Boden Power through go ahead Senior Hurling Championship Group 4 

by Aaron Dunne
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Ballyboden St Enda’s 1-25 / Faughs 0-14

A scoring surge just before the three-quarter mark set Ballyboden up for victory over Faughs in their Go-Ahead Dublin SHC ‘A’ Group 4 Round 2 encounter at Parnell Park on Saturday.

A fine fetch and point from Faughs’ Niall Fitzgibbon left the Tymon North outfit four points in arrears, 0-14 to 0-10, after 40 minutes but then Boden hit the next five points to open up a nine-point cushion at the second water break.

The influential duo of Conal Keaney and Niall McMorrow combined for Keaney to ignite the scoring rush with Simon Lambert, following quick interplay by Boden, Conor Dooley (free) and a brace of points from play by Aidan Mellett made it 0-19 to 0-10.

Points from Jack McVeigh and Ciarán Brennan cut the deficit but any hopes Faughs had of a successful comeback were ended by Conor Dooley’s converted penalty in the 48th minute following a foul on Niall McMorrow.

In the other group 4 clash, Iliver Plunkett’s were merciless in a 4-17 to 0-6 win over Scoil Ui Chonaill.

Conor Dooley added two further scores – free and point from play – before the finish to bring his personal tally to 1-6 (1-0pen, 0-4f), with Conal Keaney (0-5), Niall McMorrow (0-4, 1f) and Seán McDonnell (0-3) their top marksmen.

The early exchanges were very evenly balanced with Faughs starting with intent – Carl O’Mahony converting the first of his five deadballs (four frees, one ‘65’) and James O’Brien splitting the posts.

Boden replied through two Conal Keaney scores, the first from halfway followed by another strike following good work by Stephen O’Connor.

Before the first water break there were goalscoring opportunities at both ends – Pearse Christie had the sliotar in the net but had been whistled back for taking too many steps after combing with Aidan Mellett and then Finn McGarry and Stephen O’Connor combined to save their side before Faughs David Croke hit the crossbar with a shot on the follow up.

At the water break Boden were 0-5 to 0-4 ahead before Niall McMorrow, an accurate snapshot, extended the lead for the Firhouse Road men.

McMorrow was to add two further points in the second quarter to help his side to a half-time lead of 0-11 to 0-6.

Faughs, again, started the better after the short stoppage with Carl O’Mahony (‘65’) and Peter Shaw, after a good fetch from James O’Brien, on target.

Six minutes into the second half Boden had a sighting on goal but Stephen O’Connor was denied by Faughs keeper Eddie Hogan.

Faughs lost freetaker Carl O’Mahony to a hamstring injury but points from James O’Brien and Niall Fitzgibbon had them very much in contention after 40 minutes, just four points adrift.

Then Boden applied the pressure and those five unanswered points gave them a nice cushion before Conor Dooley’s well-taken penalty left Faughs with too much ground to make up.

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shc group 1: whitehall beat john’s

Na Fianna go marching on

go ahead senior hurling c’ship group 1 

Na Fianna2-24

Croabh Chiaráin1-15

Na Fianna continued their recent high-scoring exploits when defeating Craobh Chiaráin in their Go-Ahead Dublin SHC ‘A’ Group 1 Round 2 clash at Parnell Park last Saturday.

The Mobhi Road side tallied 4-27 in their opener against Whitehall Colmcille and were quickly about their business against the Craobh when opening up a 1-8 to 0-0 leading inside 11 minutes and by half-time Na Fianna were 1-16 to 1-4 clear, Donal Burke notching 1-8. He eventually moved that on to 1-12 by the close of business (9f, 1 ‘65’).

Twelve minutes into the second half Colin Currie grabbed Na Fianna’s second goal after being picked out on the far side by the AJ Murphy – that put his side 15-points clear (2-19 to 1-7).

Craobh battled to the finish with Robbie Mahon hitting two scores from play with Billy Ryan and Derwin converting from deadball situations.

But Na Fianna held the upperhand in most sectors of the field to make it two wins from two starts.

In the other Go-Ahead Dublin SHC ‘A’ Group 1 Round 2 clash on Saturday, Whitehall Colmcille defeated Ballinteer St John’s 0-21 to 1-15 in O’Toole Park.

That leaves Whitehall and Chiaráín’s in a straight battle to reach the last eight when they clash at O’Toole Park on October 3 (2pm Parnell Park).

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