Dublin SHC 'A' Q-final: Ballyboden 1-18 St Vincent's 1-8
Ballyboden St Enda's eased their way into the last four of the Dublin Senior 'A' Hurling Championship following their facile ten-point victory over a hugely disappointing St Vincent's at Parnell Park on Saturday evening.
The teams served up a thrilling encounter at the corresponding stage last year with Vinnies pulling away in extra-time to prevail but thrills were in short supply throughout this mediocre contest as a physically dominant 'Boden team controlled matters from start to finish with Paul Ryan leading them home with a personal tally of 1-9.
The only concern for the 2018 winners were the injuries suffered by wing-backs Shane Durkin and Dean Curran, which curtailed their involvement in the second-half, but 'Boden are more equipped than most in terms of panel depth to deal with such predicaments.
The same can not be said about a St Vincent's team that were deprived the services of Cian McBride prior to throw-in and their attack looked toothless as a result as they managed just three points from play over the duration.
While they enjoyed a plentiful amount of possession initially, backed as they were by a healthy breeze blowing towards the scoreboard end, they failed to utilise it adequately as they registered four wides in the opening three minutes.
They finally opened the scoring through a fine Johnny Walsh point in the fourth minute as the game opened up thanks to points at either end from Conal Keaney and John Hetherton.
Keaney continues to prove an invaluable asset to Ballyboden, whether at football or hurling, and he looked particularly sharp close to goal as he finished the game with four points from play to his name.
Paul Ryan and Rian McBride traded points soon after but it was quickly apparent that St Enda's held the upperhand in terms of the tight exchanges as they secured possession with monotonous regularity from the plentiful number of rucks that developed as the half progressed.
This handed them the platform to build a buffer by the break and while Hetherton and Rian McBride pointed to trim Vinnies' deficit to the bare minimum approaching the half-time interval, Ballyboden St Enda's crucially finished the opening half in an emphatic manner as unanswered points by Niall McMorrow, Aidan Mellett and James Madden pushed then 0-10 to 0-6 ahead by half-time.
The second-half continued in a similar vein of Ballyboden supremacy as McMorrow, Keaney and Ryan added to St Vincent's woes and when Keaney was impeded in the 55th minute, Ryan confidently despatched the resultant penalty beyond the helpless Dara de Poire.
Mark O'Farrell was dismissed soon after and although Hetherton crashed home a trademark free in the 57th minute, it proved of scant consolation given their troubles on the night.
Scorers - Ballyboden St Enda's: P Ryan 1-9 (1-0 pen, 0-5f, 0-2 '65'), C Keaney 0-4, N McMorrow 0-2, J Madden, N Ryan, A Mellett 0-1 each. St Vincent's: J Hetherton 1-4 (1-3f), R McBride 0-2 (0-1 sideline), B Bolger, J Walsh 0-1 each.
Ballyboden St Enda's: F McGarry; S O'Connor, L Corcoran, D O'Connor; S Durkin, S Lambert, D Curran; N McMorrow, S McDonnell; N Ryan, J Madden, P Doherty; P Ryan, C Keaney, A Mellett. Subs: P Christie for Doherty (40), K Desmond for Durkin (48), L McDwyer for Mellett (55), P Dunleavy for D O'Connor (57), E O'Neill for N Ryan (60).
St Vincent's: D de Poire; S Gormley, M O'Farrell, M O'Keeffe; E O'Neill, C Burke, R Trainor; T Connolly, R McBride; M Sweeney, J Hetherton, D McBride; J Walsh, K Connolly, J Mulcahy. Subs: S McCarry for K Connolly (27), A Moore for Mulcahy (43), B Bolger for Walsh (43).
REF: PJ Murray (St Finian's Swords)