Ballyboden St Endas 1 30   St. Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh 0 13

Long Fella Reports from PUM

Boden’s Darragh Kenny produced a quality scoring performance on Saturday at lunch-time to help his side bag full league points in round six of the series. His first half tally of six (2f) tied in nicely with a fluid home attack, and sent his side to the dressing room with a fifteen to six points lead, albeit with the aid of a soft wind from the west. A sizable audience gathered for the game, including over 50 under 9 boys, keen to show their skills at half-time.

The visitors opened the scoring from the camán of Sean Clerkin, the only time that Plunkett’s would lead the contest. Kenny responded within a minute, and then saw his side double their scoring from a free by Conor Dooley. Both men then added a brace, Kenny from a free and Dooley from distance, pouncing on Plunkett’s possession. Kenny kept his scoring going with another free, before Tom Cullen hit a beauty for the Navan Road men. Boden’s Sean McDonnell latched onto a loose ball and place a sweet pass to his cornerman David Gleeson, and he fired over from close range. Plunkett’s hit back through Neil Clerkin, followed by Boden’s Niall McMorrow, another link from defence by McDonnell, he growing into the rhythm of the game.

The scoring continued, Kenny (a Niall Ryan pass), Clerkin (f), Boden’s Jack Lambert (long), another Clerkin free, Timmy Hammersly off his left (McMorrow pass), and another Clerkin free. The free-flowing scoring concluded with a Boden move of five accurate passes, with Mid-fielder Eoin Behan laying on the final pass to Kenny. Boden finished the half with Dooley (70 mtrs.), McMorrow (out on the touch-line), Kenny again, and the final score of the half, a sweet point from Stephen O’Connor (another from the white-wash). Half 0.15 to 0.06.

The second half opened with a frantic spell, but it was Kenny who steadied things down with a pointed free. Gleeson doubled his tally, after Luke McDwyer found him. Plunkett’s then hit a brace through Cillian Hayes and Ger Ryan. Back came Boden through McMorrow, a telling pass to Ryan. The sides exchanged scores through Kenny, Ronan Twomey and a Ryan/Hayes brace, score now 21 to 10. Boden piled more misery on the visitors through a series of Ryan, O’Connor (Timmy/McMorrow passes), Ryan again (Gleeson/O’Connor combo), and Pearce Christie, running directly at the Plunkett’s defence. Kenny again added from Gleeson, before the Tipp man added his own point, a Cillian Kirwan link-up. At this stage the audience were wondering if such an open game would be without A GOAL. Niall Ryan came up with the answer, but not before he had to withstand some solid and robust defending, a tap in from close range.

Kenny gave a fluid scoring performance, well supported in that department by Ryan and Gleeson. The Boden defence was solid, particularly McDonnell and O’Connor. For Plunkett’s their forward division did well enough from the limited quality ball they had to work with. Boden’s second half link play was efficient especially in finding forwards in good scoring positions, Gleeson’s to Ryan, a sweet moment.

Squad, Conor O’Donoghue, Sean McDonnell, Luke Corcoran, Stephen O’Connor, Jack Lambert, Conor Dooley, Barry McGuire, John McGuire, Eoin Behan, Simon Lambert, Daragh Kenny, Niall Ryan, David Gleeson, Timmy Hammersly, Niall McMorrow, Luke Mulligan-Lynch, Pearce Christie, Luke McDwyer, Ronan Twoomey, Fergal Ryan, Cillian Kirwan, Rob Leddy.

Thanks to John Kirwan for the photos

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