Boden pip Sarsfields to Division 1 Feile title

by Gazette Reporter

THIRTY-FOUR seconds into the Division 1 final, Lucan Sarsfields snatched a tonic start with a goal from Carla Delmar at O’Toole Park last Sunday.

But they never got the chance to build a platform from that score as, within a minute, Ballyboden had levelled.
A piece of individual brilliance by Hollyn Kennedy who controlled a long delivery in the air with the stick, took possession and made some ground before firing to the net off her left side.

Lucan never gave up and with Heather Kenny playing soundly at full-back they regained the lead in the eighth minute with a point from a free by captain Aoife Mahon.

Throughout the field, Boden were showing well Saoirse Hassett pulled a mighty ball out of the clouds and Faye O’Reilly did superbly to deny Kennedy another goal.

But she would not be stopped and when Saoirse Fitzgerald sent a long effort goalwards, the Boden sharpshooter was on hand to first time to the net.

Aisling Byrne subsequently provided a clever pass to Kennedy for an excellently worked point. When Katie McDonald drove over a free on the 20th minute, Boden had amassed a 2-2 to 1-1 lead at the break.

It required a big comeback and Chloe O’Connor and Laura Quinn were leading the Lucan charge and, in the 25th minute, a free from Aoife Mahon cut the gap to just a goal.

Boden maintained their composure, though, and earned a close range free which Katie McDonald shot low shot to the net for a crucial goal.

Lucan continued their assault and when the hardworking Laura Quinn was fouled in the box, they were awarded a penalty with two minutes of normal time remaining.

Aoife Mahon’s well-struck shot was brilliantly saved by Katie McDonald as was the rebound by Ally Ramsden.
Lucan staged one more rally and a brilliant effort from Laura Quinn just cleared the line but it was just too late as Boden held to claim the club’s 10th Dublin Feile Division 1 crown.

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