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Friday 2 December 2016

Brilliant Boden blast Pat's away

Ballyboden St Enda's...4-27; St Patrick's (P) 1-14

Conor McCormack, Ballyboden St. Endas, in action against Chris Dolan, St Pat's Palmerstown. Senior Hurling Championship group 3; St Pat's Palmerstown v Ballyboden St. End's. O'Toole Park
Conor McCormack, Ballyboden St. Endas, in action against Chris Dolan, St Pat's Palmerstown. Senior Hurling Championship group 3; St Pat's Palmerstown v Ballyboden St. End's. O'Toole Park

BRILLIANT Ballyboden were in a hurry at O'Toole Park last night.

They had most of their work done by half-time. 3-12 to 0-8 as they sipped their tea.

It was their second royal command performance in Group 3 of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship.

They were very impressive as they defeated Crumlin in their opening tie, and they repeated the display here.

Conal Keaney played at full forward. He was certainly a handful.

Pace, strength, vision and striking. It was all there.

He had a willing cohort in David O'Callaghan. He was popping up all over the shop.

He has been a worthy addition to this formidable looking Boden side.

Thankfully, the Crumlin night stayed dry. A small enough crowd looked on from the terraces.

They only had to wait four minutes for the first goal. A low drive from Conor McCormack at the pitch and putt end.

Four minutes later, O'Callaghan scored the second following a fine pass from David O'Connor.

And five minutes before the break, Colm O'Neill produced the third goal.

Pat's had lost their first match to St Jude's, and Shane Stapleton was doing his best to keep the Palmerstown spirits up.

He converted a most delightful sideline before the interval, and ten minutes from time he scored the Patrick's goal from a free.

Boden maintained the tempo in the second period. They looked like a team that meant business.

The took some lovely scores. Paul Ryan put a few nuggets in the collection box.

And at the back, Boden weren't giving away a corn-flake.

Their fourth goal came 11 minutes into the restart. Keaney could have got it himself, but he played the pass to O'Callaghan to finish the job.

"Don't let up, Boden," came the cry. And they didn't.

No sooner had the Patrick's puck-out fallen out of the sky than the sliotar was back spinning in the Glenaulin kitchen.

But Pat's battled on. Two years ago, they reached the quarter-final. Yet on this form, there was just no stopping Boden, the six-time champs and the famous five-in-a-row side.

The exchanges were always well contested. After one challenge led to some hot air, a member of the audience shouted: "This is hurling, not tennis."

And The Firhouse men were turning the Crumlin turf into their very own centre-court.

Even as the last whistle neared, they were still looking to improve their bank balance.

And improve it they did.

On this evidence, they won't be far from the Parnell Park podium.

SCORERS - Ballyboden St Enda's: D O'Callaghan 2-6, P Ryan 0-8 (3f), C O'Neill 1-2, C McCormack, 1-0, C Keaney 0-3, S O'Connor, D O'Connor, F McGarry 0-2 each, S Durkin, S Lambert 0-1 each. St Patrick's (P): S Stapleton 1-10 (8f, 1s), C Dolan, K Ward, P Keaney, A Glennon 0-1 each.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: G Maguire; D Curran, S Hiney, C Robinson; J Madden, K Wigglesworth, S Lambert; S O'Connor, S Durkin; C McCormack; D O'Connor, P Ryan; F McGarry, C Keaney, D O'Callaghan. Sub used: C O'Neill.

ST PATRICK'S (P): D Gallagher; G Gallagher, G Kelly, G Dunne; C Dolan, B O'Hanlon, K Ward; D Rushe, A Tracey; L Rushe, R Carson, S Stapleton; P Keaney, N Sweeney, A Glennon. Subs used: J Walker, C O'Toole, C Whelan, D Mooney.

REFEREE: D O'Donovan (St Mark's)

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