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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Superb tie lights the Boden HQ

Hannah Hegarty was brilliant in defence at No 6
Hannah Hegarty was brilliant in defence at No 6

Pelting rain brought puddles to the Firhouse Road. Sunday morning coming down.

At the charming Páirc Uí Mhurchú. It was the 'We Are Dublin' Senior 1 Championship semi-final.

The champs were in town. They didn't have far to travel. The pre-match chat centred on Boden's extra-time Dublin Senior Football Championship victory against Na Fianna the night before in Parnell Park.

Boden will celebrate their golden jubilee next month. The squad went across to Cherryfield to warm up. Crossing at the traffic lights on the Firhouse Road. It's also the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Abbey Road album.

Karl O'Brien was the referee. He inspected the pitch. He gave it the green light. Umbrellas dotted the terraces. The electronic scoreboard twinkled. The atmosphere crackled. And so did the match. Jude's won it, 1-8 to 0-7. They had to show deep resolve to prevail.

Boden left it all out there. The conditions made it so difficult for both sides. Holding onto the ball, and holding your feet, were difficult.

The hosts had an inspirational leader in centre half-back, Sarah Nagle. Their left corner-forward, Darina Ryan, got all their seven points, five frees.

Jude's scored their goal after just a minute at the clubhouse end. A scrambled effort from Cliodhna Nicoletti. It proved a telling score.

Jude's began in a sprint. It took Boden a while to settle. At half-time, Jude's were ahead by 1-4 to 0-4.

Niamh Gannon struck a peach of a point from Jude's from play. And the impressive Ellie Young added another nugget for the Tymon side.

Aoife Walsh's fine point put them four points in front early in the second half, but on 41 minutes, Aoife got a red card.

Two Ryan strikes reduced Boden's deficit to two points. Jude's keeper, Hannah Begley, made a good save from Katie McDonald.

With 12 minutes left, another Ryan point saw just a point between them; Jude's 1-5 to Boden's 0-7. But it was then that the champions showed their character.

Jude's defended brilliantly. The accomplished Hannah Hegarty at six. And they sent over three priceless scores - two Young frees and another free from Nicoletti.

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