Boden’s Leinster focus

by Gazette Reporter

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s are the 2015 Dublin Senior Football champions after a highly impressive win over reigning champions Vincent’s on Sunday.
But Boden boss Andy McEntee is hopeful that his side’s season is far from over with the Leinster Championship beginning this Sunday with a trip to Drogheda to face St Pat’s of Louth.
“I’d like to think we’re going to push on,” he told Dublin GAA. “These things don’t happen too often, you get one chance at a Leinster title and we’ll try switching our attention to that straight away.”
The former Meath minor football manager was asked after the final whistle how it felt to lead the Dublin Senior champions. “Well it sounds good,” he laughed. “It’ll probably sink a bit more later on. But look, like a lot of teams, you set out at the start of the year and that’s what you’re aiming for.
“We’ve come through the hard way, we’ve had to play Kilmacud, we had to play Plunketts, and Clontarf last week. None of them were easy and then to play Vincent’s in the county final and come out the right side is a fair achievement for the lads,” he added.
Boden were the underdogs going into the final, with Vin’s looking for their third county title in a row. McEntee was asked about what attributes he felt his side showed not just on Sunday, but all season, which led to their success. “The one thing we’ve looked for all year is character,” he said.
“That’s probably an overused word but, with a couple of minutes to go against Kilmacud we were two points down but won by two.
“The same against Plunketts, we were three behind and we came back and the same against Clontarf. So the guys have shown a lot of bottle and a lot of character and they work extremely hard. We might not be as gifted as some of the teams out there but if you work hard enough, anything is possible.”
The club’s celebrations were clear to see over their own and their player’s various social media profiles on Sunday night, Monday morning.
“But the focus will have by now switched to the Leinster championship, and McEntee was asked for his thoughts on a tough fixture for Boden this Sunday in Drogheda.
“Well at this stage, they’re all tough,” he said. “They’ll have a warm welcome for us too I’m sure, but look, when Vincent’s have come out of Dublin in recent years, they’ve set their sights pretty quickly on further afield and I guess that’s the challenge for us now.”

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