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Saturday 21 October 2017

Junior joy for jude's

St Jude's2-13 Ballyboden St Enda's2-8

Scorers - St Jude's: K Quigley 0-7 (7f); M Hannon, D McLoughlin 1-1 each; N Murphy 0-2; S McLoughlin, S O'Connor 0-1 each. Ballyboden St Enda's: O Cannon 1-2; M Griffin 0-5 (5f); E Gorman 1-0; N O'Neill 0-1.

St Jude's: B Culhane; J Collins, C Coone, B Farrell; C Ó Riain Broin, P Garvey, M Devaney; O O'Donnell, N Murphy; M Hannon, K Quigley, C Manning; S McLoughlin, D McLoughlin, C Grogan. Subs: S O'Connor for Coone (6), D O'Beirne for Grogan (half-time), E Griffin for D McLoughlin (55), P Kiernan for Devaney (60), A Deering for S McLoughlin (60+2).

Ballyboden St Enda's: R Sharkey; A Hand, J McCormack, R Glynn; D O'Sullivan, D Lennon, A O'Connor; M O'Sullivan, L Mullaney; A Dundon, C Durkin, E Gorman; N O'Neill, O Cannon, M Griffin. Subs: F Maguire for Dundon (28), R Cullen for Mullaney (half-time), F Murray for O'Connor (36), Dundon for Durkin (45), C Murray for M O'Sullivan (55).

Mentors - St Jude's: Charlie Hennessy, Pat Griffin, Niall Guckian, Tom Colgan. Ballyboden St Enda's: John Small, John Ryan, Alex McCarthy, Alan Ryan, Mick Ryan.

Referee: Dave Aston (Naomh Mearnóg).

Wides - St Jude's: 10 (6+4). Ballyboden St Enda's: 5 (2+3)

Conditions: An ideal day for quality hurling.

Player of the Game: Oisín O'Donnell (St Jude's).

St Jude's produced a dominant second-half display when deservedly accounting for near neighbours Ballyboden St Enda's by five points in their Dublin Junior 'A' Hurling Championship Final at O'Toole Park last Sunday afternoon.

St Enda's appeared to have one hand on the trophy as they led by five points at the interval but their opponents assumed complete control of events after the turnaround and there was no doubting the merit of their victory.

The triumph completed a wonderful weekend for the Tymon Park club after their senior semi-final success over O'Toole's on Saturday and the comparisons with both wins reflected well on the fighting spirit inherent in both panels.

Ballyboden's frustration at not sealing the deal will only be enhanced after the vibrant start that they produced with Niall O'Neill opening the scoring with a superb score from close to the sideline in the opening minute.

Mick Griffin added a brace of frees to cement their early dominance and Oisín Cannon (pictured, above) gave Boden a further boost as he fired home from close range after intelligent approach play by Colin Durkin.

Matters deteriorated for St Jude's as they lost defensive linchpin Conor Coone to a serious-looking leg injury in the sixth minute but they gradually began to eat into their deficit following points by Kieran Quigley, Niall Murphy and Diarmuid McLoughlin.

Durkin spurned a glorious chance to re-affirm his side's control but he dragged wide when well-placed in the 20th minute while Cannon popper over the crossbar with just Brendan Culhane to beat a minute later.

However, fortune was on their side six minutes before the break as a speculative effort from Eamon Gorman deceived Culhane to ensure St Enda's entered the break 2-5 to 0-6 to the good.

Their opponents needed a positive resumption if they were to launch a successful comeback and it duly arrived as Mark 'Sparky' Hannon was afforded too much room to fire home past Ronan Sharkey in the 31st minute.

Galvanised

That score galvanised St Jude's as they began to dominate every breaking ball around the middle third with Oisín O'Donnell picking up a wealth of possession as the half progressed.

On the rare occasion that Boden were able to launch attacks, Brian Farrell swept superbly for St Jude's and points in quick succession by Seán McLoughlin, Seán O'Connor and Quigley levelled matters by the 40th minute.

A Griffin free briefly restored Ballyboden's lead soon after but with O'Donnell and Colm Manning especially prominent, St Jude's took the lead in the 48th minute as Manning's long ball allowed Diarmuid McLoughlin to round Sharkey and fire to the empty net.

St Jude's reinforced their supremacy by adding two superb scores in a minute from Murphy and Hannon and Quigley put the seal on a wonderful comeback when adding his seventh free of the day to prompt jubilant scenes at the final whistle.

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