U14 Div1 Ladies Football Championship Final

Ballyboden St. Enda’s versus Lucan Sarsfields

11th November 2018

The U14 Division 1 Championship came to its conclusion on Sunday in Westmanstown when the winners of the U13 Championship Ballyboden St. Endas took on Lucan Sarsfields in a replay of the final after a drawn game in Castleknock two weeks earlier.

Lucan came out of the blocks the strongest but failed to convert on their early pressure and it was Boden who got the first score with a point from Clodagh Reid. In a first half where scores were hard to come by with great defending from both sides, it was Ballyboden who got a crucial breakthrough with a fisted goal from Hannah Byrne. Boden then kept the scoreboard ticking over with further points from Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Aine Rafter, Kate Donaghy and Leah Cunningham with only a single point from Lucan in response. As half time approached, Sinead Daly scored a pointed free for Lucan to leave a 6 point gap at half time – 1-5 to 0-2.

Half Time Score Ballyboden St. Endas 1-5 Lucan Sarsfields 0-2

After coming back from an 8 point deficit in the first game, Lucan knew that the game was still alive and after conceding another pointed free to Donaghy, they then broke away to score a goal with Daly converting after a flowing move to cut the deficit to 4. However, that was as close as Lucan got to a comeback with magnificent defending from Ballyboden keeping Lucan at bay. As Lucan committed more bodies to attack, the Boden girls worked some great scores over the next 15 minutes, adding 4 goals, 3 from the deadly Cunningham. To their credit the Lucan girls never gave up and finally added to their tally when Sophie McIntyre netted after her penalty was initially saved by Boden keeper Shauna Feely.

With another couple of points traded, the final whistle blew with Boden the victors by 5-8 to 2-4 and as heavy rain started to fall, the cup was presented to Ballyboden captain Alice Rudden followed by jubilant celebrations from the large travelling Boden support after a superb team performance.

Final Score Ballyboden St. Endas 5-8 Lucan Sarsfields 2-4

This was a wonderful way to finish off a great year for this team. The finishing of the forwards was terrific with scores from all 6 starting forwards and another from Ella McNair off the bench. But just as much credit goes to the defensive unit who kept a usually free-scoring Lucan to just 6 scores in the match. The full back line of Abbie Brennan, Sadie Codd and Emmajane Weir was immense. The half backs of Megan Deignan, Alice Rudden and Megan Dignam were also superb throughout, knowing that if Lucan got some momentum that they could mount another comeback. In midfield, Leonie Power and Sarah Gleeson and Ella Reid when she was introduced all won a huge amount of ball to keep Lucan at bay and to feed the Boden forwards. The other subs, Shona Kenny, Laura Rourke, Sarah Cooney and Elly Rogers all did their bit, having all played their part in getting the team to this stage.

This capped a great season for the U14 girls having won Dublin Feile and finishing runners up in the league. With 18 of the 21 also on the double winning Camogie team, a well-earned break in Carlingford is in store where they join the rest of the 2004 and 2005 girls for what promises to be a great weekend.


Back Row: Elly Rogers, Laura Rourke, Megan Dignam, Leonie Power, Sarah Cooney, Clodagh Reid, Alice Rudden, Sarah Gleeson, Ella Reid, Ella McNair, Abbie Brennan, Hannah Byrne

Front Row: Shauna Feely, Megan Deignan, Shona Kenny, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Leah Cunningham, Emmajane Weir, Sadie Codd, Aine Rafter, Kate Donaghy