Boardsmill started off their Intermediate Hurling Championship Campaign with a win this evening against Navan O’Mahony’s in impressive style.
Having just recently changed management, with Club stalworth Vinny Guy taking over at the helm since the IHC Finals which took place a couple of weeks ago, Guy certainly changed the line up this evening from what we’ve seen in previous games and it proved dividends. Starting David Farrell in goals (a position Guy held himself in the IHC Final) moving Cathal Wall into a centre forward position and Cian Royston into midfield to name but a few changes meant that the game flowed freely and players worked hard throughout the park.
The game started out well with Thomas Leonard setting the pace with one of his blistering runs to shoot over the first point of the game. Referee Niall Burke let the game flow for both sides as much as possible and the teams traded scores with Boardsmill holding onto a one point lead going into half time 0-09 to 0-08. Good scores from Cian Royston, (0-02) Danny Dixon (0-02), Liam O’Brien (0-02 (f)), Donal Flattery (0-01), Cathal Wall (0-01) and Thomas Leonard (0-01).
It was the third quarter where the lads in Blue came into their own. Wall caught a high ball (one of many for the evening) on the 14 yard line and buried it to the back of the net ten minutes into the second half. Three minutes later after some great points from play from Royston, Dixon, Flattery and Leonard, Niall Durkan got the ball on the edge of the square and blasted at the goals only to be saved by the Navan keeper, but Durkan followed up and tapped in the rebound. Thus concluded this quarter with Boardsmill outscoring Navan 2-07 to 0-01.
The final 15 mins saw Wall continue his dominace in the air, catching a beautiful ball over his head and sticking it over the black spot for his third point of the game. Conor Darby (corner back) even got in on the action finding himself in a scoring position late into the game and slotted over. One slight hiccup to marr an impressive debut for Farrell in goals was a goal conceded from a high ball that spluttered over the line in the closing stages of the game. Undoubtedly the score of the game came from Leonard to finish off the game. Frustrated on receiving a yellow card just minutes before, he went on another of his blistering runs with goal in mind. And while running at top speed flicked it one handed into the Navan goal giving Boardsmill a twelve point victory, final score Boardsmill 3-18 (27) Navan O’Mahony’s 1-12 (15).
Great performances from Wall, who gets my MOTM, Royston Jim Bird in the backs and Leonard, but all in all a good team effort and foundation to build on for the rest of the Championship.
1. David Farrell, 2. Conor Darby (0-01), 3. Jim Bird, 4. James Durkan, 5. Jim Roche, 6. Ray Hatton, 7. Stevie Gibbons, 8. Liam O’Brien (0-03 (f)), 9. Cian Royston (0-03), 10. Cathal Wall (1-03), 11. Donal Flattery (0-03), 12. Neil McLoughlin, 13. Niall Durkan (1-01), 14. Thomas Leonard (1-02), 15. Danny Dixon (0-02).
In other news….
Next up, our Junior 2 Hurler’s are in Championship action at home tomorrow against St. Patrick’s.
The Junior Football Championship game v Carnaross is rescheduled for this Tuesday in Kildalkey.
Feile is well and truly underway. Congratulations to the amalgamated side of Boardsmill / Rathmolyon who comprehensively won the Under 15 Feile Shield Hurling Final against Na Fianna during the week. Well done to all players, Management and Coach Jack Dixon.
Well done to our U15 Camogie team who won 3 out of 4 matches in the Feile this morning and only missed out on a place in the final through score difference. The future is bright for the ‘Mill Camog’s.
Best wishes to all our Members competing in the Community Games Finals in Cushinstown tomorrow.