Feile Peil na nOg 2017 Division Four Round Up.
Division Four Feile Peil Round Up
On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, the 8th of April, a day firmly in all the minds of the under 14s, the BBSE B team set out to St Peregrines grounds in Blanchardstown, quietly confident but nervously apprehensive of what might play out over the next 3 hours.
Their coaches Martin O'Hare, Paddy Brosnan and Tony Basquel set the lads on their warm up drill and gave them some final words of wisdom and encouragement.
First team down to play were the host team, St. Peregrines, on their main pitch complete with a fantastic seated stand, which was filled with even more nervous parents wondering how this event was going to play out!.
A blow of the ref's whistle and the game begins..Peregrines take the first point, followed by a second. When Peregrines get a goal followed by another point and take a 1-3 to 0-0 lead, heads slip in the stand but not with the lads on the pitch ( they have have been taught to believe in themselves! ) A great kick out by goalie Ryan Skelly and some smooth passing through midfield, gives Boden a well worked goal followed by a point from their kick out. Boden start to find a rhythm and press home another 2 goals and a point to take a half time lead of 3-3 to 1- 3.
At the start of the second half, Boden come out flying with 3 more points - Peregrines fight back with a goal and a point to narrow our lead to 2 but great passing and calmness 1-1 running out winners BBSE 4- 7 PEREGRINES 3-6.
Next up Na Dubh Ghall, this was played on a slightly narrower pitch but again our opponents got off to a 1 - 3 to 0-0 lead. Belief in themselves got Boden three top class goals to lead 3 -0 to 1- 3 at half time, despite having 4 wides and a goal disallowed.
Second half we saw a BBSE team that were enjoying their football and it showed as they scored another 3 - 3 to 0- 2 to win by 6-3 to 1-5
After a short break Craobh Chiarain were next. This time the lads seem to decide not to start slowly and drove home a 1-4 to 0-0 lead finishing out the first half Leaders 1- 5 to 1-1.Things didn't get any better for Craobh Chiarain in the second half as they received two yellows and Boden ran in 3-4 to one point seeing us out a group winners 4-9 to 1 - 2
Now the Semi- Final vs Cuala.
A two hour wait for the semi start time of 4pm was used to have soup and sandwiches, all put on by St Peregrines. Martin,Paddy & Tony kept the the lads calm and relaxed.
The crowd began to build - including their lads from BBSE 'A' who travelled from Skerries Harps. After a short drill and warmup to get lads up to speed the game started and boy did they start....greyhounds coming out of their traps would have looked slow compared to BBSE. Four well-worked points from different players and positions saw Boden into a roaring start then followed by 2 more points and three wides .A shell shocked Cuala A team were looking at a 6 point lead for BBSE and no reply. The reply came just before half time Cuala began to find their stride and left the field 0- 6 to 0-3 down.
Boden started the second half with a fabulous point and then increased their lead with a top drawer goal gave us a commanding 1-7 to 0-3 score Cuala narrowed the deficit with 3 points to give a four point difference for BBSE. With injuries, heat and this their fourth match, the exertions began to take its toll on the lads and with only 5 minutes remaining Cuala ran in a goal and a point to level the match.Extra time looked on the cards but a last second dash broke the Boden defensive line to give Cuala a second goal!
Final score BBSE 1- 7 Cuala 2 - 9
One thing that was so obvious and evident throughout the day on the pitch and in every game was the respect our lads have for each other, their coaches, opposition players and every referee on the day. I never heard one dissenting Boden voice on or off the pitch.
They all are, without exception, a wonderful bunch of lads who can make every parent stand a bit taller and prouder for what they achieved for themselves & their Club .
It is too difficult to mention every players fantastic contribution. But let me say, if one got injured, they all felt the pain; if one point was scored they all felt the joy! Team members in no particular order:
Ryan Skelly, Paul Basquel, Tom White, Adam O'Hare, Thomas Culleton, Connell McGlynn, Daniel Lynch, Mathew Ormsby, Michael Hanrahan, Thomas Brosnan, Cian Kelly, Dougie Clarke, Lorcan O'Keefe, Conor Barnes, Niall Moore, Niall O'Donnell, Conor Casey, Luke Bentley, injured Reed Barry and finally away Evan Welsh.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to U13's Barry McGuire, Oisin Murray and Ciarain Kiely who we hope enjoyed the experience and who made a terrific contribution on and off the field.
Post Script: Cuala went on to win Feile Division Four