Gaelic Football

Football Championship Results

MFL Results

Minor A team in PUM yesterday

  • Minor A 1-11 Kilmacud Crokes 1-11 report here
  • Minor B 3-06 St.Brigids 3-07 report here
  • Minor C lost to Cuala
  • Minor D 2-05 Round Towers 5-12

Minor Football Results 10th March

  • Minor A 5-09 Skerries Harps 2-04 Report here
  • Minor C 3-05 St.Marys Saggart 5-06
  • Minor D 2-05 Lucan Sarsfields 5-09

Football Results 3rd March

Poor weather conditions on Sunday may have hampered our loyal supporters but our footballers gave everything to the cause in search of League points. The Seniors faced old rivals Kilmacud Crokes in PUM and had to settle for a point, while the Inters travelled to face Trinity Gaels, also coming away with a point. Unfortunately our Junior A's and B's were defeated and the C's game was abandoned at half time due to an unplayable pitch. Results and reports below.

  • St.Annes 3-11 Junior B's 1-05

Minor Football round up

Our Minor footballers got their league campaigns underway on Sunday with all four teams in action. Highlights were wins for our A's and C's while the B's drew and C's were defeated. A good start to be sure, thanks to all who supported the teams. Results and reports below. Minor A pic by Miriam Christie.

  • MFL 1 Sylvesters 0-17 Minor A 3-12 report
  • MFL 3s St.Annes 4-07 Minor B 3-10 report
  • MFL 4s Crumlin 5-06 Minor C 4-13 report
  • MFL 5s Cuala 6-08 Minor D 0-08


AFL Results and reports

The AFL got underway on Sunday with all our adult teams in competitive action for the first time this year. Two big wins for the Seniors and Inters were the highlights while our Juniors all tasted defeat. With new management teams and movement of players between teams there is lots to be positive about despite these defeats. Onwards and upwards lads! Results and reports below.

  • AFL1 Ballymun 0-11 Seniors 2-10 report here
  • AFL3 Inters 1-11 Ballymun 2-06 report here
  • AFL5 Junior A 0-06 St.Brendans 0-08 report here
  • AFL7 Junior B 0-03 St.OP/ER 3-10 report here
  • AFL11s Junior C 1-08 Shankill 4-08

Our Intermediate footballers

7 a-side Adult Football Tournament -Saturday 2nd February

The Football Section’s Tournament to mark the Club’s 50th Anniversary took place in brilliant sunshine on Saturday the 2nd of February last. Sixty four players from the Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Minor ranks were merged into two Groups of four teams. Group A contained Leitrim, Westmeath, London and Cavan. With Group B comprising of New York, Tipperary, Sligo and Carlow. Despite some unbecoming behaviour from certain Cavan men and in particular one unscrupulous Leitrim Man (you know who you are!), Brian O’Regan, Tony Duffy and Donal Griffin did a great job in ensuring that the teams were made up of equal talent and ability. What followed were eight well contested group games, which were held in Cherryfield Park and Pairc Uí Mhurchú. It was fantastic to see the players from the different club teams gelling and competing well together. It was also good to see our Senior Manager, Anthony Rainbow contributing his skills at one stage. It was the essence of our club sprit and a large part of what the tournament was intended for, to see Minor players who cheered on from the stands as 14 and 15 year olds on St. Patricks Day in 2016, playing alongside their heroes such as Darragh Nelson, Bob Dwan, Sean Gibbons, Aran Waters, Darren O’Reilly, Donogh Mc Cabe and Shane Clayton etc..       

Although in the spirit of true competitiveness, one of the Minor players was heard mentioning: “that Ciaran Doyle fella is still a class footballer, but I wish that he would pass more”!! The Westmeath team of Aran Waters, Tom Hannifin, Eoghan Monahan, Ruairi Kirwan, James Mc Teirnan, Mick Ryan, Patrick Dunleavy and Kevin Kirwan topped Group A. With the Carlow Rising team of Bob Dwan, Darragh Nelson, Mikey Ryan, Fionn Maguire, Ross Mc Cormack, Malachy Codd, Brendan Kavanagh and Conor Cullen topping Group B. The final was keenly contested in Pairc Uí Mhurchú at 3.20pm, with Carlow securing the Trophy with the narrowest of score lines of 0 - 9 to Westmeath’s 1 – 5.

It was to the showers and into the hall then for Liam Deane’s very own Lovely Leitrim Recipe of Beef (yes beef!) Curry, which was cooked to perfection by Paddy Brady.  We would like to thank Karl Woods, Richie Connell, Des Donoghue and Liam Deane for sponsoring the food. The Trophy, which was in memory of our former Football Secretary, Padraig Cullinane, was presented to Bob Dwan and the victorious Carlow Team by Padraig’s wife Mary, who thanked the Football Committee and in particular the Players for making it such a special day.    

The committee would like to reiterate our appreciation to all of the players, the mentors, volunteers and the catering and bar staff and in particular Tony Duffy, Liam Deane and Brian O’Regan for making the day such a great success. From the great feedback that we have received, it is hoped that we can make this an annual event in the club calendar.

Read a players perspective here

Thanks to Cliona Mellet, Miriam Christie and Shay Devlin for the great photos.

More here

Boden men star for the Dubs

Congrats to Robbie McDaid and Ryan Basquel as the Dubs qualified for the O'Byrne Cup final with a penalty shoot out win over Meath in Parnell Park on Saturday. Both men impressed with Ryan scoring 0-4 from play and Robbie getting the Dubs' goal. This highly experimental Dublin side will now face Westmeath, impressive victors over Longford, in the decider at Parnell Park next Friday night (8.pm).

Whitehall break Boden hearts

In a pulsating Minor A Championship final Boden were denied victory by a late Whitehall Colmcilles goal yesterday in Parnell Park. The team performed heroically and were leading by 2 points coming the last minute when a wonder strike hit the net to break Boden hearts. It was a terrific game played in great spirit which ebbed and flowed in front of a large crowd. A tough defeat to take for the team and Mentors but these lads will be stronger for it as a result.

Report here. More pics by John Kirwan here

Minor B's capture Championship!

On an amazing weekend for the club, our footballers didn't disappoint with some outstanding performances and results. Pride of place goes to our Minor B's who won the D Championship with a 2-17 to 3-08 victory over St.Pauls in O'Toole Park. Elsewhere our Minor A's booked their place in the Championship final with a brilliant win away to Crokes by 2-07 to 1-09 and the Junior B's won their promotion play-off final beating Stars of Erin by 1-09 to 1-04, Division 7 beckons! Our U21's were less fortunate on Saturday as both lost their respective games and bow out of the championship. Thanks to both sets of mentors and players for putting in a huge effort to represent the club.

Minor D Champions!

John Kirwan brilliantly captures the emotions of both teams here in the Minor A game.

Minor Football Championship

Congratulations to our Minor A & B footballers who both had important championship wins on Sunday. The A's are through to the semi-final of the 'A' Championship in two weeks time with a hard fought victory away to Syls while our B's are through to the 'D' championship final after their win over St.Marks.

Best of luck James Madden

The club would like to wish our young footballer James Madden the very best of luck in Australia as he prepares to head to Brisbane on Thursday to begin his Aussie Rules adventure. James will join the Brisbane Lions after signing a two-year contract as a Category B Rookie for the 2019 and 2020 AFL season.

Good luck James!

Minor Football Championship

Our Minor A's suffered their first defeat of the campaign on Sunday at home to Whitehall Colmcilles, the result of their next game will determine the semi-finalists. Elsewhere our Minor B's are into the semi-final of the D Championship after victory over St.Brigids while our C's had an off day and were beaten by St.Sylvesters.

  • Minor A 0-07 Whitehall Colmcilles 1-07 report here & pics by John Kirwan here
  • Minor B 1-13 St.Brigids 0-09 report here
  • Minor C 0-04 St.Sylvesters 2-12

Minor B's

Senior Footballers bow out of Championship

Commiserations to our Senior Footballers who exited the Championship at the hands of rivals Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday in Parnell Park. In poor conditions the loss of two goals proved too much bear and despite a second half revival the score ended up 2-09 to 0-09. Thanks to all who supported the team. Good luck to Crokes in the final.

Match report by Shane O'Brien here and more pics by John Kirwan here.

AFL Results:

Senior Football Championship QF

​Congratulations to our Senior footballers on reaching the semi-finals of the Championship after an emphatic 3-13 to 0-15 win over Na Fianna last night in Parnell Park. A strong all round team performance was enough to see off the Northsiders' challenge despite red cards for Michael-Darragh Macauley (2 yellows) and Cathal Flaherty (2 yellows) late on. We now face Crokes in the semi final on the 14th October. Report here more pics here

  • Sat 29/9  IFC Inters V Ballymun Kickhams 14.15pm Ballymun
  • Sun 30/9  JFC Junior A 3-11 V 1-07 Whitehall Colmcilles report here

Minor Football Championship results

Our minors completed a second set of 3 wins in the Championship over the weekend. Congratulations to all the players, mentors and supporters.

Minor A V Cuala, pic by John Kirwan. More Here

Seniors through to QF, Juniors bow out

Report By Shane O’Brien, Pic by Cliona Mellet more here

Ballyboden are through to the quarter finals of the Dublin Senior Football Championship despite a less-than-impressive draw with Oliver Plunkett’s in Parnell Park on Friday evening. Boden led for the vast majority of the game and at times appeared to be coasting to victory and a quarter final berth, however, second half goals from Bernard Brogan and Rory O’Connor ensured a nervous finish for the Firhouse Road side.

A win and a loss from their opening two games meant that Boden’s fate was not exactly black and white. A win would not have guaranteed progression if Raheny managed to beat Kilmacud by six or seven points in Group One’s other fixture, while a defeat might not spell the end if Kilmacud beat Raheny. A five-point Plunkett’s victory, coupled with Kilmacud defeating Raheny, would have seen the Northsiders progress at Boden’s expense, and when Plunkett’s hit the front as the game entered five minutes of stoppage time that scenario seemed entirely plausible. Thankfully, Boden weathered the storm and finished the stronger of the two teams.

With those permutations in mind, Boden took the lead after just two minutes when the excellent Ryan Basquel curled over off his left and Ross McGarry swung over a point off the opposite wing to double the lead almost instantly. Colm Basquel and Gareth Smith swapped frees as the game quickly fell into a pattern of Boden retaining vast amounts of possession and Plunkett’s retreating into a defensive system that Boden would struggle to break down. Shane Durkin did manage to extend Boden’s lead with a well taken point off his left, but that was swiftly cancelled out by Plunkett’s centre forward Sean Bugler, who was by far their brightest spark in an otherwise dull first half for the Northsiders.

Ryan Basquel, operating in a two-man full forward line with Ross McGarry, flourished in the role of talisman and added to his tally with a brilliant individual score. Then followed a ten-minute lull where neither team came remotely close to threatening the opposition goal. That drought was ended by Basquel who caressed over his third from play to extend Boden’s lead to four on the cusp of half-time.

There was time for Plunkett’s to reduce the arrears with a long range free, and they reduced it even further upon the restart when half-time substitute and Dublin stalwart Alan Brogan fired over a classy point. Within a minute Brogan was walking towards the line having been dismissed for retaliating to an off the ball incident with Bob Dwan, who was also given his marching orders for striking Brogan. Their dismissals somewhat opened up a tight game, and Boden stretched the lead to three with a Ryan Basquel free, but that lead was wiped out in the blink of an eye by second half substitute Bernard Brogan who fired a low shot past Boden netminder Darragh Gogan after a blatant foul on Cathal Flaherty gave possession to Plunketts inside the Boden 21.

With 20 minutes remaining, there was plenty of time for Plunkett’s to find the five points required to progress in second place, but Boden showed excellent resolve and effectively cancelled out Brogan’s goal with three quickfire points from Conal Keaney (2) and Ryan Basquel. Keaney’s second was a joy to behold as he cracked over an effort from the right touchline with his weaker right foot.

Plunkett’s kept in touch with a point from Sean Bugler and a 45 from Gareth Smith to reduce the deficit to the minimum with ten minutes remaining. Ryan Basquel gave Boden some slight breathing space when he landed a monster free from just outside the 45, however, Boden would play the dangerous game of holding possession and were made to pay dearly for it. Firstly, a wayward kickout landed in Bernard Brogan’s midriff and he duly punished the error with a point to halve the deficit. Then, with injury time looming, Boden were caught in possession in their own 45 by a ravenous Plunkett’s forward line.That turnover was quickly fed through to midfielder Ross McConnell who had the awareness to square for Rory O’Connor who had the easiest of tasks to palm to the empty net.

With Plunkett’s now leading Boden by two and a lengthy injury time inbound, Boden now found themselves in a perilous position that they should never been in. Thankfully, the 2016 All Ireland Champions had the wherewithall and experience to see the game out, winning two close range frees to level proceedings in the process.

Kilmacud’s 0-07 – 0-04 victory over Raheny ensured that Boden progressed to the quarter-finals as runners up in Group One, but a vast improvement is required against whoever they are drawn against in the QF. Boden were at times overly reliant on the exploits of Ryan Basquel up front and were wasteful in front of goal. At the back they could do with tightening up their defence and reducing goal chances for the opposition.

But Boden are still in the reckoning for the Dublin Championship, and, while there remains plenty of room for improvement, that is absolutely the main thing.

Ballyboden: Darragh Gogan; Bob Dwan (S/O); Cathal Flaherty; Shane Clayton; Robbie McDaid; Darragh Nelson; Shane Durkin; Michael D. MacAuley; Declan O’Mahoney; Darren O’Reilly; Ryan Basquel; Sean Gibbons; Ross McGarry; Colm Basquel; Conal Keaney

Subs Used: Simon Lambert; Alan Flood; Aran Waters; Kieran Kennedy


Dublin Masters claim All-Ireland

Congratulations to Ian Clarke, Ciaran Doyle, Cormac Smyth & Ray Cosgrove - Boden members who were part of the Dublin Masters team who overcame Tyrone with a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-12 in the All Ireland Final.

COYOIB (come on you 'oulfellas in Blue!)

M.F.C - Minors off to a flyer

Congratulations to our 3 minor teams who all began their championships with home wins.

Minor A V Na Fianna

Minor C team

4 in a row for the Dubs!

Congratulations to Michael-Darragh Macaulay, Collie Basquel and all the players and management of the Dublin Senior Football Team on an historic 4th All-Ireland in a row. Despite an early scare they showed their quality to ensure Sam remains in the Capital again this year.

Midweek football Results

  • AFL1 Seniors 3-11 St.Maurs 0-10
  • AFL3 Inters 1-08 Nh. Barrog 3-14
  • AFL5 Junior A 0-11 O'Dwyers 2-10
  • AFL8 Junior B 0-04 Round Towers Lusk 1-17
  • AFL11s Junior C 4-07 St.Finians 1-17

AFL Results 8-10th May

  • Seniors 1-15 Nh.Olaf 1-12 Report here
  • Inters 1-08 Nh.Fionbarra 0-17
  • Junior A 4-09 Na Fianna 3-20 Report here
  • Junior B 1-14 Ranelagh Gaels 1-08

Championship Round up

Congratulations to our Senior footballers who overcame Raheny in Parnell Park last Wednesday by 4-06 to 1-09 to get their Championship back on track. Goals by Darren O'Reilly, Ryan Basquel and Alan Flood in the first half and by Collie Basquel in the second half made the difference between the two sides and despite being reduced to 14 men after Michael Darragh Macauleys second yellow, the lads held out for a 6 point win. Well done to the management and players.

Report by Shane O'Brien HERE. Pics by John Kirwan HERE.

Elsewhere our Inters had to settle for a draw (2-08 apiece) against St.OP/ER in Sancta Maria on Saturday evening with the visitors finishing strongly to claim a point in a keenly contested game.

On to Sunday and our Junior teams took centre stage. Unfortunately our Junior A’s are up against it now to qualify after a narrow defeat to St.Brigids while the JB’s overcame the odds to claim a victory over Naomh Barrog who are a league above them. The JC’s also tasted defeat against Fingal Ravens by 1-12 to 1-05.

Results below

  • Inters 2-08 St.OP/ER 2-08
  • Junior A 1-10 St.Brigids 2-08 report here
  • Junior B 1-10 Naomh Barrog 1-09 report here
  • Junior C 1-05 Fingal Ravens 1-12

Junior A squad

Junior B squad sponsored by PFH

Championship Round up - Seniors fall to Crokes

Pic by Cliona Mellett, for more see here

A disappointing start to the new championship format for all our adult teams over the weekend with a rare set of 4 defeats in all 4 games. In Parnell park the shipping of three goals proved too much to overcome for our Seniors and leaves them with a battle to qualify from a tough group. Elsewhere the Inters were pipped by a late point by Syls in Broomfield while our Junior A's ands B's also suffered defeats in their championship openers. Thanks to the new format though, they will all get another chance to turn things around. Thanks, as ever, for all the great Boden support at all the games. Results and reports below.

Minor Football round up

Last weekend saw our minors in action with both our A’s and B’s securing victories to continue their good starts to the league. Congratulations to both sets of players and mentors.

Dubs claim NFL for the 13th time

Congratulations to Boden men Michael Darragh Macauley and Collie Basquel as the Dubs had to dig deep to overcome Galway by 0-18 to 0-14 in Croke Park despite being reduced to 14 men for the last 20 minutes.

Congratulations Daire & Kathy

Congratulations to former senior footballer Daire Walsh and his new bride Kathy on 'tying the knot' last Saturday 24th March. The club extends its very best wishes to them for the future.

AFL round up - Seniors make it two from two

After the recent cold snap and postponements adult football returned last weekend to beautiful sunshine and our Senior footballers followed up their R1 league victory over Ballymum with an equally impressive win over fellow northsiders Na Fianna in PUM. Elsewhere our Inters recorded their first win of the season away at Sylvesters while our Junior A fell to a strong Ballymun side. Results and reports below.

MFL - Minors up and running with two wins

A good start to the league for our Minor A & B footballers as both won their opening games. Results and reports below.

AFL - Seniors off to a flyer

Our Senior Footballers got off to a flyer in the opening AFL1 game V Ballymun in Pairc Ui Mhurchu yesterday, running out convincing winners by 3-12 to 0-09. Thanks to Cliona Mellett for the pics, for more click here

Elsewhere there were wins for our Junior A's and Junior B's while our Inters and Junior C's suffered defeats.


  • AFL1 Seniors 3-12 Ballymun Kickhams 0-09. Full report HERE
  • AFL3 Inters 5-09 Ballymun Kickhams 6-10
  • AFL5 Junior A's 2-05 St.Brendans 0-10. Full report HERE
  • AFL8 Junior B's 1-07 Portobello 0-09. Full report HERE
  • AFL11s Junior C's 1-11 Thomas Davis 2-10

U21B Footballers into Championship Final

Congrats to our U21B footballers on reaching the Championship final after a 2-12 to 0-11 victory over Nh Fionnbarra in Sancta Maria on Saturday.

Match report here. Both the U21 football squads are now into their respective finals which will be played on Saturday 9th Dec. 

U21A footballers through to Championship Final

Under 21A vs Thomas Davis
Saturday, 18th November 2017

Result: 5-16 to 1-06

Ballyboden’s under-21 footballers are into the final of the Dublin Championship following a 22-point hammering of local rivals Thomas Davis’ at Páirc Uí Mhurchú on Saturday. Two goals apiece for Barra McGarry and Warren Egan, along with a goal from Ross McGarry, saw Boden ease home at a canter in a game that never looked like a contest. Boden worked like clockwork throughout, with slick passing and accuracy in the tackle coming to the fore and were, in truth, a mismatch for Davis’. Boden were on the front foot from the throw-in and should have been in for goal within 20 seconds, but Brian Bobbett’s pass evaded Ross McGarry and the hosts had to settle for a pointed free from Colm Basquel. They would not have to wait long before their first green flag of the encounter after a surging run from James Holland presented Warren Egan with a gilt-edged opportunity that he didn’t pass up; rifling into the bottom corner. Davis’, still showing some semblance of fight at this stage, rallied and reduced the arrears to three points with a free but that was as good as it got for the Tallaght side. Boden were dominant on the Davis’ kick out all afternoon and quickly pressed home that advantage, carving out 1-01 off the opposition’s restarts in the space of 60 seconds. First, Luke O’Donoghue curled over his first point of the afternoon, before Ross McGarry found the net in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. McGarry looked to be shooting for a point, but his effort dipped under the crossbar and into the back of the net. Whether he meant it or not was irrelevant; the goal put Boden into a deserved seven-point lead after just 13 minutes. The onslaught continued thereafter and Basquel, Egan and McGarry (2) had all added to their tallies with points by the time Egan poked home a rebound for his second goal of the game. With just five minutes remaining in the half Boden stretched their lead even further, outscoring Davis’ by four points to one to go in at the interval with a 17-point lead.

The second half started in much the same vain as the first and Luke O’Donoghue opened Boden’s account in the second half when he finished off a flowing move. It wasn’t long before Boden had their fourth goal of what was fast becoming a procession. Colm Basquel, influential throughout, evaded tackle after tackle before squaring to Barra McGarry who had the simplest of tasks of palming into an empty net. McGarry would not have to wait long to double his goal tally; finishing coolly to the net after a brilliant interception and run from substitute James Madden. Sandwiched between McGarry’s goals was a worrying injury to centre back Brian Bobbett, who was exceptional throughout. Bobbett appeared to go over on his ankle and hobbled off with 20 minutes remaining and his fitness will no doubt be a concern for management ahead of the final. With Boden emptying their bench, and their intensity understandably dropping, Davis’ managed to snatch a goal that offered scant consolation with just five minutes remaining. However, there was still time for Colm Basquel to add his fourth and fifth points of the afternoon before Davis’ were finally put out of their misery. It was a near perfect performance from start to finish, with Boden controlling possession, territory and dominating the kick out. Defensively, every player came out on top of their individual duels, while their forwards finished off chances with a ruthless efficiency that put the game out of sight within 20 minutes.

It’s easy to wax lyrical about player performances in such a one-sided affair, but to a man Boden were truly exceptional and earned all praise aimed at them.

Boden now advance to the Dublin Under 21 Championship final and await the winners of Cuala and Na Fianna. On Saturday’s showing, it will take a serious side to beat them in the showpiece event.

More pics by Cliona Mellett here

Senior footballers win SFC Tournament

Wednesday, 15th November 2017 Result: 1-17 to 1-16 Report by Shane O'Brien

Ballyboden St Enda’s survived a thrilling finish to claim the Senior Football Championship Tournament, beating Raheny by the slenderest of margins in St Margaret’s GAA. Missing a host of key players, Boden had Darren O’Reilly’s second half goal, coupled with the point scoring exploits of Conal Keaney and Sam Molony, to thank for their one-point victory; with the pair kicking 14 points between them. Boden had to survive a late onslaught when a stoppage time goal gave Raheny a sniff of rescuing a game that looked out of their reach. But survive they did and victory was a positive way to sign off on what has been a turbulent year for the senior footballers to say the least. Boden got off to a perfect start and three quick points from Sam Molony and Conal Keaney (2) had them three to the good inside five minutes. Raheny, however, led by the exploits of Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton, hauled themselves back into the game and were level by the quarter hour mark at four points apiece, with the Dublin stalwart tagging on two points in the process. Raheny were the better side in the early proceedings, disrupting the Boden kickout and enjoy large spells of territory and possession, although they weren’t able to convert that into scores and the sides were level at seven points apiece as the game approached the interval. With only two minutes left of normal time, however, Raheny finally found their range and tagged on four quick scores to give themselves a healthy buffer heading in at the break.

There was an ominous feeling as the second half began that Raheny could begin to pull away from Boden as the game progressed, but a Keaney free was quickly followed up by Darren O’Reilly raising a green flag to wipe out the northsiders lead in flash. Keaney fed Sam Molony in the full forward line, who turned his man and had the presence of mind to see O’Reilly running off his shoulder. O’Reilly still had plenty to do; but rifled home to the bottom corner to restore parity. Molony the quickly added his third point of the night to restore Boden’s early lead, but the concession of consecutive needless frees saw Raheny regain the lead in a hurry. Substitute Eamon O’Reilly drew Boden level after he finished off a flowing move, but Raheny soon made use of the abundance of space in the Boden defence to pull two points clear. It would be the last time they would score for 20 minutes, however, as Boden exhibited a brilliant gain management to snatch the game away from their rivals.The mercurial Keaney scored 4 points (2 frees, 2 from play) in as many minutes to put Boden two points ahead with 10 minutes to play, before Molony kicked his fourth and fifth points of the evening to put Boden more than a score in front. Eamon O’Reilly added his second in the last minute of normal time to seemingly put the game beyond all reasonable doubt, but Raheny mustered a fightback from somewhere and ensured Boden endured a nervous finale. First, a free was tapped over to reduce the arrears to four, and then deep into additional time they struck for goal leaving the minimum between the teams. With well over four minutes played, the referee allowed one more play off the Boden kick out and Raheny even managed to secure possession. However, they couldn’t convert it into a score and Boden held on to ensure that they ended 2017 with silverware in hand.

Team: Dara Gogan, Naoise McGuire, Graham Heavey, Cathal Flaherty, Tom Hanifin, Dara Nelson, Ciaran Archibald, Donagh McCabe, Simon Lambert, Colly Dunne, Conal Keaney, Darren ORielly, Sam Malony, Ronan Cleary, Robbie McDaid.

Subs: Eamon O'Reilly for Simon Lambert
Subs not on. Alan Flood, Evan Flanagan, Carl Weldon.

