Under 21A vs Kilmacud Crokes
Saturday, 7th November 2015

Result: 0-02 to 1-10

Under 21A Football championship Saturday 7 November 2015.

Ballyboden St Endas 0 – 2; Kilmacud Crokes 1 – 10

As defending champions it would have been nice to have a full squad to pick from but other teams had first pick on many of the under 21 players. With the Minor A team playing in the county final on Sunday morning and the Senior team playing in the Leinster quarter final, they obviously had priority over the under 21 team and left the 21s short five or more players. To make matters worse, Adam  Carney went off injured after just 7 minutes and Brian Kirwan had to be replaced at half time. Despite these shortcomings, the team put it up to Crokes in the first half despite playing against a strong wind on a difficult pitch. Things looked ominous in the first minute when Crokes had their first point from a free. Crokes continued to apply severe pressure on our backline but with some marvellous defending and blocking, our backs prevented another score from Crokes until the 16th minute. In the meantime, Ciaran O’Brien kicked a long range free against the wind to level matters on the 14th minute. Two more points by Crokes from frees before half time left it four points to one in favour of Crokes. With the wind to come in our backs in the second half we dared to think that the match was there for the taking. However, Crokes, with a few players with senior experience worked hard from the start of the second half and had two more points by the 10th minute. Then disaster struck. An effort to play the ball out of the back line was intercepted in the 12th minute and the Crokes player gave Darragh Gogan no chance in our goal. We now had a mountain to climb and while we did manage a point from a free after 15 minutes, there was little we could do to prevent Crokes adding another four points to make it a disappointing day for this bunch of players. Overall, this was a very brave effort by this young team with some marvellous defending in particular and the players will no doubt have learned a lot against the more expeienced Crokes side.

TEAM: Darragh Gogan; Stephen Ward; Kenny Wigglesworth; Cian Mellett; Brian Bobbett; Tom Hanafin; Cathal Flaherty; Ciaran O’Brien; Brian Kirwan; Dara Kilduff; James Madden; Evan Flanagan; Dave Gilheaney; Warren Egan; Adam Carney., SUBS: Conor Deane; Cian Bates; Darragh Bolger.