After the disappointment of losing the opening Championship match away to Kilmacud Crokes on the previous Wednesday, the venue was Pairc Uí Mhúrchú a week later when we took on St Sylvesters in the second round, with nothing less than a victory required to keep our chances of success this year alive. We had beaten the Malahide outfit comfortably in the League earlier in the season but with Dublin players Kate Sullivan, Sinead Aherne and Danielle Lawless as well as ex Dub star Niamh McEvoy in their ranks we knew this time it would be a different proposition.
We started nonetheless on the front foot and even though Kate Sullivan opened the scoring with a nice right footed point, it was Boden who looked the more threatening in the opening quarter with Natalia Hyland, Ciara Ruddy and Claire Kirwan in particular, outstanding. Ballyboden’s defence were on ‘high alert’ with Aherne and particularly Sullivan looking dangerous. With Hannah Leddy on Aherne, and Alice Rudden marking Sullivan, however our girls had their measure to a large extent.
Half time score: Ballyboden St.Endas 0.11 St Sylvesters 0.4
Final score: Ballyboden St.Endas 3.15 St Sylvesters 4.9
Scorers: Natalia Hyland 0.7, Hannah Hyland 1.1, Rebecca McDonnell 1.1, Kate Donaghy 1.0, Claire Kirwan & Ciara Ruddy (2pts) and Julie Vaughan & Alanna McGarry(1pt).
Many thanks to Cliona Mellett for the photos. For more, see here