Minor A vs Ballymun Kickhams
Sunday, 8th November 2015

Result: 2-09 to 5-04

MINOR A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL 2015

 

Ballymun 5-04  Ballyboden St Endas 2-09

 

Ballyboden went in to last Sunday Minor A  Championship decider as rank underdogs and given the pedigree of the opposition that was no small surprise. Boden however had other ideas and despite loosing the game, had a massive say in the outcome right up to the final whistle. Played in terrible conditions Boden decided that they were going to make a real contest of this and were not going to lie down. Playing against a gale in the first half Bodens tally of two points against the northsiders 2-04 seemed paltry, but that was not the case. And did noot tell the full story Boden fought like tigers and proved that its “not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but how much fight is in the dog” Well Boden had plenty of fight. This game was decided by the weather. Kane in the Boden goals had to deal with a series of very difficult balls, two of which evaded him and ended up in the Boden net. But back came Boden and resumed the onslaught. 

The second period opened up with Boden bringing in Ross McGrath to the edge of the square. His opening possession was good but what followed was spectacular. Rising majestically in to the air he grabbed the ball and in one swift movement he released the ball to the  mercurial Ross McGarry who directed his low shot neatly inside the post. Game on. Boden now had Ballymun on the rack.But Ballymun were not taking it lying down. They surged upfield and goaled after a Boden defender lost his footing at a crucial moment. Still Boden came back and reduced the defect to a manageable two points with eight on the clock. But what a great side Ballymun are and once again they broke the siege to lift one over Kane and put themselves back in the driving seat. Bodens answer was just as devastating. Ballymun tried to keep the ball and deny Boden possession, but the tireless Ryan got a hand on the ball and Boden were off and running again. Panic spread the northsiders defence as McGrath once again eluded the defence and set up McGarry the younger for his second goal. Ballymun couldn’t believe it. From the kick out McGarry once again took possession and rifle through the defence looking for the net, but his shot sailed over. But time waits for no man and the referee finally blew the long whistle to send the very relieved Ballymun team in to raptures of delight.

This was tough on Boden who had fought to the death and never gave up or never took a step backwards.Kane in goals was unfortunate to concede the goals, but his kickouts and distribution was  and has become legendry. His kickouts sailed frequently over midfielders and half forwards to the corner forwards. In front of him Holland was peerless, rock steady and excellent going forward. In the right corner Ryan was simply masterful. He had his best game by some distance on Sunday while marking his man out of the game. In the left corner, Mellet was a rock. His stature as a footballer has rocketed this year, Murray exuded class in everything he did and added greatly to the team going forward. Keller played strongly throughout and was instrumental in many of Bodens moves going forward in the first half.  Cronin was again the heart and soul of this team, always probing, always available to take the game to Ballymun. His interception in the first half was inspirational and typified the teams commitment. But the Duracell Bunny himself O Dea has made this championship his own this year. As Bodens sweeper he is truly a wonder. His speed in his head and on the ground has ensured that Bodens attacks are always launched from the right platform and yet again he produced another fantastic performance. Hester was again the best midfielder on view. Yet another man of the match performance from the captain. Along side him Flaherty was influential. Always moving back and forth between the 21s he dug deep and stemmed the tide in the first half. In the forwards Leddy never shirked his roll and was instrumental in a lot of Bodens best work. Byrne on the other side was excellent and contributed a great score in to the gale in the first half. At centre forward McGarry produced another fantastic game and although just back from a thigh injury, gave everything he had for the cause, kicking some fantastic scores. But Bodens full forward line really clicked last Sunday, The diminutive Dunne was simply inspirational and his work rate and finishing marked him out as one of the most difficult opponents any defender will face. His point from the left measureing the gale to perfection was a delight to watch. Ross McGarry was again the banker when Boden needed scores. In this form he is unmarkable. Always willing to show for the ball and having great speed and agility, he is simply superb at finishing his scoring opportunities. Big Ross McGrath entered the fray last Sunday and his impact was both immediate and sustained for the half. His leap, fetch and pass will go down as one of the best this writer has seen. Simply brilliant to watch.  Dylan Walsh added to Bodens power and direct play when he came on and will be a super player in next years championship. Oisin Carolan as in previous games came in and contributed greatly to the cause.

 

Overall Boden can be very pleased with their season. Short many regulars due to exams, holidays and hurling commitments etc, it had been difficult to get a full team on the park for a lot of the season. But when the championship starts Boden produce top class teams that can compete with the best. This one was exceptional in its own way.

Many thanks lads for a great season.

 

Ballyboden

J Kane, C Ryan, J Holland, A Mellett, K Cronin, C Murray, H Keller, L Flaherty, N Hester, C Byrne, B McGarry, R Leddy, C O Dea, M Dunne, R McGarry

Subs

J Mahon, C Kelly, D Walsh, O Carolan, R Kirwin, M McGee, R O Connell, L Stafford, Luke O Donoghue,  Karl Weldon.

 

Team Manager: Neil Brennan

Coaching Staff Dan O Sullivan Brian O Regan Darragh Walsh Don Carolan Brendan Gillespie

 

 

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