Management: Shane Brooks, Dara Walsh, Andrew Kerin

Heartbreak for Minor B's in Championship Final

Heartbreak at the end as our Minor B team lost by a point in the Minor C Championship Final in Colonshaugh on Sunday morning. In front of a big travelling Boden support an early free from Ciaran Cashman put Boden ahead against a fairly strong and chilly breeze. With Ciaran McDonell, Ruairi Mac Mathúna, Daire Lynch and Alex Craven defending well and Adam Farrell mopping up anything in his area Craobh Chiarain were finding scores hard to come by. There was some fine intercepts, tackling and good play in around midfield as Enda Cashman, Callum Gray, Aidan Garvey, David Ward and Dillon Dunleavey battled hard . Malachy Codd scored a point and Boden were 0-2 to the good. Craobh Chiarain got their first point of the match and both sides had chances but were narrowly wide. Despite some great defending from both sides Craobh Chiarain  finished the half with a number of scores and a tight game went to the break with the score Boden 0-2 Craobh Chiarain 0-4 .
Second half started and Craobh Chiarain went a point further ahead. Two scores from Ciaran Cashman and one from Malachy Codd leveled the match at 0-5 each in what was a more open second half.Up front Conor Woods, Conor O'Donoghue and Shane Garvey were winning some great possession. Points were traded with Ben Kelly getting his name on the scoreboard  and Malachy Codd getting another to leave it tied at 0-7 a piece. 
Then Craobh Chiarain scored a goal. It was frantic and Bodens heads didn't go down. They battled hard and three wonderful points from Malachy Codd leveled it up again with Craobh Chiarain on 1-7 and Boden on 0-10. It was turning into some match. Craobh Chiarain added another goal before Ciaran Cashman pulled another point back. Craobh Chiarain extended the lead out to three points as Boden went all out attack.
Both teams were putting a huge effort in and Codd fired just over to make the gap two points with a minute or two left. Boden piled on the pressure and after a patient build up Enda Cashman fired a rocket toward the Craobh Chiarain goal which the goalie managed to put over the bar. A one point game. The kickout came and was won by Craobh Chiarain .... The ref blew the final whistle and Boden had been beaten by a point.
A great display by the lads who were unlucky not to at least bring the game to extra time.    
Thanks to all the panel and the mentors for such a great Championship journey.
Team: Adam Farrell, Ciaran McDonell, Ruairi Mac Mathúna, Alex Craven, Daire Lynch, Enda Cashman (0-1), Aidan Garvey, Dillon Dunleavey, Callum Gray, Ciaran Cashman (0-4), Ben Kelly (0-1), David Ward, Conor O'Donoghue, Shane Garvey, Malachy Codd(0-7). Subs Conor Woods, Even Cullen, Luke Basquel, James Kinsella, James Hanrahan, Dioma Murphy-Rorke, Mark Walsh, Donal Kelly, Jack O'sullivan, Ciaran O'Neill, Michael Lovett, Lorcan Kennedy, Conor Casey, Manus Coughlan
Mentors: Ciaran Farrell, Jody Moran, Connall O'Broin
There's more pics up on the Club Facebook from it HERE

Football Section AGM 16th November 8.45pm

U21 Football Championship Results

Congratulations to our U21 footballers as they both progressed in the Championship. The A's produced a spirited comeback to beat a talented Ballymun side in PUM while in Edenmore the B's proved too strong for Monicas.

 Thanks to all who supported, results below.

  • A C/ship: Ballyboden St.Enda's 1-16 Ballymun Kickhams 1-10
  • C C/ship: St.Monicas 0-05 Ballyboden St.Enda's 2-12

Pictured: U21 A squad

Minor Football All Stars - Well done Ross McGarry!

Congratulations to Ballyboden St Endas and Dublin minor footballer Ross McGarry, who was awarded a Minor Star Award, and was named on the Electric Ireland Minor Football Team of the Year. Winning a Minor All Star is due recognition for the marvellous season Ross has enjoyed, where he starred in the Dublin minor team that won the Leinster minor football title.

Well done Ross, from all in ‘Boden….!!

Dubs win Sam to make it 3 in a row

Congratulations to Michael Darragh Macaulay and the entire Dublin Senior Football panel and management in securing a magnificient 3 Sam Maguires in a row. In a pulsating game the Dubs just edged out a resiliant Mayo team by 1-17 to 1-16.

Conlon Cup Win

Congratulations to our Junior A footballers as the overcame Na Fianna by 0-10 to 0-08 to win the Conlon Cup final in PUM yesterday.

Pics by Sean Gilheaney, see more on our Facebook page here

Dublin Minors through to Championship Semi Final on 27th August.

Well done to Dublin Minor Footballers, including our own James Madden, Kieran Kennedy and Ross McGarry, on their comprehensive Quarter Final Championship win v Clare this afternoon in Portlaoise. Next up on Sunday 27th August is Derry with the Dublin Minors & Seniors playing their Semi Finals in Croke Park that day.


Congratulations to Bodens James Madden, Ross McGarry and Man of the Match Kieran Kennedy and the rest of the the Dublin minor and Senior panels on securing a double of Leinster Championships in Croke Park yesterday.

Midweek football fixtures Chp & Lge


Congrats to our Junior A footballers who overcame Raheny to reach the semi-final of the Championship in Sancta Maria last night on a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-07. Pictured is Evan Flanagan rising high to claim the ball. Thanks to Sean Gilheaney for the pic, for more see our Facebook page. Match report here

There were also wins for our Senior and Inter teams on Wednesday in Ballycullen.

Inters v Round Towers Lusk, Pic by Cliona Mellet, for more see our Facebook page

  • AFL1 Seniors 1-14 Clontarf 0-08
  • AFL3 Inters 1-14 Round Towers Lusk 0-14

Please note the Junior B Championship game V Sylvesters has been postponed.

Wins for Seniors and JB's in the Cup

  • Seniors 1-12 Lucan Sarsfields 1-08

Football Championship Results

Our Senior Footballers crashed out of the Championship last night after a 2-10 to 0-13 defeat to Plunketts. Despite starting brightly and having the better of the first half going in 3 points up, we couldn't reach the same heights in the second half and a penalty goal by Plunketts turned the match in their favour and they finished the stronger team. Hard luck to the panel and management.

Match report by Shane O'Brien here.

Pic by Troy Gogan, for more see our Facebook page.


Fionn Maguire, in typical fashion, "gets there first' in the Junior A's victory over Vincents in the Championship. Pic by Sean Gilheaney - see our Facebook page for more.

  • Inters 0-14 Naomh Barrog 1-12
  • Junior A 3-13 St.Vincents 2-07 Report here
  • Junior B 2-10 Raheny 0-13 Report here

PFH Technology Group sponsor Junior B footballers

Thanks to PFH Technology Group for their sponsorship of our Junior B football team. Pictured at the launch were from L-R Brendan Moran Club Chairman, Dave O'Donnell JB's mentor, Declan Van Esbeck PFH, Martin O'Donnell JB's Manager, Eoin Mullan PFH and Danny Griffin Sponsorship Manager.


Football results 26/3/17

  • Murphy Cup Junior B 1-11 Stars of Erin 0-09 report here
  • MFL 1 Minor A 1-10  Lucan Sarsfields 2-09 report here
  • MFL 3 Minor B 1-10  St.Marys Saggart 2-16
  • MFL 5 Minor C 2-14  Kilmacud Crokes 2-11

Rob McDaid talks to 98fm Sport

Dublin and Ballyboden St.Endas defender Robbie McDaid has praised the consistently high standards in Jim Gavin’s camp.

Read the full piece here

New Senior Football Manager - John O'Brien


After a successful League Final win over neighbours St Judes, Andy McEntee has officially stepped down as Ballyboden St Enda's Senior Football manager. With a number of achievements under his belt at Ballyboden St Enda's - he takes on the role of Meath Senior Football manager.

The club is pleased to announce his successor, Dublin man John O'Brien who has been appointed manager of the senior football team. During his playing career, John represented Dublin at minor, U21 and Senior level, after which he began his coaching career with DIT and then Curraha in Meath. He lead Curraha to county and provincial Junior football titles in 2015, and was rewarded with the Hoganstand.com Meath Manager of the Year award following this success.

Commenting on the appointment, Ballyboden Football Chairman Eoin Dunne said "Following the selection of Andy McEntee as the Meath senior manager, we completed a thorough process to find a suitable successor. Of all of the candidates that were considered, John emerged as a young, dynamic and ambitious manger, who we believe has the right skills and qualities to lead the Ballyboden St Enda's senior football team in the coming years. We want to build upon our recent successes, and we also want ensure that we achieve the full potential of the considerable playing talent that is available in our club and we are excited at the prospect of working with John to do just that.

For more information contact Sinead Ryan  - 0863010829

The awards keep coming...

Congrats to our Senior footballers as they picked up the March team of the month and the overall team of the year at the Echo Sports Awards 2016 last night.

AFL1 League Champions 2016

Congratulations to the players and management of our Senior football panel as they ended an incredible 2016 with victory over St.Judes in the League final last night. It was a truly epic game that went all the way to the last kick of the game and was a credit to both teams. The final score was 2-18 to 3-14. The match was Andy McEntee's last game in charge and was a fitting end to his time with us, he leaves as an All-Ireland and AFL1 winning manager and with our very best wishes in his new role with the Meath Senior footballers. Match report to follow.

JB's gain promotion to AFL8

Congrats to our Junior B footballers won promotion to AFL8 with an excellent 1-08 to 0-09 victory over Round Towers Lusk yesterday capping a terrific year for the management and panel. Report HERE

Football Championship results

In a disappointing weekend, the Seniors and Inters both exited the Championship after defeats to Crokes and Nh.Fionbarra respectively. In better news our Minor A's had an excellent win away to Brigids to kickstart their Championship hopes after losing their opener and the Minor C's had a great win over BSJ.

Result SFC R2: Seniors 0-09 Crokes 1-14 Report by Shane O'Brien here Pics by Sean Gilheaney

Result IFC QF: Inters 0-17 Nh.Fionbarra 2-13. Report by Sean Crowley here. Pics by Liam Cunningham

MFC 'A' Result: St.Brigids 2-10 Ballyboden Minor A 7-11. Report here. Pic by Cliona Mellett More here

MFC 'C' Result: Erins Isle 1-15 Ballyboden Minor B 1-14. Report by Tony Wallace here

MFC 'E' Result: Balinteer SJ 0-08 Ballyboden Minor C 2-13. Report by Cathal O'Toole here


Football News 12/9/16

Results​ Sunday, 11th September 2016

  • MFC C  Minor B 1-12 V 1-11 Craobh Chiaráin report here

Minor C team 

  • MFC E  Minor C 4-08 V 7-08 St.Catherines report here

Upcoming fixtures

Saturday 17/9/16

AFL3   Clann Mhuire  V  Ballyboden St.Enda’s  Naul  17.30pm

Sunday 18/9/16

AFL5   Ballyboden St.Enda’s  V  Balinteer St.Johns  Ballycullen  10.30am

AFL9   St.OP/ER  V  Ballyboden St.Enda’s  Martin Savage Park  10.00am

Football results & MFC fixtures


  • AFL1 Result: Seniors 2-16 V 0-16 Na Fianna report here
  • JFC Result: Junior A 0-09 V 2-08 Kilmacud Crokes report here
  • AFL9 Result: Junior B 2-15 V 1-04 St.Pats report here

JB's in action V Pats

Upcoming fixtures

Football results & fixtures

Upcoming fixtures - please support

Wednesday, 24th August 2016

Gaelic Football League Minor A v Kilmacud Crokes   19.00

Sancta Maria


Sunday, 28th August 2016

Gaelic Football League

Minor A v Thomas Davis   11.00 Kiltipper Road  

Senior Footballers All Ireland Presentation night

A great night at the club on Saturday the 11th of June. Thanks to all those who attended and to the sponsors for making such an enjoyable night.

Many more photos of the event here

Coláiste Eanna honour Senior Footballers

Some Boden Senior footballers attended Colaiste Eanna's Awards night last week where they were presented with a plaque by Principal Brendan McCauley to mark the school contribution to Ballyboden's historic Club All Ireland winning team on St Patrick's Day. 17 of the panel paased through the doors of the school.

All-Ireland Champions Presentation Night

We will never forget March 17th 2016…….and now we have another opportunity to remember it..!!

On Saturday June 11th, the club will host an event to mark our historic All Ireland success on St Patricks Day, and our Senior mens squad will be presented with their Dublin, Leinster and All Ireland medals. The event, including a drinks reception, dinner, medal presentation and entertainment, will take place in an executive marquee here at the clubhouse. Our MC for the evening will be RTE’s Darren Frehill and we also hope to have a special GAA guest to present the players with their medals. This is a great opportunity for us to, once again, come together as a club to celebrate this magnificent achievement, and to pay tribute to the players and management who delivered the All Ireland Senior Club title to Ballyboden St Endas.

Tickets, priced €60, will be on sale in the club in the coming weeks. This is an occasion not to be missed…..!!

Were you at the game? What's your favourite memory? We will include some of your memories in our souvenir brochure on the night. 
Email: sineadryanmedia@gmail.com

Championship Results

Our Senior footballers got their defence of the Dublin SFC off to a winning start with a 2-12 to 0-12 win over Naomh Olafs in O'Toole park last night. Well done to the players, management and supporters. Match report by Shane O'Brien here. Pic by Troy Gogan, more here. This follows our Junior A's win over Noamh Mearnóg on Tuesday by 4-14 to 1-07, report by Noel Madden here. Our Inters followed suit with an impressive  4-15 to 0-09 win over Erins Isle.

Pic by Cliona Mellet, more on our facebook page here

New signage at BBSE gates

Our new signage at the gates of the club looks great, a big thanks to Danny Griffin for his work in coordinating this.

All-Ireland team of the year

The plaudits keep coming...Ballyboden have 6 players on the All-Ireland team of the year Paul Durcan, Shane Clayton, Darragh Nelson, Michael-Darragh Macauley, Colm Basquel and the evergreen Andrew Kerin who grabbed player of the year! Well done lads - Just rewards for a fantastic year for the Senior squad, see below for the full story.


All-Ireland Champions!!

Ger Flaherty (right) has retired as Football Committee Chair - seen here at Croke Park on the greatest Football Day in the Club's history with Ned Flood.  Well done Ger! We wish new Chairman Eoin Dunne every success in his new role.

We dared to dream...pinch yourselves...it's now a reality! Full match report by Shane O'Brien here

BodenFile Photos Facebook pics here

Enjoying the celebrations were two All-Ireland full backs! Noelle Comyn and Stephen Hiney

A.I.B Boden promo....is only brilliant!

Adult football results Sunday 13th March

  • AFL 3  Inters 2-10 V  3-15 Ballymun Kickhams 
  • AFL 5 Junior A 1-12 V 1-12 Na Fianna report here
  • AFL 9  Junior B 5-12 V 0-08 St.Brendans report here

AFL Leagues underway with 3 wins from 4

The Adult Football league got underway over the weekend with our teams winning 3 out of 4 games convincingly. Our Junior B's just fell short by two points but it was a very positive start to the League all round. Well done to all.

Seniors 2-17 Judes 0-11, report by Paddy Walsh HERE

Inters 4-18 Ballyboughal 3-07, report by Sean Crowley HERE

Junior A 3-17 Erins Isle 0-14, report by Noel Madden HERE

Junior B 1-05 Starlights 0-10, report by Martin O'Donnell HERE

Dubs claim the U21 All Ireland Championship


Congratulations to Bodens Collie Basquel and Shane Clayton and the entire Dublin U21 Football panel as they claimed the Eirgrid All Ireland Football Championship with a 2-13 to 2-07 victory over Galway in Tullamore earlier today.

Boden into All-Ireland Final!!

What a day...what a game!! Our Senior Footballers today booked their place in a first Mens All-Ireland S.F.C final for the club after a dramatic 0-15 to 0-10 (AET) victory over an impressive Clonmel Commercials. A massive leveller by Captain fantastic Darragh Nelson deep into injury time brought the game to extra time where we scored 5 unanswered points to set up a St.Patricks Day clash with Casltebar Mitchels GAA. Huge congrats to all the players, management and supporters for making it an unforgettable day! 

Full report by Shane O'Brien HERE and more great pics HERE


Dubs stars footballer of the year

What a year for our Senior football captain Darragh Nelson, he's been named the Dub Stars footballer of the year. Huge congrats Darragh, we're so proud of you!

Leinster Champions!

Ballyboden land maiden Leinster title in thriller      By Shane O’Brien

Aran Waters’ late point proved to be the match winning score as Ballyboden St Enda’s claimed the club’s first Leinster SFC after defeating Portlaoise by the narrowest of margins in a pulsating game.

A jubilant Aran Waters said that he “never could have dreamed of kicking a winning score” in a provincial final. Goals from Andrew Kerin and Michael Darragh Macauley were also crucial in a game that easily could have gone either way. Kerin’s goal after seven minutes gave Boden the start of dreams, while Macauley’s strike crucially cancelled out a Paul Cahillane goal for Portlaoise on the stroke of half time. Goal chances went a begging at both ends in what was the most open game that Ballyboden have been involved in this year. Cahillane had the chance to send the game to extra time with a minute of injury time remaining. But he horribly miscued a 13 yard free to hand the title to the Dublin side. Sam Molony gave Boden the perfect start when he curled over a right footed effort after just 30 seconds. Craig Rogers responded almost instantly for Portlaoise with an excellent score off his right from a difficult angle. Then came a crucial minute in the game. First Cahillane saw his effort for a point rebound off the upright, and within a minute the ball was in the back of the Portlaoise net in slightly fortuitous circumstances. Sam Molony was halted as he bore down on goal, and he somehow managed to poke the ball out to the unmarked Kerin from the melee that ensued, leaving the veteran forward one on one with Graham Brody in the Portlaoise goal. Kerin decided to dribble the ball soccer style towards goal and his mishit shot managed to squirm between Brody’s legs and into the back of the net to give ‘Boden a three point buffer.Conal Keaney and Brian McCormack swapped points before Kerin scored his first point of the day to give Boden a fully merited four point lead after 10 minutes.

The midfield partnership of Michael Darragh Macauley and Declan O’Mahoney were completely dominating the Portlaoise kickout, giving Boden the perfect platform to launch attacks. They also secured the vast majority of ball from their own kickout with the aid of the pinpoint accuracy of Boden ‘keeper Paul Durcan. Boden, however, would not score for another 15 minutes as Portlaoise began to grow into the game. Scores from Brian Smyth, Paul Cahillane, Brian McCormack and beautiful score from Eoghan Whelan had The Town level after 22 minutes.  Conal Keaney slotted a much needed point from a simple free to stem the Portlaoise tide and edge Boden back in front, but it could have been so much better for the Firhouse side. Molony and Kerin were both brilliantly denied by Brody within 30 seconds of each other before play was brought back for a foul on Colm Basquel. But Boden’s lead was short lived. With a minute remaining in the first half, a Brian Smyth effort seemed to be dropping harmlessly short when it deflected off Cahillane and into the back of the net to give the Laois side the lead for the first time. The goal was only the second three pointer that Boden have conceded in eight championship matches, a quite remarkable statistic.

Crucially though, Boden hit back just before the interval. Again the goal came after a Portlaoise effort for a point was missed; the ball dropping short into Durcan’s hands. From the next attack Boden had scored. Colm Basquel did brilliantly to field a high ball amidst a number of challengers, and he did even better to smuggle the ball out to Molony. Molony sent Darren O’Reilly charging towards goal, and the half forward slipped a precise handpass to Macauley who coolly slotted past the onrushing Brody to give Boden the narrowest of half time leads.

The second half was a much more scrappy and tight affair. Keaney and Cahillane swapped early scores, before substitute Brian Glynn drew Portlaoise level with an excellent score with the outside of his boot.A Craig Rogers point put The Town in front with 15 minutes remaining, but his effort was quickly cancelled out by a long range Keaney free. Boden then had Paul Durcan to thank for keeping them in the game after he superbly denied Brian McCormack, pushing the ball onto the post with the tips of his fingers. In the end, Portlaoise had to settle for a Brian Smyth point to restore their one point lead. Andy McEntee praised the performance of the Donegal net minder throughout the championship, stating he gives confidence to the other players. It was then Boden’s turn to pass up a glorious goal scoring opportunity when Kerin fired over as he raced through on goal. Cahil Healy’s stunning score from the tightest of angles saw Portlaoise hit the front with only three minutes remaining. With time running out, Basquel brilliantly drew Boden level when he instinctively kicked a fabulous point following a scrappy period of play.  With the match poised to head to extra time, Aran Waters made himself a hero in Ballyboden when he curled over after being fed by Sam Molony.

There was still time for plenty of drama, however, and it seemed certain that Portlaoise would draw level when they were awarded a 13 yard free. Luck seemed to be on Boden’s side though and Cahillane unluckily sliced his shot wide. Still there was time for Portlaoise, but midfielder Conor Boyle missed a good chance to bring them level with mere seconds remaining and Boden held on to seal a memorable and historic victory in the club’s history.

It is hard to argue against Boden deserving to win the game, but spare a thought for Portlaoise who came despairingly close to at least sending the game to extra time.

But at the end of the day there had to be a winner and this was Boden’s day, just. Indeed, a ‘relieved’ Ballyboden manager Andy McEntee said that he “would have settled for extra time” when the free was conceded and he heralded the “unbelievable character” shown by his troops. There were heroes all over the pitch for the Dublin champions. Paul Durcan was excellent in goals, while Michael Darragh Macauley and Declan O’Mahoney were majestic in midfield. Centre forward Colm Basquel was superb and was involved in almost everything good that Boden produced.  The decision to bring Keaney into a deeper role in the second half proved a master stroke from Andy McEntee. Keaney always took the right option and it was his ball into Sam Molony that led to the match winning score. Boden have a two month break before the All Ireland semi final where they will play either Clonmel Commercials or Tír Chonail Gaels. McEntee said after the game that the players will have a break between now and the semi final, especially as they didn’t have a chance to celebrate the Dublin championship win last month and no one can deny they deserve the chance to celebrate.



Inters Promoted to AFL Div.3

Congratulations to the players and management of our Intermediate footballers who defeated St.Marks by 3-07 to 0-06 in difficult conditions to win the AFL Div.4 League and gain promotion to Div.3. Report to follow. Pic by Cliona Melett.

Senior footballers make history

What a great day for the club as the Senior footballers made it through to our first Leinster SFC final following a comfortable 1-11 to 0-09 victory over St.Lomans on Sunday in sunny Mullingar. A Sam Molony goal coupled with a solid team performance proved to be enough to get us through a stop-start game to set up a meeting with multiple Leinster champions Portloaise in Tullamore on 6th December. Thanks for the great travelling support again today, hope to see you all again in two weeks time for the final! Massive congratulations to the players and management on an historic achievement.

Report by Shane O'Brien here and pics by Mark Magahran here.

Football report 16/11/15

Football update 16/11/15

Another great weekend for the footballers. This time pride of place goes to the Inter Footballers. They overcame a difficult assignment against a Good Counsel team that had beaten them well in the league a couple of weeks ago. However, the lads were determined not to let the outcome repeat itself and they won playing a very fluid brand of football in difficult windy conditions on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-8. Well done each and everyone for the entertainment served up and best wishes in the league playoff final.

Our Seniors fell to Crokes in the League on Friday night by 0-14 to 1-07 but with their sights set firmly on this weekends Leinster semi-final perhaps it was no great surprise.

Reports on both games below.

The Gala Night was a great success Saturday night. It was a good to see so many familiar faces and a fantastic turnout by the Footballers with pride of place going to the Senior team on their County Success. This was followed by the Under 21's receiving their c/ship winning medals for 2014 and the Inters receiving their winner medals for the Joy cup 2015.

A special mention also for John O'Neill, recipient of the Chairman's award for all his contributions to the club since 1973 when he first became involved. The club would not be where it is today had it not been for his foresight and a guiding hand. Congrats John and long may you continue to guide us with your wisdom. 

Next week all roads are to Mulligar for Sunday's showdown with St.Lomans, the Westmeath county champions in Mulligar at 2pm. Reserve your seat on the bus and sit back and enjoy the occasion. 


Fixtures next week

22/11 Senior v St. Loman's Mulligar 2pm (Buses available)

21/11 U21 v St. Finnians Swords Páirc Uí Mhurchú 2.15pm


Ballyboden 1-12   Good Counsel 1-8

Boden's Inters had a very good win Sunday morning in promotion playoff semi final.
After a horrible day of rain Saturday Good Counsel had to move the game to the Astro in Clontarf, which worked out perfect for Boden. On a top class surface Bodens pace and running game boosted by some skillfull young players caused the opponent serious problems.
After conceding a early goal against play Boden settled down and started to control game. The pace was brought by young lads Ward, Bobbett, Dunne, Kilduff, and Barra McGarry. But the strength and experience was added to in midfield by Purcell and Grimes who both had  great games. Backs controlled by O'Brien and McGuire. Forwards conducted by the master Naughton.

A great goal in first half by captain Colly Dunne set the team on the way. Dave Curly and Eamonn O'Reilly had fine game in the forwards and added great work rate. Good Counsel really pushed hard to go for the win in second half but met some fantastic defending by Dan McGuinness and Cian Mellett. But most of all the man marking job done by O'Brien on Alex Quinn, a great forward, who caused this team huge problems in past games. Keeping him out of the game as much as possible gave Boden huge momentum and confidence to drive forward and push for the win.
The Final will be v St Marks soon and a huge effort and support will be needed.

