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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Kenny: The lads are chomping at the bit for glory

SOLID: Darragh Spain and daughter Olivia back in 2011 when Boden last triumphed. Spain is on Jonny Kenny’s management team.
SOLID: Darragh Spain and daughter Olivia back in 2011 when Boden last triumphed. Spain is on Jonny Kenny’s management team.

THE floodlights had been long turned off. Parnell Park was almost deserted.

The Ballyboden St Enda's manager, Jonny Kenny, is heading for home. He's in the car.

Suddenly, he's waved down by a couple of the reporters. He could do a Sky Sports on it and wind down the window like Harry Redknapp, offer a couple of words and disappear into the night.

But no. Jonny turns off the engine and steps into the darkness. It's raining heavily. He is not wearing a hat. He has no umbrella.

But he is still making the time. He is filling big boots – Liam Hogan's size fives.

Things are going well in his first year at the desk. "Everyone loves you when you are winning," he smiles. No vote of confidence just yet from the boardroom at Páirc Uí Mhurchú!

MAGIC

He captained the Boden senior side, and he managed the club to Senior B Championship glory before he was offered the top gig. He is happy to be leading Boden back to the magic carpet for the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship final tomorrow.

"It's great to be back. And the lads are really up for it." He has a solid management crew around him – Brian O'Regan, Davy Kane and Darragh Spain.

He's expecting a stern challenge from Lucan Sarsfields. "That's for sure. The have shown good form."

Hunger won't be a problem for both. Not making it last year has only increased the Boden appetite.

"It was fantastic what was achieved in winning the championship five years in succession. But it's very hard to keep that level up. Maybe things just became a little stale. This season we have added to the squad. Some young lads have come in and they have freshened the whole thing up."

Boden were impressive as they topped their poll before accounting for Kilmacud Crokes and St Brigid's.

"We got some good results in the group, but the quarter-final against Kilmacud Crokes was a tough game, and Brigid's then put it up to us.

"For a time, we made hard work of getting over Brigid's. They produced a very strong first half.

EXTRA

"We couldn't seem to get to grips with their extra man at the back, Daire Plunkett. But eventually we settled into it and we took some good scores in the second half.

"As everyone says, semi-finals are all about getting the result, and we were pleased that we did that. Now we have to focus in on trying to produce a performance against Lucan."

And Boden were able to do that without their dual players being engaged with the footballers following their semi-final football championship defeat to St Vincent's.

Juggling big ball and small has been a way of life on the Firhouse Road.

"It's never ideal. It's hard when you have a few lads on both squads," said Kenny.

"It means that training is not perfect, but you just have to get on with it. The main thing the dual lads need is rest."

Boden are giving the distinct impression that the last thing they are going to do now is to rest on their five-in-a-row laurels.

"The lads are chomping at the bit. They want to win another county final. So hopefully we can get over Lucan."

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