Ballyboden U15s Division 5 League Champions!

[ Wednesday, 31st October 2018 ]

Sunday morning at Bray Emmetts ground in Old Conna saw a play off between BBSE and Bray Emmetts for League status winners as both had won 12, drawn 1, and lost 1, and were on 25 pts each. With Boden scoring 70 pts more over the league than Emmetts an average of 5pts per game this was going to be an interesting and close game. 

As is lovely to see at any age group, in any code or sport, the total squad of U15 hurlers, able-bodied and wounded, along with all the parents turned up to lift the team on a beautiful sunny morning.10 minutes before the throw in a gale-force wind accompanied by its normal Irish companion...rain. started to blow cross field....this was going to be a very testing game for both teams. 
Whistle blew and they were off! Emmetts went straight on the attack with a pass out wide and a high ball into the box which Conor Barnes dealt with safely. With a great puc out Boden on the attack. Thomas Brosnan picked the ball up and made a strong run forward to hand pass to Connell McGlynn whose shot went wide. Emmetts attack again was thwarted by Sean Bury in the Boden’s defense. Boden’s first point came when Connell McGlynn showed how small a hurling pitch can be made look with two pieces of skill, a high catch and a strike - point made! Emmetts were not sitting back and nearly scored two goals from goal mouth scrambles in the following 3 minutes, Not to be  - as luck and strong battling saved Boden.
When I turned to see the expression on the supporters faces, they seemed to be in the middle of breaking a Guinness book record of how many teenagers and parents can you fit into one dug out!! escaping the elements as they were as the rain and wind blew relentlessly. 
Eighteen minutes in Boden led 0-2 Emmetts 0-0. Both teams had about 4 wides each and a couple of goal chances that were within inches of making the score board. The rain was replaced by a vivid rainbow but the wind was still blowing hard. Then came a great point from Harry Duff who while under pressure took the ball and turned on his weak side and split the posts. Harry wasn't finished as 2 mins later, he got Bodens first gaol - a superb strike and a just reward for his efforts from the start of the game.
Emmetts answered within seconds with another point to make it 1-3 to 0-2 in Bodens favour but again Emmetts didn't give up and only quick hands and reaction of Conor Barnes saved a definite goal for Emmetts. A combination from the ever-steady Tom White to Kevin Hearty and again a hand pass from Thomas Brosnan, gave Evan Welch not for the first time a trade mark run straight at the Emmetts defense to thunder Bodens second goal home.
The immense contribution from the U14 players Stephen Pullan and Eoin Mac Phaidin and Killan Smith in the first half really started to show as a great ball in from Eoin was taken by Stephen who passed it back to the hard working Niall O' Donnell as he expertly struck it back over his shoulder between the posts. It began to look like the rainbow's pot of gold was on the Bodens side line. 
Boden went in at half time 2 -4 to 0-2 up. 
Start of the second half saw Thomas Culleton, Mathew Ormsby and Sean O' Donnell in for Kevin Hearty and Dillon Smyth, who had a strong presence in denying Emmetts scoring chances in the first half, and the injured Niall O’Donnell. Emmetts make the first point  - a fine strike from around half way to put it 2-4 to 0-3. That only served to up Bodens game with some outstanding play from Thomas Culleton in defense and Sean Bury stopping any chance of Emmetts advancing in on goal. Connell MaGlynn, slotting over another 3 points from frees and then Luke Bently, who had battled to try and score in the first half but unfortunately luck wasn't on his side, however he found a new novel way of of scoring with his back to goal ground striking backwards scoring two goals in quick succession.
The hard work of Ollie Brophy, Mathew Ormsby, Ryan Ramsden & Michael Hanrahan kept Emmetts to chasing half chances. With Luke Bently trying to improve his new scoring method, his final goal came from a two handed back strike through his legs to score his third goaThe final whistle blew - Ballyboden U15s were Division 5 League Champions! What is nice about any game is winning, what is nicer is seeing a team play together and winning. There were great performances by every individual yesterday - Sean Bury in defence, Connell McGlynn midfield were outstanding and the contribution of the U14 lads was invaluable.
On behalf of all the parents and every player, we would like to thank Niall and Brendan for their unwavering commitment and dedication to the boys over the last number of years you. Both mentors have set the bar high in regards to the passion, love and respect for the game of hurling that they have managed to impart to the boys.
Team: Tom White, Luke Bently, Michael Hanrahan, Ryan Ramsden, Sean O Donnell, Kevin Hearty, Harry Duff , Sean Bury, Evan Welsh, Dillon Smyth, Killan Smith, Eoin MacPhaidin, Stephen Pullan, Ollie Brophy, Mathew Ormsby, Niall O Connell,Conor Barnes, Connell McGlynn. Thomas Culleton ,
BBSE 5:9  Bray Emmets 0:4
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