Junior B vs Na Fianna
Sunday, 15th April 2018

Result: 0-06 to 2-15

The JBs opened their Championship account in the worst possible way against a very strong Na Fianna outfit. Not that we were beaten by the better team, we were beaten by our own individual errors. 

We went through a bad patch in the first half and allowed Na Fianna to register score after score without reply. Personal battles were not been fought, runners were not tracked. In fact Na Fianna were 2-6 up before we started to get our act together and actually started to compete. Vinnie and Hugh tagged on two scores to at least get us on the score sheet before half time. 
The half time talk was direct and to the point. This was unacceptable, we were now playing for pride in the crest. Guys had to take a long hard look at themselves, this is not how we play, no passion, no intensity. Get out there and play as we know you can play. Get on the front foot, bring the game to the opposition. 
Thankfully the second half was a huge improvement. We had a mountain to climb but by Christ the JBs took up that challenge. We were a wounded animal, now we were taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Alan Keane in goal pulled of an excellent save and that seemed to galvanise the JBs. Alan McQuaid was creating all sorts of problems for the Na Fianna defence. Ross Traynor tagged on three points. Neil Lynch scored a spectacular over head point. I could go through each and every name but to a man, they can be proud of that second half performance. We played with passion and when we ran at the opposition, we were a sight to see. We actually edged the second half. 
The referee brought the game to an end with a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-6. The opposition manager said that if we had of played the first half as we did the second, we would have got a result here. Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. Management is now looking for a reaction from this defeat, I know this group of men are hurting and will react in the proper manner. We have Naomh Barrog next in two weeks time. Onwards and upwards. Boden Abu. JBs Abu. 
Report by Martin O'Donnell