AHL 5 vs Thomas Davis
Sunday, 17th May 2015

Result: 4 11 to 2 17

Reilly late strike ensures a share of the points.

A Sean Reilly goal in the dying seconds of this round robin championship match gave Thomas Davis a share of the spoils at a damp Pairc Ui Murchu on Sunday evening. The game turned out to be a game of two halves, with the home side dominating the second period. Both sides will rue missing a tidy number of opportunities late on, a chance to gather the two points in the division.

The opening ten minutes was all for the Kiltipper boys, with Kevin Ward accounting for three frees and Reilly on two from play. The remaining score was a beauty off the stick of Zach Moradi, playing a roaming role on the forty. Boden, despite being slow starters, did it in style when they got going. Darren Lennox in his usual nifty manner, cleared his line as far as Aiden Dundon, easily Bodens best on the evening. His low ball was latched onto by Mattie O’Sullivan and he did the business to the net from close in.

Niall O’Neill was next to profit from some hard work on the forty, a fine point off his right side. A few minutes later it was O’Sullivan again on the ball, but this time he just dug it out and laid the perfect pass to David Gilheany. Goal! Meanwhile Ward for Davis’s was profiting well off frees, a series of indiscretions by Boden from scorable positions. At this point it looked that the game could be over by the break as Boden only scored two points in the remaining ten minutes, off Mellett and Dundon, while Reilly, Moradi, Simon Kirwan and Ward all contributed for the visitors. Half Time had it 2.3 to 14 pts.

Collie Durkin and Brian McCarthy were two significant replacements for the second period and coupled with Dundon in the form he was in, contributed to a second half revival. Dessie O’Sullivan, and Dundon twice got Boden motoring, one of these from a Ciaran O’Flaherty pass. However Davis had their strikeforce too, Eanna O’Toole and Moradi with points. By the way I understand that Moradi has the distinction of playing Inter-county with Leitrim and Internationaly with Iraq! There’s one for you!!

Just when things were going well for Boden, O’Toole latched onto a loose ball and planted it past Ronan Sharkey in the Boden goal. 1.15 to 2.6. But back came the home side and good work outfield from Cathal Ryan, Lenny, McCarthy and Dundon left the opportunity to Durkin who somehow belted it off the goalman and into the net. With Dundon doing well off frees and Davis on a slow period on scores, it looked good for Boden, particularly when Collie got his second goal off a quickly taken free. The last few scores came to Davis’s, now desperate for any opportunity. It was left to Reilly to punish Boden for some sloppy misses late on.

Team, Ronan Sharkey, Andy Hand, Cathal Ryan, Ross Cullen, Aiden Dundon, Darren Lennox, Liam McCarthy, Brian McCarthy, Alan O’Connor, Mattie O’Sullivan, Joe Mernagh, Cian Mellett, David Gilheany, Collie Durkin, Oisin Cannon Eamonn Gorman, Ciaran O’Flaherty, Des O’Sullivan, Niall O’Neill,  Fionn Maguire