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Saturday 23 September 2017

Boden end year with AFL 1 title

Ballyboden 2-18 St Jude's 3-14 AFL Division 1 Final

Sam Molony Picture: Sportsfile
Sam Molony Picture: Sportsfile

A goal in extra-time by Sam Molony Jude's opened up an early two point lead through Declan Donnelly and Niall Coakley but their momentum stalled in the 7th minute as some lax marking was punished emphatically by Sam Molony, who crashed home from twelve yards past a helpless Paul Copeland.

St Jude's responded with a fortuitous goal of their own five minutes later as Kevin McManamon's mazy run saw his point attempt deflect into the St Enda's goal. The remainder of the half belonged to Conal Keaney as the former Dublin star kicked six points to push his side 1-9 to 1-5 clear by half-time. 

However, that lead was eroded fully within ninety seconds of the restart following s Coakley point and Seamus Ryan's cracking goal past Darragh Gogan. 

The second-half proved nip and tuck with Aran Waters kicking three points to ensure a 1-15 to 2-12 parity by full-time. 

Scorers - Ballyboden St Enda's: C Keaney 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 s/l), S Molony 2-2, A Waters 0-3, D O'Reilly, A Kerin, S Durkin, C Basquel, R Cleary 0-1 each.   Ballyboden St Enda's: D Gogan; B Dwan, R McDaid, C Flaherty; S O'Connor, D Nelson, C Dunne; A Waters, D O'Mahony; D O'Reilly, R Basquel, A Flood; S Molony, C Keaney, A Kerin. Subs: MD Macauley for O'Mahony (29), S Clayton for O'Connor, C Basquel for Kerin and S Durkin for Dunne (all half-time), S Hiney for Flaherty (51), B McGarry for O'Reilly (52), R Cleary for R Basquel (61), Flaherty for Dwan (74), T Hanafin for Flood (78).

St Jude's: P Copeland; O Manning, P Cunningham, R Finnegan; T Lahiff, P Courtney, R Martina; C Murphy, S Ryan; R Joyce, R O'Brien, B Fitzgerald; D Donnelly, N Coakley, K McManamon. Subs: B Sheehan for Courtney (8), B Lynskey for Fitzgerald (40), B McManamon for Coakley and J Donnelly for O'Brien (56), D McLoughlin for Murphy (61), Coakley for D Donnelly and O'Brien for Joyce (71), N Cronin for Finnegan (74).    REF: James King (Garda)

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