Leane. McGuinness, McGuire, O'Brien,Ward, Mellett, Bobbett, Grimes, Purcell, Kilduff, Dunne, McGarry, Curley, O'Rielly, Naughton.
Subs- Crowley, Dean, McGrath, O'Shea, McGuire, Burns


Senior football league

Ballyboden St Endas 1 – 7; Kilmacud Crokes 0 – 14

A win in this game would have secured our position for a top four play-off for the league title. However, there is a more important game coming up on Sunday next in Mullingar so the management decided to rest most of those players who have played most games in the championship so far. And rightly so as the prize next Sunday is more important - a place in the Leinster final.

So with a very inexperienced team playing on Friday night in St Finians in Newcastle, the team was always going to be up against it with Crokes fielding an experienced team. Barra McGarry made his senior debut having starred for the minors in the county final against Ballymun the previous Sunday. And he did not look out of place.

Although we played with a strong wind in the first half, Crokes were first out of the traps and had three points on the board before we settled. Slowly we eased our way into the game but Crokes remained a couple of points ahead until Conor McCormack played a good ball across the Crokes goal mouth for Daniel Davey to punch home. While this brought us level, Crokes again took control and the half time whistle came leaving the score 1 – 4 to 0 – 8 in favour of Crokes. Our debut boy, Barra, contributed two of these points for us.

Playing against the wind in the second half was always going to be difficult and so it proved. A generally niggly game produced a number of yellow cards and eventually Darren Magee paid the price when he received a second yellow with about 10 minute to go. While we thought this might help us push on for a win, it was Crokes that responded best with Paul Mannion hitting over a great point following a 50 yard run. A few minutes later he scored another great point from a sideline ball. Our lads did not give up and kept plugging away but could not get the scores needed to win the match.

We still have a chance to make the top four league play-off in the last game of the league against Na Fianna.

TEAM: Darragh Gogan; Stephen Ward; Aran Waters; Sean Prendergast; Tom Hanafin; Dan Grimes; Shanne Durkin; Robbie McDaid; Donagh McCabe; Daniel Davey; Collie Dunne; Conor McCormack; Barra McGarry; Sam Moloney; Ciaran Archbold. SUBS: Brian Bobbett for Aran Waters (10 minutes – injured)

Seniors through to Leinster semi-final

Congrats to our Senior footballers who set up a Leinster semi-final meeting with St.Lomans of Mullingar with a 1-08 to 0-07 points victory over St.Pats of Louth. In challenging conditions they showed character and resilience to come through a tough test. READ FULL REPORT HERE. Thanks to all who made the journey to support.

Hard luck to our Minor footballers who fell to Ballymun in the Championship final in atrocious conditions earlier on Sunday. Despite a great second half surge the boys just couldn't get over the line against a strong Ballymun side. Read report here.

Hard luck also to our U21's who were defeated by Crokes on Saturday. The loss of the Senior and Minor players proved too much to bear for the team against a fancied Crokes side. Report here.

Senior Football Champions!

Ballyboden St Enda’s... 2-08   St Vincent’s................. 0-10

Report by Shane O’Brien

Ballyboden St Enda’s claimed their third ever Dublin Senior Football Championship following a magnificent win over reigning champions St Vincent’s in Parnell Park on Sunday. A quick fire start in either half, coupled with a brilliant defensive effort, was enough to keep the Marino outfit at arm’s length for the duration of Sunday’s final. Andrew Kerin’s brace of goals ultimately proved to be the difference in a low scoring affair. It was Kerin who got Boden off the mark as he converted an easy free that had been won following some excellent pressure on the Vincent’s full back line. The Basquel brothers then took centre stage. Ryan Basquel doubled the lead almost instantly, spinning away from his man beautifully before sending the ball high up into air and over the bar. Colm Basquel then got himself in on the act, turning Vinnies’ corner back Hugh Gill inside out before curling over a nice score. Not to be outdone, Ryan curled over a fine left footed effort to extend Boden’s lead even further. Wing back Darren O’Reilly kicked a great point following an excellent hand passing move before Boden grabbed their first three pointer in scrappy and slightly fortuitous circumstances. Kerin’s attempt at a point was high and dropping short, but when Vincent’s ‘keeper Michael Savage showed hesitancy all hell broke loose. Showing a true poacher’s instinct, Colm Basquel found himself on the ball amidst the confusion and unselfishly squared to Kerin who palmed into the empty net. Boden were in dreamland. Not in the wildest dreams of the most optimistic supporter could they have hoped to be eight points ahead of the back-to-back Dublin champions inside 15 minutes. Furthermore, they had kept one of the most deadly attacks in club football scoreless, which is a testament to Boden’s defensive organisation.

Even the mercurial Diarmuid Connolly, who had single handedly taken Boden apart in last year’s championship, was unable to find a way through Boden’s defence. Having said that, he kicked three uncharacteristic wides that he would usually gobble up, which further underlined the feeling that this was to be Boden’s day. Vincent’s did finally get themselves on the scoreboard after 23 minutes of play when Dublin under 21 star Gavin Burke pointed. However, Boden quickly replied through Aran Waters who kicked a great score off his left following a marauding run down the right wing. A Mossy Quinn free and a well taken Ruairí Trainor score brought Vincent’s back to within two goals, but it was Boden who had the final say of the first half. After a brilliant surging run from the excellent Darragh Nelson, the ball found its way to Ryan Basquel, who kicked one of the scores of the day as he curled over a sensational left footed effort from near the left touchline. Boden had completely dominated every facet of the opening period of the game as manager Andy McEntee showed his tactical nous. Their defence squeezed the life out of the Vincent’s forwards who were reduced to taking ambitious shots from distance. Bob Dwan in particular was excellent as he proved himself more than capable of dealing with the considerable threat of Connolly. The midfield of Michael Darragh Macauley and Declan O’Mahoney dominated the air and won the majority of ball that came their way. The forwards were ruthless and took any chances that came their way, clocking up just the one wide.

The second half was barely three minutes old when Boden scored their second goal from the penalty spot. Conal Keaney latched onto an incisive pass from Macauley and was pulled to the ground as he bore down on goal. Kerin stepped up and expertly dispatched the penalty to the bottom left corner. Boden’s lead was now ten points and was seemingly unassailable. However, aside from a 37th minute point from Conal Keaney, Boden would not score again. Within a minute of Keaney’s point, they would lose Ryan Basquel through injury after he took a heavy blow from Joe Feeney that left him with a broken jaw. Basquel’s absence would blunt Boden’s attack somewhat because, not only did he kick three glorious scores, he also acted as an excellent link between attack and defence. As the fog descended on Parnell Park, St Vincent’s began to gain the ascendancy and quickly carved out two goal chances. The first was well saved by Paul Durcan who tipped over for a point. Shane Carthy then blasted over when a goal was on. Even though the momentum was unquestionably with Vincent’s at this stage, they failed to build a sustained period of pressure on the Boden goal, and relied on four Mossy Quinn frees to give them a glimmer of hope. However, they failed to create further goal chances and Boden were able to see out the game in relative comfort.

The final whistle sparked wild celebrations as the Firhouse club claimed their first Dublin Senior Football Championship since 2009. They had won it the hard way, beating Kilmacud Crokes, Oliver Plunkett’s and St Vincent’s en route. But even as a jubilant Darragh Nelson held the cup aloft, attention was surely turning to the Leinster Championship and a quarter final meeting with Louth Champions St Pats in Drogheda next Sunday.

1. Paul Durcan 2. Bob Dwan 3. Stephen Hiney 4. Shane Clayton 5. Stephen O’Connor 6. Darragh Nelson 7. Darren O’Reilly 8. Michael Darragh Macauley 9. Declan O’Mahoney 27. Aran Waters 11. Ryan Basquel 12. Sean Gibbons 13. Colm Basquel 14. Conal Keaney 15. Andrew Kerin

Substitutions: 19. Donogh McCabe for O’Mahoney (34) 10. Daniel Davy for R Basquel (38) 20. Robbie McDaid for Gibbons (47) 21. David O’Callaghan for C Basquel (48) 17. Sam Molony for O’Reilly (51) 26. Shane Durkin for Waters (56)

football report 27/10/15

Football update 27/10/15

Huge congratulations go to our Seniors & Minors who both reached their c/ship finals over the weekend. First up in O'Toole park both Boden & Na Fianna served up end to end football in a pulsating semi-final encounter (pics here). Boden outscored their opponents in both halves but we saw hugely contrasting scores on the board. Boden won the first half by 2 10 to 3 3 and the second half by a score of only 3 to 1. They now go on to face Ballymun in the final. A great effort by everyone and hopefully we can now push on. And so over to Parnell Park for a subdued encounter against Clontarf. We had to dig deep and overcome our gallant opponents by 2 points. Our objective at the start the start of day was to get to the final and thankfully we achieved this. So all roads once again next weekend will be to Parnell Park to take on St. Vincent's. It promises to be a mouth watering clash.

 Lets hear the Boden roar!!!

See report by Paddy Walsh below.

Elsewhere the Minor B’s bowed out of the Championship at the quarter final stage losing to Skerries Harps by 0-12 to 1-07. Well done to all the players and management on a good run. Report by Brian Weldon below. The same fate befelled our Minor C’s as they went out to T.S.S in the quarter finals too by 3-09 to 2-05. Again well done to all on a good year.


Senior football championship semi-final Ballyboden St Endas 0 – 12; Clontarf 0 – 10.

More pics here

Playing badly and winning is better than playing well and losing. Clontarf were well up for this match of the Division 1 team versus the Division 2 team.

The early exchanges suggested that things were going according to plan for us. Ryan Basquel, after 2 minutes, popped over a point followed by a point from a free by Andrew Kerin a minute later. Clontarf got a point back and then Kerinsey popped over two more frees. Things were looking up and we seemed to be on our way. However, Clontarf had different ideas and they scored 3 points without reply to bring the sides level at 4 points each after 18 minutes. In the 25 and 26 minutes Clontarf added two more points and things were looking a bit shaky. Another Kerinsey free brought us back to one behind and then Michael Darragh Macauley got himself sent off for a black card which had followed an earlier yellow. So, down to 14 players with a couple of minutes to go to half time, our backs were now up against the wall. So where do we turn to for inspiration? In injury time up pops Stephen Hiney from full back to knock over a point to bring us level at 6 points each at half time. The second half started with Jack McCaffrey of Clontarf knocking over a point after 3 minutes. An equalising point was then scored by Stepnen O’Connor to keep our spirits high. Two points by Clontarf in the 10th and 11th minutes suggested that we might be in trouble. However, Sean Gibbons scored a great point which was followed by another pointed free by Andrew Kerin to bring matters level once again. On 20 minutes a Clontarf sub knocked over another point to put them in the driving seat again. Another excellent point by Kerinsey brought matters level once again and we were still in contention. Clontarf were looking as if they were trying to run down the clock and a wayward pass was intercepted by Ryan Basquel which led to another free which Kerinsey duly converted. The strength of our bench was shown a few minutes later when Sam Molony (who had replaced Collie Basquel after 15 minutes of the 2nd half) gave a great pass into space to Dotsy O’Callaghan (who had replaced Sean Gibbons 20 minutes into the 2nd half) and Dotsy, showing all his experience and skill, fisted the ball over the bar to put us two points ahead with normal time over. It was then time for us to try to run down the clock and we did so with a few hick-hups but held out for a very valuable win.

We won, and who cares how we did so, and we now face St Vincents in the final next Sunday. Who would bet against us???

TEAM: Conor Dooley; Bob Dwan; Stephen Hiney; Shane Clayton; Stephen O’Connor; Darragh Nelson; Darren O’Reilly; Michael Darragh Macauley; Declan O’Mahoney; Daniel Davey; Ryan Basquel; Sean Gibbons; Collie Basquel; Conal Keaney; Andrew Kerin. SUBS used: Donagh McCabe for Daniel Davey at half time; Sam Molony for Collie Basquel; Dotsy O’Callaghan for Sean Gibbons; Robbie McDaid for Bob Dwan (injured) 25 minutes in 2nd half.


Minor ‘C’ Championship Q/F: BBSE 1-07, Skerries Harps 0-12

A beautiful day in PUM was unfortunately not matched by the performance that this team are capable of and Boden made an early exit from the Championship. We started slowly, looked nervous, created and squandered scoring opportunities, didn’t get into the game and went in five points down at half-time. HT BBSE 0-02, Skerries Harps 0-07. The second half showed a change in attitude where Boden managed to get on top. A  goal early in the second half by Ross McGrath gave hope. However that fluency and accuracy that this side were known for was not there and although we were the better side, could not manage to bring the score line back any closer than two points. It was just one of those days with only two players getting all the scores after 50 mins; normally seven to eight players would contribute to tally. These are a great bunch of lads with great skill and ability, deserved and were well worth more; but that’s football! They put in a huge effort and were a pleasure to work with during the year. The first year minor’s will have another chance next year and we wish the second year‘s the best of luck in the future as they head into adult football.

Team: Stephen McGrath, Barry O’Donnell, Robbie O’Connell, Charlie McPartland, Tommy Burke, Luke Corcoran, Keith Sweeney, Conor Barton, Mark McGee, Cian Lynch, Karl Weldon (0-3), David Leach, Laurence Murphy, Ross McGrath (1-3), John Murphy , Eoin Cashman (0-1), Gavin Morrell, Rory Knight , Aaron Coffey, Shane Bobett


’95 Veterans Draw With Aging Crocks in a Unique Boden 50th Celebration by Mick Maher

Veterans of Ballybodens 1995 championship winning team took to the field again in Pairc Ui Murchu last Saturday in a unique celebratory challenge match. The occasion was the 50th birthday celebrations of John ‘Chippy’ Kiernan, a member of that ’95 team. Chippy, who has lived in America for ages now, somewhere out around the boonies in Cleveland, was home to celebrate his 50th birthday. Brendan ‘Younger’ Young (also known as Dorian Gray, but more about that later), Chippy’s brother in law and Ben (Benjy) Molloy, both also members of the ’95 team proposed a challenge match between veterans of ’95 and any other Aging Crocks (aged footballers!) in the club who could find a pair of boots and, more importantly, a pair of shorts to fit them! Not surprisingly, there was an enthusiastic response to the idea and twenty eight players arrived at the club on Saturday to take part. Two teams were selected by Younger, who, despite being nearly fifty himself, still looks about twenty five. He has insisted however, that he doesn’t have a painting of a very old man in his attic, but most of the lads aren’t sure! The two teams took to the hallowed club turf shortly after 5pm to warm up, and then took a 5 minute break to recover before the ball was thrown in to start the game by referee Mick Maher. The game started at a frantic pace and the ball travelled from end to end at least once in the first five minutes! The quality of passing and calling was excellent and reminiscent of old times. It was clear that despite being older, (wiser? ehhh!), rounder, softer and slower, most of the lads playing had lost none of the skills they demonstrated for years while playing in the Boden colours.

Neither had some of them lost any of the aggressive skills they displayed back in their youth. Colm, not Colin! ‘Readeser’ Reade, who was playing for The Aging Crocks, made several attempts to take out members of the opposition early on. Some attempts were really clumsy, but as he warmed up, some of them were great to watch even though they weren’t successful! Eventually, he calmed down after the referee, Mick Maher, had a word with him. Also playing for The Aging Crocks, Richie ‘Superb’ Connell, a man of silken skills and football vision, had also uncharacteristically decided to throw his weight around and tried to do damage with late tackles on Phelim McCabe and Benjy Molloy of The ‘95’s. However, Benjy had the last word and fouled Richie in rugbyesque fashion by shoving his hands into Richies face as he tried to get past him. The referee, Mick Maher, awarded the free kick and warned Benjy he’d be going to the line if he continued with that filth! Richie was outraged and insisted he’d been punched in the face! The referee, Mick Maher, told him to calm down, that it was more of a slap in the face rather than a punch, to which Richie retorted; “Well Mick, it was a Significant Slap!!” Despite these early potential dust up’s, the game moved along at a cracking pace, so fast at times that it looked like treacle running off a spoon! The Aging Crocks put together some great moves and should have scored seven or eight points in the first half, but, the full forward line of Finbar ‘Never Stops Moanin’ Kiely and Paddy ‘Wacker’ Healy kept going for goals instead of tapping them over. The combined defence of Ger ‘The Haircut’ Flah, Younger (who was taking the game REALLY SERIOUSLY!), Phelim, Benjy, Brian ‘Staffy’ Stafford, Cormac ‘COF’ O’Farrell, Pat ‘The Whippet’ Keane, Marty ‘Maso’ Masterson and Paddy ‘Scutsy’ Greville (with the help of his ‘Superman briefs!’), managed to keep them from scoring. The Aging Crocks eventually registered on the scoreboard when Vinny ‘Still Really Handsome in his Thirties’ Moran, showed that he still has a phenomenal left peg when he slotted over two lovely long range points.

At the other end, Johnny ‘Mac’ McAlister finished off some lovely ‘95’s moves with points that showed that, despite the passage of time, his skills are still as smooth as fish – sorry, silk! As half time approached, at least half the players approached the referee, Mick Maher to find out how long was left! He reported afterwards that it was hard to understand what they were saying as most of them were gasping for air and some were on their knees! The score at half time was The ‘95’s 0-04, The Aging Crocks 0-03. Colm, not Colin! Reade insisted to the referee, Mick Maher, that The Aging Crocks should be leading 0-04 to 0-03 but Mick told him he was wrong!

The second half resumed at the same varying intensity as the first half. The two teams exchanged scores until, finally, Finbar stopped moanin’ and finished off a flowing (!) move to the net to leave the score 1-04 to 0-05 to The Aging Crocks early in the half. The ‘95’s dug in and responded with some excellent football and scores by Johnny Mac, Benjy and Liam ‘Mutley’ Callan pushed them into a 0-09 to 1-04 lead. The Aging Crocks responded again and scores by ‘Significant Slap’ Connell and Ciaran ‘Doyler’ Doyle brought the scores all square again at 0-09 to 1-06. It has to be said that, like Colm, not Colin! Reade, Doyler gave the referee Mick Maher a hard time early in the game by constantly screaming that he and his team mates were being fouled and continuously looking for frees. However, he quieted down and got on with it when Mick explained the rules to him and, subsequently, he had a great game! With less than ten minutes to go, many players were beginning to tire (!). Others were on their knee’s gasping and giving the impression they had found religion, while others still were retching violently and glad they hadn’t eaten before the match! However, some of the lads playing seemed to have defied time and were fit and motoring beyond their years.

Mick McDonald, Don Carolan, Eoin ‘Barreller’ Dunne, Ian ‘Clarkey’ Clarke, Mark ‘Mousy/or/Mugsy’ McGahran, Johnny ‘Still Incredibly Tanned’ Phillips, Younger, The Whippet, even Benjy and the perennially fit Chippy covered huge amounts of ground throughout the game. During this period The ‘95’s surged clear with a fine score from Chippy following a move the length of the field, and further points from Mutley, Mousy/or/Mugsy and Mac. They could have surged even further ahead but a tremendous save by Aidan ‘Aido’ Hoare in the Aging Crocks goal prevented a certain ‘95’s winner. With 3 minutes to go, The ‘95’s were in a seemingly unassailable lead, 0-13 to 1-06. Benjy Molloy was screaming at his team mates to ‘form a ring of steel!’ (or it might have been a wall of steel!) and to make sure the ‘95’s didn’t concede any goals! Sadly for Benjy, his ring didn’t work! An Aging Crocks move went the length of the field and Moanin’ Finbar had a chance to bury it! His poor, tired shot was excellently blocked by Phelim but the rebound fell straight to Wacker who made no mistake and finished it to the net from close in. With just a point now in it, it was end to end stuff for the last 6 minutes! Johnny Mac could have sealed the game for The ‘95’s immediately after The Aging Crocks second goal but his shot hit the upright. From the rebound the Crocks went the length of the field and should have equalised but lost possession in front of goal. Again, The ‘95’s went down the field to try and seal it but stout defence from Ciaran O’Farrell, Martin O’Donnell and Fergus ‘Fags’ McCabe kept them out again. Players (well, Younger mostly!) were screaming that time was up but The Aging Crocks came up the field one last time and Doyler (or was it Readeser?) fired over the equaliser to the delight of the capacity crowd of 40 spectators! (Most of these were wives or girlfriends specially trained in CPR for the day)! In the remaining minutes (!) both teams had one opportunity each to win it but both attacks broke down. Finally, the referee Mick Maher blew the full time whistle and this excellent game ended with the spoils divided.

Final score; The ‘95’s 0-13, The Aging Crocks 2-07.

Postscript 1;

Today’s referee was Mick Maher who has played and coached with Boden for many years. His role as referee in Saturdays match was a new venture in his long career and it has to be said he did a tremendous job controlling such a fast paced game! Following recent hip surgery, he demonstrated the mobility of an Olympic athlete as he constantly strolled between the two 45 metre lines and kept up with the game! He allowed the game to flow and only used the whistle when absolutely necessary! His main reason for this approach was concern that the players on the field would seize up if they stopped! There is no truth in the rumour that a large divot had to be filled in at midfield because he never moved from that spot! (That rumour was put about by everyone!) There is also no truth in the rumour that he favoured The Aging Crocks and played excessive time to allow them to equalise! (That rumour was put about by Finbar!!!), it’s also a rumour that he refereed the game using a 1995 version of the rule book and wasn’t sure how to use the whistle! (That rumour was put about by Doyler!)

Postscript 2; - The Important One

Saturdays game was a celebration of Chippy’s 50th birthday. As friends of his, it was great to see him home for this occasion. He is a Championship winner at home with Boden, in Boston with the Shannon Blues where we played together and, most recently with Cleveland in the North American Championship. While most of us only dream of continuing to play football, Chippy continues to do so at age 50! – it’s a tremendous feat! It was especially great to see how many players turned out to play in this game, acknowledging his birthday and acknowledging him. It’s a testament to the friendship, camaraderie and fraternity that exists between us all in Boden. Following the match, his ‘birthday party’ was celebrated in the club. Everyone had a blast and stayed ‘til very early! I would like to wish Chippy a very Happy Birthday and to thank him for coming home to celebrate it. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still playing football in ten years at age 60, but if he comes home for that birthday, I can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to cobble a team of Crocks together to play a game!!:-)

Finally, the weekend was complete when our Senior footballers beat Clontarf to advance to the final of the Championship once again. Hopefully, 20 years after winning our first, we can win our third Senior Championship title!

Come On Boden!!


The ‘95’s; John Chippy Kiernan, Brendan Young, Ben Molloy, Liam Callan, Ger Flaherty, John McAlister, Paddy Greville, Phelim McCabe, Pat Keane, Brian Stafford, Cormac O’Farrell, John Phillips, Mark Magahran, Ian Clarke.

The Aging Crocks; Paddy Healy, Finbar Kiely, Vincent Moran, Ciaran Doyle, Mick McDonald, Don Carolan, Colm Reade, Richie Connell, Martin Masterson, Martin O’Donnell, Ciaran O’Farrell, Eoin Dunne, Fergus McCabe, Aidan Hoare.

Referee;  Mick Maher






Football report 19/10/15

Football update 19/10/15

The big match of the weekend was the Senior footballers clash with Plunketts in the QF of the S.F.C. In a packed Parnell park there was nothing between the teams and it really highlighted the standard of Dublin club football where it can be the small things that can get you over the line. One could say that ‘one small thing’ was Dotsy O’Callaghan who burst into life in the final minutes to win a crucial free and score a vital point when we needed it most. Kerinsey, not to be outdone, did it again to have the last word scoring a great point off his left foot handing Boden a welcome semi-final spot against Clontarf on Sunday. Well done to all the panel and management on a great win.  See report by Paddy Walsh below.

We didn’t fare so well elsewhere over the weekend as the Inters fell to a heavy defeat to St.Marks and the Junior A’s game was conceded by Innisfails. The Junior B’s game is on Thursday on the all weather at 8pm.


Senior Football Championship Quarter Final

Ballyboden St Endas 1 – 12; St Oliver Plunkets/Eoghan Ruadh 1 – 11

Another epic battle but once again we came out on the right side of the result. An early point by Plunkets was cancelled by a pointed free by Andrew Kerin. This was followed by a well taken goal by Bernard Brogan, after 7 minutes, following a mix up in our backs. This seemed to have a positive impact on our players as two well taken points from play by Collie Basquel and Kerinsey again followed to leave us one point behind. Darren O’Reilly levelled matters midway through the half. Plunkets then scored three points in a row. Darragh Nelson  pulled one back before the best move of the match brought us an excellent goal. Michael Darragh Macauley hit a 40 yard pass over the heads of three Plunkets defenders who were watching Collie Basquel. Collie judged it perfectly and finished it to the back of the net. One point ahead. Plunkets closed out the half with two late points to leave it 1 – 6 to 1 – 5 in favour of Plunkets at half time.

Plunkets started the second half with two points within the first four minutes before Bob Dwan roamed forward from corner back to pull one back a minute later. Plunkets added another point as we approached the middle of the second half. A free by Ryan Basquel and excellent long range points by Sam Molony (who had replaced Sean Gibbons) and Conal Keaney brought the sides level. Dotsy O’Callaghan (who had replaced CollieBasquel) drew a free with five minutes remaining which Ryan Basquel popped over the bar and then Dotsy scored a great point to put us one head with normal time up. Plunkets equalised again and it looked like we were going to extra time before Kerinsey once again did the business for us by scoring a great point. The final whistle blew to our great relief and we can now look forward to the semi final.

