Hurlers top of Championship Group after hard fought win over Raheny.

St. Anne’s Park was a picture in the low November sunshine on Sunday morning for this final group game in the Minor B Title. It produced a game of contrasts, Raheny showing some fine talent in Dan Gordon, Brian Howard and Owen Leech against Ballyboden’s more balanced team selection. It was this balance that got the visitors going early on, responding to one of the fastest scores ever, Raheny’s Aaron Kelly pouncing from midfield after about five seconds. Official Jim Turner allowed play to flow as much as he could and it was not long before under sixteen captain, Killian Byrne cleared his line and the ball found Aaron Coffey. He wrong-footed the goalkeeper with a fine shot, signalling himself as the main threat up front. Raheny responded quickly with a free and some good possession.  Four on the bounce from Tommy Deane, Ruairi Kirwan, Christian Mullen (a beauty) and Rob Byrne added to Boden’ tally, 1 05 to a point.

Bodens  backs meanwhile, were doing  the business, Peadar  MacMahuna and Michael O’Flaherty standing out. Kirwan got his eye in for some frees before Leech responded for Raheny. Enter Coffey again for a telling blow, a well taken goal. Kirwan and Rory Knight worked tirelessy and got their own reward, a further two goals. The half ended with Raheny pressure, a Dan Gordon goal and Shane Bell with a point. Half Time had it 4 08 to 1 04.

The second half was a Raheny fight-back and some strong running from the sixty line. Howard, a Dublin football minor, scored one of the best goals you will see after a fifty metre run and Raheny further punished Boden with long range points and a further goal from Cormac O’Flynn, a brother of another impressive performer, Fiachra. Deane, for Boden scored a fine point after being “boxed in”. Kirwan added a free after Sean Gorman cleared on his left side into the path of Niall Cregan. But Raheny finished the stronger, not in the least despondent by their timid first half display. Oisin Carolan deserves great praise for his net minding in the last ten minutes, after bringing off several blocks to safety.

Team coaches, Naoise Maguire and Niall Ryan will be well satisfied with the result, particularly with the workrate and the creation of a host of goal opportunities.

Final Score:  Ballyboden 4 12. Raheny 3 07

Boden:   Oisin Carolan, Barry Lyons, Conor Kennedy, Joe Flanagan, Peadar MacMahuna, Mark McGee, Eoin Kelly, Ruairi Kirwan, Christian Mullen, Kevin O’Flaherty, Niall Cregan, Michael O’Flaherty, Rory Knight, Sean Gorman, Killian Byrne, Tommy Deane, Aaron Coffey, Karl Weldon, Hugh Keller, Daragh Byrne, Rob Byrne.

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