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Anthony Rainbow

Anthony Rainbow

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Anthony Rainbow

Anthony Rainbow was back on the sideline in Parnell Park on Saturday to guide his Ballyboden St Enda's team into a second successive Dublin SFC final.

It was a far cry from how he consumed their last two games, sitting at home in locked-down Kildare, wired by audio to the sideline and watching a 'live' feed of the match which lagged a couple of minutes behind the match itself.

"It's really frustrating," Rainbow acknowledged.

"Because you have the guys in one ear on the phone, but you're watching it on a stream, which is two or three minutes behind.

"It can get a bit awkward. But we came through it. It had to be done. And we're glad to be in another final this year."

Consecutive final appearances in the Dublin SFC is no mean feat. On Saturday, 'Boden managed it against a familiar opposition in St Jude's, minus the influence of both Michael Darragh Macauley and Collie Baquel.

Macauley was at least togged, although a quad injury he suffered during the week meant Ballyboden had to shelve their plans to start him.

Basquel watched the match from the stands and from this vantage point, almost two weeks shy of the county final with Ballymun, he seems the less likely of the two to play.

"We'll assess them over the next week or so," Rainbow explained. "Mick was hoping to start today, he gave his quad a bit of a dart on Tuesday night."

Ballyboden have won four Dublin SFC titles in their history - three of which have come since 2009. Next weekend, the club will contest the senior 'A' hurling final against Cuala, with three of Rainbow's panel; Conal Keaney, Simon Lambert and Stephen O'Connor, set to be involved.

The former Kildare player expressed his admiration, however, for how the team had responded from their deep disappointment of an All-Ireland semi-final loss to Kilcoo back in early January.

"I think with what has happened with the pandemic, in some ways, we welcomed the break," Rainbow outlined.

"After the Kilcoo game, we were straight back training within three weeks for the League in February. I think the break came at the right time for us. It refreshed the players. It gave them a bit of time off as well.

"But they're a credit to themselves at the club."