Minor B vs Erin's Isle
Sunday, 16th November 2014

Result: 1 11 to 2 09

Isles pip Boden in Battle of Finglas

Ballyboden Minor B Hurlers lost by the narrowest of margins in the championship semi-final on Sunday morning. On an unkind, but deemed “playable” surface, the contest boiled down to a frenetic last five minutes and who had the wherewithal to conjure up a winning score. With Bodens attackers pondering the classic “chicken and egg scenario”, Isles Mark Morrison launched one off the “sweet spot” from all of 70 yards and topped Oisin Carolans goal by a few feet. In the remaining minute Boden could not get an attack going and had to give way to the worthy winners.

Boden were quickest out of the traps and gave the fine travelling support a good feeling about where the spoils were going. Man of the half, Ciaran Ryan was fouled early on and Ruairi Kirwan stepped up and did the honours. Cillian Byrne found Ryan with a long ball and he pointed with ease. Isles Liam Sheridan responded with a fine score, before it was Ryan again on target. Aaron Coffey for Boden did all the hard work, but his shot was easily thwarted by the goalman. Isles impressive Conor Kearney landed a free, Kirwan responding from play. Kearney was enjoying his Sunday outing, if can be judged by his fine score from out the country. Score 4 to 3, Boden to the good.

Now enter Isles Ciaran Whelan, a speedy operator, he loses his caman in an exchange, but continues”soccer-style”, tidings of whats to come, and almost regains possession for an opportunity. Kearney tied the game before Coffey assists Tommy Deane for a grand score. Coffey gets his own reward, a point, after Byrne set him up. The half continued with Boden dominant, Ryan, Coffey and Byrne (a monster free) all on target. Sheridan for Isles notched a fine response. Again Ryan thought he had pointed,  his shot hit the upright, but Kirwan was the quickest to respond and goaled. This woke up the Isles and particularly Whelan. He dodged several tackles to kick to the net, a fine response.

Half Time, Boden 1.8 Erins Isle 1.5.

Bodens second half was more about defending than attacking and Peadar MacMahuna and the O’Flaherty’s, Michael and Kevin showed fine qualities. However one man stood tallest in the Boden defence and earned the MVP tag, Barry Lyons was nothing but efficiency itself in mopping up Isles attacks. Kearney and Coffey exchanged points, before Kirwan had work to do and split the posts. 1.10 to 1.6. The middle third was becoming something a war zone, with Isles shading it. Boden introduced Michael O’Brien to match the high tempo and his contribution was noteworthy.

However the Isles attacks kept coming faster than Boden could deal with them.

King and O’Neill for the home side narrowed the deficit and the pressure was on big time! Byrne kept the scoreboard ticking over with a free, but that was Bodens last score with about 7 minutes left. With the pitch cutting up badly, Jake Thornton was quickest to react to a breaking ball and he planted it to the corner of the net to tie the contest. Boden could not find a way to break the siege and had to give way to Morrison’s winning score on 59 minutes.

Best of luck to Isles in the final and hard luck, after a great season, to Dan Boland’s squad, expertly coached by Naoise and Niall. Thanks to all who helped out.

Boden, Oisin Carolan, Barry Lyons, Peadar MacMahuna, Michael O’Flaherty, Kevin O’Flaherty, Cillian Byrne, Hugh Keller, Mark McGee, Eoin Kelly, Tommy Deane, Christian Mullen, Ciaran Ryan, Aaron Coffey, Ruairi Kirwan, Rory Knight, Michael O’Brien, Karl Weldon, Rob Byrne.