Super sub Kavanagh fires Boden victory

by Gazette Reporter
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BALLYBODEN St Enda’s ground out a battling two-point win in Lusk to cap a fine season in the excellent fashion, earning promotion to AFL8 at the expense of their Fingal opponents.
On a heavy pitch, it was hard-fought from the start with Boden looking to Vinnie Moran and Enda Daly in the engine room to get them going.
Keith McCaren at half forward was making inroads with his runs and fed Mikey Dunne some excellent ball. Dunne split the posts early on with Laurence Murphy also weighing in with a score
McCaren linked up well with Enda Daly and after some intricate passing for the former to send the ball high over the blue spot before Lusk would break their duck.
Once they were off the mark, they managed to land a series of scores with the next four points going their way, etching out a lead of their own for a brief while before the scores were levelled by the half-time break.
Indeed, Boden keeper Mark McNamee made three point blank saves in the first half to keep the game in the balance.
From McNamee’s kick-outs, Daly was taking in a lot of ball while Murphy tacked on two points to wrest back the initiative before the game’s defining moment.
Daly won the ball and fed Murphy whose thunderbolt was brilliantly saved but only as far as substitute Jamie Kavanagh who snapped up the chance to net on his unfancied left foot.
Boden were two points to the good going down the final stretch and needed to stay clear as Colum Reade was brought on to hold up play and run the clock down.
They held their nerve, keeping it tight until the final whistle unleashed mayhem as the celebrations began in earnest.
They did it the hard way, not just winning the playoff final away from home but also getting through the semi-finals at St Oliver Plunkett’s.

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