BALLYBODEN St Enda’s got a small form of revenge on local rivals Kilmacud Crokes, after Crokes knocked the reigning All Ireland champions out of the championship early last month.
While it will be scant consolation for the defeat in Parnell Park, Boden came out 1-14 to 1-8 winners to keep their push at the top of the league going last Thursday night, a comfortable reversal of the game that both sides would consider the more important.
While they still sit behind Crokes in the overall division one table, with both chasing newly crowned Dublin champions St Vincent’s at the summit, Boden will take some reassurance from the victory, and the possibility of further silverware it presents as they climb closer to a place in the league’s finale.
Enda’s did take home some silverware at Minor C hurling level, travelling to St Sylvester’s to overturn a side that had turned them over earlier this year in the league.
Sean Gorman got Boden on the charge with an up-and-over finish that snuck under the bar into the net, with an quick lead established quickly thanks to some controlled early play.
The Malahide side were to edge back into the game before half time, coming in level at 1-5 a piece having been five points down as Boden struggled to deal with the size of Sylvester’s towering full-forward and some efficient free taking later in the half.
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Joe McGrath – who declared himself fit on the morning of the final after missing the latter part of the season with a broken wrist – and captain Eoin Fetherstone were at the heart of much of Boden’s finer work, but it was the second half that was to see ‘Boden clinch the title.
Coming out with a point to prove, they created a number of respectable chances, including for sub Mairtin O’Rian, who found himself in a goalscoring position with a few minutes to go only to see his shot sharply parried in the Sylvester’s goal.
Sean Lambert added an impressive point, while Gorman netted his second, before adding an over-the-shoulder point that saw ‘Boden’s control just edge them away from their rivals. It was Gorman’s goals, ultimately, that were to make the difference.
In a tight second half, Sylvester’s had the better of the game when it came to taking points chances, but having created a number of glimpses where taking the point perhaps looked more sensible, ‘Boden’s attempts on goal paid off. They won the game by 3-8 to 1-11, celebrating with a speech from Fetherstone and support having traveled from as far afield as Dubai.
It might not have been the best season for the club’s senior sides, who have fallen short of last year’s lofty highs, but the depth of quality and support at one of Ireland’s largest sporting organisations is clearly still substantial.