Result: 1 15 to 1 14

Fourteen man Boden triumph at the death – The Long Fella Reports

A classy injury-time point was required to award Ballyboden with the opening points in this group game in the Dublin Senior Hurling championship on Saturday evening last. With the two sides tied after a pulsating contest, a long delivery into the heart of the Lucan defence was broken into the hands of senior championship debutant Luke McDwyer. His clever off-load to Finn McGarry allowed the Boden mid-fielder just enough time to fire over the Lucan crossbar. This fine score was the culmination of a ten minute period of Boden domination. It was a case of the Firhouse Road men coming good when it mattered. Ask Tiger Roll about the importance of late arrivals!!

When these two sides met in the league thirteen days ago, it was Ballyboden who dominated with a double scores win. But as everyone knows, the league is the league and cannot be used as a yardstick in judging championship form. One of the notable absentees from that game was Lucan centre-back and Dublin star Chris Crummey. On Saturday evening he wore his usual number six shirt, but he lined out at centre-forward and towered over the Boden half-back line. His four magnificent first half points from play laid the foundation for what could easily have been the shock of the opening round of the championship.

Boden had opened well and Conor Dooley profited from a McGarry diagonal forty metre pass to bury the ball past Lucan’s goalman Dan O’Neill. This was a fine response to Sean McClelland’s opening point from the mid-field. Boden’s Paul Ryan added further to Boden’s tally with a fine line-cut. Lucan responded with a five-minute spell of dominance during which Crummey showed his class with a brace of quality scores. An off-the-ball incident now halted play with Lucan players getting agitated with their full-forward Paul Crummey crouched in some distress. A consultation with the umpires led to the referee dismissing Boden’s Dean Curran on a red card. Just eight minutes of play had elapsed by this stage. Over the next twenty-two minutes Lucan outscored Boden and went to the break two points to the good at 11 to 1.06. Ryan claimed a further three points of Boden’s tally, but perhaps the Boden score of the period was Shane Durkin’s outrageous ninety metre point when he was clearly in injury difficulty. He departed the action within minutes of his important contribution. Paul Doherty was also on the score-sheet for Boden, a fine effort after some good team-work.

The opening salvos of the second half were dominated by Boden and they made light of the manpower shortage. Conal Keaney entered the contest and his fine point got the Boden support in the stand animated and in full voice. However, the Lucan response was swift and a quality goal from Donal Flannery drew an immediate vocal response from the Lucan faithful. Keaney again came to Boden’s rescue, and pointed from a tight angle. Paul Ryan followed Keaney’s lead with three in a row, the third of them a fine catch and fire over when under considerable pressure. The game was tied at 1.11 apiece. Niall McMorrow responded to a Lucan pointed free with a magnificent point from out on the wing. Tied again. With the clock running down, Boden looked the more likely to see it out, and that was how the cookie crumbled. Ryan again matched a Lucan pointed free before McGarry’s late winner.

The Fortune team will be relieved with this workmanlike win and will be conscious of future ‘banana-skin’ games at this group stage. Ryan’s form from frees and play was crucial in keeping his side in touch when the Crummey machine was in full flow. Boden’s David Curtin was assigned to him for the second half, and apart from a soft give-away free, he acquitted himself well in the restricted role. McGarry gave a fine account of himself at midfield as did Simon Lambert in defence. Keaney’s introduction gave his side a great lift, not to mention the fillip that was felt in the stands by the Boden support. Others to perform well were James Madden and McDwyer, albeit that the latter only had a tad of time to impress.

Side; Gary Maguire, Paul Doherty, Niall Ryan, Luke Corcoran, James Madden, Shane Durkin, Simon Lambert, Dean Curran, David Curtin, Paul Ryan, Conor Dooley, Niall McMorrow, Conal Keaney, Aiden Mellett, David O’Connor, Luke McDwyer, Finn McGarry, Eoghan O’Neill, Sean McDonnell.