Saturday 22 September 2018

Kenny: Our experience was vital

Ballyboden St Enda's manager Jonny Kenny and player Conor Robinson celebrate. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Ballyboden St Enda's manager Jonny Kenny and player Conor Robinson celebrate. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

THEY'LL be calling him King Kenny now. Jonny Kenny has led Boden back to the Promised Land.

Their sixth Dublin Senior Hurling Championship title in seven years. A regretful gap year after the fabulous five-in-a-row.

Jonny had big boots to fill. Liam Hogan was in the Parnell Park audience yesterday afternoon.

If anybody is entitled to perform a high-five, it's Liam. But Jonny was chuffed that the Boden boys are back on the bike.

"We are just delighted we got over that battle," he said in the pavilion corridor. "The experience of being here before was a help. The lads were able to dig it out. They got the crucial scores at the crucial times.

"When we went a man down, I thought it was beginning to go away from us. We had no complaints about the sending-off decision.

"But the lads seemed to step up a gear and we were able to see it out in the last ten minutes.

"We were three points up at half-time, but we knew that wouldn't be enough. The wind seemed to pick up and we were struggling in some key forward positions.

"We felt we needed a goal to see it out. It didn't pan out like that, but it was a real battle."

Jonny highlighted the donations of several Boden players, including Finn McGarry in attack.

"Finn did a great job for us at corner-forward. It was a real tussle in there. He dug out frees and did many other good things as well."

Jonny praised the younger members of the side, and he was thrilled that the minors had earlier tasted championship success.

"It's going to be a great night in the club, and I can't wait to get back there," he stated.

Out on the pitch, the Lucan manager, Damien Fox, admitted that he was "bitterly disappointed".

But he felt there are many positives to dwell on over the winter. "It was our first final. It was all new to the players, but they know what it's about now," mused Damien.

"I felt we needed to get ahead of Boden to put that bit of pressure on them, but we just couldn't seem to get that lead score.

"There were only three points in it at the end. We hurled a good game. Boden are such a seasoned side. They have been around for a few years.

"Boden were physically stronger. They knew how to get the scores. They knew how to hold onto the ball. And they knew when to throw it around when the occasion demanded.

"But I am very proud of my players. Finals are there to be won. Defeat is hard to take. But there's plenty of talent coming through that can be built on. The future for Lucan is good."

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