TEAM: Paul Durcan; Bob Dwan; Stephen Hiney; Shane Clayton; Stephan O’Connor; Darragh Newson; Aran Waters; Michael Darragh Macauley; Declan O’Mahony; Darren O’Reilly; Ryan Basquel; Sean Gibbons; Collie Basquel; Conal Keaney; Andrew Kerin. SUBS used: Daniel Davey for Aran Waters (injured);Dotsy O’Callaghan for Collie Basquel; Donagh McCabe for Daniel Davey.

NB: Would the person who took a Ballyboden jacket from the lounge on Saturday night (with a Ballyboden woolly cap in the pocket) please return it to the club lounge.

Upcoming fixtures



Minor Championship off to good start

Our Minor Footballers got off to a winning start last Sunday in the opening round of the group phase of Championship.

The Minor A's at home in PUM, saw off Raheny in a scoreline of 1:16 to 2:05.

The Minor B's won in Tymon park, BBSE 3:12 St Judes 2:09

The Minor C's beat Na Piarsaigh in  Pearse Park 3:07 to 2:07         

The Minor D's lost to Ballinteer St Johns by 3-13 to 3-06     

See more pics here                                                                                   

Joy Cup success for Inters

Our Intermediate footballers claimed victory in the final of the Joy Cup beating Man O War by 1-13 to 1-07. Well done to the players and management.

See more great pics by Sean Gilheaney here


Football news 13/07/15

It was a quiet weekend for football with just the Minor A’s and D’s in action on Monday night. The A’s went down to Raheny at home by 3-12 to 1-09 (report below) and the D’s were on the end of a heavy defeat to Judes also at home.

We extend congratulations to Michael Darragh on another Leinster Championship Final win for the Dubs and wish the best of luck to Paul Durcan in the Ulster final against Monaghan next weekend.

This week coming is very busy with the Seniors playing Wednesday,  the Junior B’s are in Championship action this Thursday and the weekend the Inters play Saturday and Junior A’s on Sunday.

This week at each of the Adult football games there will be a collection where all proceeds will be for the benefit of Jack Halpin, a member of the St. Judes club, who was seriously injured in the Berkeley tragedy. Please give what you can.

Ballyboden 1-09 Raheney 3-12

This might seem like a bit of a hammering for Boden last evening, but in fact the score line did not reflect Bodens efforts. Still short of a few players on holidays, the home side started well and were full value for their early lead and were the better side for most of the first half. Barry McGarry netted after a very clever pass from the industrious Johnny Murphy and Boden were easily the better team. Disaster struck with a serious injury to their outstanding full back Hugh Keller who had to leave the field with an arm injury after an accidental collision. Boden then shipped a very soft goal when there was a mix up in the goal mouth leaving the Raheny player to tap in to an empty net. To add insult to injury Boden went straight down the field, with McGee fielding the kick out and releasing Leddy whose inside pass was collected before blazing wide. A golden opportunity spurned. Half time came and Boden were three points behind after playing the better football and the visitors were clearly rattled.

The home side reduced the margin with two quick points and were going well. Boden then missed yet another goal opportunity and the visitors were clearly in trouble. But Raheny got their game together and knocked over two quick points before another mix up allowed them in for a goal. Boden in fairness responded well and moved the ball through the midfield and found Flaherty who was dragged down in the penalty area. The referee pointed to the spot and Boden had a well deserved lifeline. Unfortunately the penalty was well saved by the Raheny keeper and the chance was gone. Boden suffered another blow when Stafford received a straight red and Boden were reduced to 14. This allowed Raheny to pile on the pressure and they pushed on to get another goal and two points. Boden missed six goal chances in all, had their full back injured and were reduced to 14 for the last 15 minutes. With two or three lads clearly not fit having just returned from holidays the home side were always going to struggle in this game. But for 50 minutes they gave a top class Raheny side a good game.

Stand out players for the home side were Rob Leddy who had a man of the match performance, Mark McGee, Kevin Cronin who battled hard to the end, Johnny Murphy, Liam Flaherty and Hugh Keller who was having an excellent game before his injury.

*And a special word of thanks to Maeve Warren a former Ballyboden member who is now a resident in Raheny and whose son was playing for the visitors. She rendered great assistance to Hugh and correctly diagnosed his injury and took great care of him.

Football news 06/07/15

All of our adult teams were in action over the weekend and, we’re delighted to report, all four took full points from their respective league encounters and 3 of those games were away from home too! Injuries and holidays meant co-operation between the panels was crucial and it was good to see some of the minors step up to the plate when needed. The Seniors overcame Syls away in Malahide to get back to winning ways in a closely contested game while the Inters fielded a young team against Lucan scoring 21 points into the bargain! The Junior A’s also travelled to Malahide and thanks to 1-03 from Cian Bates returned with the points. Lastly (but not leastly) the Junior B’s continued their winning run with an emphatic win over Binn Eadair in Ballycullen.

Reports on all matches below.

Senior vs St. Sylvester's
Saturday, 4th July 2015
Result: 1-12 to 1-10

On a lovely Saturday sunny evening in Malahide the senior footballers got back to winning ways. Playing against a strong wind in the first half, Ballyboden got off to a good start with two early points by Darren O’Reilly and corner back Shane Clayton. Sylvesters fought back with three in a row to leave us a point behind. Ryan Basquel converted a free and then up pops the other corner back Bob Dwan at the end of a good move to finish into the net. Darragh Nelson suffered a shoulder injury half way through the first half and was replaced by Daniel Davey. Points by Collie Basquel, who was now operating around the middle of the field, Aran Waters, Andrew Kerin (free) and Daniel Davey left us four points up going into injury time. However, Sylvesters were in no mood to surrender and scored a goal and a point in injury time to leave the scores at 1 – 7 each at half time. Not a bad position for us to be in with the wind in our backs for the second half!!

However, the wind does not win matches for anyone and it looked as if it would not do it for us either. Sylvesters started off the second half with two quick points in two minutes. A Ryan Basquel free brought it back to a point behind before Syls scored another point on 12 minutes which proved to be their last score. In one of his forays forward, Robbie McDaid suffered an injury to his ankle and was replaced by Sean Prendergast. A further free by Ryan Basquel and a point from play by Sam Molony brought us level again with about 10 minutes left. Tackling was hard, tempers were sometimes frayed and scores were hard to come by. Constant pressure on the Sylvesters back line yielded another free from the right hand side for the left footed Ryan Basquel to put us one point ahead.

Sylvesters kept coming but their final passes were being intercepted by our hard working backs, ably assisted by our midfield and forwards who were tracking back to good effect. Another break forward got the ball to Ryan Basquel who scored a great point from distance to put us two points up with about two minutes of normal time left. The referee announced that there would be four minutes of additional time. Sylvesters were now going for a goal. A great tackle by Darragh Gogan as the ball was being passed across the goal mouth saw the ball hopping towards the empty goal, only to be picked up and cleared by Bob Dwan. The goal mouth continued to be bombarded by Sylvesters and a high catch in the small square by Stephen Hiney brought further relief with another clearance. Shortly thereafter, the final whistle was greeted by huge relief and two league points safely in the bag.

Team: Darragh Gogan, Bob Dwan, Robbie McDaid, Shane Clayton, Stephen O’Connor, Stephan Hiney, Tom Hanafin, Darragh Nelson, Aron Waters, Darren O’Reilly, Ryan Basquel, Conor McCormack, Collie Basquel, Sam Molony, Andrew Kerin. Subs used: Daniel Davey for Darragh Nelson and Sean Prendergast for Robbie McDaid. Subs not used: Collie Dunne, Conor Deane and Warren Egan.


Intermediate vs Lucan Sarsfields
Saturday, 4th July 2015
Result: 0-21 to 1-10

The Inter footballers had a very important win v Lucan on Saturday. With lots of players missing with injuries and holidays 2 points in this game could prove vital in their push for The league. With all outfield players under 25 and 7 starters under 21 this team played with pace and skill that caused there opponents huge problems.
A man of the match display by the oldest of the bunch at 25 Ciaran Archibald in midfield drove the rest on. In the backs some very strong games by Brian Burns, Conor Dean and Scott Cullen. However it was the performance of the forwards that was the difference on the day with some great scores and link up play by Sean O'Shea, Seamus Keane and the Dunne brothers Colly and Mikey. A brilliant display of movement and skill by the younger of the brothers Mikey was a delight to watch. 21 scores, some cracking points from Archibald, Dunne and O'Shea gave the team a important win that keeps them on track for the league.
Big thanks to the management teams we had to borrow some players from and all the lads who came in played an important part. Good co-operation between teams and positive attitudes will prove successful as this weekend shows with 4 wins from 4 by all the adult football teams.

Junior A vs St. Sylvester's
Sunday, 5th July 2015
Result: 2-10 to 2-07

Our Junior A footballers had a crucial win away to Sylvesters in Broomfield. A downpour before the game made conditions difficult however both teams settled well with Dave Gilheaney getting Boden on the scoreboard with a well taken point. Sylvesters scored the next 3 points and were dominating the breaking ball at midfield until an opportunist goal by Bodens Rory Jordan after a bad goalkeeping error. It was always going to be nip and tuck between the sides in the second half. The difference was two long distance points from Colm Sweeney and an excellent 1-3 from play from Cian Bates. His goal was a trademark ' Batesy' finish, cutting in from the left and looping a shot over the Syls goalkeeper. Sylvesters hit back with a goal of their own but another fine point from Dave Gilheaney ensured Boden took full points from the game.

Junior B vs Beann Eadair
Sunday, 5th July 2015
Result: 3-13 to 0-06

Despite yet another delay, this game proved to be a cracker! Conditions were perfect and our Captain Colm Reade chose to play with the slightest of breezes. Bodens fitness levels were on show yet again with Niall O' Connor and Keith McCarron dominating midfield. The ball was fed into the forward line and there was Dave McCabe to split the posts. But Boden didnt rest on their laurels. Young McCarron won their kickout and punished in the best possible way, neatly slamming the ball into the back of the Binns net! Dean O'Donnell was at his industrious best at wing back, playing off the midfield and supplying plenty of ball to the forward line. Mikey"fox in the box" Ryan was excellent at holding the ball up for the advancing half forward line allowing Colm Humphries to slot over two more points. Liam"brickwall" McNamara was solid in defence ably assisted by young Manning and the ever cool Rosco Bosco. By the half time whistle Boden were well in command after "the flyer" Bradser, McCarron and Niall O'Connor put us in front by 2-9 to 0-1. The second half saw McCarron working hard for his team mates. Boden were poetry in motion, a joy to watch! Young Donal McCarthy worked tirelessly out on the wing, showing dogged determination in the tackle. Substitutes were made and fitted effortlessly into the flow of the game. At half time Colm Reade urged his team to kill the game off and that is exactly what happened. Scores from McCarron and O'Connor sealed the game. But the final act went to Dean O'Donnell. Obviously getting ideas above his station, he collected the ball way out wide, cut in past one defender, past another and rifled the ball into the back of the net. Game over. BBSE 3-13 Beann Eadair 0-6. After beating Trinity Gaels in the league on Thursday 5-13 to 3-5 the J9s are creeping nicely up the table .With Paul Naughton in excellent form between the posts, this team is in safe hands! BODEN ABU!! 

Upcoming Fixtures

Wednesday 8th July


MFL Division 1

St Mobhi Road

Na Fianna


Minor A


MFL Division 3A


St Peregrines


Minor B


MFL Division 5


Trinity Gaels


Minor D



Monday 13th July


MFL Division 1

Pairc Ui Murchu

Minor A




MFL Division 5


Minor D


St Judes



Football news 29/6/15

It was a busy week on the football front with midweek games for Seniors, Inters and Minors. Pride of place goes to our Inters who reached the Joy Cup final with a victory over Lucan Sarsfields by 3-15 to 1-10. They were ably supported with players by the Junior teams on the night. The mentors and players would like to acknowledge the sincere and heartfelt words of the Lucan captain on behalf of their club on the loss of Eoghan Culligan, it was a classy touch.

The Seniors unbeaten run was halted by Ballymun in a pulsating encounter last Thursday on a scoreline of 1-17 to 3-13, hopefully it’s just a temporary setback, report by Paddy Walsh below. Congrats to Michael Darragh MacAuley and Paul Durcan as both Dublin and Donegal progreessed to provincial finals.

On to the Minors and the A’s travelled to Brigids expecting a tough encounter and that’s exactly what they got with the points being shared on a scoreline of 3-09 to 2-12, the B’s went down to Naomh Fionbarra by 1-07 to 1-10, the C’s overcame Na Fianna by 3-07 to 1-10 while the D’s were left rueing their inability to conmvert possession into scoring opportunities and went down to Balinteer by 3-11 to 5-03. The Minor A match v Ballymun on Monday was off but the C’s made it two wins from two as they defeated Fingallians by 4-12 to 3-05. Reports from both Minor C games by Cormac O’Farrell below.

Staying with the Minors and commisserations to James Holland, Barra McGarry and Mentor Brian O’Regan as Dublin were beaten by Kildare in the semi final of the Leinster Championship despite a late rally.

Finally, it was good to see the veterans returning to action Friday night against the Junior footballers. Hopefully not too many aches and pains!!!! As always any interested parties are welcome to take part in their upcoming tour of the locality!!! Special Report below.

Also a big thanks to Alan Kinsella for his assistance with the club website in the last few weeks.

Ballyboden 1-17 Ballymun 3-13

As the cliche says, goals win matches, and this was perfectly true on Thursday evening for this match. In a very open, sporting, end to end game scores were coming every minute or two in the first half. Some great scores were taken by both sides and unfortunately for us, Ballymun managed to include two goals in their tally. One was particularly unfortunate from our point of view in that an attempt for a point by us was blocked down and the ball travelled the length of the pitch to end up in the back of our net. First half scorers for us were Andrew Kerin (4), Ryan Basquel (2), Sam Molony (2), Darragh Nelson and Ciaran Archbold one each. Half time score was 2-8 to 0-10 for Ballymun.

The second half was equally intense but the scores were harder to come by. There was no panic by our team and we fought back, as we usually do when we need to. Half way through the half, the very industrious Shane Clayton was in the right place to finish to the Ballymun net. Game on. Some great tackling, good combined play and excellent scores put us a point up with time running out. But Ballymun were not going to give up and a flowing move brought their player into our square where the took a shot for a goal. Darragh Gogan in goal was alleged to have foot-blocked the Ballymun player and the referee awarded a penalty, which they scored. Now two points down we had to go for goal as time was against us but Ballymun were not going to make it easy. We did manage a point to put the minimum between the teams but Ballymun responded with the insurance point before the referee blew for full time to leave us with our first defeat in this year's campaign. Second half scorers were Shane Clayton (goal), Ryan Basquel (4), Sam Molony (2) and Andrew Kerin (1).

TEAM: Darragh Gogan, Bob Dwan, Robbie McDaid, Shane Clayton, Stephen O'Connor, Graham Heavey, Tom Hanafin. Darragh Nelson, Seamus Keane, Collie Dunne, Ryan Basquel, Ciaran Archbold, Collie Basquel, Sam Molony, Andrew Kerin. Subs used: Conor McCormack., Darren O'Reilly, Sean Prendergast, Fergal Purcell.

Minor C Na Fianna 1-10 BBSE 3-7 25/6/15, St Vincents School Glasnevin.

It had been a few weeks since the minor Cs had taken to the field so it was an experimental team which took to the field last thirday in Glasnevin.  With a little help from the Bs and Ds and the return of some soccer players looking for action in the summer, ‘Boden faced Na Fianna’s third team.The northside outfit got off to a better start and should have had more to show after 15 minutes that the 3 points they did register. A goal from ‘Boden kept them in touch. The half continued with Na Fianna dominating but good sfenf=ding from our back six meant a second goal just before half time kept ‘Boden in touch and just 1 point behind at the break.

The second half was a different story as Paddy Munnelly, Conor Barton, Jamie Kavanagh and Eoin Monaghan began to lord the midfield diamond and set up a wave of attacks. This possession was put to good use by the forward line of Luke Bolger, DJ Ennis and ‘Man of the Match’ Sean O’Gorman who kept the ‘Boden scoreline increasing while the backs kept things tight at their end. There were a few late scares toward the end as the ref did his best to make the contest interesting.  But stout defending from the likes of Eoin Fetherston and the returning Liam Worthington and sturdy goalkeeping from Karl Green meant ‘Boden walked away with two valuable league points.

Minor C BBSE 4-12 Fingallians 3-5 29/6/15, Ballycullen.

Following last Thursday’s great win against Na Fianna, the Minor C management asked for one thing this week – a good start. Unfortunatly, strainght from the throw-in, Fingallians got a goal!! Undeterred however, the team took a grip of the game and ruled the roost for the whole of the first half.  Our backs had a quiet time of it, although the half backs of Jamie Hutchinson, Tommy Deane and Liam Worthington did launch a few attacks The forwards and midfield bombarded Fingallians and kept the men from Swords to the pin of their, well (!) swords!  Some great catching and movement of the ball from DJ Ennis was a joy to watch.  Daire Lawlor also made a solid contribution to ‘Bodens forward play. Regretablly the accuracy was not as it could have been and the 2-8 ‘Boden had scored by half time was not a reflection of their dominance.  The pick of the misses shall remain nameless but you know who you are.  Some of the spectators in attendance are still laughing!

The game as a contest was really over ten minutes into the second half with an Eoghan Monaghan goal killing off any come back from Fingallians.  They did put a few scores on the board as some of the ‘Boden spine were called ashore early due to injury.

This was another good win for the Cs, two on the trot, and good preparation for the Champo next month.

A Legend is born.

Last Friday, June 26th saw history being made as the Ballyboden St Enda’s veterans team took to the field for their first ever official outing.  Originally, the equivalent team in Templeogue Synge Street were to be the opposition. Synger had to pull out during the week however as their midfielder’s granddaughter was getting married or something.  It was the Junior Bs who offered the opposition instead. Due to the advanced years of the Veterans team, there were some rule modifications. It would be 12 a side on the Camogie pitch with 20 minutes a half being the suggested time frame.  The gum shield rule was dispensed with as most of the veterans had dispensed with their original teeth many years ago.

The game was played at a surprisingly good pace with plenty of football on display.  The full back line of O’Farrell (D), Bates and Molloy, with a combined age just short of a 3 dart maximum, kept things solid. Further along up the field, Paddy ‘when are we playing Wanderers?’ Greville (aka Scutzy) along with Don ‘Meath should do it on Sunday’ Carolan and Andy ‘Tis Mayo’s year’ Gardiner were very energetic around the middle. Masterson and O’Dwyer kept the ball in good supply to the full forward line of Murphy and O’Farrell (C).  Scores were plentiful from the boots of McAllister and Callan who showed you never really loose it!

The second half saw organiser in chief Eoin ‘Barreller’ Dunne leave the safety of the goals to contribute, well, pretty much everywhere.  He was replaced by ‘very relieved’ Stafford between the sticks

No-one actually kept score apart from the inimitable Scutzy who put the score at 1 something to 1 something, his favourite scoreline we’re told! Yet there were a few dissenting voices from the Juniors when the Veterans claimed victory. They say many a sweet tune is played on an old fiddle.  This inaugural performance from the ‘Boden Legends was just like Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto being played on a Stradivarius.

Football news 22/6/15

There is great sadness attached to this weeks report after the tragic events in Berkeley, California which claimed the lives of our member and friend Eoghan Culligan and five other young people. We gathered in unison at the Club Mass on Saturday evening and will gather again on Tuesday for Eoghans funeral in the hope that this can be of some comfort to his grieving family and friends.

Reports of the weekends games are below.

Senior vs Fingal Ravens
Saturday, 20th June 2015             Result: 1-17 to 1-06

There was a sombre atmosphere around the club following the tragic death of our club colleague Eoghan Culligan as a minutes silence in his memory preceded the throw-in.  

We played with the aid of a strong wind in the first half but it took a long time to settle. After 15 minutes we led by 3 points to two thanks to Sam Molony (2) and Ciaran Archbold (1). From there to half time, 6 more points were scored by Molony (2), Tom Hanafin (2), Ryan Basquel (1 free) and Collie Dunne (1). Fingal Ravens scored two more points to leave it 0-9 to 0-4 at half time.

Having dominated centre field during the first half, Declan O’Mahoney was unable to resume in the second half due to injury. It seemed that five points might not be enough of a lead facing into the strong wind. Seamus Keane moved to midfield from corner forward and Andrew Kerin came on in his place. Within five minutes Kerin had nailed three points against the wind showing all his experience and guile. The backs showed their defensive qualities against the wind, constantly hassling their opponents and showing great anticipation in cutting out any danger that came their way. Darragh Gogan brought off a great save showing real courage in a real pressure situation and Robbie McDaid used his body to stop a certain goal. The backs also showed their attacking qualities with Shane Clayton and Robbie McDaid in particular carrying the ball out of defence with great speed and confidence. Indeed, as well as his defensive qualities Robbie also showed that he can score by popping over two points during this second half.
 Having scored two points in the first half from his half back position, Tom Hanahin was in the right place to finish to the net half way through the second half which meant that the match was now over as a contest. Fingal Ravens managed to score just two points (free and 45) in the second half before getting a consolation goal with about two minutes left to play. To finish off the scoring Kerinsey added his fourth point as Ryan and Collie Basquel also pointed.

Team: Darragh Gogan. Bob Dwan, Robbie McDaid, Shane Clayton, Stephen O’Connor, Graham Heavey, Tom Hanafin, Darragh Nelson, Declan O’Mahoney, Ciaran Archbold, Ryan Basquel, Collie Dunne, Collie Basquel, Sam Molony, Seamus Keane. Subs: Andrew Kerin for O’Mahoney, Warren Egan for Archbold.

Intermediate vs St.OP/ER
Saturday, 20th June 2015             Result: 1-14 to 3-11

Junior A vs Round Towers Lusk
Sunday, 21st June 2015                                   Result: 2-04 to 0-19

The Junior A footballers suffered a comprehensive home defeat to Round Towers Lusk in PUM on Sunday. A difficult assignment against the league leaders was made even more difficult when Brian O’Shea suffered a dislocated knee after only 12 minutes.  Thankfully his injury is not as serious as it could have been and we wish him a speedy recovery. Highlights for the home team were the performances of Brian Burns at full back and the industrious Dave Gilheaney as well as well taken goals from Cian Bates and Adam Carney .

Junior B vs Clontarf

Sunday, 21st June 2015                                   Result: 4-11 to 0-04

Conditions were perfect for this league encounter. On a warm balmy Sunday Boden got on the front foot straight away. The ball was won well in the midfield by Joey Merriman, who worked well with the half forward line. The ball was played into Colum Reade who in turn supplied the advancing Merriman with the return ball, slotting the ball neatley between the posts. Boden didn’t rest there and more hard work was rewarded with goals from Bradley and Mickey Ryan. Clontarf responded with two well taken points of their own. Anthony Manning was in flying form once again and his penetrating runs from defence were causing Clontarf all sorts of problems. By half time Boden were in a commanding position leading 2-9 to 0-2. Clontarf were first to point after the break but this Boden team went through the gears with our Captain Colum Reade scoring an excellent lob over the keepers head to seal this game. Boden deserved this win with their professional approach, eventually running out winners with some excellent football on display. This win and our draw against AIB on Thursday pushes us nicely up the table. It is nothing more than this group of fine players for all their hard work and effort. BODEN ABU. 

Good Luck to Michael-Darragh as the Dubs prepare to face Kildare in the LFC SF on Sunday 28th at 4pm also best of luck to Barra McGarry and James Holland as the Dublin Minor footballers also face Kildare in the Leinster MFC SF at 12pm.



Football news 25/5/15

There is great sadness attached to this weeks report after the tragic events in Berkeley, California which claimed the lives of our member and friend Eoghan Culligan and five other young people. We gathered in unison at the Club Mass on Saturday evening and will gather again on Tuesday for Eoghans funeral in the hope that this can be of some comfort to his grieving family and friends.

Reports of the weekends games are below.

Senior vs Fingal Ravens
Saturday, 20th June 2015             Result: 1-17 to 1-06

There was a sombre atmosphere around the club following the tragic death of our club colleague Eoghan Culligan as a minutes silence in his memory preceded the throw-in.  

We played with the aid of a strong wind in the first half but it took a long time to settle. After 15 minutes we led by 3 points to two thanks to Sam Molony (2) and Ciaran Archbold (1). From there to half time, 6 more points were scored by Molony (2), Tom Hanafin (2), Ryan Basquel (1 free) and Collie Dunne (1). Fingal Ravens scored two more points to leave it 0-9 to 0-4 at half time.

Having dominated centre field during the first half, Declan O’Mahoney was unable to resume in the second half due to injury. It seemed that five points might not be enough of a lead facing into the strong wind. Seamus Keane moved to midfield from corner forward and Andrew Kerin came on in his place. Within five minutes Kerin had nailed three points against the wind showing all his experience and guile.

The backs showed their defensive qualities against the wind, constantly hassling their opponents and showing great anticipation in cutting out any danger that came their way. Darragh Gogan brought off a great save showing real courage in a real pressure situation and Robbie McDaid used his body to stop a certain goal. The backs also showed their attacking qualities with Shane Clayton and Robbie McDaid in particular carrying the ball out of defence with great speed and confidence. Indeed, as well as his defensive qualities Robbie also showed that he can score by popping over two points during this second half.

