Junior A vs St. Brigid's
Sunday, 29th April 2018

Result: 1-10 to 2-08
 
On a fine morning in Sancta Maria the Boden junior A team took to the field in the second of the group matched; this time against St. Brigids who like Ballyboen had lost their first game. This was going to be important. Starting with the same team as the first group game apart from a goalkeeping change with Darragh Gogan replacing the injured Stephen McGrath between the sticks and David Leech returning from injury to replace Cian Lynch. We started slowly conceding a couple of early scores while we got used to the soft pitch. However within 12 minutes we were on level terms with points from Eamonn O'Reilly and Sam Lally. Sam's point came from a swift attack where Darragh fed Tommy who passed to David leech on the run. Keith received the ball in midfield and fed Eamonn who played it quickly to Sam who stroked it over from 30m. This was the type of football we came to play. Further points from Eamonn off the left peg, Keith and Gillo left us 2 points ahead ( 0-5 to 0-3) approaching the half time whistle. The final attack of the half saw Brigids sweep the ball to the net leaving the score 1-3 to 0-5 to the visitors at the break. All in all it wasn't a bad first half but again we left a few scores behind missing a few scorable frees.
 
Brigids started the second half brightly scoring the first point of the half. We again showed our battling qualities and a persistent attack down the right saw the ball in the hands of Eoghan Monahan who beat two on rushing defenders and side-stepped another before slotting the ball past the hapless keeper with his left foot. Boden were back in front. Minutes later a monster '45 from Darragh stretched the Boden lead to 2 points.
Unfortunately Brigids got in to score a goal in the sixth minute of the half to go into the lead by a point. From this point in the game the sides traded points with Boden dominant in possession.
Towards the end of the game a couple of melees broke out that that disrupted our momentum. In both cases the referee reached for the cárta dearg and sent a player from each team to the line. it was nor 13 v 13 but Boden despite monopolising possession were unable to find the breakthrough.
 
It's now down to the last game in the group after the summer break and we require a favour to be done in the other game in the group. This team is very young and has been very unfortunate in the games to date but if we stick together we will be rewarded.
 
Team; D. Gogan, R. Bradshaw, C. Conway, B. O'Donnell, S. Mulligan, K. Cronin, K. Sweeney, T. Burke, D. Leech, S. Lally, L. Murphy, C. O'Dea, E. Monahan, E. O'Reilly, D. Gilheaney,
Subs:C. O'Brien, C. Lynch, C. Barton, F. Keogh, R. Kirwan, M. McGee
Not used; S. McGrath (injured)
 
Thanks to Sean Gilheaney for the photos, for more see here

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