Adult Hurling League Division 1 final Na Fianna 0-22 Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-17
Na Fianna were crowned Go-Ahead Dublin AHL1 champions with their 0-22 to 0-17 victory over Ballyboden St Enda’s in Parnell Park last Saturday evening.
Dublin senior Donal Burke led the way for the St Mobhi Road men with ten points, including seven frees.Na Fianna led 0-18 to 0-12 at the three-quarter marker with a decisive moment in this contest coming at the commencement of the last quarter.Boden were awarded a penalty but Eoin Skelly denied Simon Lambert and Na Fianna swept down field to score which put themselves into a seven-point lead, 0-19 to 0-12.
Shane Barrett extended that advantage to eight points with a fine point before Simon Lambert and Conor McKeon tried to lift Boden with scores of their own.Donal Burke’s pointed close range free, his tenth score of the day, had Na Fianna 0-21 to 0-14 clear before Luke McDwyer hit three (two frees, one from play) in quick succession for St Enda’s.But Na Fianna were comfortable winners with Seán Ryan concluding the scoring for the Glasnevin men.In the opening half points from Colin Currie, Donal Burke (two frees), and AJ Murphy in quick succession had NaFianna 0-5 to 0-2 ahead by the tenth minute.However, by the first water break Boden were level after Shane Kennedy, with two points including a 65, and Niall McMorrow were on target (0-5 each).
Na Fianna made their vital move with scores just before and after the half-time interval.Scores from Donal Burke, Seán Baxter and Burke again from halfway ensured a 0-12 to 0-8 lead for their side at the break.Na Fianna continued in impressive fashion on the restart with Colin Currie, Donal Burke (two frees) and Seán Currie scoring to lead 0-16 to 0-8.The freetaking for Conor Dooley and a point from play by Seán McDonnell hauled Boden back into contention, 0-18 to 0-12, by the second water break.If Boden had successfully converted the penalty at the start of the fourth quarter it would have made it very interesting but Eoin Skelly’s kept Na Fianna on the road to the AHL1 title.