Despite the weather on Saturday both games thankfully went ahead at home and it was a welcome return to adult football for the Boden faithful. Two good wins to get up and running was as welcome as the bright early sunshine, some had even suggested the excellent breakfasts the day before may have played a part in that! Reports and pics below.
Senior football league v Na Fianna, 1 March 2020 at Páirc Úí Mhurchú
Ballyboden St Endas 3 – 10
Na Fianna 0 – 14
It’s always nice to win your first league game and the seniors duly obliged at home on this windy Sunday morning. Playing with the wind in the first half, the home team was first on the score board after three minutes when Warren Egan split the posts. Na Fianna responded almost immediately but in the next 10 minutes Alan Flood, Ross McGarry (free) and Aran Waters added points. Na Fianna got two back from play and then up pops Bob Dwan and Brian Bobbett to cancel out these scores. The visitors had two points from frees each side of a similar point from Ross McGarry as half time arrived leaving the home side 0 – 7 to 0 – 5 ahead. This could have been much more favourable for the home side were it not for two late goal chances that went abegging. First, Conor Dooley cracked a shot off the cross bar and later Tom Hayes went for goal from a tight angle but his shot went across the goal and wide.
A two-point lead did not look good as we faced into the wind in the second half. However, as he did in the first half, Warren Egan was first to score when he popped over a point within the first minute to start a very productive few minutes for Boden. A minute later, as he bore down on goal, Darren O’Reilly was dragged to the ground and a penalty was awarded. Warren Egan’s effort was saved by the goalie and while Warren caught the rebound, the Na Fianna goal remained intact. But not for long. After some great team-work, the ball was passed to Tom Hayes and he made no mistake with a well taken goal. Four minutes later, Warren Egan was fouled in the square and another penalty was awarded. Once again, the Na Fianna goalie made a good save, this time from Ross McGarry’s shot. However, on this occasion, Ross finished the rebound to the net. This left the home side 8 points ahead. Na Fianna had got a point from play earlier on. After the penalty setback, Na Fianna continued to apply pressure on the Boden goal and pointed two frees in quick succession. It could have been worse if it was not for great defensive work by Darragh Gogan and Kieran Kennedy, among others, to prevent Na Fianna adding two goals. Simon Lambert stopped the rot with a great point from distance before Darren O’Reilly palmed to the net after a good pass from Tom Hayes. This left 10 points between the sides but Na Fianna were not about to surrender without a challenge. In the final 10 minutes of ordinary and 7 minutes of added time, Na Fianna scored six points to the home sides one (a pointed free by Ross McGarry). Aran Waters was covering well around the half back line to keep Na Fianna at bay. However, Warren Egan had a chance to finish the game on a high but, with the goal at his mercy, the chance was missed.
TEAM: Darragh Gogan; Bob Dwan; Cathal Flaherty; Kieran Kennedy; James Holland; Darragh Nelson; Brian Bobbett; Donagh McCabe; Aran Waters; Darren O’Reilly; Ross McGarry; Alan Flood; Warren Egan; Conor Dooley; Tom Hayes. SUBS USED: Simon Lambert; Stephen O’Connor; Shane Durkin; Josh Hayes; Malachy Codd.