BALLYBODEN St Enda’s Under-21 footballers overcame arch rivals Kilmacud Crokes by five points to reach the championship final last Sunday at Pairc Ui Murchu.
Kilmacud dominated for a large part of the first half and swept into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead. But Boden fought back and they managed to stay in contention with scores from Dan Buckingham (0-2), Conor Dooley, Barra McGarry, Sam Molony and Colm Basquel.
It meant that the home side were in touch at the break, trailing 1-6 to 0-6, but with it all to play for in the second period.
Kilmacud, however, scored early in the second half and it was looking ominous for the home side until a Darragh Gogan point-blank save sparked the Boden lads to life.
From then on, with Tom Hanifin and James Madden upping the tempo and intensity of play, Ballyboden scored 2-3 without reply. McGarry and Dooley both snatched 1-1 a piece while Molony also chipped in with a point to effect a fine turnaround.
Ballyboden will now meet Raheny in the final, a tie initially pencilled in for Saturday, February 7, completing the 2014 competition, which was delayed until the New Year after a large number of postponements at the back end of the year.
Boden got a walkover from Cuala in the first round of the competition before running up an excellent 4-14 to 1-9 result against Na Fianna in the quarter-finals with a trio of second half goals.
Dooley netted a hat trick in that tie as part of a virtuoso performance with Buckingham, Basquel and Cathal Flaherty also to the fore.
Raheny, meanwhile, emerged from the top of the draw that had paired them with Castleknock, Lucan Sarsfields and Ballymun Kickhams.
They overcame Ballymun before Christmas on a 1-15 to 1-5 scoreline after having seven points to spare against Lucan in round two, showing the quality they have in their ranks.