Having scored two points in the first half from his half back position, Tom Hanahin was in the right place to finish to the net half way through the second half which meant that the match was now over as a contest. Fingal Ravens managed to score just two points (free and 45) in the second half before getting a consolation goal with about two minutes left to play. To finish off the scoring Kerinsey added his fourth point as Ryan and Collie Basquel also pointed.

Team: Darragh Gogan. Bob Dwan, Robbie McDaid, Shane Clayton, Stephen O’Connor, Graham Heavey, Tom Hanafin, Darragh Nelson, Declan O’Mahoney, Ciaran Archbold, Ryan Basquel, Collie Dunne, Collie Basquel, Sam Molony, Seamus Keane. Subs: Andrew Kerin for O’Mahoney, Warren Egan for Archbold.


Intermediate vs St.OP/ER
Saturday, 20th June 2015             Result: 1-14 to 3-11


Junior A vs Round Towers Lusk
Sunday, 21st June 2015                                   Result: 2-04 to 0-19

The Junior A footballers suffered a comprehensive home defeat to Round Towers Lusk in PUM on Sunday. A difficult assignment against the league leaders was made even more difficult when Brian O’Shea suffered a dislocated knee after only 12 minutes.  Thankfully his injury is not as serious as it could have been and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Highlights for the home team were the performances of Brian Burns at full back and the industrious Dave Gilheaney as well as well taken goals from Cian Bates and Adam Carney .

Junior B vs Clontarf

Sunday, 21st June 2015                                   Result: 4-11 to 0-04

Conditions were perfect for this league encounter. On a warm balmy Sunday Boden got on the front foot straight away. The ball was won well in the midfield by Joey Merriman, who worked well with the half forward line. The ball was played into Colum Reade who in turn supplied the advancing Merriman with the return ball, slotting the ball neatley between the posts. Boden didn’t rest there and more hard work was rewarded with goals from Bradley and Mickey Ryan. Clontarf responded with two well taken points of their own. Anthony Manning was in flying form once again and his penetrating runs from defence were causing Clontarf all sorts of problems. By half time Boden were in a commanding position leading 2-9 to 0-2. Clontarf were first to point after the break but this Boden team went through the gears with our Captain Colum Reade scoring an excellent lob over the keepers head to seal this game. Boden deserved this win with their professional approach, eventually running out winners with some excellent football on display. This win and our draw against AIB on Thursday pushes us nicely up the table. It is nothing more than this group of fine players for all their hard work and effort. BODEN ABU.

Good Luck to Michael-Darragh as the Dubs prepare to face Kildare in the LFC SF on Sunday 28th at 4pm also best of luck to Barra McGarry and James Holland as the Dublin Minor footballers also face Kildare in the Leinster MFC SF at 12pm.

Another great championship weekend for the Adult Footballers

It was another great set of results in the championship for the adult footballer. The Intermediates kicked off on Friday evening against St. Finnians of Swords and with their backs up against the wall on a tight pitch, they ground out a 2 point win in an exciting end to end game.
Not to be out done, our Junior B team despite conceding home advantage to Ballyboughal (and the referee was an hour late) came out eventual winners by a similar margin of 2 points and progress to the next round. Well done to all concerned.

Intermediate Football Championship. Boden 0-11 St. Finians 0-09


Last Friday night Ballyboden Intermediate Team had a two point win over St Finians in Garristown. There are Some more pictures from the game here

Senior Football Sponsorship - Trubake

Members of the Senior football panel pictured at the launch of Trubake Bakery's additional sponsorship of the team. Many thanks to Frank Basquel of Trubake for his generous support.

Football news 25/5/15

All four adult teams were in league action over the weekend and we managed an impressive 3 wins from 4. Winning is a habit they say and our Seniors continued their fine run of results with a victory over Templeogue Synge Street by 1-15 to 1-12 and are sitting pretty on top of Div.1 after 6 games, winning 5 and drawing 1. The Inters followed up their Championship win over St.Margarets with victory over them again in a game that went right to the wire by 1-10 to 0-10. It was heartening to see our young players step up to the mark when needed and this result means the team remain unbeaten this year and are a point off top spot in Div.4. Our Junior A’s put in the performance of the weekend putting Garristown to the sword by an emphatic 4-19 to 1-05 while the Junior B’s fell to Whitehall by 2-13 to 1-05 on Sunday afternoon.

Reports on all games are below from Paddy Walsh (Senior), Shane Brooks (Inter), Noel Madden (Junior A) and Martin O’Donnell (Junior B).

Pictures by Sean Gilheaney. Please see our Facebook page for more great photos.

Finally, best wishes and a speedy recovery to Dan Buckingham who ruptured his ACL last week.


Senior vs Templeogue/Synge Street
Saturday, 23rd May 2015              Result: 1-15 to 1-12

Minor A football goalie, Josh Kane, made his senior league debut against Templeogue Synge Street at Páirc Úí Mhurchú on Saturday. It looked like it might be a losing debut as the visitors made the running for long periods. Collie Basquel and Andrew Kerin got early points but the visitors were let in for a well taken goal after about 10 minutes. At half time they led by 1.7 to 0.6.

Points were exchanged after the restart and the lead was brought back to two points only for Templeogue to restore their four point lead. With less than 10 minutes left Boden were awarded a penalty after an opposition defender was penalised for a foot block in the square. Up stepped Andrew Kerin but his shot was well stopped by the Templeogue goalie. However the ball came back to Kerinsey and he made no mistake with the follow up. Boden pushed on from there and showed once again that they play for the full 60 minutes. Scorers were Andrew Kerin 1-5; Daniel Davey, Collie and Ryan Basquel 3 points each; Declan O'Mahony one point.

Boden now sit on top of the league after Kilmacud Crokes drew with St Vincents.

Intermediate vs St. Margarets
Saturday, 23rd May 2015              Result: 1-10 to 0-10

Our Inters played St Margrets in the League 3 days after knocking them out of championship after extra time. The visitors came motivated for revenge and met a vastly different and less experienced Boden team. But hard work and some brilliant performances from young players Stephen Ward and Conor Dean coupled with some great scores from Stephen McDonald and Fergal Purcell lit up a hard fought game and wrapped up the victory for the home side. A big welcome back to the big ball game to Naoise McGuire who put in a masterful display, like he was never away!
This win caps off a great week for this team, all the squad was needed over both games and the wins set them up nicely for League and Championship games to come.

Junior A vs Garristown
Sunday, 24th May 2015                                    Result: 4-19 to 1-05

Ballyboden Junior A footballers clocked up their best score of the year so far with a 4-19 to 1-5 win away to Garristown on Sunday May 24th.
Early points from David Curley and Brian O Shea settled the away team and with the Maguire brothers Naoise and Fionn providing a solid attacking platform from the half back line, the Boden lads asserted their dominance early on. A 45 from Brian O Shea was followed by Damien Kenny and Cian Bates both getting on the score sheet . Five minutes from half time a long range lob from Cian bates beat the Garristown goalkeeper and now the home team were in deep trouble. David Gilheaney finished the scoring in the first half to leave the Boden lads nine points ahead at half time. A solid start to the second half was ensured with both David Gilheaney and David Curley netting a goal and a point each. With the defence holding strong , Garristown simply couldn't get going. Kevin Cronin then scored an excellent goal and point. Boden kept up the intensity to the end of the match and further scores from Brian O Shea and a brace of points from both Damien Kenny and Luke O Donoghue meant Boden ran out easy winners.
Many thanks to minors Oisin Carolan, Tommy Burke , Kevin Cronin and Luke O Donoghue for their excellent contribution to the team performance.

Junior B vs Whitehall Colmcille
Sunday, 24th May 2015                                    Result: 1-05 to 2-13

The Ballyboden J9 team can take great heart from this game. Lady luck was not with us today, the rub of the green was definitely with the opposition. A dodgy penalty call set Colmcilles on their way. Some neat footwork from Colum Reade set up Paddy O Connell, whose rasper of a shot cannoned off the crossbar, the loose ball was recycled well by Boden and Shane Gallys shot came back off the upright...yes it was one of those games! Gally did get in on the scores along with Niall O Connor and the ever youthful Colum Reade taking his tally in this game to 1-3. This team always give their all, today was just one of those days where they fell below their own high standards. We all get them!  Scratch it, move on and focus on our next game!

We wish Niall Quinn safe travels on his trip to New Zealand.

Inters progress in Championship

Tom Hanifin claims the ball for Boden in this pic by Sean Gilheaney, see more great pics from Sean here

The Inters left it late...very late to get past St.Margarets in the opening round of the IFC in Newcastle last night on a score of 0-18 to 1-08 AET.

This match had it all for a championship match - scores, challenges and drama. The venue couldn't have been better on a magnificent surface out in St. Finnians Newcastle. Boden & Margarets swapped points early on until Margarets started to get primary possession around the middle section of the pitch. Margarets opted for the direct route while Boden moved it through he hands. Margarets went 1-05 to 0-03 up and it looked ominous for the Boden lads. However they stepped up to the plate scoring 4 unanswered points just before half time. The second half followed the same pattern as the first except there were fewer scores. Boden probably felt they should have put this St.Margarets team away. However they dug in and try as we might to get that elusive additional score, we didn't... and so extra time beckoned. But with the introduction of fresh legs, Boden pulled away outscoring their opponents 7pts to zero and by so doing progress to the next round against St. Finnians of Swords.

All players stood up to the test especially the defence. Well done everyone.
We wish Dara Gogan well who picked up a knock to the ankle.

Football Championship Results

Seniors open Championship campaign with a 2-10 to 0-07 win over St.Maurs. Report from the Herald here and video highlights by John Galvin here

Declan O'Mahony rises high in this pic by Troy Gogan

Junior A fall to Kilmacud Crokes after extra time

Darragh Kilduff in full flight captured brilliantly by Sean Gilheaney

Junior B game off Ballyfermot conceded.  Inter match OFF - pitch unplayable.

Midweek football Results

  • AFL Div.1 Seniors 2-13 Raheny 0-14 (report below)

Ballyboden extended their unbeaten run in Division 1 of the league with a hard fought victory over Raheny in St Anne’s park on Wednesday night. Despite conceding the first two scores of the game Boden got into their stride thanks to a well taken goal from Darren O Reilly and pushed on from there to lead 1-7 to 05 at half time. The weather was one of the many obstacles that Boden had to overcome in the second half and just when they seemed to be under a bit of pressure, a well worked breakaway goal by Andy Kerin helped them to see out the game on a final score line of 2-13 to 14 points.

  • AFL Div.4 Inters 1-13 St.Finians 2-10
  • AFL Div.5 Junior A 0-09 St.Maurs 2-16
  • AFL Div.9 Junior B 2-04 St.Pats Donabate 2-16

The conditions were perfect for this league encounter in Ballycullen. On a warm balmy evening the game begun at a high tempo. Pats were quick off the mark, registering 4 unanswered points. Playing against the wind Bodens defence had to work hard to stem the Pats attack. Niall O Connor and Neil Lynch worked well together in the middle of the park to feed Dara Shovlin, who rounded the Pats defence and slotted in the back of the net. Ross Traynor and Anthony Manning worked hard to break down the Pats attack and were ably assisted by James McTernan. Niall Bradley fielded a high ball and immediatly switched play, making a pinpoint pass to Lynch, who still had a lot of work to do beating two defenders and smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the Pats net. Boden were a lot sharper in the second half. Mikey Ryan was denied by some fine goalkeeping from the Pats keeper. Colum Reade was excellent up front scoring two sweetly taken points. Unfortunately Pats scored two goals but this Boden team never gave up and took the game to them. Shovlin took his point well and worked tirelessly for his team-mates. Some of Bodens link up play was a joy to see, however time ran out and Pats ran out eventual winners. Up next is Championship and I have no doubt this great team will respond in the proper manner.

Football news 26/4/15

With no adult football fixtures last weekend attention turned to our four Minor teams who were in League action. The Minor A’s were at home in Pairc Ui Mhurchu to take on Clontarf in their Div.1 clash and came out winners in a hard fought game by 0-12 to 0-07. In Div.3A our Minor B’s had an excellent win over Round Towers by 3-13 to 2-08 while our C’s went down to St.Pats of Donabate and the D’s also went down to Thomas Davis. See reports from A & B matches below.

MFL DIV.1 Ballyboden St Endas 0-12 Clontarf 0-07

Ballybodens Minor A football team had a very tough and hard fought win over a very determined Clontarf side at Pairc U Muruchu on Sunday morning. Played on a perfect pitch with no wind, this game was a tough encounter with matters in doubt up to the final whistle. Boden, once again playing without their two inter county players, struggled to get out of the starting blocks and Clontarf opened the brighter side. But once Boden got going, they moved smoothly through the gears. With the visitors putting extra players behind the ball, Boden had to work extra hard to get scores. There was vey little room in front of the goal, but credit to the home side, they chipped away and took their opportunities when they could.

Turning around after the break Boden were 6 points to one ahead. However their intensity dropped and Clontarf upped their performance and whittled away at Bodens lead.Boden looked to be in trouble. It took them 15 minutes of the second period to rediscover their form and get back in to the game. Walsh was sprung from the bench and Kirwin went to centre forward.  A long range point from Hestor settled their nerves and despite only getting a point from a saved penalty Boden had a stranglehold of the game and held on for the win.

In goals Kane was steady and the last play of the game signalled his worth when fielding right under the crossbar while under very heavy pressure.Ryan had an outstanding game in the corner, while Carolan and O Connell impressed. O’Dea was back to his best, while Keller had a superb game before retiring injured late in the second half. At seven Stafford won a lot of ball and drove forward at every opportunity. In the middle of the park Hestor and O Donoghue worked hard and Hestor finished off another fine performance with a great score. In the half forward line Flaherty and Leddy did well, but McGee was peerless. Some of his fielding was class and his score near the end was the highlight of the game video clip here. In the full forward line all three had very good games. Dunne was as busy as ever and won everything pumped in to him. Kirwin is proving a great outlet as well and had one of his best games in the Boden colours, while Murphy also showed his ability.

Boden now have a rest and then its away to Kilmacud in the next outing.

MFL DIV.3A Ballyboden B 3-13  Round Towers 2-08

This was a great performance from the Minor Bs.  The opening exchanges were tight with both sides winning good ball in the middle but creating few scoring chances. Boden opened the scoring after 7 mins and quickly added a second before Towers opened their account. Additional scores from Towers had Boden trailing before a rocket of a goal from Conor Barton coupled with points from Cillian Byrne and Laurence Murphy and resolute defending from the back trio of McDonnell, Corcoran and O’Donnell clearing up ball from the back line brought Boden back into the game. Towers closed out the half on top and the sides went in all square at 1-05 each.

In the second half Ballyboden started moving the ball well and put up some good scores and showing signs of their capability. Round Towers were limited in scoring chances by great defensive play and an excellent individual display from Luke Corcoran. Two excellent goals one each from Byrne and Cashman along with points from Mellett, Weldon, Barton and Cashman put Boden well in the driving seat. The ball was moved excellently down the pitch on each occasion with Towers struggling to contain us resulting in a penalty for Boden as Weldon was un-ceremoniously brought down whilst shooting for goal. Towers continued to try to get back into the game but their best effort was superbly saved by Stephen McGrath in the Boden goal. We did concede a late goal which slightly tarnished an excellent second half by Boden who ran out deserved winners by 3-13 to 2-08.


Congrats to the Dubs Senior football team as they beat Cork to claim a record third straight League title. We wish our own Michael Darragh all the best as he continues to recover from injury and we hope to see him back for club and county as soon as possible.

Upcoming Fixtures

There are AFL midweek games this week, please check the website for all up to date information.

Football news 20/4/15

A busy weekend for football started with the Seniors in a rescheduled match V Templeogue Synge Street last Thursday. New recruit Paul Durcan got off to a winning start with his new club as they overcame Synger in the third round of the SVP Cup on a scoreline of 2-18 to 1-9. With a half time lead of 4 points Boden pulled away towards the end of the second half to finish strongly.

Saturday saw the Inters continue their fine run of form this time in the Joy Cup where they accounted for St.Marks by 1-14 to 2-06. They remain unbeaten this season.

On Sunday our Minor  & Junior B teams were in action, the Minors kicked off proceedings with wins for the A’s & B’s (reports below) while the C’s match was called off and the D’s were beaten by St.Peregrines. In the sunshine of the afternoon the Junior B’s were up against rivals Kilmacud Crokes and came through convincingly by 5-08 to 0-09 (report below).

MFL DIV.1 Ballyboden St Endas 3-17 Cuala 3-08

Ballyboden got off to the poorest of starts last Sunday in Shankill against a plucky Cuala side that opened up with a goal and three points, before the visitors woke themselves out of their slumbers. Granted when they did, they carved lanes through the Cuala defence to go in 5 points to the good at the break. Bodens defence struggled all morning against a lively Cuala attack and were it not for some sloppy finishing by the home side this result would have been in some doubt. Boden were short a few of their panel due to exams this week and a plethora of injuries. The worst of these belonging to Barra McGarry and James Holland, their inter county stars. But there is no such thing as a weak Ballyboden team and yesterday mornings game proved this beyond doubt. While Boden did get off to the slowest start of the season, they did get the machine rumbling after 12 minutes when Kirwin planted a spot kick after he had been fouled in the box. Once they got their stride going, they fairly laid in to Cuala, with 8 unanswered points on the trot. With Hestor and O Donoghue controlling the mid field a plentiful supply of ball went in to the forwards. Relentless pressure told as Boden swung over a string of very well constructed scores. McGee and the diminutive Dunne cause havoc down the right, while Leddy and Kirwin contributed greatly to the outcome on the left. At full forward the massive Kane sprung from his normal goalkeeping duties posed a significant problem for the Cuala defence. With 5 on the clock before the break, Hestor swung over a peach of a ball, Kane went highest, landed and fired past the helpless keeper. It had all the hall marks of route one Kerry football, simple but beautiful.

The second half was a bit of a procession, with Dunne providing the highlight of the hour with a point that thankfully has been captured on video (SEE CLIP HERE). A thing of rare beauty, he dance around two defenders and shaped a shot off the outside of his left boot, from the right half forward position that zipped between the uprights. John Murphy entered the fray and proved that he is right at home in this company. Tigerish on the ball and has a good eye for a score. Weldons point at the end was also worth paying the admission fee, skipping around a couple of despairing tackles before kicking it over with the minimum of room and even less fuss. O’Connell in goals was solid and his kick outs were consistant and long.Tobin, Carolan and O Dea had their hands full all day, but never gave up and won some important balls. In the half back line, Cronin, Keller and Stafford were the launching pad for a lot of Bodens best attacks. At mid field O Donoghue and the tireless Hestor proved their worth. Hestors point while rare was finished with precision. In the half forward line McGee, Flaherty and Leddy put in a big shift and worked tirelessly contributing 7 points between. But it was the full forward line that took the plaudits with Kirwin, Kane and Dunne who ran the Cualas defence ragged as they were getting quality ball all morning.

Next up is Clontarf next Sunday morning at 11.00am at home.  Hope to see you all there


MFL DIV.3A Ballyboden B 3.13  Erins Isle 2.9

Not many people would have giving this Boden Team a chance watching both teams warm up. The Isles team looked a powerful outfit with a considerable panel while the Boden team had just the bare 15. However the match would prove that what Boden lacked in statute they more than made up for in effort and football ability. The details of the match are only an aside to the commitment all 15 Boden players showed for the 60 minutes. There was stand out performances from Conor Barton (scoring 2.3 from play from the middle of the park) , Cian Lynch (a master under the breaking ball), Tommy Burke and David Leech (both of whose none stop running was a feature of the game), Ciaran Ryan (just a class act). The Boden performance was much more than work rate and quality tackling. When possession of the football was achieved, it was worked out of defence with quick passing and support movement and then played quickly and accurately into the full forward line. This heads up simply football  is an example of how a group of players can be more than the sum of its parts and is how the game is played best when no player is more important that the team but is willing to play for the team for 60 minutes.

Boden Team: Stephen McGrath, James McDonnell, Barry O Donnell,  Ciaran Ryan, Charlie McPartland, Keith Sweeney, Conor Barton, Tommy Burke, David Leech, Conor Kennedy, Cian Lynch,Tommy Deane, Cillian Byrne, Laurence Murphy, Eoghan Monahan


SHERIDAN CUP Ballyboden Junior B’s 5-08 Kilmacud Crokes 0-09

Playing against the wind in the first half Bodens Jbs got of to a good start with a great angled point from Donal McCarthy. Boden were immediately on the back foot with Kilmacud responding with two well taken points of their own. Dave McCabe got Boden back on level pegging before Kilmacud scored another four unanswered points. Bodens defence worked well to keep out Kilmacuds attacks to keep us only four points down at half time. Boden got of to a flyer from the throw in with Niall O Connor and Michael Dunne fielding well in midfield to set up a well worked attack. After some neat passing Niall Bradley dinked the keeper with a looping shot into the top corner. This spurred on the JBs and with the ever youthful Colum Reade smashing the back of the net, the Boden attack was on. Mikey Ryan was a menace for the Kilmacud defence with a well taken goal of his own. Points fron Dean O’Donnell, Bradley, Reade and Alex Murphy took the game away from Kilmacud. The "Fox in the Box" was at it again with a well fisted goal, taking his tally for the game to 2-1. A great partnership is now forming with Colum Reade {2-2} and Mikey Ryan {2-1} up front. Johnny Hearn scored an excellent point from an impossible angle to finish the game off. With excellent performances from Liam McNamara, Anthony Manning, James McTiernan, Mick McDonald and Donal O’Brien Boden ran out 5-8 to 0-9. Paul Naughton was replaced by Alan Keane in goal through injury and with both keepers keeping a clean sheet the season is looking up for this JB team.


Congrats to Mark Fitzgerald and Aisling Farrelly who were married last Saturday in Cork.


Dublin U21 & Minor Championships

Commiserations Bodens Collie Basquel and Shane Clayton as the Dubs U21 football team lost to Tipperary in the All Ireland semi final on Saturday in O'Connor Park, Tullamore by 0-14 to 0-12. 

In the Leinster MFC, congrats to Bodens Barra McGarry and James Holland as Dublin beat Offaly by 2-11 to 1-09. Both players were due to start but unfortunately both came a cropper, James in the warm up and Barra a few minutes after throw in!



Dublin U21 Championship

Congrats to Bodens Collie Basquel and Shane Clayton as the Dubs U21 football squad beat Longford in the Leinster semi-final by 2-15 to 3-07. They now face Kildare in the final. See report here.

Football news 16/3/15

Round Up

With no Cup games on for our adult teams focus turned to our four Minor teams who were in League action over the weekend. Before we go into the results of these matches we would just like to pay tribute to the efforts of all those involved in getting 4 Minor teams on the field of play, no easy task I’m sure you’ll agree! The Minor A’s were at home to Na Fianna looking to bounce back from their defeat to Ballymun two weeks ago and bounce back they did registering an impressive    4-16 to 1-07 win in Sancta Maria. This game was preceded by the B’s who had a good win over Templeogue Synge Street by 3-10 to 3-07. Meanwhile our C’s and D’s were up in Ballycullen against Good Counsel and Naomh Barrog respectively. The C’s returned a seven point victory by 3-11 to 3-04 (see report below) while the D’s went down by 2-06 to 4-08. A satisfying three wins from four with much to be happy about and plenty more still to work on for both Mentors and players.

Thanks to Liam Cunningham for providing pics from all 4 Minor matches, a marathon shift! Click here for more


Minor C Division 4A Ballycullen 15/3/15.   Ballyboden 3-11, Good Counsel 3-4.

The senior football team trained in Ballycullen this morning. Some of their training included some hill running down by the rock at the far end of the pitches. As they ran up the hill, some of them were looking over their shoulders and well they might.  If the performance of our Minor Cs this morning is anything to go on, the clubs best may have be concerned about what’s behind them.

From the word go, our two pillars of invincibility in midfield, Jamie Kavanagh and Eoin Monaghan took control and launched an attack which saw Sean O’Gorman slotting over from distance.  In the event that Good Counsel did get past our midfield, the ball was gathered and further attacks were started by the three half backs of Barry O’Donnell, Paddy Munnelly and Man of the Match Tommy Deane. Further scores, including two goals, were tagged on by Rob Byrne, Fionnan Keogh and the returning Dave Emmanuel.  Robert Keegan had to follow his man out to half back but that only meant ‘Boden had an additional platform to launch attacks. Good Counsel finally got on the score board just before half time with two goals and a point.  One of the goals was a penalty which stand-in keeper Eoin Ward was unlucky not to save.

The second half continued as the first half had. ‘Boden were by far the better side and continued to dominate.  Great work between Luke Bolger and Fionnan Keogh saw the ball being moved deftly up the lines and kept the score board ticking over. Any attacks by Counsel were mopped up well by Eoin Ward and Munnelly who was now in the full back line.  Conor Kennedy had a fantastic second half at wing back, getting on the ball on numerous occasions and always taking the right option when releasing it. Sean Durkin arrived just as the game was about to throw in and took a while to settle.  He did however score 1-1 in the second half.  First there was a goal chance that went over the bar, followed by a point chance that he managed to place in the corner to raise the green flag.

A great morning’s work of which the lads can be very proud.  We’re expecting a few calls from the Senior management!!!

