The second round of adult football league fixtures was played on Sunday in bright but chilly conditions with all four of our teams in competitive action. First up were our Seniors who entertained local rivals St.Judes in PUM. A close contest saw the match finish in a draw on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-07 (report below). At the same time in Clondalkin our Intermediate team were building on their opening league win by convincingly beating Round Towers by 3-16 to 0-05, see full report below. Our Junior A’s also made it back to back league wins by beating Erin’s Isle by a point 0-10 to 1-06 in Finglas (report below) while the Junior B’s went down to St.Sylvesters 2-06 to 1-04 in Ballycullen.
Seniors 1-10 Jude’s 2-07
This was a typical local derby played at a high tempo and both teams will probably consider themselves unlucky not to have secured both points. Boden started off with a number of attacks early on playing into a difficult wind but failed to capitalise on their advantage. Jude’s then went up the pitch to secure the first point of the game after 10 minutes. Both teams traded the next couple or scores until the first goal of the game. This was scored by Jude’s in a quick move up the pitch where they found space in behind the Boden defence. Boden were on the back foot for the next 10 minutes until they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Darren O’Reilly with some intricate passing between the Boden forwards. The penalty was dispatched comfortably by chief marksman Andy Kerin. This set the game up nicely for an exciting second half.
Like the first half, Boden started well except this time they managed to secure some long range points firstly by Andy Kerin and secondly by Bob Dwan attacking from the half back line. However they couldn’t pull away from Jude’s – the maximum advantage they had was 3 points. Jude’s then struck again for their second goal carving open the Boden rear guard for an easy score. Boden then went a point ahead but failed to tag on additional scores despite their dominance. Jude’s forged ahead by a point entering injury time and a last gasp shot by Aran Waters in injury time helped secured a draw for a resilient Boden side.
Next up is a trip to local neighbours, Thomas Davis in a fortnight’s time.
Inters 3-16 Round Towers 0-05
The Senior 2nd team secured back to back league victories after a big win in Clondalkin on Sunday morning against Round Towers. Towers started brightly and attacked plenty in the early parts of this game, but some mean defending, blocks and turnovers by Cian Mellet, Stephen Ward and man of the match Dan Buckingham meant they had little to show for it.
With Bodens backs stopping anything Towers hit them with, the forwards pushed on and got some super scores. Bodens youth and pace was way too much for the home team, with some neat passing and interplay resulting in score afer score. Donagh McCabe dominated in the middle of the park while Colly Dunne, Conor Dean and Fergal Purcell in attack were in inspired form.
The management were keen to point out that this win was built on a rock solid defensive display. The three goals by Donagh McCabe, Fergal Purcell and Colly Dunne stand out but an equally impressive 16 points will surely add to the momentum building and confidence of this young team going forward.
Junior A’s 0-10 Erin’s Isle 1-06
Another very competitive game saw Bodens Junior A team overcome Erin’s Isle away on Sunday morning. Boden started the better and were well on top in the first half with good defence being turned into attack and scores from Dave Gilheaney 0-2, Brian O’Shea 0-2, Fionn Maguire and Damien Kenny 0-1 each had Boden leading 0-6 to 0-3 at half time. Erin’s Isle best period was the first ten minutes of the second half when they jumped into the lead scoring 1-2. However the Boden lads rallied and two excellent points from Alan Carter, a free from Damien Kenny and another point from Dave Gilheaney meant the Boden lads finished in style and deserved winners.
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