Result: 1-10 to 1-13
Championship game v St. Finians, Swords, Saturday, 21/11/2015
St. Finians 1 – 13 Ballyboden 1 – 10
A great performance by a Ballyboden team ,many of whom had not played together before. Boden conceded a goal early on in the first half and suffered a setback after 15 minutes when midfielder Matt Timmons who had been having a fine game at midfield suffered an arm injury and had to leave the field.
However the team fought back and played some great football, picked of some good points from a range of different scorers and helped by solid defending went in level at half-time on a score line of 0 – 6 to 1 – 3.
An excellent passing move early in the 2nd half ended with inspiring Captain Fionn Maguire side stepping his marker brilliantly to feed Harry Coffey who finished confidently to the net. Boden were looking good at this stage but St. Finians tagged on some excellent points to take the lead again. Boden continued to press forward and substitute David McCabe took a lovely point to bring the sides level. It was looking like extra time but St. Finians continued to press forward to score some fantastic long range points in the final minutes to end up winning by 3 points.
Everyone thought the result went against them. The Boden team deserve a lot of credit in that they played some great football and fought bravely right to the end. Hopefully, these lads will continue to play adult football in the coming years.
Best for Boden were Fionn Maguire, Barry Higgins, Liam Flaherty, Ronan Dooly and Alan McGrath.
Jack Mahon, Fionn Maguire (Capt.), Michael Dunne, Ronan Dooly, Barry Higgins, Charlie McPartland, Matt Timmons, Kevin Cronin, Dara Walsh, Colm Humphries, Eamon O’Gorman, Andy Banville, Harry Coffey, Donal McCarthy.
Subs: Liam Flaherty for Matt Timmons (injured), Karl Weldon for Donal McCarthy, Rory Knight for Dara Walsh (injured), David Leech for Andy Banville, Dave McCabe for David Leech, (Stephen McGrath – unused)