Minor A's V Na Fianna

Minor B's V Templeogue Synge Street

Minor D's v Nh Barrog


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Football news 9/3/15

Round Up

The second round of adult football league fixtures was played on Sunday in bright but chilly conditions with all four of our teams in competitive action. First up were our Seniors who entertained local rivals St.Judes in PUM. A close contest saw the match finish in a draw on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-07 (report below). At the same time in Clondalkin our Intermediate team were building on their opening league win by convincingly beating Round Towers by 3-16 to 0-05, see full report below. Our Junior A’s also made it back to back league wins by beating Erin’s Isle by a point 0-10 to 1-06 in Finglas (report below) while the Junior B’s went down to St.Sylvesters 2-06 to 1-04 in Ballycullen.

Seniors 1-10 Jude’s 2-07

This was a typical local derby played at a high tempo and both teams will probably consider themselves unlucky not to have secured both points. Boden started off with a number of attacks early on playing into a difficult wind but failed to capitalise on their advantage. Jude’s then went up the pitch to secure the first point of the game after 10 minutes. Both teams traded the next couple or scores until the first goal of the game. This was scored by Jude’s in a quick move up the pitch where they found space in behind the Boden defence. Boden were on the back foot for the next 10 minutes until they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Darren O’Reilly with some intricate passing between the Boden forwards. The penalty was dispatched comfortably by chief marksman Andy Kerin. This set the game up nicely for an exciting second half.

Like the first half, Boden started well except this time they managed to secure some long range points firstly by Andy Kerin and secondly by Bob Dwan attacking from the half back line. However they couldn’t pull away from Jude’s – the maximum advantage they had was 3 points. Jude’s then struck again for their second goal carving open the Boden rear guard for an easy score. Boden then went a point ahead but failed to tag on additional scores despite their dominance. Jude’s forged ahead by a point entering injury time and a last gasp shot by Aran Waters in injury time helped secured a draw for a resilient Boden side.

Next up is a trip to local neighbours, Thomas Davis in a fortnight’s time.

Inters 3-16 Round Towers 0-05

The Senior 2nd team secured back to back league victories after a big win in Clondalkin on Sunday morning against Round Towers. Towers started brightly and attacked plenty in the early parts of this game, but some mean defending, blocks and turnovers by Cian Mellet, Stephen Ward and man of the match Dan Buckingham meant they had little to show for it.
With Bodens backs stopping anything Towers hit them with, the forwards pushed on and got some super scores. Bodens youth and pace was way too much for the home team, with some neat passing and interplay resulting in score afer score. Donagh McCabe dominated in the middle of the park while Colly Dunne, Conor Dean and Fergal Purcell in attack were in inspired form.
The management were keen to point out that this win was built on a rock solid defensive display. The three goals by Donagh McCabe, Fergal Purcell and Colly Dunne stand out but an equally impressive 16 points will surely add to the momentum building and confidence of this young team going forward.

Junior A’s 0-10 Erin's Isle 1-06

Another very competitive game saw Bodens Junior A team overcome Erin's Isle away on Sunday morning. Boden started the better and were well on top in the first half with good defence being turned into attack and scores from Dave Gilheaney 0-2, Brian O'Shea 0-2, Fionn Maguire and Damien Kenny 0-1 each had Boden leading 0-6 to 0-3 at half time. Erin's Isle best period was the first ten minutes of the second half when they jumped into the lead scoring 1-2. However the Boden lads rallied and two excellent points from Alan Carter, a free from Damien Kenny and another point from Dave Gilheaney meant the Boden lads finished in style and deserved winners.


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Football news 2/3/15

The weekend saw a mixed set of results for our football teams and the weather definitely had an impact in one way or another. On Friday night our Seniors warmed up for the Strictly sequel by beating Ballinteer by 1-21 to 3-07 in the SVP Cup. The Inters and Junior B games didn’t go ahead and unfortunately the Junior A’s couldn’t get the win against Crokes in the Conlon Cup in difficult conditions (see report below).

On to the Minors and the A’s faced a difficult trip Northside to face a Ballymun side tipped for glory this year. While defeated by 2-13 to 1-06 the team will have learned much and will look to bounce back next time out. Our B’s have been most unlucky as for the second match in a row their match against St.Peregrines was abandoned, this time due to the weather, see picture for conclusive evidence! Our C’s were narrowly beaten by Fingal Ravens by 1-6 to 0-07 while the D’s got a walkover. Hopefully the weather will improve significantly before the next League games in two weeks.

Junior A 2-06 Kilmacud Crokes 1-15

In terrible conditions, the Junior A footballers went down to Kilmacud by 1-15 to 2-6. It was an entertaining game with good passages of play from both sides especially in the first half however conditions deteriorated  in the second half and with the aid of a strong wind Kilmacud finished the stronger of the 2 teams. Two goals, one from Damien Kenny and the other from Conor Deane as well as the hardworking display of Brian Kirwan in midfield were the highlights for Ballyboden.

Dublin U21

Congrats to Bodens Collie Basquel, Shane Clayton and Tom Hanifin as the Dubs U21 football squad beat Laois by 2-21 to 2-10. See report here.

Strictly Sequel

The football section would like to congratulate the organisers, supporters, sponsors and especially the dancers who all contributed to a wonderful nights entertainment in City West. Thanks to all who helped promote the event to make it another great success for the club.


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Football news 23/2/15

Football update 23/2/15

The weekend saw our Adult football teams kick off their League campaigns with 3 victories from 3 games as the Seniors overcame Brigids in Russell Park, the Inters dispatched Raheny in Sancta Maria and in the game of the weekend the Junior A's came from 9 behind against Balinteer in the last 15 minutes to win by 2. The Junior B game was postponed due to an unplayable pitch. Well done to all teams, see reports below on all games.

Seniors 2-07 St.Brigids 0-11

A quick start that yielded 1-3 in the opening 10 minutes against a strong wind proved decisive as we edged out st brigids on scoreline of 2-7 to 11 points. Brigids got it back to level by half time with some accurate free taking mainly. A missed penalty half way through the second half didn't prevent us from pushing on to secure the points. Our second goal with 10 minutes left gave us the cushion we needed. Dara Nelson had a major impact on the game as did our two newcomers, Collie Basquel and Shane Clayton.

Inters 3-09 Raheny 2-06

Good start to the league for the senior 2 team with a 3-9 to 2-6 win over Raheny on a wet and cold Sunday in Sancta Maria . Overall it was a good team display with some well taken goals. Half forward line Colly Dunne (captain) Eoin Crowley and Dara Kilduff worked very hard and provided the platform for some great scores. The defence stood up in the conditions with Graham Heavy, Dan Buckingham and Sean Prendegast all showing well. With a lot of young players in this team and new management  a win in first game was very welcome. Building on this and gaining momentum and confidence is key.

Junior A 3-07 Balinteer St.Johns 2-08

A rousing last 15 mins saw Ballyboden’s Junior A's beat a physically bigger Balinteer team by 2 points. With a strong wind in the first half , Balinteer led 2-4 to 1-2 at half time. A quick free from Damien Kenny to David Curley and the subsequent goal was the highlight of the first half. Points from Alan Carter and Conor Mchugh kept Boden in the game. Ballinteer started well in the second half and the game looked like it was slipping away with Boden behind by 9 points but a spirited comeback sparked by goals from Conor Deane and Sean Nixon and points from Damien Kenny, Dylan Ryan , David Curley and two from man of the match, Dave Gilheaney, ensured Our Junior A footballers got off to a good start in the league.

Basquel in UCD All Ireland Freshers win

Congrats to footballer Collie Basquel who completed a memorable few weeks by adding a UCD Freshers All Ireland title to Bodens recent U21 Football success. Well done young man! A report of the game can be seen here.

Football news 16/2/15

The last week saw a competitive return to action for all our adult football teams. And a good start it was too with 3 wins from 4 in the cup competitions and 2 from 3 in the Minor leagues. First up were the Inters on Wednesday 11th Feb in the Joy Cup against neighbours St.Judes. Despite the fact that it was their first fixture of the year the game had an impressive pace about it and the team played well to record a deserved 3-14 to 1-07 victory. Next up were the the Seniors on Sunday 15th in the St.Vincent De Paul Cup against Thomas Davis in Pairc Ui Mhurchu. They didn’t disappoint either and goals from Ronan Cleary and a cracker from 20 yards from Deco O’Mahony helped the lads to a six point win, 2-14 to 1-11, under new captain Darragh Nelson. The Junior A’s went down to Na Fianna by 2-17 to 1-07 while the Junior B’s got their season up and running under new Manager Martin O’Donnell coming from behind to beat Castleknock by 3-10 to 2-10.

The Minors began their League campaigns with wins for the A's who impressively beat St.Brigids by 2-17 to 1-07 in PUM and the sharp shootin’ C's who dispatched Crumlin in deadly fashion. See reports for both matches below. Unfortunately the B's game was abandoned due to an injury to a Na Fianna player and we wish the lad a speedy recovery.

Minor A Football Division 1  Ballyboden 2-17 St Brigids 1-7

Ballybodens Minor footballer got their league campaign of to a good start when the disposed of a strong St Bridgits side at Pairc U Murchu on Sunday morning. Both side were short 3 to 4 of their squad, but I don’t think the result would have changed much. Boden opened the stronger and it was obvious from the throw in that the Blanchardstown side  were never going to be able to match Bodens power and pace. McGarry and O Donoghue in the centre of the field were simply too strong for the team in red, McGarry powered forward like an express train from the off and lofted over the opening score to set the trend, with Boden knocking over points from all positions. Boden lost their talisman at full forward, Kirwan to a black card. This seemed to upset them for a while, before they soon got their game back on track. Boden wasted quite a few chances including two good goal opportunities to put daylight between the two teams and at half time there was the minimum between them, Boden squeezing it by a point after  O Donnell ghosted in to goal for the visitors shortly before the break. Boden reacted well and tacked on two more points before the half time whistle, to go in at the break 1 point ahead.

Half time Boden 0-07, St Brigids 1-03

The home side started the second half with some determination. The halftime team talk seemed to have galvanized the home side and they simply tore in to the visitors. Two quick points and then a great goal from Kelly, the smallest man on the field, who rose highest to punch the ball to the oppositions net. Boden were now ahead by six. Bodens game was built on a rock solid defence and a great ball winning midfield. With a plentiful supply coming in from the midfield, Bodens forwards kept the scoreboard ticking over. Ross McMcGrath goaled again half way through the half to put ten between the sides and effectively ended the game as a contest. O’Donoghue rattled the crossbar with a rocket as the home side piled on the pressure. Hestor had to leave the action with ten to go after shipping a tough tackle. He had his work done before he left the fray. Kane was rock solid in goals, while in front of him his full back line of O’Connell, Carolan and the excellent Cronin kept the visitors well marshalled. At centre back Hestor was a colossus. Either side of him O’Dea and Keller (injured in the second half) were magnificent. In the midfield McGarry was unstoppable while his partner O’Donoghue had a great hour, getting in on the scoring regularly. The half forward line of Flaherty, McGrath and the industrious McGee had the opposition in trouble from the start.Up front Kirwin (until his dismissal) Kelly and Byrne ran the visitors ragged.Mahon came in for Kane and looked assured under the posts. Mikey Dunne and Ross McGarry brought a freshness in to the forward line when introduced and helped to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

The Management will be happy with this performance, but they know that there will be a big improvement needed for the next engagement in two weeks.


Barra McGarry 0-06 (3 frees) Ross McGarry 0-03, Luke O’Donoghue 0-03. Cian Kelly 1-02, Ross McGrath 1-0, Liam Flaherty 0-01, Mark McGee 0-01, Ruari Kirwin 0-01


A St.Valentine’s Day Massacre!

Ballyboden’s Minor C’s 8-13 - 3-6 Crumlin

In Chicago in 1929, Al Capone orchestrated a hit on the Bugsy Moran gang in what became known as the St Valentines Day Massacre.  Our Minor C team were as ruthless on Sunday morning as Capone et al when they met Crumlin in a Ballycullen showdown.

The game had a feel of a phoney war initially as Crumlin were low on numbers and both teams took time to settle. Boden were first to draw blood after 10 minutes or so when Eoin ‘Tiny’ Monaghan got the ball rolling.  Both teams then went to the mattresses as the game opened up with ‘Boden being the more accurate and subsequently hitting 2 -7 in the first half.  Most notable scores  came when in true Scarface style, as Crumlin were asked to say ‘Hello to our little friend!’and Peter O’Toole stepped up to put two over.  Any threats from the men in all blue were ably dealth with by the enforcer between the posts that was Emmet ‘Steady’ Fields.  Centre field was owned by ‘Boden in the guise of ‘TheNail’ O’Reilly and Jamie ‘No Nonsense’Kavanagh.

After the break, ‘Boden kept it strictly business and continued as they left off in the first half with numerous surging runs from Luke ‘Babyface’ Bolger and Paddy ‘Rock’ Munnelly.  Although not directly involved in many scores, like Brando in One, Matthew Lawlor pulled all the strings around the 40 to keep the score board ticking over.  Every good organisation needs a cleaner and ‘Boden had none better in the scond half than Robbie ‘Killer’ Keegan with a performance so clinical, it would stand beside that of Mr Wolf in Pulp Fiction.

By the final whistle, the massacre was completed with a score line of 8-13 to 3-6 to Boden.  The Firhouse gang were ‘Bada Bing’ while the Dublin 12 posse were Bada Boop!

Respect must go to Cormac ‘Corleone’ O’Farrell, the Godfather, ably assisted by his Capo de capo, Dermot ‘Runner’ O’Reilly and Consigliere in Chief, Colm ‘Lugs’ Bolger for yesterday’s victory.  Tribute must also go to the head of the Minor D Family, Cathal ‘The Tool’ O’Toole for his contribution in the shoot out.

Upcoming Fixtures

This weekend sees the Adult Football League get underway with all 4 adult teams in action in AFL 1,4,5 & 9. See poster below for full details and always check the website for any changes.



U21 Football Champions!

Our U21 footballers ended an eleven year wait for a fourth U21 Championship for the club after a dramatic final against a gallant Raheny side. Boden were the better side in the first half and went in 1-04 to 0-03 up at the break. Raheny came out all guns blazing in the second half and really put the Boden defence to the test. As the minutes ticked by some magnificient defending by our lads just got us over the line with a point to spare. Final score 1-05 to 0-07. Well done to all the players and mentors for a fantastic Championship winning run, you have done yourselves and the club proud.

See here for report and here for more great photos

Football news 26/1/15

U21 Footballers throught to Championship Final

Boden 2-09 Crokes 1-07

The season kicked off in earnest over the weekend with a fine win by our under 21 footballers in the semi-final of the county championship against Kilmacud in Pairc Ui Mhurchu. Whatever was said to the lads at half-time ( and the full story has yet to be revealed) needs to be bottled and may need to be used for the final. It is heartening to see a performance where the team struggled to find their form early on and yet managed to dig out a performance against a strong Kilmacud side (especially going into the second half 3 points down against the wind). They out scored their opponents in the second half 2-3 to 0-1, holding Crokes scoreless for the last 25 minutes.

In the first half Kilmacud raced into a 4 point lead and were up 5 point to 1 after 15 minutes. The lads found it difficult to overcome the Kilmacud sweeper defense system early on. However this team knows how to dig deep and points from Dan Buckingham (2), Conor Dooley, Sam Molony, Barra McGarry and Colm Basquel saw the team claw themselves back into the game. Just as we thought we were gaining the upper hand, Kilmacud breached our defense for the first goal of the game. It couldn’t have come at a worse time - just before the half time whistle. However this is where all good management teams earn their crust and our lads surely did!!.

Second half saw us start poorly again, conceding the first point and nearly letting Crokes in for a second goal. A great save by Dara Gogan (one on one) and the comeback began. This was followed by a Boden penalty – the Crokes full back fouling Conor Dooley. Conor had the confidence to take the penalty himself and score he did (the definition of all good penalties!!). This was followed by a Barra McGarry point. And then the key score of the game. Barra was on the end of a wonderful move up the pitch and finished the move with a well placed shot to the net. Points by Conor Dooley and Sam Molony rounded off a fine win.

A special thanks to all of our supporters who turned up on the day. It really meant a lot to the players. Another great day awaits and will be in store on Saturday, February 7th. See website for further details.    


To football news in general. All our teams are back in pre-season training. The Adult 1&2 panel structure is up and running. However we are not quite there yet. We are still looking for at least one additional resource. The panel is busy integrating gym with outdoor training sessions in preparation for the season ahead. In addition, the success of the 21’s while placing its own demands has facilitated valuable internal training matches between all concerned thanks to the cooperation of both Management teams. The Adult 3 panel is also up and running. And while we didn’t lose John Mulligan to the Donegal county team (despite the strong rumour), the panel is looking for a trainer. Again anyone interested, let us know and we can discuss further. The Adult 4 panel are busy with their pre season gym and outdoor training. They have a full management team in place now and will no doubt be challenging for honours once again this year.

Our minor management teams are coming together slowly. We anticipate 4 minor teams this year which is a credit to the Minor and Under16 management teams from last year. Minor 1, 2 and 4 management positions are filled. However we are still looking to complete the Minor 3 management team. The season is a long season ahead with a lot of competing demands for the lads. The management of the season’s time-table will be vital to ensure the lads reach their potential.

Best of luck to all our players and management teams in the year ahead – whatever it takes.

Well done to Michael Darragh and the Dublin Seniors this weekend on their O’Byrne Cup success. We hope this is a good omen for things to come this year.

Can I remind everyone about membership and the new online system in place. You must pay your membership before the end of March to be eligible to play. Please make this a less onerous task for your management teams by paying on time.

Gum-shields are mandatory while playing or training. Please ensure you have one and, that you use it while participating in games and contact training  

On the fundraising front, I would like to thank Shane Gallagher, Alan McGrath and Paul Doherty for volunteering for the Strictly Come Dancing. Please support the lads and indeed all the participants in the weeks ahead and on the Final Night – 27th February.    

U21 Footballers through to Championship Final

Congratulations to our U21 footballers who beat Kilmacud Crokes by 2-09 to 1-07 to reach the Championship final today in front of a large crowd in Pairc Ui Mhurchu. After a nervous start the team rallied towards the end of the first half before going in a goal down 0-06 to 1-06. The second half saw the lads deliver a performance full of guts, determination and skill which Crokes had no answer to, running out deserved winners 2-09 to 1-07. Report here and more great photos here. Well done to all the squad and mentors. 

Football news 6/10/14

Senior and Intermediate Championships


A mixed weekend for our top two teams as the Championship brought success and failure. On Friday our Inters faced a tough task against Fingallians in their semi-final in Parnell Park in poor conditions. In an error strung game both sides found it difficult to take their scores but crucially when all was told Fins were a little more accurate. The first 20 minutes was played predominantly in the Fins half with Boden well on top but it counted for nothing because after those 20mins we found ourselves a few points down. Score while you’re on top a wise man once said and in truth we failed to do that. The game was fairly even though right up to the last minute of normal time and it took a Carl Molony point to take the game to extra time. The loss of Cormac Smyth to a black card at the end of normal time had a big impact as Fins grabbed a quick fire goal and a point in the fiirst few mins of extra time and we never recovered from that despite the players giving their all and the game ended 1-10 to 1-05. Well done to the management and players for their efforts in reaching the semi-final.

Attention then turned to the Seniors who started as favourites against Lucan in O’Toole Park on Sunday afternoon. A large crowd turned out to witness a steady if unspectactular win to set up a semi-final tie against the All-Ireland Champions St.Vincent’s. See report from GrassrootsGAA below.

Ballyboden St. Enda's 0-14 Lucan Sarsfields 0-9         By Cilian Murphy

Ballyboden St. Enda's produced a workmanlike performance to defeat Lucan Sarsfields in O'Toole Park today and progress to the championship semi-finals where they will meet St. Vincent's in two weeks' time.Boden led by 0-10 to 0-4 at half time having played with a strong wind and down the slope but their tactic of playing a sweeper and keeping the ball was ultimately what eased them over the line.Their defence was on top for large periods of the game, rarely affording the Lucan forwards any time on the ball to pick a pass or slot over scores. Some positional changes were noticeable on the Lucan team with Peter Kelly handed the man-marking responsibility of keeping Conal Keaney quiet, which for the most part he succeeded in doing. Somewhat more surprisingly, Stephen O'Shaughnessy was deployed as a link man at centre forward for Lucan. Johnny McCaffrey operated as a sweeper at the back for his side while Emmet O'Conghaile moved between midfield and full forward to great effect, particularly in the first half.And it was Boden who stamped their authority on the match early on as they raced into an early four point lead through Declan O'Mahoney (2), Andrew Kerin (free) and Ryan Basquel (free). Sean Newcombe responded for Lucan on 13 minutes with a neat effort after good build-up play from Johnny McCaffrey and the impressive Brendan Gallagher. Gallagher was getting on a huge amount of ball in the first half but his side saw very little in the way of scores from that possession as Boden made it difficult for Lucan when they got into the scoring zone.The Rathfarnham men then rattled off a further three scores in a row through Basquel (free), Sam Moloney and Kerin once more, as they raced into a 0-7 to 0-1 lead after 18 minutes.Emmet O'Conghaile took the game to Boden throughout and he pulled a score back for his side on 19 minutes. His powerful running and ability to break through the tackle could well see him involved more heavily with Jim Gavin's Dublin squad next season.Despite being against the strong breeze, Lucan were enjoying plenty of possession but their shooting let them down as they racked up seven wides in the first half alone.The game went into a bit of a lull leading up to half time with both sides trading a couple of points apiece through Gallagher (free) and O'Conghaile for Lucan and Molony and Kerin (free) for Boden.

The half time score-line read, Ballyboden 0-10 Lucan 0-4.

Many were expecting Emmet O'Conghaile to be stationed on the Boden six-yard box for the second period, given that Lucan had the benefit of the hill and the wind. However, the positional change never materialised and Lucan were somewhat toothless in attack as a result.Boden played the wind and hill far more appropriately than Brigid's had done in the first match by carrying the ball and keeping possession rather than playing high aimless balls into their forward line.Indeed, Conal Keaney got the first score of the second period following a spell of possession where the ball had passed through the hands of at least six Boden players. Brendan Gallagher pointed a free for Lucan on 38 minutes to punctuate a lull in scoring that had descended on the match like a winter's fog.Sam Molony scored his hat-trick of points on 42 minutes with a superb long range effort after being teed up by Declan O'Mahoney and Aran Waters. There were no further scores for eight minutes as both side's defences held the upper hand. O'Conghaile was the man to break the cycle with a fine individual effort on 50 minutes, taking his man out of the game with a dummy on his right before turning back and swinging over a sublime effort off his left.Brian Collopy was another man taking the game to Boden with vigour and he was rewarded for a lung-bursting run when he was awarded a free on the 45 metre line. Brendan Gallagher stepped up to reduce the deficit once more.The anticipated onslaught from Lucan never materialised as the game petered out with a series of frees scored by both teams.

Boden ran out 0-14 to 0-9 winners and they will meet St. Vincent's in Parnell Park in two weeks' time.


Ballyboden St. Enda's Squad List:

D Walsh; P O'Brien; R McDaid; S O'Connor; D Nelson; B Dwan; C Flaherty; A Waters; D O'Mahoney (0-2); D O'Reilly; S Molony (0-3); S Gibbons; R Basquel (0-3, 2 frees); C Keaney (0-1); A Kerin (0-5, 2 frees); C Dooley; A Flood; K Naughton; M O'Sullivan; S Keane; C Smyth; C Dunne; T Hannifin; C Archbold; D Manley; J O'Hara; I Clarke; D McCabe; S Cullen; D McGuiness; D Buckingham; D Gogan.

Wides: 5

There was also Junior AFL action on Sunday, our Junior A’s recorded a fine 5-09 to 2-10 win over Naomh Barrog while the Junior B’s went down to Binn Eadair by 2-07 to 0-10.

Report on the Junior A game below by Noel Madden.

John Mulligan's Junior A footballers finished the season in style with an eight point victory over Naomh Barrog in Ballycullen. Naomh Barrog had the better of the early exchanges and scored some good long range points. The Boden defence stood strong and this laid the foundation for several turnovers and exceptionally well taken goals . This put the home side in the driving seat and with the Boden midfield now taking charge, the first half ended 4 4 to 0-6. Determined to end the season on a high, Boden increased the intensity of the tackling and with better use of the hand pass, especially out of defence, the lads ran out comfortable and deserved winners.

Well done to all involved in what has been a good season for the team.

Team : Aaron O' Reilly, Fionn Maguire, Andy Gardiner, Alan McGrath, Sean Mulligan, Brian Burns (Capt.), Rory Jordan, Evan Flanagan, Ciaran Dempsey, Sean Nixon , Damien Kenny, Cian Bates, David Gilheaney, Alan Carter, Paddy O Connell . subs: Josh Kane, John Spain, Dillon Ryan, Matt Timmons


Minor Championship

The Minor football Championship continues this weekend – full fixture details below



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Football news 29/9/14

Minor Championship

A disappointing day for our Minor football teams yesterday in the second round of their Championships. However there is still plenty to play for in the final round of group matches. Results and reports below.

  • Minor A  0-13 Thomas Davis 2-12
  • Minor B 1-10 Craobh Chiaráin 1-12 (Game abandoned)
  • Minor C 0-09 Crumlin 3-13


Minor A Championship

Thomas  Davis 2-12; Ballyboden 0-13

Ballyboden St Endas went to Kitipper Road on Sunday morning with high hopes of building on their opening round win over Ballymun, but a pacier Davis team had Ballyboden chasing the game from the start. Two first half goals from Davis saw them go in at the break three points up, 2- 6 to 0-9, with all Ballyboden’s points coming from play.

