Ballyboden progress at Crokes’ expense

by Gazette Reporter
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BALLYBODEN St Enda’s came through a contentious Dublin SFC second round date with Kilmacud Crokes, coming back from two points down with time running out to score 1-2 in the final five minutes at O’Toole Park on Saturday evening.

The chief talking point afterwards, however, was a Ross McGowan fisted effort that was deemed over the line by one umpire but, after he had waved the green flag, the referee chalked off the goal as Stephen O’Connor scampered back to clear.

It left Crokes frustrated and Mark Coughlan was sent off in a melee following the hop ball that came off the back of the disallowed goal to compound matters and Boden took full advantage.

The key moment came when Sean Gibbons burst down the right baseline and popped a great pass to Andrew Kerin who initially missed his punch but gathered the ball to kick home from close range.

It gave them a rare lead in a tie that Kilmacud had controlled for much of proceedings with Mark Vaughan landing 0-7, 0-5 from placed balls.

They helped move Crokes 0-7 to 0-1 ahead after 25 minutes with Cian O’Sullivan and Ross O’Carroll impressing though Rory O’Carroll had to depart at half-time. It added to Paul Mannion’s unavailability due to injury but Crokes looked decent value at half time with a 0-9 to 1-3 lead.

Ryan Basquel was proving a handful and his goal gave Ballyboden a foothold with the break closing in. The second half was short on quality football, however, with neither side getting much rhythm as Robbie McDaid put in a strong stint.

Boden kept chipping away however with Basquel and Kerin ending up with 1-2 a piece and their persistence down the stretch eventually paid dividends after the disallowed goal.

It puts the Firhouse Road club into the quarter-finals of the competition where they will meet St Brigid’s.

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