Minor A vs Na Fianna
Sunday, 8th October 2017

Result: 4 10 to 3 14

Minor A Championship Group 2 Round 3

Collinstown, the second home of Na Fianna G.A.A., is a rather noisy place.  Situated right beside the runway, planes ascend and descend at a spacing of 1 minute and 40 seconds as I was reliably informed by an enthusiastic plane spotter.  Unfortunately, Ballyboden’s minor championship catastrophically nosedived on Sunday morning last against a Na Fianna side who have the qualities of going all the way in this season’s championship. 

For long periods of this game Ballyboden were on the receiving end of some severe punishment as a rampant Na Fianna soared to great heights and established a sizeable lead which they held throughout the match.  Right from the opening minute the Boden lads ran into severe turbulence as Na Fianna stars such as Seán Currie, Eoin O’Dea, Micheál Murphy and David Lacey put on the after burners.  By the 16th minute the score was 0-8 to 0-1 with Currie in particular being chief steward with regard to dishing out the punishment.  By half time Ballyboden had the score back to a more manageable 8 points thanks mainly to a flicked goal from Luke McDwyer in the 25th minute. 

For 25 minutes of the second half the same pattern prevailed. Two Na Fianna goals in the 50th and 53rd minutes put them seemingly over the horizon and out of sight.  At this stage of the game the score stood at 3-14 to 1-9 to the Northsiders.  However, there is great resilience in this Ballyboden side and rather than collect their bags and go home the lads decided that some pride needed to be restored.  By the time it took for 3 planes to land and depart (you do the Maths) they had the deficit down to an incredible 1 point.  In the 55th minute Killian Kirwan struck for what looked like a consolation score.  A 58th minute point by McDwyer brought some respectability.  Unbelievably 2 quick goals from James Madden and Shane Kennedy in the 2nd and 3rd minute of injury time had Boden on the cusp of a famous draw.  Na Fianna were crash landing but they just about kept the nose up to win a semi-final spot.

Ballyboden now enter the shield competition as Lucan Sarsfields, who Boden beat a month ago, managed to capture the second semi-final spot available in the group.

Scorers:  Luke MacDwyer 1-4 (3 frees), Shane Kennedy 1-2, Killian Kirwan 1-1, James Madden 1-1, Kevin Desmond 0-1, R Donohoe 0-1.

Team:  Conor O’Donoghue, Karl Reddy, Ronan Wallace, Ruari Hester, Jacques Dalton, Thomas Glynn, Kevin Lalor, Killian Kirwan, Sam Lally, Daniel O’Riordan, Ben Kelly, Shane Kennedy, Luke McDwyer, Pearse Christie, Kevin Desmond. Subs. James Madden, Ruari MacMathuna, Cillian Wall, Rob Donohoe, Conor Fallon.