Football News 21/10/13

The Seniors put in a terrific performance to overcome St.Brigids on Saturday in Parnell Park in their SFC Quarter-final (13See Hill16 report below). They will face St.Vincent’s in the semis next Monday and your support is again vital.

28/10/13 SFC SF Seniors V St.Vincents Parnell Park

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A powerful second half display from a tireless Ballyboden St Enda’s saw them come from behind to defeat St Brigid’s in Saturday’s Dublin SFC quarter-final at Parnell Park.
Shane Supple’s 28th minute penalty gave the Russell Park outfit a 1-6 to 0-7 lead but it was wiped out immediately on the restart when Darren Reilly beat Supple from close range from a Michael Darragh Macauley pass.
Boden assumed the upperhand over the following 15 minutes as points from Ryan Basquel (’45′), the influential Conal Keaney and Kenny Naughton had them 1-10 to 1-7 in front by the 43rd minute.
The match-winning goal followed when Basquel rounded Supple to angle to the net following good interplay between Keaney and Macauley.
It was a score that highlighted the difference between the sides as Boden’s forwards combined to more telling effect than their opponents at crucial times of this well-contested duel while in their defence Robbie McDaid did a fine marking job on Dublin senior Paddy Andrews.
This six-point advantage gave Boden enough breathing space to the finish as they progressed to face St Vincent’s in their semi-final.

SCORERS – Ballyboden St Enda’s: R Basquel 1-2 (0-1 ‘45’), C Keaney, A Kerin (2f) 0-4, D O’Reilly 1-0, D O’Mahony 0-2, K Naughton 0-1. St Brigid’s: P Ryan 0-4 (2f), S Supple 1-0 (pen), L McCarthy 0-2 (1f), D Plunkett, K Bonner, Mark Cahill, P Andrews, W Finnegan 0-1

It was the turn of our Minor footballers on Sunday morning with all 3 teams in quarter final ties. First up was an explosive clash between our Minor A’s and Na Fianna which turned out to be a ding dong battle right to the very end of extra time.

Match report below


MFC ‘A’ QF Minor A 1-17 v Na Fianna 1-14

Ballyboden Minor A footballers qualified for the semi finals of the A championship after a pulsating clash with Na Fianna in Sancta Maria on Sunday 20th October. The game itself lived up to the pre match expectation of a tight encounter to say the least! A large crowd was there to witness the clash and the home support was much appreciated by the squad of players and management. With 18 players on display that have represented Dublin this year, the pace of the game and intensity of the tackles was always going to be high. With less than 2 minutes on the clock, a well contested kick out had Darragh Bolger and two Na Fianna players laid out on the ground. Thankfully all players were able to play on. Playing against the wind, Colm Basquel got the home time off to a good start with a point after 2 minutes. Na Fianna hit back with 4 points of their own until Tom Hanifin and Brian O Shea stopped their momentum. From then on, it was ebb and flow, up and down the field, and Na Fianna edged it 0-8 to 0-7 at half time. Warren Egan laid down a marker early in the second half with a brace of points. The home team now started to push forward and edged in front. Na Fianna hit back and with less than 10 minutes to go and hit 3 unanswered points. Never underestimate the skill, determination and passion of this Boden squad. The scene is set, Na Fianna are a point up with time almost up, Boden pressing for that elusive point, another midfield clash with everything at stake and Boden win a free. The ball goes into the danger area and the defender commits a foul. The referee shouts 20 seconds to go. Everyone holds their breath and the crowd is silent. Colm Basquel calmly points wondering what all the fuss is about and brings the game into extra time. In the first period of extra time, the lads come out, against the wind, all guns blazing. Points from Colm Basquel, Warren Egan and Barra McGarry push them in front. Just before the end of the half, Na Fianna hit a point of their own. Boden are two points ahead going into the final break. The brief teamtalk is all about pride and passion and 10 more nerve jangling minutes. The early exchanges of the second period are characterized by intense tackling and turn over ball. Then Na Fianna score a dramatic goal. Is the game slipping away? Never!!! Cian Bates returns to the game and as he heads for goal, he falls under heavy pressure and somehow slides the ball into the net. Na Fianna are crestfallen, Boden are ecstatic! The last attack sees Barra McGarry hit over another point and the game is won. Bottle? You betcha!

Next up is Cuala in two weeks in the semi final.

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MFC ‘B’ QF Minor B 6-10 v Thomas Ashe 3-07

The Minor B’s also put in a terrific performance beating Thomas Ashe by 6-10 to 3-07. This young side has quietly gone about their business in an efficient manner and great credit goes to players and mentors alike. A great display of teamwork has seen this team grow from strength to strength. In particular their combination play and scoring ability gives provided them with a great platform to dominate large periods of their matches and indeed this was very evident in Sundays display. In addition they have a very strong panel which enables them compete with first teams in other clubs. Well done everyone and best of luck in your semi-final outing.Anchor

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MFC ‘C’ QF Minor C 2-09 v Cuala B 3-16

The Minor C team lost out to a physically imposing and skilful Cuala B team in a hard- fought quarter final in Shankhill on Sunday. Cuala got off to a flying start and were a goal and a point up after 5 minutes. But points from Robert Leddy (2) and Seamus Donohoe got Boden back into  the game. Cuala replied with a few more points before Thomas McCabe goaled to keep Boden in touch. However, Cuala added two more goals which rocked Boden   and left then trailing 3.7 to 1.4 at the interval. The second half saw Boden come out with all guns blazing and points from Ruairi  Kirwan, Cian Kelly and Thomas McCabe, followed by a wonderfully- taken individual goal from Donal McCarthy reduced the deficit to three points with just ten minutes gone in the second half. Unfortunately, that was as close as Boden got and Cuala drove on to run out winners on the scoreline of 3.16 to 2.9. However, the final score   flattered Cuala somewhat and did scant justice to a huge Boden effort, for which all players deserve huge credit. So as the Minor C’s  bow out of the championship, all that remains is to thank all the players for their effort and commitment throughout the year, and to wish the Minor As and Bs all the best in their forthcoming semi-finals. Here’s hoping both teams go all the way now and complete an exceptional year for Minor football in the club.


The Junior C’s finished off their League campaign with a defeat to Croi Ro Naofa on a scoreline of 4-11 to 2-05. Well done all the players for a good season and especially to the management team of John White, Paddy Carr and Fergal O’Neill on a great job done throughout the year. You have set the bar high.

Finally, we wish Ronan Cleary well on his road to recovery.