Brilliant Boden, Jude’s and Davis advance

by Cóilín Duffy

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s, St Jude’s and Thomas Davis booked places in the Dublin Senior Football 1 Championship quarter-finals, following last weekend’s final group games.

Boden powered through their group unbeaten, finishing with a comfortable 2-20 to 0-6 win over Skerries Harps at Parnell Park on Saturday night.

Boden got off to a blazing start and led by 0-4 to 0-0 after just four minutes, but Skerries ralled with Steven Smith and Killian McGinnis (2) on target to leave the score at 0-6 to 0-3 after 21 minutes.

However, this was as good as it got for Skerries, with an Aran Waters goal starting a spell which saw Boden score 1-7 without reply.

Skerries’ fourth score arrived 13 minutes into the second half, when Smith converted a 45’ to ensure a 1-14 to 0-4 score-line.

Ryan Basquel grabbed Boden’s second goal in the 48th minute, on the way to a 20-point win.

Clontarf’s first win, coupled with Skerries’ loss, saw them through on scoring difference, after a 1-17 to 1-10 win over Lucan Sarsfields.

Kevin Lillis fired 1-6 for the eventual winners, including a 12th minute penalty in a strong first half display by his side.

Clontarf led by 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time, and moved 11 points clear on the restart.

Although Lucan had a strong final quarter, which started with a Brian Collopy goal, and Brendan Gallagher (0-6) impressive from placed balls, Clontarf had done enough for victory.

It came down to the wire in Group 3, with St Jude’s topping the group with a 1-9 to 0-8 win over Thomas Davis.

However, a four-point loss was enough to see Thomas Davis also into the quarter-finals on scoring difference, beating Raheny to the second spot.

Jude’s and Thomas Davis provided an entertaining contest at O’Toole Park on Saturday, with little separating the sides throughout.

It took a while for the eventual winners to settle on the score-board, and it wasn’t until the 15th minute that they opened their account, after Thomas Davis had registered the opening two scores.

The Tallaght side led by 0-2 to 0-0 after seven minutes, but back-to-back efforts for Jude’s including a Kieran Doherty point levelled matters by the 18th minute.

Thomas Davis again hit back with two quick-fire points, with Ryan Deegan ending the game with three points impressive.

However, Jude’s finished the half strongly with three unanswered points, with Niall Coakley, Ronan Joyce and Doherty on target on the way to a 0-5 to 0-4 interval lead.

The Tymon Park outfit extended their lead three minutes after the restart through Corkman Coakley.

Adam Fallon and Cian Murphy defended well for Thomas Davis but, eventually, their rear-guard was breached when Diarmuid McLoughlin grabbed the games only goal in the fourth minute of injury-time.

Clontarf now face Kilmacud Crokes in the quarter-finals; Na Fianna take on Ballyboden St Enda’s; St Vincent’s face St Jude’s; and Castleknock meet Thomas Davis.

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