Goal hungry Ballyboden St Enda’s had far too much for quarter final opponents Na Fianna as they marched on in the Dublin senior football championship in Saturday afternoon.
They did so despite being a man down for the last 10 minute but their progress was ultimately fairly comfortable.
The damage came largely from within a single family. Ryan and Colm Basquel hit 2-4 and 1-2 respectively, as St Enda’s saw off their northside opponents by 3-13 to 0-15.
Most of the damage was done early enough for the game to peter out as a contest towards the end. After a nip and tuck start that took the sides to 0-4 each, Ballyboden went on the march.
First, in a five-minute period of impressive dominance they hit 1-3, including a smoothly taken goal from Ryan Basquel. Having established a lead, the southsiders went for the jugular, with Colm adding a second goal and putting Boden firmly in charge.
While the Basquel brothers were claiming the glory, though, it was becoming abundantly clear how key Conal Keaney is to this Ballyboden side. His intelligent link up play and experienced, selfless approach to the game set the Basquels free to find plenty of space and work off his interplay, taking full advantage.
Ballyboden led 2-9 to 0-6 by half time, and even the likes of Jonny Cooper, engaged in an epic battle with Dublin teammate Colm Basquel, could do little to stem the blue and white tide.
Things were to get still worse early in the second half for Na Fianna, who conceded a penalty within two minutes of the restart, effectively ending the game in terms of competition, as Ryan Basquel confidently slammed home to establish an 11 point lead.
From then on, the south Dubliners looked assured of their progress, and while Conor McHugh and Michael Deegan in particular were looking tidy up front for Na Fianna, the gap never looked like closing dramatically.
Michael Darragh Macauley put a small blot on the Boden copybook as he saw red for a second yellow card with 11 minutes left on the clock.
While Na Fianna had already narrowed the gap to eight points, they never seriously threatened to take advantage of the extra man and created little that really looked likely to beat Darragh Gogan in the Ballyboden goal, despite McHugh’s 0-7 and Deegan’s 0-5.
Ballyboden finished with six different scorers, though the Basquel brothers combined 3-6 ultimately made the difference as they comfortably move on to the last four.
Keaney and McHugh continued to do the damage at either end in the closing stages, but that seven point margin for Ballyboden never looked under serious threat.
Boden’s 2016 championship win represents the only break in a five year period of dominance for St Vincent’s in the senior championship.