Minor A vs Lucan Sarsfields
Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Result: 3 20 to 2 21

Boden Minors take points in Lucan....Le Fear Bog reports

In April Lucan minors travelled to Ballyboden and dished out a chastening hurling lesson to Boden.  All that could be done then was to put that defeat in the tank and plot a course of redemption.  Travelling to Lucan on Wednesday evening last, revenge was uppermost in the minds of the Ballyboden lads and at the final whistle this was satisfactorily achieved.

As the score line suggests this was a pulsating game played with tremendous energy, skill and athletic endeavour by both sides.  Ballyboden had a dream start and had a goal by the 6th minute. A sublime line ball from Daniel O’Riordan was snatched from the air by Ciaran Cashman and his deft hand pass set up Luke MacDwyer.  Cashman immediately followed this major up with a point.  This had an unsettling effect on the Lucan lads and it took them some time to get into the game.  They did not get their first score until the 10th minute but having settled they went about dismantling Ballyboden’s lead in clinical fashion.  Their running off the shoulder, spacial awareness and general movement around the pitch was causing Ballyboden all sorts of problems.  However, Ballyboden manfully stuck to the task and a duo of points in the 22nd and 23rd minutes by Daniel O’Riordan and Luke Basquel kept it tight. On the stroke of half time goalkeeper Conor O’Donoghue pulled off a superb diving save.  A goal at this stage would have been a big psychological blow. The half time score of 0-12 to 1-6 to Lucan was not insurmountable as Ballyboden were playing with the slight breeze in the second half.

On the resumption Lucan extended their lead to 4 points but this was as good as it got for them.  From here to the final whistle Ballyboden took over and produced probably the best hurling seen from this side all season.  A Shane Kennedy goal after 33 minutes, followed immediately by a Pearse Christie point reeled Lucan in.  Ballyboden raced for the finish line and when Luke Basquel blasted to the net in the 47th minute a lead of 5 points was established.  However, a succession of frees by Lucan’s ace marksman, Ben Coffey, plus a goal from a free in the 43rd minute kept them in touch and entering the final  quarter of the game it was all to play for.  Ciaran Cashman was unwavering in this period with his frees and some thunderous scores from Basquel, Kevin Desmond and  a heroic display from Luke MacDwyer at midfield kept Ballyboden’s noses in front until the final whistle.  In the 2nd minute of injury time Lucan scrambled a second goal but Ballyboden had worked mightily all night to take the 2 league points and they deservedly held out at the conclusion.

Scorers:  Ciarán Cashman 0-7 (5 frees), Luke Basquel 1-2, Luke MacDwyer 1-2, Daniel O’Riordan 0-3, Kevin Desmond 0-3, Shane Kennedy 1-0, Killian Kirwan 0-1, Pearse Christie 0-1, Cillian Wall 0-1

Team: Conor O’Donoghue, Ronan Wallace, Jacques Dalton, Conor Kelly, Karl Reddy, Killian Kirwan, Sam Lally, Pearse Christie, Shane Kennedy, Daniel O’Riordan, Luke Basquel, Kevin Desmond, Ciarán Cashman, Luke MacDwyer, Daniel Nugent.  Subs: Ruari MacMathuna, Cillian Wall, Cian Corcoran.