Tuesday 27 September 2016

Boden edge Lucan in stunning Final

A BIG crowd. On came the National Anthem. And out came the sun.

Two old friends meeting again in the Dublin Division 1 Féile na nGael final. And it will be Ballyboden St Enda's who will be off to Thurles in the summer.

Two points in it when the curtain came down at O'Toole Park on Sunday - Boden 3-2; Lucan Sarsfields 2-3. The two giants had delivered another capital cracker. Twenty minutes each way and the tempo tingled.

Gerry O'Sullivan was on sound. Seamus Massey had the camera. Pictures for life.

Barbara Grennell and her Féile colleagues had made it Super Sunday. A long day.

But it had been a long weekend. Dublin chief, Pat Martin, captured the mood when he said that no matter where you are in the world and you mention Féile, a light goes on.

A nice programme had all the team lists. Sinead Hussey wore the number 7 jersey for Boden. In the first seconds, she caught a soaring ball. The oohs and aahs rose from the audience. Lucan's half-forward Laura Quinn, is a genial performer.

There was quality in the striking. Yet, even at the height of the drama, two opposition mentors still had time to share a word and a tap on the shoulder.

That's the magic of Féile. Luke Lawlor was out with the dawn chorus to ensure that the Crumlin Crucible would show its best green baize.

Only two minutes on the clock and two goals. Lucan's Carla Delmar struck a goal at the pitch and putt end in the first attack. Boden responded with a goal from the highly impressive Hollyn Kennedy.

Lucan edged ahead again with a free from Aoife Mahon, but Kennedy's second goal, a low, crisp drive in the 11th minute, gave Boden a lead they would not lose. At half-time, it was Boden 2-2 and Lucan 1-1. Kennedy and a Katie McDonald free completed Boden's first half tally. Mahon converted a free for the Sars seven minutes into the second half. Just a goal in it. Anybody's game.

Yet, three minutes later, McDonald's free ended up in the onion bag. Lucan hung in there. Quinn knocked over a point. A post denied Kennedy of a hat-trick.

In injury-time, Quinn's shot raised a Lucan green flag. But the Boden Victory Express was heading for Páirc Uí Mhurchú. The three wise men were on board - James Murray, Diarmuid Fitzgerald and Ger Delaney.

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