Thursday 20 June 2019

'Boden out to make it count

Firhouse Road masters have the calibre to outshine Sars

ONE OF BODEN’S BEST: Shane Durkin will be one of the many top-class players Lucan will have to overcome tomorrow at Parnell Park.
ONE OF BODEN’S BEST: Shane Durkin will be one of the many top-class players Lucan will have to overcome tomorrow at Parnell Park.

THERE will be an All Star in the house. Dublin City FM's Mick Hanley will welcome world service listeners, wherever they may be. It will be all ears to the radio on the Firhouse Road. The boys are back in town.

The mighty Boden. The last time they wore the final suits was in 2011. It was their fifth senior championship title in succession. Not many had achieved the feat. Not even the famous Faughs.

It's Lucan's first final. They finally banished their semi-final heartbreak with a worthy victory over Craobh Chiaráin.

The Dublin skipper Johnny McCaffrey was purring against the Craobh.

Being Leinster champions has added to the profile of the club game. Dalo's disciples have been watching the championship closely. They saw some stirring stuff.

Boden's biggest test came in the quarter-final against Kilmacud Crokes, last year's champions.

They overcame St Brigid's in the semi-final.


Boden have been the undisputed masters of the small ball. It had taken them a while to get their foot inside the door. But it then looked like they'd never be leaving.

Maybe no team will again rule capital hill like they did. The quality and standards have evened out. A big thanks for that is due to Boden. That can only be good for Dublin hurling.

Lucan are very much part of the new order, although they have been around for a while. Kevin O'Reilly has been lighting up theatres for years.

Peter Kelly is a class act. The Oscar was long overdue. Barry Aird, Chris Crummey, Aidan Roche and Tommy Somers are also super Sars. As Tommy says, Lucan are not coming just to hear the band.

They'll try and settle quickly. They emerged from the toughest group of all. O'Toole's and Cuala didn't make the cut.

Lucan beat Crumlin in the quarter-final before their triumph over Chiaráin's. Manager Damien Fox says that when Lucan local, ET, phones home, there will be nobody answering.

Damien hurled with Offaly. The Boden boss, Jonny Kenny, is a big fan of Offaly hurling. He appreciates it's simplicity. Quick, sharp ball into the forwards.

Boden boasted a 100pc record in their pool that contained Naomh Fionnbarra, St Vincent's and St Patrick's (P).

They have such calibre all over the building – Gary Maguire, Malachy Travers, Shane Durkin, Stephen Hiney, David Curtin, Conal Keaney and Paul Ryan.

Kenny has injected freshness. The blend has seen Boden returning to an old, favourite haunt – a street called desire.

VERDICT: Ballyboden St Enda's

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