Boughal brilliance

by Gazette Reporter
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BALLYBOUGHAL reached the Leinster club intermediate football championship final after beating Curraha by 3-7 to 0-15 on home turf last weekend.
Curraha enjoyed the lion’s share of chances but Ballyboughal’s clinical attitude in front of goal saw them through.
The north county side suffered a blow early on in the first half when they lost midfielder Cathal Flynn to injury, but the influence of Richie Downey and Keith Lynch ensured they didn’t suffer too much from his absence.
Curraha looked to use the skill of James McAntee up front but Jonathon Rooney was giving the task of man-marking the county senior, and did so to great effect.
The home side led by 1-4 to 0-5 going into the break with the goal coming from the boot of Ben Callanan after getting through one-on-one with keeper Luke McCarthy 30 minutes in. It came at the perfect time for Ballyboughal as Curraha were looking to dominate the game.
The second half started with neither side able to take control, but Curraha’s desire to use the short kick-out came back to bite them when they lost the ball and the in-form Gary Seaver punished them by finding the back of the net.
Curraha kicked themselves back into the game to trail by just a point but Ballyboughal once again hit a three pointer at the perfect time thanks to a fine team move.
Wing-forward Ciaran Wynne started it off when he picked up the ball from deep in his own half before finding Seaver with a long pass forward. Seaver went past his marker with ease and played an inch-perfect ball into the path of Jack Ryan, who finished past McCarthy.
Time was now running out for Curraha and John Rogers made their task more difficult when he split the posts from distance.
Curraha were not about to give up, however, and produced an excellent spell of high pressure to bring themselves back to within one point with two minutes of injury time still to play.
Despite their opponents putting them under intense pressure, Ballyboughal kept their nerve and chose to hold onto possession rather than needlessly kick it away.
The winners will now face Wexford champions Kilanerin in the final at Gorey’s Pairc Ui Shiochain this Saturday after they got the better of St Mary’s.
If Ballyboughal secure victory they will become the first Dublin side to do win at this level since neighbours Fingal Ravens in 2007.

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