Senior football championship v Templeogue Synge Street in O’Toole Park on 10 September 2023

Ballyboden St Enda 3 – 17

Templeogue Synge Street 2 – 7

Report by Paddy Walsh

This was a dead rubber game as Boden were already through to the quarter-final as group winners and Templeogue Synge Street had no chance of progressing to the next round. Playing with the hill, Templeogue were first to score when they pointed from play in the first few minutes. Boden replied with a penalty after Ryan O’Dwyer was fouled as he bore down on goal, which was converted by Ryan Basquel, giving the goalkeeper no chance. Templeogue converted a free before Paddy Dunleavy scored from play and Ryan Basquel converted a free for Boden. With 8 minutes gone, Templeogue scored their only other score of the half, a pointed free. Boden raced to a comfortable lead with Daire Sweeney converting two frees either side of a Ryan Basquel point from play. Alex Gavin added to the Boden total before Ryan O’Dwyer produced a great finish to score Boden’s second goal after a good pass by Darren O’Reilly. Further points from play were added by Darren O’Reilly, Luke O’Donoghue, and Warren Egan before Daire Sweeney converted another free in added time, to leave the half time score at 2 – 10 to 0 – 3.

Ryan Basquel converted a free in the first minute of the second half. Templeogue then gave themselves a lifeline with a well-taken goal, giving Darragh Gogan no chance. A Daire Sweeney point from play was followed by two Templeogue points (1 free). However, points by Ryan Basquel and Ryan O’Dwyer quickly canceled these out before Luke O’Donoghue finished a good move to the net after a good pass from Darren O’Reilly. While Ryan Basquel added a point from play, a goal and point by Templeogue kept Boden on their toes as the match approached added time. Points by Ryan O’Dwyer and Ryan Basquel (free) either side of Templeogue’s final point brought proceedings to a conclusion.

Next up is a quarter-final against Castleknock in Parnell Park on September 23. 

Team: Darragh Gogan; Ryan Baines; Brian Bobbett; Leo McHugh; James Holland; Paddy Dunleavy; Alex Gavin; Michael Darragh Macauley; Michael McDonald; Luke O’Donoghue; Darren O’Reilly; Warren Egan; Ryan O’Dwyer; Ryan Basquel; Daire Sweeney. SUBS USED: Evan Nugent; Harry Donaghy; Josh Hayes; Ciarán O’Reilly. SUBS NOT USED: Mark McNamee; Mikey Dunne; Cathal Flaherty; Kieran Kennedy; Céin D’Arcy; Ross McGarry; Shane Clayton.