The second half saw Ballyboden struggling to cope with the platform that Davis built from the back. Davis were by far the most incisive team and their workrate and teamwork left Ballyboden struggling for possession. Ballyboden had good performances on the day from Shane Clayton, Cathal  O’Dea and  Oisín Ó Dúill . Forwards Warren Egan, Colm Basquel, Barra McGarry and Adam Carney all got some nice points from play but failed to create the goal chances needed to threaten the Davis lead.

Best wishes go to Adam Carney who suffered a knee injury in the closing stages. Hopefully he will make a quick recovery and be ready for the Castleknock game on Sunday week.

Scorers: Colm Basquel 0-4 (0-1f) Warren Egan 0-3; Barra McGarry 0-3; Daragh Langan 0-1; Adam Carney 0-2

Team: Jack Mahon, Oisín Ó Dúill, Shane Clayton, Cathal O Dea, Brian Bobbett, Cian Mellett, Neil Heston, Darragh Maguire, Brian Kirwan, Conor Deane, Colm Basquel, Barra McGarry, Adam Carney, Warren Egan, Dara Langan. Subs: Harry Coffey, Garret Crowley, Rian Cannon


Minor B Championship

BBSE Minor B 1-10 v 1-12 Craobh Chiaráin - Prunty Pitch, SantaMaria

This was a hard fought championship game with both teams fairly evenly matched, played in near perfect conditions on the Prunty pitch at Santa Maria. Ballyboden got off to a fine start with the opening point coming from a well taken free by Ruairí Kirwan. The next score began with a fine clearance from Oisín Tobin in defence, who passed the ball to Cian Kelly, who set up Mark McGee for a lovely point from play. Cian Kelly went on to score two more points despite being on the receiving end of a high challenge to the face, which saw Ballyboden four points up before Craobh Chiaráin put their first score on the board. However Craobh Chiaráin did strike back with three unanswered points. The cross bar saw a lot of action denying Boden many chances in both the first and second half. A fine point from Rob Leddy put Boden ahead by two points. What followed next saw a Boden player being punched in the face, in an unsavoury incident, which unfortunately the referee did not see, and the Boden momentum was stalled. A point from Ross McGrath saw Boden ahead by two points at half time. BBSE 0-07 CrCh 0-05.

The second half saw some good fielding from Kevin Cronin and Cian Murray. The Craobh Chiaráin goalie succeeded in denying Mark McGee a goal, while at the other end of the field, the opposition were successful in taking their scores, BBSE 0-07 CrCh 0-07. Cian Kelly and Rob Leddy scored two more points to again put Boden ahead. However Craobh Chiaráin battled on and put our backs under considerable pressure. But Josh Kane in goal remained calm and kept the backs in order. James McDonnell, Oisín Tobin and Oisín Carolan must be commended for their brave defending and Liam Mullen was strong at wing back. But Craobh Chiaráin managed to pierce the defence with a goal. Then a Ruadháin Fanning spectacular goal kept Boden in the game. With the score at 1-10 to 1-12 in favour of Craobh Chiaráin, the match was abandoned by the referee due to a Craobh Chiaráin injury.


Senior and Intermediate Championships

A huge week for our top two teams as the both line out for Championship matches this weekend. On Friday our Inters face a tough task against reigning holders Fingallians in Parnell Park while the Seniors face Lucan on Sunday in O’Toole park. Full details below – PLEASE SUPPORT.

There is also AFL action on Sunday:

5/10/14 AFL Div.5 Junior A v Naomh Barrog Ballycullen 11.00am

5/10/14 AFL Div.9 Junior B v Beann Eadair PUM 15.00pm

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Football news 22/9/14

Senior and Intermediate Championship

The Seniors gave an impressive display in O’Toole park on Saturday against local rivals Balinteer. After a shaky start the lads pushed on in style to claim a quarter final spot against Lucan by 3-15 to 0-08. See report from GrassrootsGAA below, pic from Kevin Maguire. Attention then turned to the Inters who faced Judes on Sunday morning also in O’Toole park. While the crowd was not as full as the day before the quality of football on offer was right up there and our Inters put their League woes behind them to clinch a semi final tie against Fingallians on a score of 2-09 to 0-10. Pick of the scores was a terrific Carl Molony volleyed goal after a lung bursting run by Cormac Smyth reminiscent of ‘that’ Connolly goal. See report below by Conor Doolan and pic by Troy Gogan.

Seniors 3-15 Balinteer 0-08

Ballyboden St. Enda's and Ballinteer St. John's played for a quarter final place in the Dublin Senior Football Championship yesterday evening at O'Toole Park, Crumlin. It was Ballinteer that got the scoreboard ticking when Brendan Colleran kicked a free over the bar in the opening minutes of this senior football meeting. Ballinteer continued to kick over the points with Aodhán Clabby converting two minors in the ninth and tenth minutes. Fergal Duffy then pointed a free, this point, coupled with another from Colleran put Ballinteer ahead on a score-line of 0-5 to 0-2 after 15 minutes. Ballyboden got going in the third minute with a point from Dara Nelson and a minute beforehand Conal Keaney had hit the upright. Boden converted again in the seventh minute with a point from Sean Gibbons. It was Ballinteer who dominated in the opening 15 minutes; their backs were keeping the Boden forward line quiet and their forwards were working away on the scoreboard. However, Ballinteer would not score again until the 29th minute. It was in this time period that Boden struck and scored 1-6. In the space of four minutes Boden put 1-4 past the Ballinteer side. Andrew Kerin kicked two points, Bob Dwan notched over another and Ryan Basquel also scored. In the 20th minute Boden hit the back of the net after Michael Daragh Macauley took off on a solo run straight through the Ballinteer defence. He then offloaded the ball to Kerin who hand-passed it to Keaney to capitalise. Boden scored three more points after this with Basquel scoring a cracking effort just before the break. The sides went in at half time with the scoreboard reading 1-9 to 0-6 in favour of Ballyboden; a goal and a turnaround in 15 minutes making all the difference.

Play resumed when Boden went through the Ballinteer defence; Dwan was through on goal but hit the post. The ball was landed into the box two minutes later again by Boden but goalkeeper Colm O'Donnell kept the ball out. Ballinteer kicked a point in the 37th minute off the boot of Colleran, however, this was to be their last score before a final point in the 61st minute. Boden capitalised on two goal scoring opportunities in the 38th and 42nd minutes. The ball was pumped into the forward line where Kerin and Basquel, along with the keeper O'Donnell, ended up in the goal to give Boden their second goal. Four minutes later Darren O' Reilly sent in a long ball which was caught by Keaney who then sent the ball to Basquel and the lethal forward put it past the keeper. Boden were motoring well now and after the 45th minute were 3-10 to 0-7 points to the good. To add to Ballinteer's woes corner forward Paul Cronin left referee Barry Tiernan little option but to send him off for an off the ball incident. Boden capitalised on the extra player and continued to slot over the points for the final 15 minutes. They put over six more minors through Dwan, Kerin, Sam Molony, Keaney and GrassRootsGAA Star Man Alan Flood to secure the win. Ballinteer kicked over one more point in injury time from substitute L Naughton bringing their tally for the night to eight points. Ballinteer had several chances in the early part of the second half to capitalise on scores; however, several balls dropped short and were cleared by the Boden keeper.

At full time at O'Toole Park it was Ballyboden St. Enda's 3-15 Ballinteer St. John's 0-8.

Boden now advance to the quarter-final stages of the Dublin SFC where they will meet Lucan Sarsfields.

Star Man: Alan Flood (Ballyboden St. Enda's)

While Andrew Kerin scored 0-4 and Ryan Basquel 2-02, it was Flood who stood out this evening. Flood was introduced in the second half for Ballyboden and he had an immediate effect. He gathered ball and created chances for Boden. He offloaded the ball well and was quick on his feet. He also converted a point before full time and caused problems for Ballinteer.

Ballyboden St. Enda's Squad List:

D Walsh; P O'Brien; R McDaid; D Nelson (0-1); B Dwan (0-2); A Waters; C Flaherty; M Mcauley; D O'Mahoney (0-1); D O' Reilly; S Molony (0-1); S Gibbons (0-1); R Basquel (2-2); C Keaney (1-2); A Kerin (0-4); A Flood (0-1); C Dunne; D McCabe.

Ballinteer St. John's Squad List:

C O' Donnell; C McCabe; P O' Curry; J O' Connor; D Deveraux; G Whelan; D Gormley; D Gillick; N Deveraux; R Gauaghan; F Duffy (0-1); A Clabby (0-2); S McCann; B Colleran (0-4); P Cronin; S Fitzsimons; C Judge; A Fields; C Parker; P.J. Foley; L Naughton (0-1).


Inters 2-09 St.Judes 0-10

The Intermediate Footballers won a hard fought quarter-final in O’Toole Park this morning. Two goals from Carl Molony was the difference between the teams but it was great team moves that led to both goals. Judes opened the scoring in the first minute but Carl Molony was close with a fisted effort that went narrowly wide. Collie O’Neill opened the scoring for Boden with a well taken point before Dara Kilduff put Boden in front after 7 minutes. Judes replied with 2 points before James O’ Hara levelled matters. A Judes point edged them in front after 12 minutes

Judes then came looking for goals and but for a great save from Darragh Grogan they could have taken a 4 point lead after 13 minutes. A pointed free a minute later put them 0-5 to 0-3 in front. Judes again came close after 15 minutes when the ball went narrowly wide on the left side. Boden responded well to this threat with points from Scott Cullen and the tireless Dara Kilduff before the evergreen Cormac Smith went on a run on the right wing, getting past 2 Judes players before heading in along the end line. A fisted pass found Carl Molony who fisted to the net. Boden 1-5 to 0-5 up. Judes reduced the margin to 2 points with a pointed free, before Seamus Keane opened his account with a pointed free after 26 minutes. It looked like Boden would head to the break with a 3 point lead but 2 late Judes points reduced the margin to the minimum at half time 1-6 to 0-8.

Judes began the second half with intent but could not get the scores they needed. Four wides in the first 5 minutes deflated them before Carl Molony pointed from a free. James Madden scored a great point from the left wing to stretch lead out to 3 points after 7 minutes. Judes only reply to this was a pointed free after 13 minutes. Then came the score of the game when Smithy went on another meandering run on the left, showing a turn of pace which surprised even himself and cut in on the 14 to pass to Kilduff who passed to Molony to volley the ball into the right corner of the net. Boden then worked tirelessly to hold their lead with Mark Fitzgerald, Dan Buckingham and James O’Hara thwarting the Judes attack, ably assisted by Ian Clarke, Dermot Manley and Fergal Haran. Both teams traded points in what seemed like an eternity before the referee called time after 4 minutes of injury time.

Ballyboden. Darragh Gogan, Brian Devlin (Dan Mcguinness 29 mins) Mark Fitzgerald, Dan Buckingham, Dermot Manley, James O’Hara (0-1), Fergal Haran, Ian Clarke, Seamus Keane (0-2, 0-1F), Dara Kilduff (0-2), Cormac Smyth, Scott Cullen (0-1) (Shane Hogan 50 mins), James Madden (0-1) (Killian McBride 55 mins), Collie O ‘Neill (0-1) (Eoin Crowley 55 mins), Carl Molony (2-1)


Minor Championship

This weekend the attention turns back to our Minor teams as they prepare for the second game in their respective Championships. See below for full fixture details.


Boden News 2014

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Football news 15/9/14

Senior and Intermediate Championship

The Senior and intermediate championships resume this weekend with local derbys for both teams in O’Toole Park on Saturday and Sunday with Balinteer and Judes respectively. Junior A’s and B’s are also in AFL action this week, your support, as ever, is crucial. See full details below.

Minor Championship

Our minor teams got the perfect start to their respective Championships with victories in all three games. The A’s took on league winners Ballymun in PUM and didn’t disappoint the large crowd in attendance coming out on top by 1-14 to 0-10. Our B’s travelled to Rolestown to play Fingal Ravens and put in a fine performance winning by a score of 2-11 to 2-07 while our C’s travelled to the Iveagh Grounds to face Sean Heuston gaels and made it a terrific 3 out of 3 winning by 1-19 to 2-04. Well done to all concerned, see reports and pictures below.

Minor A 1-14  Ballymun 0-10

The Ballyboden Minor A team got their championship campaign off to a good start with a nice win over Ballymun in Páirc Uí Mhurchú on Sunday last. The first half was evenly balanced as Ballyboden found it difficult to settle into a pattern until Adam Carney was alert to a ball off the upright to slip in for a well-taken goal. Ballymun were dependent on frees, converting 6 frees in the first half to leave the score at half time Ballymun 0-8, Ballyboden 1-4.

Ballyboden brought a new focus to the second half and aided by a slight breeze, they scored eight 8 points from play, along with two frees from Adam Carney. Ballymun were restricted to 2 points from frees. Ballyboden had fine performances from all six backs and goalie Jack Mahon. Cathal O’Dea did exceptionally well on his championship debut while team captain Brian Bobbett  covered every blade of grass in his usual all-action performance. At mid-field Brian Kirwan was strong under the kick out and fully justified his selection at this level. While the forwards produced some fine individual performances, the team work will need to improve considerably if they are going to make progress in this group. Adam Carney was the pick of the forwards and impressed with his scoring and workrate. Conor Deane brought his usual high energy to proceedings while Stephen Ward, Ciaran O’Brien, Garret Crowley and Rian Cannon all made a good contribution on their introduction.

Final Score: BBSE 1-14; Ballymun 0-10

Scorers: A Carney 1-6 (-0-2 Frees); Warren Egan 0-3; Darragh Langan 0-3; Conor Deane 0-1; Colm Basquel 0-1

Team: Jack Mahon, Oisín Ó Dúill, Shane Clayton, Cathal O’Dea, Brian Bobbett (Capt) , Cian Mellett, Niall Hestor, Brian Kirwan, Darragh Maguire, Dara Langan, Harry Coffey, Barra McGarry, Adam Carney, Warren Egan and  Colm Basquel.

Ballyboden Minor B 2-11 – Fingal Ravens 2-7

Ballyboden St Enda’s Minor B team had a tough enough start in their first Championship match. Weather conditions were quite blustery, but it was a fine and bright morning over in Rolestown. Ballyboden had a good start as Ross McGrath scored a point within the first minute. Fingal Ravens tried to even the score straight away but shot wide.  Ballyboden got 3 great points in quick succession, first by Ruairí Kirwan from a free, followed swiftly by 2 from Philip McCormack.  Fingal Ravens keeper had trouble making sure of his kick outs and Ballyboden had a couple of chances on goal, one being saved and the second knocked wide.  Next kick out was won by Luke and he brought it straight back down  passing it to Philip, who got his second point which was followed a few minutes later with a point by Liam. Fingal had a dangerous attack which ended with a threatening ball dropping on top of Josh.  Fingal Ravens called for a penalty with a crowd of bodies in the box.  The ref decided on a hop ball.  Ravens managed to get it back and took their first point of the match.  Luke O’Donoghue won the kick out and linked up with Philip McCormack, with Philip playing the ball back into Luke for his goal.  This was swiftly followed by a point by Liam O’Flaherty.  Fingal Ravens came back with a goal, that originated from a free outside the penalty area, which hit off the post, back into play and they nicely chipped it over Josh. Boden went straight back down and scored a point, only to have Fingal Ravens come back and score another goal.  Boden kept their composure and scored another four points before the half time whistle.  Two by Ruairí Kirwan, and one from Liam Flaherty and Cian Kelly.  Cian Kelly was substituted for Rob Leddy just before half time.

Half time score 1-10 to 2-2

Fingal Ravens did their best to continue their momentum from the first half.  Wind also picked up a bit and Josh Kane was having a tough time picking out a blue and white striped shirt.  Boden had some nice play but Fingal’s defence proved too strong for Boden’s attack.  Ravens got the first point of the second half, followed quickly by Mark getting a point for us.Ballyboden kept chipping away and eventually we were awarded a penalty, as Rob Leddy was taken down in front of goal.  Ruairí Kirwan took the penalty shot and scored a goal. Ruadhán Fanning and Seán McDonnell were replaced by Kevin Lynch and Conor Kennedy. For the next 15 mins it was a very tight match, with both teams robbing the ball from one another.  Josh made a great save in goal and managed to get the ball back up the pitch, only to have Ravens on the counter-attack again.  Wind played havoc with Josh’s kick outs and many of them landed in Raven’s favour.  Boden tried to get a few more points on the board, with tactical substitutions of James O’ Connor and Evan McDonnell coming on for Luke O’ Donoghue and Ruairí Kirwan.   Raven’s had the majority of the play, but thankfully Boden held out and kept Fingal’s score tally for the second half to five points. The men of the match were Ruairí Kirwan for his accuracy in front of goal, Luke O’Donoghue for his high work rate, Cian Murray for his strong defending throughout the match at centre-back and Oisín Carolan for keeping the full back line safe, as they were bombarded with ball throughout the match.

Team – Josh Kane, James McDonnell, Oisín Carolan, Robbie O’ Connell, Seán McDonnell, Cian Murray, Liam Mullen, Ruadhán Fanning, Ross McGrath (0-01), Mark Mcgee (0-01), Liam Flaherty (0-03), Luke O’ Donoghue (1-01), Cian Kelly (0-01), Ruairí Kirwan (1-03), Philip McCormack (0-02), Conor Kennedy, Kevin Lynch, Evan McDonnell, Robert Leddy, James O’ Connor.


Minor C Football Match Report

Boden 1.19     Sean Heuston Gaels  2.04

The Minor C footballers had a convincing win over Sean Heuston Gaels in their championship opener in the Iveagh Grounds on Sunday. Playing on an immaculate surface, and in ideal weather conditions, the Boden lads wasted no time in getting down to  business.  With Jamie Ryder and David Leech dictating matters at midfield, and Tommy Burke and Charlie Mc Partland making incisive runs from their wing back positions,   the forwards received ample possession and turned it to good use.  Points from Eoin Cashman, Niall Creegan,  and  Sean Durkin followed in quick succession before Man- of- the Match  Cashman found the net from an expertly-taken penalty. Further points from Burke, Mc Partland, Ryder, Laurence Murphy and Cashman again left the half - time score 1.09 to 1.02 in Boden’s favour.

The second half continued in the same vein with Eoin Cashman continuing to keep the scoreboard ticking over both  from frees and from play, and  with David Leech, Jamie Ryder and Jamie Hutchinson adding further points, Boden ran out convincing winners. While the forwards racked up a big score at one end, at the other end the defence dealt capably with a dangerous Gaels’ forward line. Goalkeeper Stephen Mc Grath made some fine saves and received   excellent cover from the full back line of Anthony Manning, Keith Sweeney and Niall Bobbett. Meanwhile, centre- forward Peadar Mac Mathúna dropped back to provide assistance when required. But most of all this victory was due to a tremendous team effort from every panel member.

Minor B's through to League final

BBSE Minor B 4-16 - Thomas Ashe 1-12

Ballyboden St. Enda’s Minor B team had a fine victory over a determined Thomas Ashe team on the Prunty pitch on Wednesday. It was the league semi-final and it was played in perfect Indian summer conditions.  Thomas Ashe started off strong with two excellent points, but Ballyboden replied with 4 points in a row from Liam O’ Flaherty, Luke O’Donoghue, Ruadhán Fanning and Mark McGee.

As the game progressed Ballyboden started to  rapidly cut through the defence and succeeded in scoring three goals. A great pass from Kevin Cronin led to Philip McCormack’s first goal and a beautifully weighted pass from Cathal O’Dea led to Philip’s second goal. The third goal was scored by Liam O’Flaherty. The score at half time was 3-09 to 0-6.

Thomas Ashe came out stronger in the second half but  Ballyboden weathered the storm.  As usual Josh Kane made some mighty saves in goal, while Oisín Carolan provided solid cover as full back.  Up front Ruairí Kirwan was consistent with his accurate scoring. Kevin Lynch came on from the bench and scored a powerful goal and two points from play.

Men of the match were Mark McGee for his fielding and athleticism, Kevin Cronin for his leadership and battling in defence, Josh Kane for his strong kick outs and sturdy goalkeeping and Liam Mullen for his tenacious tackling and alertness.

Overall an excellent team display, but championship awaits.

Is maith an scéalaí an aimsir.

Team  - Josh Kane, Robbie O’Connell, Oisín Carolan, Cathal O’Dea, Liam Mullen, Kevin Cronin, Cian Murray, Ruadhán Fanning (0-01), Liam Stafford, Mark McGee (0-02), Liam O’Flaherty (1-01), Luke O’ Donoghue (0-02), Cian Kelly (0-1), Ruairí Kirwan (0-07) Philip McCormack (2-00), Kevin Lynch (1-02), Séan McDonnell, Conor Kennedy, Oisín Tobin, Evan McDonald, James McDonnell

Football news 08/09/14

Senior and Intermediate Championship Draws

20/9 Seniors V Balinteer St.Johns O’Toole Park 17.30pm

21/9 Inters V St.Judes O’Toole Park 10.30am


Minor Championship gets underway

Leaving Cert is over, county commitments are over and all focus for our Minors is on the Club Championship which begins in earnest this weekend with our 3 teams in action. Liam Deanes Minor A panel face a tough opening game against Ballymun but have home advantage, Don Carolans Minor B’s travel to Fingal Ravens on Sunday but have the perfect warm up with a League Semi-final Wednesday V Thomas Ashe. Brendan Gillespies Minor C’s travel to Sean Heuston Gaels for their opener.

Please support our young players – full fixture details below.

Weekend Round up

The Seniors recorded a morale boosting win over Crokes in Silver Park ahead of the Championship while the Inters yet again failed to get the win they so desperately needed against Olafs despite giving everything they had on the day. The Junior A had a deserved big win over Inisfails while the Junior B’s just fell short in their Championship semi-final against St.OP/ER.

See reports and pics below.

Seniors 3-9 Crokes 1-13

This was the final league run out before championship for the lads. Crokes sitting 3rd in the league and assured of the playoffs provided a stern test for this developing Boden side. The game started off with the intensity of a typical Boden v Crokes match. The Boden backs marshalled by Dara Walsh in the first half repelled the Crokes attack with some tenacious defending. This lay the platform for Boden to break quickly and set up some fine scoring opportunities. There were some excellent points by Conal Keaney and Michael Dara Macaulay before Andy Kerin struck the net twice in the second quarter of the game. The first was a follow up of a rebound while the second came from a slick passing move. This probably gave Boden a slightly flattering half-time score of 2-6 to 0-6. 

Crokes came out in the second half as you would expect and started to peg back the Boden lead. Points by Paul Mannion brought them back within touching distance. Boden found it difficult to retain possession up front and the tide was swinging in Crokes favour. Crokes then struck for goal with an excellent finish and this set up a grandstand finish. With the introduction of fresh legs – Ciaran Archibald, Tom Hanifin and Darren O’Reilly Boden started to regain some momentum and possession. Then with five minutes remaining Boden struck their third goal. Again it was Andy Kerin – right man in the right place – palming it to the net after Daren O’Reilly forced a brilliant save from the Crokes Keeper. Boden managed to tag on another point and hold on to a narrow lead despite Crokes tagging on two further 2 points.

Next up is Ballinteer in the championship Saturday week. 

Junior A’s 5-8 Inisfails 2-7

A great second half display helped Boden junior footballers take the points in Balgriffin against Innisfails.

Man of the match was Cian Bates with 2-3 from play . He was ably supported by the rest of the forwards with all 6 scoring from play. Leading 2-4 to 0-6 at half time, Boden were rocked, directly from the restart, when the home team scored a goal. Nonetheless, the lads regrouped and a free from Evan Flanagan settled them back into their rhythm. The difference between the teams was Bodens overall mobility around the field and when the midfield duo of Ciaran Dempsey and Evan Flanagan  started dominating possession and the forwards moved the ball quickly, the result was never in doubt. Well done to the Boden defence on their tight marking and excellent ball distribution.

Scorers : Cian Bates  2-3, Dave Gilheaney 1-1, Dillon Ryan 1-1, Conor McHugh 1-0, Sean Nixon 0-1, Alan Carter 0-1 and Evan Flanagan 0-1  


Junior B 0 -10  Oliver Plunketts E/R 2 – 7

The Junior B’ s just fell short of a championship final on Sunday after suffering a narrow loss to Oliver Plunketts at PUM. In what was a tight nervy affair throughout Boden just missed a bit of quality or injection of pace that would have got them over the line. The opening exchanges set the tone for the afternoon with space at a premium and a number of scores from placed balls including a monster effort from Tom Connors drew the sides level after fifteen minutes. Plunketts then seized the initiative and grabbed a goal after a magnificent save from Ger Flaherty was followed up with a bullet of a finish.  Boden responded with Connors again replying leaving Plunketts with a two point lead at the break. The first half was notable of some excellent defensive displays given by Michael Dunne, Alex Murphy, and Ross Traynor.  Boden grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck at the resumption and reeled off seven unanswered points from Emmet Carroll, Paudge Mahony, Tom Wafer, Ciaran Murphy, Tom Connors and Ronan O’Reilly which gave them a four point lead. This purple patch lulled Boden into a false sense of security and unfortunately left them crying out for the finish instead of pushing on.

Plunketts rallied and grabbed a decisive goal with ten minutes to play which drew the sides level. Boden were unable to muster a response and Plunketts pushed on by tagging on three points and despite a late goal chance for Boden that was to be the final result.

A disappointing end to a magnificent campaign which started with 42 teams and Boden can be proud of making the last four.

