Ballyboden are All-Ireland kings

by Staff Reporter

Ballyboden St Enda’s captured the All-Ireland Division 1 Feile title in Limerick last weekend for the second time in their history and the first since 1992 when a storming second-half performance saw them claim a 10-point victory over Douglas from Cork.

With the temperature in the high 20s at pitch side, both sides started the game at a frenetic pace.

Boden opened the scoring in the second minute when a Luke McDwyer shot found its way to the net for an early goal, but Douglas stormed back with two quick-fire points.

Boden’s Karl Reddy, Tom Glynn and man of the match James Madden shackled the Douglas half forwards. Anything that did get through was swept up by the full back line of Kevin Lalor, Ronan Wallace and Cathal Creed.

Ben Kelly added a point from a free after Shane Kennedy was fouled before Douglas narrowed the gap to the minimum.

The first half had a frantic end, with Conor O’Donoghue in the Boden goal making a double save to deny Douglas a goal.

The Boden mentors freshened the team up at halftime, with Eoin Dennehy coming in at the back for Lalor and Luke Basquel and Rob Donohoe replacing Kevin Desmond and Jamie Dooney up front.

The switches paid immediate dividends with Donohoe having a hand in all three second-half goals, the first being forced to the net by captain Ross McCormack after the initial shot caused problems in the Douglas goalmouth.

McCormack grabbed his second after McDwyer and Donohoe combined to play him in, before Donohoe set McDwyer through for the fourth and decisive goal.

A long range free was Douglas’ sole reward in the second period but this was cancelled out by another Kelly free.

Daniel Nugent, Mark McNamee, Jack Basquel, Mark Normile and Conor Fallon all joined the fray late on as the Boden bench showed their value.

All 23 players celebrated a famous victory at the final whistle with their large band of supporters and their mentors Paul Kelly, Joe Lalor, John Ryan and Pat Normile.

A large crowd welcomed the squad back to the club on Sunday night with the Christy Ring trophy to complete a memorable weekend for this great group of boys.

In the group stages, the boys had big wins over Limerick sides Ahane and Monaleen and came through a tough final game against Clare champions Inagh-Kilnamona to set up a semi-final with Waterford champions Abbeyside from Dungarvan, where they recorded a 2-12 to 0-4 victory.

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