Minor A vs Kilmacud Crokes
Sunday, 25th March 2018

Result: 0 14 to 1 11

Spring has sprung - The Shepherd Reports

On a beautiful spring morning Kilmacud Crokes welcomed our Minor A hurlers to Silverpark. Happy faces greeted us and the Stillorgan side provided dressing rooms and quality warm up space in order for us to prepare for what was a good game of hurling. There was a sizeable crowd on both sidelines to cheer on the young lads and one can feel the attention on this group of players increase as they gain momentum as the year moves on.

The match itself was a tight affair and the nip and tuck was a delight to the supporters who were served up as tight a match as one could hope for. Indeed such was the tight nature of the contest that the first to feel the wrath of the referee and to see the line were two umpires who just couldn’t agree. Our backs left nothing after them and great credit is due to the full back line of Joe Mc Grath, Cillian Wall and Ciarán Mc Donnell. The first half saw the teams exchange point for point with Kevin Desmond, Seán O’Donnell, Ruairí Mac Mathúna, Feargal Ryan and Pearse Christie scoring for Boden. The half back line of Mac Mathúna, Kirwan and Dunleavey were outstanding in their domination in the opening thirty minutes. Despite the Boden supporters and this mathematically challenged reporter guessing otherwise the Ref put it at 0-6 to 1-3 at the break. The Kilmacud goal was a tasty one that ‘keeper Jack Lambert could do little about, but the lads in blue and white were happy to be still in it after 30 minutes. A much-needed break was necessary and the chaps took on water and oxygen (a far cry from a draw on a fag and a slug from a bottle that was the staple of minor hurlers in years gone by!).

The second half was a step up in effort from both sides. The midfield pairing of Kenny and Christie made for a formidable engine room for the Firhouse Road outfit. After some pulling and dragging ‘Boden were reduced to fourteen men but our lads were not to be deterred and if anything increased their determination and drive as five backs worked tirelessly to contain a fiery Crokes set of forwards. Second half scoring saw Ciarán O’Reilly bagging a brace, with Desmond and Christie getting themselves on the scoreboard again. Feargal Ryan was solid as a rock on the frees sending four over the black spot. Both Peter Gannon and Luke Mc Dwyer laboured intensely with Peter making way for Cian Corcoran when he was spent. Enda Cashman came on for Seán O’Donnell who poured everything he had into the game after rising from his sick-bed. The final score had the two sets of young hurlers tied again BBSE 0-14 KC 1-11. The lads headed off to Croker with a pep in their step with nothing to do for the next two weeks but to practice some catching (particularly high dropping balls). Maith sibh ar fad!