Intermediate vs Naomh Fionnbarra
Sunday, 9th October 2016

Result: 0-17 to 2-13

Intermediate Championship Match Report          9th October 2016

Ballyboden St Endas 0-17 V  2-13 Naomh Fionnbarra         Venue   Balgriffin

The Intermediate team had their quarter-final match against Naomh Fionnbarra in Balgriffin Sunday afternoon.

The Ballyboden Squad for the day was;

Josh Kane, Tom McGrath, Naoise Maguire, Paul O’Brien, Scott Cullen, Tom Hanafin, Brian Bobbett, Ciaran Archbold, , Conor Dooley, Warren Egan, Feargal Clancy, Colm Dunne, Ronan Cleary, Eamon O’Reilly Seamus Keane. James, Power Darragh Kilduff, Cian Murray, Stephen Ward, Cian Mellett, Brian Kirwan, Karl Molony, Liam Flaherty, Evan Flanagan, Finn McGarry, Paul Ryan, Conor Deane


It was a lovely sunny day with little wind for the game and the InnisFail’s pitch was in good condition for the game. The game started at a good pace and Boden were going well with two frees from Seamus Keane and Fionnbarra responding with a point, when Conor Dooley went down with an ankle injury. Conor switched to the full forward line with Seamus Keane moving to midfield.Conor battled on and very nearly got a goal from a high ball into the square, but was unable to continue and Darragh Kilduff came on for him, with Warren Egan going into full forward line and Darragh taking up his usual wing forward position. The first half was nip and tuck with both teams having the momentum at different stages. Eamon O’Reilly, Warren Egan got a point each, with Ronan Cleary and Colm Dunne getting two each. Fionbarra crucially got a goal on 25 minutes to go in 1.06 to 8points at half-time.

Boden started the second upping the pace and running at Fionnbarra, Eamon O’Reilly scoring a sweet 45 metre kick and Seamus Keane scoring a free. Cian Murray came on at half time for Tom McGrath and his running game was a huge positive with Scott Cullen going to corner back. The pace of the game became more intense and Boden were going well, with more scores from Dunne, Feargal Clancy and  Kilduff. With ten minutes to go it was 13 points to 1.11, Fionnbarra although under pressure were working their way up the pitch and got some long range shots on target.

Warren Egan and Ronan Cleary got two points, with Ronan’s shot just over the bar, a goal would have given Boden a huge boost. Fionnbarra got a fortuitous goal with a shot that dropped over Josh Kane. Boden kept working hard creating oportunities with Colm Dunne getting a point. Paul Ryan came on for Eamon O’Reilly and worked hard trying to create an opening. Boden were trying for a goal as the game went into injury time, both teams getting one more point each. The game finished Boden 17 points to Naomh Fionnbarra 2.13.

It was a real blood and thunder championship game, with both teams giving everything to win, but it comes down to the old story of goals winning games. The Boden squad put in a huge effort during the year and the lads can be proud of the effort they put in to the season, with a lot of them training since January 2015 for the All Ireland win in March. A well-deserved break for all of them now and get refreshed for next year.