Ballyboden St Endas v Fingallians, Wednesday 29th September 2021, Sancta Maria Prunty at 8.30pmAfter an 11 points victory over north city rivals Fingallians last Wednesday night under lights in Santa Maria, our Senior A ladies footballers have qualified for the semifinals of the Dublin Senior Championship. A victory in the remaining fixture against St Brigids will guarantee the girls a home fixture for that semifinal which has to be a priority for the team at this stage. Boden started brightly with Emily Flanagan finishing to the net with barely 2 minutes on the clock. Three of the next four points came from the boot of Valerie Mulcahy leaving the score at the first water break 1.5 to 1.1 for the host team.  Soon after the break Ballyboden struck for their second goal again Mulcahy the provider and with Natalia Hyland and Claire Kirwan adding further points the home side led at half-time 2.11 to 2.3

From a defensive point of view the score line was a little worrying as although totally on top the Swords side still managed 2 goals with limited opportunities. In fairness there was never a chance that they would overturn an 8 point deficit but they did perform much better in the second half and on occasions had Boden on the back foot asking searching questions of their defence in which Jenny Walsh, Hannah Leddy and Niamh Crowley were outstanding.  Scores were harder to come by from both sides, with Natalia Hyland one of the few to keep the scoreboard ticking over helping herself to 4 points. The goal of the game however, came from Fingallians young no.11 Emma McCormack who sped through the heart of the Ballyboden rearguard to fire home a wonderful shot which net minder Sarah O’Brien had no chance of saving. Not to be outdone our Captain and full back Jenny Walsh found herself way beyond where she should have been to finish to the net remarking afterwards that she always felt “full forward was her best position” A fitting finale to the game as Boden finished 11 points clear in the end.

Final score: Ballyboden St.Endas  3.18   Fingallians  3.07

Scorers: Valerie Mulcahy 1.8, Natalia Hyland 0.6, Emily Flanagan 1.1, Jenny Walsh 1.0, Claire Kirwan, Simmone Reilly and Ciara Ruddy 0.1 each.