Senior football league v Skerries Harps in Skerries on 19 June 2019

Ballyboden St Endas 2 – 12 Skerries Harps 0 – 7

From the throw in the visitors showed their intention of maintaining their position at the top of the
league and within 2 minutes Collie Basquel popped over a point from free. However, four minutes
later he was on the side-line, having been sent off. This was going to test the league leaders and the
next score was also a free, this time by Ross McGarry, who took over the free taking duties in the
absence of both Basquel brothers. Indeed, Ross scored six points from frees during the half and the
only other scores were a point from Aran Waters after 18 minutes and the only score, a point, from
Skerries on 23 minutes. Ross was also unlucky to see his penalty kick saved on 25 minutes when the
home keeper guessed correctly and dived to his left. As half time approached Donagh McCabe and
the referee crashed into each other with the referee ending up on the ground with a foot injury and
actually blew the half time whistle while still sitting on the ground. He was attended to by the
Skerries medical people during half time and, luckily, was able to resume for the second half.

Within five minutes of the restart, Skerries had scored three points from play to leave just three
points between the sides. Alan Flood from play and Ross McGarry from a free had their scores
cancelled out by further points by Skerries from play to maintain the three points difference with 17
minutes gone. Five minutes later Declan O’Mahony drifted in from the right wing and popped over a
point from play. Despite their best efforts, Skerries were finding it difficult to break down the Boden
defence. Then, on 25 minutes, one of these defenders, Bob Dwan, found himself bearing down on
the Skerries goal and he finished the game as a contest when he drove the ball to the net to put 7
points between the sides. While Skerries got a point back with a pointed free, Ross McGarry pointed
two further frees for Boden. Then, well into added time, Tom Hayes was rewarded for his hard work
when he almost burst the net for his goal.

While Ross McGarry ended with 8 points, all from frees, a lot of the work leading to these frees was
done by all of the forwards who continually ran at the Skerries defence and the home backs had no
option but to foul the forward or concede a goal.

TEAM: Darragh Gogan; Bob Dwan (1 – 0); Shane Clayton; Cathal Flaherty; Darragh Nelson; James
Holland; Brian Bobbett; Declan O’Mahony (0- -1); Aran Waters (0 – 1); Darren O’Reilly; Collie Basquel
(0 – 1); Sean Gibbons; Alan Flood (0 – 1); Tom Hayes (1 – 0); Ross McGarry (0 – 8, all frees) SUBS
USED: Donagh McCabe; Cian Murray; Malachy Codd; Paddy Dunleavy.

Pics by John Kirwan

Photos by John Kirwan

Posted by BodenGAA on Wednesday, June 19, 2019