Finn McGarry battles to hold on to possession; Picture: John Kirwan

Ballyboden St Enda’s booked their berth on the Leinster Club SHC semi-final after Tuesday night’s emotional provincial quarter-final encounter with Westmeath champions Clonkill in Parnell Park.

It was a match played against the backdrop of great sadness following the death of three year-old Annabel Loughlin last weekend, daughter of Clonkill clubman and former Westmeath hurler Enda Loughlin, who was buried on Tuesday morning.

A minute’s silence was observed before the game and after 80-minutes of action Ballyboden St Enda’s formed a guard of honour for Clonkill as they exited the Donnycarney pitch.
Boden advanced to face Offaly’s Coolderry in the provincial semi-final in two Sundays time, again in Parnell Park (1.30).

It took extra-time before the free-taking of Paul Ryan and a late Paul Doherty goal sealed the progression of Joe Fortune’s men.

Clonkill began by far the better and led 0-6 to 0-2 inside the opening 11 minutes with Eoin Price impressing in the opening spell, he finished the game with 0-4 from play.

But St Enda’s eventually settled with Aidan Mellett, Paul Ryan and Niall Ryan all helping to close the gap with Simon Lambert and David O’Connor showing up superbly in the air.

Conal Keaney scored a couple, too, to put Boden in front before Clonkill added three in a row for a 0-9 to 0-7 lead.

But the Dublin champions were to lead 1-9 to 0-10 at the break with their goal coming just shortly before the interval when Mellett pierced the Clonkill defence, his pass was missed by Conor McCormack but Niall Ryan was on hand to apply the finish to the net.

Mellett had a goal chance denied just after the restart as things went tit for tat in the early stages of the second half, Boden building a three point lead before Clonkill levelled the game at 1-11 a piece.

It was level a couple of times before Boden eked out a two point lead with five minutes of normal time remaining with the accuracy of Paul Ryan to the fore before a late goal by Luke Loughlin, an uncle of Anabel Loughlin, brought the sides level.

A Niall McMorrow point edged Boden in front before Brendan Murtagh’s free ensured extra-time.

Early in the first period of extra-time, Murtagh drove a penalty wide. A lucky escape for Boden and they took full advantage despite conceding the next score.

Paul Doherty pointed off the left and Ryan got Boden back in front with a 1-20 to 1-18 lead at the midway point. Further scores from Ryan and Joe Roche finally put six points between the sides.

Clonkill goaled to split the difference but Doherty’s late goal ensured victory.