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Saturday 3 December 2016

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Foxrock Cabinteely .5-16 Ballyboden St Enda's 1-7

DUBLIN'S Sinead Goldrick looked on from the terraces. The wind was beginning to howl in Kilbogget Park.

The mighty Boden were in town. The most decorated Dublin club of them all.

It was a Division 1 Cup game. The opening tie of the season. A chance to loosen the legs and put glue on the fingers. It's a 13-a-side competition. And, with agreement from both side-lines, you can play 14 or 15-a-side.

The hosts have a high calibre management crew - Peter Clarke, Pat Ring and Angie McNally.

Angie was one of the greatest players to ever wear the Dublin blue. The supreme sportswoman.

Playing full-back for Foxrock-Cabinteely was Marla Candon. She has given the club sterling service.

And she read the script here with all the assurance of Eileen Dunne.

She kept it neat and simple. She always found a shirt.

This young South-side club have made remarkable progress over the years. And Marla was central to every step.

And for the young kids rising through the ranks, they needn't look any further for inspiration.

From the off, Peter Clarke's message to the Fox-Cabs from the dugout was "quick hands".

He has one of the sharpest brains in football. He has given a million team-talks.

He has proved his calibre at club, college and county. These days he's managing Monaghan.

Peter likes to see the ball being delivered through express post. And he wasn't disappointed.

The longer the game went on, the better the Fox Cabs got at the pottery.

And they had an attack that bristled with scores. Fiona Claffey is a diamond of a full-forward.

Fiona has long decorated the pitches of Dublin and Westmeath.

Boden were not short themselves in that department. Emma Grey and Ruth Gillen had batteries on the boots.

So too Katie Murphy. And there was polish in the finishing of Maria McGrath.

Maria was slotting them over from play and from off the tee.

Grainne O'Malley wore the Dublin jersey with distinction. She again showed her wisdom, while Jenny Ward also displayed excellence in the Boden defence.

One moment in the second half underlined how sharp Jenny is on the toes. The hosts were on the attack, but Jenny pounced from deep, took hold of the ball and set Boden on their way.

Boden battled from first bell to last. They were always chasing the game. But chase they did.

The boss man, Derek Ward, was proud of their effort.

Sarah O'Brien put in a double shift. She began between the Boden posts but then came out the field to make a tidy contribution.

She swept up a lot of ball in and around the engine room. And she's an assured kicker.

With the Championship not too far in the distance, both clubs will have been happy with the work-out. And it was a decent work-out at that. There was pace and precision in the football. And plenty of noble blocking and tackling as well.

Philip Fitzsimons had the whistle. He is one of the county's most distinguished referees. He doesn't like to interrupt the music.

His note-book told that the Fox Cabs were ahead at the break, 3-8 to 1-4.

CULTURED

It was the cultured Claffey who tucked in the opening goal from close range in the second minute.

It came at the Killiney end of the ground.

On 11 minutes, Gillen had replied with a goal for Boden following a pass from the impressive Grey. The ball went in off the post.

Claffey hit three unanswered points. She was beginning to enjoy the party.

Maria McGrath replied with one of the best scores of the evening, a curling strike from a tight angle that had everybody applauding. Even the dogs on the street.

One little four-legged chap couldn't contain himself. He ran onto the stage. And off it again.

He saw two goals five minutes before the tea that put the home club in firm command.

Laura Nerney got the first of them after Claffey's shot had tumbled back off the left-hand post.

And Nerney was on target again as she cut in on the left and saw her rising strike rattle the slates.

Laura had a fabulous outing. She ran to the East Pier and back.

The Fox Cabs introduced Amy Ring for the second period. She was full of dash.

Anytime she got the ball, she was heading for the cat door, and she capped a fine donation with a neat pocket of points.

Amy has played with the Dubs, and it showed.

She also made a goal for Laura Ahern five minutes into the restart.

The maestro McGrath hit Boden's three second half points. The Foxes retained their hunger.

Defender, Nuala Mohan, covered the ground to add to their tally late on. It was a point that was coated in porcelain. Just like her performance.

The heartbeat of the club, Pat Ring, can look forward to a good summer.

On the final whistle, the moon came out to say goodnight. Both sides had earned their supper.

Fish and chips.

SCORERS - Foxrock Cabinteely: F Claffey 2-7, L Nerney 2-3, L Ahern 1-0, A Ring 0-3 (1f), N Ryan 0-2, N Mohan 0-1. Ballyboden St Enda's: M McGrath 0-6 (2f), R Gillen 1-0, K Murphy 0-1.

FOXROCK CABINTEELY: C Murphy; N Mohan, M Candon, S Delahunty, E Bolger, O Crossan, L Fusciardi, A Murray, S Brophy, L Ahern, L Nerney, N Ryan, F Claffey, C O'Riordan, E O'Herlihy, A Ring.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: S O'Brien; R Nugent, G Archbold, J Ward, G O'Malley, S Crowley, A O'Brien, E Grey, K Murphy, E McGrath, C O'Neill, M McGrath, R Gillen, B Molloy, H Hyland, M O'Reilly.

MENTORS - Foxrock Cabinteely: Pat Ring, Peter Clarke, Angie McNally. Ballyboden St Enda's: Derek Ward, Pat McGrath, Tom Mullany, Declan O'Reilly,Seán Crowley.

REFEREE: Philip Fitzsimons (Liffey Gaels)

WIDES - Foxrock Cabinteely: 14 (5+9). Ballyboden St Enda's: 5 (4+1).

CONDITIONS: Chilly and overcast. Damp. The rain held off for the most part. The breeze didn't make things easy for the players. The pitch was in good nick.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Laura Nerney (Foxrock Cabinteely).

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