Junior A vs St. Peregrines
Sunday, 14th May 2017

Result: 4-11 to 3-09

Junior A Football Division Championship

Ballyboden St Endas 4-11 St Peregrines 3-09

Ballyboden kept their ambitions alive with this well deserved 5 point victory over a hard working St Peregrines side. While Boden were on top for most of the game, the visitors fought gamely to the finish and caused the home side some anxious moments. Playing in to a stiff breeze Boden had to defend and work very hard for the first ten minutes while the visitors piled on the pressure. But the home side stood up to the initial onslaught and gradually worked their way in to the game Trojan work at the back by Keller, the ever industrious McGuire and McPartland stemmed the Peregrines attack  on each and every occasion. Burke at right half back did really well along with the towering Carolan at centre back and Mulligan who had another superb display were all rock steady and kept the visitors in a vice like grip during the opening fifteen minutes. Up front the home side gradually worked their way in to the game and as their midfield pairing of Flanagan and O’Donoghue gradually got on top. Bodens engine began to run a bit more smoothly. Leach as usual worked tirelessly and added some valuable scores while Shovlin provided the platform for the inside forwards to shine. O’Brien plucked a few from the clouds and got the attack moving on many occasions to compliment the work rate of the team. Inside Carney proved a handful for a number of markers and the elusive O’Dea and Kirwin added to the home sides attack that at times ran the visitors ragged in the fifteen minutes before half time.

A worrying injury to Flanagan saw the introduction of Murphy who again added to Bodens potent attack. 

In the second half Boden were playing with a strong breeze and struggled to take any real advantage from it, while the visitors lifted their efforts and got back in to the fray. The home sides ample half time lead was being eroded somewhat, but they managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over with points from their inside forwards. The home side introduces all five subs to freshen things up and of these Mahon stood out. His industry and intelligent play was evident throughout the remainder of the game. With time running out and Boden defending comfortably the home side conceded an own goal to put somewhat of a gloss on the score line for the visitors..

The home side move on to a quarter final against Raheny in a months time. This is an improving team with some really promising young players complimented by the more experienced lads who blend in well.

More to look forward this summer