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Wednesday 23 August 2017

boden grind out historic victory

A FAMOUS five-in-a-row for Ballyboden St Enda's. And their 10th 'We Are Dublin' county senior championship title.

Perhaps Sunday's 1-7 to 0-7 victory over St Vincent's at O'Toole Park was the hardest of all.

It was tight and so competitive. Some of the little scrums for possession would have done justice to Leinster down at the RDS.

It was a day for digging deep. Nobody dug deeper than Rachel Ruddy, Boden's magnificent defender.

Boden defended well. Orla Smith's crucial early intervention summed up their mood.

Vincent's had plenty of possession, but the motorway to Sile Nic Coitir's front door was blocked time and again.

Aoife Cullen, always a class act, played at full-back for Vincent's. She collected the Player-of-the-Match award.

"Five-in-a-row is a wonderful achievement for any team, and well done to Ballyboden from all of us," she remarked.

"We gave it everything. I have no doubt that the day will come for this team."

Vincent's manager, Shane Dalton, agreed: "Every player on that pitch gave it 100 per cent. It was fantastic.

"We went down to 14 players after seven minutes. We went a point up late on, but then came their goal from the mis-hit free.

ATTACKED

"It all came down to a bit of luck at the end. It could have gone our way, but it went their way," reflected Shane.

A mighty crowd arrived in Crumlin.

A faint rainbow peeped out from behind the road goal. The heavy shower stopped before the throw-in. The sun came out.

Boden, with the breeze, attacked the road end in the first half. They led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time. Scores didn't come easy. Anne Griffin's free and a fine strike from Denise McGrath put Boden two points up on 12 minutes.

Aisling Maher replied with a free. The impressive Jill Horan, plus another Griffin free, saw Boden ahead by four points to one.

Emer Dillon pointed for Vins. Horan scored again - 0-5 to 0-2. A 45 and a free from the excellent Ali Maguire completed the first half tally. Maher's free levelled it five minutes into the second period. Horan struck her third point. Dillon responded with a beauty. 0-6 each.

On 54 minutes, Aoife Ryan's tidy shot from the left nudged the Marino side ahead. Maybe, for the first time since 2007, the Maura Brady Cup was going back to Pairc Naomh Uinsionn.

Then, five minutes from time, Griffin's free met a deflection and tumbled to the net. The climate changed. Mairead Luttrell sent over an elegant point. High fives all-round.

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