It's the Blues for the Blues

D-Day turned into Disappointment Day for the Dubs as both the Seniors and Minors went down to Donegal in Croke Park yesterday. Hard luck to all the Boden lads from both squads who gave their all throughout the year.

Dublin V Donegal

Best of luck to our Senior and Minor footballers in their respective All-Ireland Semi-finals against Donegal.

Football news 25/08/14

Junior B’s Through to Championship Semi-Final 

Junior B 7-10 Cuala 1-09

The Junior B’s emphatically advanced to the semi finals of the championship after brushing aside Cuala at Shangallagh Park last Sunday. The score did reflect Boden’s dominance throughout but still gave the management plenty to work on for the next round.

Boden started confidently and adopting a system of two up top filled by minor stars Adam Carney and Dara Langan immediately reaped rewards with two quick points. Cuala however responded in somewhat bizarre fashion when a shot at goal flashed into the side netting and despite both umpires waving it wide the referee awarded the goal. Boden were unruffled and quick points from Tom Connors and Adam Carney followed by a fortuitous goal from Oisin Cannon (he was going for a point) regained the initiative. Under direct instructions to target goals Boden took a commanding lead into half time when Adam Carney and Dara Langan both finished confidently to the net.

Disaster was closely averted at the start of the second half when Cuala missed a gilt edge goal chance although Ger Flaherty positioned his ample frame well to distract the kicker. Defensively Michael Dunne, Donal Sheehan, and Ross Traynor dealt admirably with the expected surge from Cuala and despite missing a number of chances Boden quickly resumed control. Powered by the half back line of Ross Maguire (who replaced the injured Stephen Coughlan) Dean O’Donnell, and James Mc Tiernan Boden clinically restored order with a goal from the hardworking Ronan O’Reilly and quickly tagged on a couple of points. The midfield duo of Tom Waver and Bryan Kirwan has threatened to run the game all day and were now in complete control allowing Tom Connors to send precise passes into the full forward line. Man of the match Paudge Mahony defied his advancing years by covering an unbelievable amount of ground to break up and begin attacks. Boden ran the changes but it continued to rain goals Adam Kearney lobbed the keeper from thirty yards, Dave Mc Cabe brilliantly dispatched to the bottom corner, before Ronan O’Reilly coolly slotted home to complete the rout.

Substitutes Gareth O’Keefe, Mick McDonald, Mick O’Dwyer and Dave O’Donnell made notable contributions before the ref blew for full time. Overall an excellent performance and fills the panel with confidence heading to the semi final.


AFL League Action

Keaney Inspires Young Guns.

Seniors 0-16 St.Maurs 1-10

Conal Keaneys return to football for the Senior team paved the way to a well deserved victory over a highly rated St.Maurs team in Pairc Ui Mhurchu on Saturday by a score of 0-16 to 1-10. The home support witnessed some great performances from Aran Waters, Sean Gibbons, Alan Flood, Stephen O’Connor and Sam Molony and the impressive total of 0-16 was shared out well with Ryan Basquel bagging 0-4, Seamus Keane 0-3, Flood & Keaney 0-2 and points for O’Connor, Molony, Darren O’Reilly, Cathal Flaherty and Andrew Kerin.


Inters 1-11 ClannaGael 0-16

Our Intermediate team lost narrowly to ClannaGael on Saturday by 0-16 to 1-11. The team battled bravely and came back from 0-09 to 0-02 to level the score at half time. However a mounting injury list coupled with a lack of subs proved crucial and ended up costing us the game.


Junior A 2-09 Cuala 3-18

Ballyboden’s Junior A footballers were beaten by league leaders Cuala in an entertaining game in Ballycullen. The final score of 2-9 to 3-18 does not reflect how competitive the game was. Boden were worthy leaders at half time by 1-7 to 0-5 however a poor start to the second half, a missed penalty and a scrappy goal with 15 minutes to go by Cuala helped them pulled away.

The play-offs are still a possibility for this team but it will require a grandstand finish to the season which they are more than capable of.


All-Ireland Semi-Finals

Best of luck to our Senior football stars Michael-Darragh, Darragh and Declan as the Dubs face Donegal in Croke Park on Sunday. The prospect of Dublin Minor and Senior titles is very much alive as our Minor contingent Colm, Warren, Shane, Barra and coach Mark Fee also take on Donegal in the early game.

Football news 18/08/14

After a quiet few weeks Adult football returns this week after the Summer break with the Seniors, Inters and both Junior teams in action. Saturday sees the Seniors take on St.Maurs in Div.1 and the Inters take on Clanna Gael in Div.3. On Sunday the Junior A’s face Cuala in Div.5 while it’s Championship for our Junior B’s as they also face Cuala in the quarter finals of the D Championship. Your support, as ever, is crucial and with three of those games at home we hope to see a large Boden support out over the weekend. Full details below.


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If you fancy covering any of this weekends football games please contact 

Neil Buckingham on 087 971 0737 or neilbuckingham@eircom.net

Football news 28/07/14

Round Up

On Saturday both the Seniors and Inters were in league action. Our Senior footballers travelled out to St.Pats Donabate and shared the points 0-15 to 2-09, while our Inters still struggling with numbers went down to St.Finians Swords 1-16 to 1-09.

Sunday saw fixtures for the Junior teams, the Junior A’s travelled to Kilmacud Crokes and put in a gritty comeback performance coming from 8 points down to win 4-05 to 1-12, proving the old adage that goals do indeed win games. Thanks to Sean Gilheaney for the photos.

The Junior A's were also in action last night (29/7) in PUM where a good crowd watched them defeat Naomh Mearnog by 3-11 to 1-12, all the more impressive considering they played with 14 men for 40 minutes.

Our junior B’s received a walkover.

Upcoming fixtures:

31/7 Junior B V Cuala 19.15pm Hyde Park

Finally on the bank holiday Monday (4th August) the Dublin Minors take on Cork for a place in the All-Ireland Semi-final and we wish all the squad well and especially Boden lads Colm, Warren, Shane, Barra and coach Mark Fee. Throw in time in Semple Stadium is 2pm.

Football Fixtures 26/27th July

Football news 21/07/14

Round Up

First up are the Dubs who claimed a Minor and Senior Leinster double in Croke Park on Sunday with the Minors defeating Kildare by 3-16 to 1-12 and the Seniors beating Meath by 3-20 to 1-10. Apart for our regular trio of Senior stars Michael-Darragh, Declan and Darragh, Boden were also well represented on the minors with coach Mark Fee and players Colm Basquel, Warren Egan, Shane Clayton and Barra McGarry.

Well done to both teams and in particular our own lads. Here’s hoping for an All-Ireland double in September!

Brendan Gillespies Minor C footballers finished their league season strongly with impressive wins over Sean Heuston Gaels and Lucan Sarsfields on Wednesday and Thursday evening last. On Wednesday, they had a hard- fought victory over a strong Gaels team consisting of players from James’ Gaels, Robert Emmets and Liffey Gaels. The final score of 3.11 to 1.8 does not reflect the closeness of the tie and it was only the superior fitness and teamwork of the Boden boys that saw them through in the end.

The following evening the team headed to Arthur Griffith Park to face Lucan in the final league game of the season. Trailing by a goal at half-time, the lads put in a barnstorming second half to run out winners on the score of 0.14 to 1.7. Well done to all the lads who put in a huge effort on two successive evenings, as well as throughout the league season, which saw them finish fourth in a very competitive division.

Ta sos beag tuilte ag gach duine anois sula dtabharfaimid aghaidh ar ullmhúcháin don Chraobh a thósoidh I mi Meán Fómhair.

To put out 3 minor teams, even for a club of our size, is a terrific achievement and to remain competitive at this level is testament to the work put in by Brendan, his fellow mentors and the players. Well done to all concerned.


Upcoming fixtures:

26/7 Seniors V St.Pat’s Donabate 18.30pm Donabate

26/7 Inters V St.Finians S 18.30pm River Valley


27/7 Junior A V Kilmacud Crokes 10.30am Silver Park

27/7 Junior B V Naomh Barrog 15.00pm PUM


29/7 Junior A V Naomh Mearnog 19.15pm PUM


31/7 Junior B V Cuala 19.15pm Hyde Park



Inters defeated in Loving Cup Final

Hard luck to our Intermediate footballers who lost out to a well organised Ballyboughal team last night in the Loving Cup final. Although we started brightly we were second best for most of the game and the better team on the night won the match. Our score taking let us down and Ballyboughal ran out comfortable winners by 2-16 to 1-11.

Photos thanks to Sean Gilheaney

Football news 07/07/14


Big week ahead with double header AFL games for the Seniors and Inters. The Seniors are at home in PUM on Wednesday against St.Sylvesters and then away to St.OP/ER on Saturday. The Inters, badly needing a league win to turn their season around, travel to Clontarf to face Scoil Ui Chonaill on Wednesday and take on Brigids in Sancta Maria on Saturday. The Junior B’s have a big Championship game V Raheny on Thursday and are out again on Sunday V Erins Isle on Sunday. Junior A's face Thomas Davis in Oldcourt on Sunday at 11.00am. No games for the Minor teams this weekend. Full fixture details below.

Congratulations to our Intermediate team as they beat St.Vincents in a pulsating Loving Cup semi-final last Wednesday on a scoreline of 1-19 to 0-17, none of your 0-0 after extra time going to penalties sort of thing here! Commiserations to our Junior A team who lost out to Na Fianna in the final of the Conlon Cup last Tuesday by 1-12 to 1-09, a few missed chances in the first half proved to be costly in the end. The Minor C’s had two matches over the past week and first up was an emphatic victory last Wednesday over St.Olafs by 3-14 to 1-08 but unfortunately on Sunday they went down to Kilmacud Crokes by 6-12 to 2-09.

The Junior B’s had a great win over local rivals St.Annes last Tuesday continuing their fine league form. See report below.

Junior B AFL Div.9

BBSE 5-17 v 2-03 St.Annes

Ballyboden St. Endas had a resounding result in an intriguing clash with local rivals St. Annes in the Junior 9 league in Pairc Ui Murchu on Tuesday night. With the home side looking for a win before the next round of the Championship they got off to a storming start with a well taken goal from Dara Langan. The ball was again moved quickly out of the Boden back line and Ronan O’Reilly and Stephen McDonald added to the score-line with well taken points apiece. With Keith O’Donnell and Harry Coffey putting in an industrious display in midfield, Boden were on the attack again with a well taken point from Tommy Connors. St. Annes had the great Joe McNally in their starting line and boden were in for a nervy afternoon. Annes played some fine flowing football of their own with great displays from Johnathan Flood and Nipper McNally responding with two well taken points of their own.

Boden used the pace of Kieran Murphy and James McTiernan with great effect and were on the attack again with some excellent passing leading to more scores from Connors, Lanagan, and O’Reilly. St. Annes came up against a well organized defense led by Dean O’Donnell and ably assisted by Ross Traynor and Michael Dunne. Half back Ross McGuire got on the scoring sheet with a well timed run from defense to split the posts. Dara Shovlin was at his best for Boden and was only denied goal opportunities by some fine saves from the St. Annes keeper.

Bodens strength in depth showed with the introduction of David O’Donnell, Mick O’Dwyer, Brian Fitzsimons and Liam McNamara. With Ger Flaherty’s well worked kick outs, Boden added to the score-line with well taken points from David O’Donnell, Tommy Connors, Ronan O’Reilly and Dara Langan yet again. St. Annes responded with some fine attacking play of their own and Boden gave away a soft penalty which was put over for a point by Peter Brennan. The wily Cecil Jolley was in great form for Annes and showed his experience by delaying Boden a goal scoring opportunity. Joe Mcnally well marshaled by Donal Sheahan, Boden ran out eventual winners with a score-line of 5-17 to 2-3.

The management team of John White, Paddy Carr, Fergal O’Neill, and Martin O’Donnell now look forward to preparing a fine Ballyboden St. Endas team for the next round of the Championship versus Rehany at home on the 10th July.


Mid Season Reports:

Over the coming weeks we will try to bring you a brief mid season report from each of our Adult football teams, their efforts to date and plans (and hopes) for the rest of the year.

Minor A team.

Minor A league has finished – with eight in the group we had just seven competitive matches over a six month period. Luckily enough our players are getting games at the adult level to keep them interested also we have mostly dual players so most players had also seven hurling matches and a hurling blitz in Kilkenny last weekend. With the leaving cert over we are now preparing for the championship which kicks off in September. We have a continuous fitness program designed for both minor footballers and hurlers which includes precise and supervised GYM work as part of the Football sections on-going NADA program and great field work being done by Ferghal Brennan Dave Sweeney and Ciaran Doyle the players and club are very grateful to these young men for their dedication to the teams.

Come September/October hopefully we will see the fruits of all the hard work from the players and coaches when we will battle our way to a successful Championship.

Best of luck to our four county minors Barra, Shane, Colm and Warren who take on the great Offaly Minors this Thursday in Tullamore 7.30pm and to Rian Cannon on the Dublin hurling team.

Liam Deane - Manager


Junior B team.

The Junior B’s are well positioned to having a successful season. The league campaign has been solid to date with Boden currently lying in the play off places for promotion and have recorded some big wins racking up large scores. The team is currently in the last 16 of the championship with two tough wins so far including a one point win over Wanderers and probably the performance of the season away to Geraldine Morans in the second round which was won on the road in extra time. Training numbers have been solid and match day squads regularly feature well over twenty players which is adding to competition for places and creating a healthy team atmosphere. 

John White - Manager


Football news 23/6/14

Pride of place this issue must go to our Minor B footballers who have just finished top of their league having won their last 6 matches. Anyone who has seen this team play will attest to their exciting brand of attacking football, they have been in free scoring mode for almost every game and are fully deserving of a league play off place. Great credit goes to all the players and the management team of Don Carolan, Tadgh Cashman, Neil Brennan and Darren O’Reilly and we wish the team all the best for the upcoming Championship. See report of their victory over St.Annes on Sunday below.

MFL Div.3B  Minor B  V St. Annes

BBSE Minor B 1-15  St. Annes 1-11

Ballyboden St. Endas Minor B team left it till late to see off a strong challenge by St. Annes, in a balmy Bohernabreena on Sunday 22nd June. It was a tough contest, with both sides exchanging points for most of the game and only in the last quarter did Ballyboden succeed in pulling away from St. Annes.  During this period all of our subs played a significant roll.  Liam Mullen who came on for an injured Cian Murray tore through the St. Annes defence to score a super point and when Philip McCormack was introduced he scored a vital goal to relieve the pressure.  Both Rossa Lynch and Rory Knight then ran at St. Annes defence and scored fine points. There was a fine display of fielding by Liam O’Flaherty and Ruadhán Fanning, especially in the first half, and Josh Kane made some fantastic and important saves in goal.

Overall a fine team display.

Is maith and cúnamh lá breá.

Men of the Match - James Mc Donnell strong in defence, Rory Knight for his speed and Liam Mullen for his persistence.

Team -  Josh Kane, Robbie O’Connell, James McDonnell, Oisín Tobin, Cian Murray (0-1), Kevin Cronin, Cathal O’Dea (0-1), Liam Stafford, Ruadhán Fanning, Mark McGee (0-3), Liam Flaherty (0-3), Seán Mc Donnell, Conor Kennedy, Ruairí Kirwan (0-3), Cian Kelly (0-1), Kevin Lynch, Liam Mullen (0-1), Philip McCormack (1-0), Rossa Lynch (0-1), Rory Knight (0.1)

Staying with the Minors, our Minor A team travelled to league leaders Ballymun intent on finishing their league campaign on a high in preparation for Championship. They ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of  2-16 to 0-06 which in the eyes of some observers may be seen as a shock given the recent results of both teams. We know however that this team has quality and we wish them the best for the Championship. See report below.

Minor A League

BBSE 2-16 v 0-06 Ballymun

Ballyboden Minor As travelled to Ballymun on Sunday for the last match in the league and produced a good team performance to win on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-6. A key feature of the first half was the work rate of the forwards and midfield as they clocked up an impressive 8 turnover tackles and managed to upset the Ballymun rhythm. A Colm Basquel free opened the account for Boden, quickly followed by points from the  in-form full-forward line  of Adam Carney and Warren Egan. Harry Coffey anticipated a short Ballymun kickout and his alertness resulted in a fine individual goal which gave Ballyboden a platform to run in at half time ahead on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-2.

The second half saw Boden continue as they had left off in the first and two points from Carney followed by a fisted effort from Coffey meant that Ballymun were chasing the game all through. A goal from a penalty from Colm Basquel saw Boden run out comfortable winners in the end. In the backs, Oisín Ó Dúill had one of his finest games in the Boden jersey and the half back line of Bobbett, Mellet and Hestor were rock-solid. The new midfield duo of Darragh Maguire and Brian Kirwan emptied the tank and dominated the area. In the forwards, the movement and workrate of Adam Carney was notable and he ended the match with a personal tally of 4 points from play, despite taking a couple of heavy knocks. Others to impress were Basquel and Egan who brought their team mates into the play resulting in a number of fine team scores.

Overall, Manager Liam Deane and coaches Fearghal Brennan and Ciaran Doyle will be happy with this performance as they head into the Summer. Championship is not too far away and will surely not be as easy as this performance.

Scorers: Colm Basquel 1-4 (penalty, 0-2 f); Harry Coffey 1-1; Adam Carney 0-4; Warren Egan 0-4(1 45); Barra McGarry 0-2; Conor Deane 0-1.


Junior B:

Ballyboden 0-16 Beann Eadair 2-11

The Junior B’s suffered a narrow one point defeat to Beann Eadair in the Sheridan Cup semi final on Sunday. Up by three points with less than two minutes to go a crazy finish denied Boden victory which in reality was all their own doing.

Boden were strengthened before kick off with a number of returning regulars from holidays and also welcomed club cult hero Conor Morris and the enigma that is Dara Shovlin to the starting line-up. Despite a sluggish start Boden found their way into the game and good scores by Shovlin, Adam Kearney, and Tom Conors keep the score board ticking over. Beann Eadair though were a tough gutsy outfit, especially strong around the middle and opened up a four point lead at half time having dispatched a dubious penalty and scored a number of frees. Boden upped the ante after the break with Morris and Oisin Cannon getting a foothold in midfield and the half back line of Alex Murphy, Dean O’Donnell and James McTiernan starting to punch holes at the Beann Eadair defence. The full back line of Gareth O’Keefe, Michael Dunne and Ross Traynor dealt with everything thrown at them with ease and Ger Flaherty was untroubled in open play. Despite the opposition getting the first score of the second half Boden then replied with seven unanswered points. The foundation of these scores were epitomised by the hardworking Dave O’Donnell and Ross Maguire allowing Tom Connors to feed quality ball into Shovlin, Kearney and Stephen McDonald who scored at will allowing Boden to ring the changes with notable contributions made by Shane Gallagher, Mikey Ryan and Liam McNamara.  When Shovlin popped over a routine free with three minutes left to give Boden a three point lead it looked all over but Beann Eadair would not go away and a tangle in the full back line lead to a penalty which was clinically dispatched. The resulting kick out was collected again by the opposition and after the concession of a free Beann Eadair went one up with little or no time remaining. A cruel defeat but in reality could have been avoided.

Next Fixture V St.Annes 26/6/14 Ballycullen 19.30pm.


Seniors: The Seniors had had no official game last weekend but on Thursday last took on the Dublin Minor team in Pairc Ui Mhurchu. A good crowd witnessed a fast paced encounter which ebbed and flowed throughout the match. Nobody seemed to keeping score so we’ll call it a draw!

Next Fixture V St.Marys 28/6/14 Saggart 18.30pm.


Inters: Our Inter team received a walkover on Saturday in the Loving Cup match V Trinity Gaels and have two fixtures on Wednesday and Saturday, see below.

AFL Div.3 Wednesday 25/6/14 Inters V St.Marks  McGee Park at 19.30pm.

AFL Div.3 Saturday 28/6/14 Inters V Garda Sancta Maria at 18.30pm.


Junior A:

The Junior A’s received a walkover against Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday in the Conlon Cup.

Next Fixture V Round Towers L 29/6/14 Lusk 10.30am


Finally, best of luck to our 3 Dublin Senior football stars, Michael-Darragh, Darragh and Declan as the Dubs prepare to face Wexford in the Leinster SFC semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday 29th June at 4pm. 


Football news 16/6/14

Round up

There was plenty of football action over the past week with all 4 of our adult teams playing double header fixtures.

Seniors: The Seniors had two very difficult home games against Brigids and Ballymun and it’s fair to say both were intense affairs. The old adage of goals winning games was particularly evident against Brigids who were clinical in their finishing to take the points last Wednesday despite a late rally by the lads. Saturday saw Ballymum have the better of the first half against us but a rousing second half performance saw us gain a deserved point in PUM. Reports from GrassRootsGAA on both games below.

Boden 2-11 Brigids 4-09

Report courtesy of GrassRoots GAA Stephen O'Meara;

The knife-edge effect which can come with attacking in waves from the half back line was exposed to Ballyboden in a somewhat cruel nature on Wednesday evening as the very thing which served as the basis of their noteworthy comeback proved their ultimate undoing in the final quarter. The game had somewhat stumbled and stuttered along for much of the first half before a resurgent Ballyboden brought more life to affairs as they began to attack in waves from the start of the second half and finally began to look like they might actually win. But just a couple of minutes after they had drawn level in the 45th minute, a seemingly unlikely feat having trailed by 1-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes, the very thing which had spring-boarded their resurgence proved their downfall. Attacking in waves from the half back line, they had overrun Brigid's for a significant number of their attacks to this point, but if there's one key element to attacking in waves, it's that you want to be confident that you'll put the ball dead at the end of the attack. Their failure to do so with two attacks in the space of three minutes left them exposed to two counter-attacks where, on both occasions, there were a mere three on three in the Ballyboden half, and each of the two attacks ended up with the ball in the net. To be fair to Ballyboden, on both occasions they had actually managed to get some extra bodies behind the ball before the counter-attacks had reached scoring distance, but on the first occasion, on account of some textbook play by Brigid's, and on the second occasion some sheer opportunism, both ended up in the net. By the time GrassRootsGAA Star Man Philly Ryan had scored his third goal in five minutes, the game was beyond doubt. I say that the "somewhat" cruel nature of attacking in waves was exposed, not because the potential for Russian Roulette type swings isn't maximised where you have two sides attacking in waves, but because you couldn't help but get the impression that the game was viewed more as a training exercise than a competitive match by all and sundry. At least that's the impression I got from the two sets of supporters on either side of me. Upon enquiry to the Brigid's men to my right as to why they were missing so many regulars, I was informed that four were in Thailand (four more were injured or on Dublin duty). "Sure fair play to them. Better there than here", I was gleefully informed. You didn't get the impression that the value of these gentlemen's respective evenings would be overly swayed by the result.

As for the Ballyboden supporters to my left, despite shipping four goals and trailing by eleven points at one stage, the most animated that any of them got was when one supporter correctly pointed out that the black card shown to a Brigid's man in the second half, should have been a yellow or red, but certainly not a black. We mutually agreed that a yellow would easily have been due punishment. Another enquired as to who Boden were playing in the next round of the championship. "Sure that won't be played til October" retorted another, his tone suggesting that we'll have to put up with these warm up games until then. At least they'll be there. Spare a thought for Kilmacud Crokes who you can only imagine will trudge their way through the remainder of the league and what Bernard Brogan, speaking from experience, described as being in "the hole there" of the "B" championship. Whatever cutting edge may have been missing from this and other recent league fixtures, at least the respective Mc Entees in charge of each side in Wednesday evening's clash can view these games as preparation for the championship.

The first 15 minutes belonged to Brigid's as they ran up a 1-4 to 0-1 score-line. Much to my surprise, considering Brigid's manager Tony Mc Entee won both club and county All-Irelands under the stewardship of Joe Kernan and the blanket defence, Brigids' style of play was man on man, having much more in common with the Cork style of play under Conor Counihan. Men coming at pace off the shoulder, frequently taking the ball at 45 degree angles, lots of "give and goes", the cross-field runs of the frequently two man full forward line of Lorcan McCarthy and Philly Ryan and quick direct, frequently cross field balls, into the two of them being the basis from which they attacked. And it was the direct cross-field ball which found McCarthy in the second minute, his man losing his footing as he tried in vain to get a hand on the ball, which allowed McCarthy to go one on one to place the ball nicely home and open up the scoring with a goal. Wing forward Daire Plunkett was to the fore in the opening quarter, frequently carrying the ball from the "65" into the attack, and it was he who was fouled for Brigids' second score, a pointed free, before scoring their third after intercepting a sloppy hand-pass. By the time midfielder, Sean Murray, managed their third point, inadvertently making use of the rugby style "Garryowen", having initially skied a pointed effort only to catch it 15 yards further up field, one player was standing out. There was clearly a touch of class about Leitrim forward Emlyn Mulligan. Combining pivoting towards the midfield to collect ball where necessary with holding a more textbook centre forward's position as well as occasionally dropping closer to the full forward line when it looked like there might be space to exploit inside, he gave a master class from start to finish. His poise, vision and accuracy on the ball were top class as he was frequently the fulcrum of the Brigid's attack.

Boden for their part were having to work harder for their scoring opportunities. A lot of their moves were breaking down before they reached the full forward line and even where their inside forwards did manage to win primary possession they were under considerable pressure upon receiving it. This was the primary factor relating to the fact that Ryan Basquel's seventh minute point was the only one of Boden's first four efforts which would split the posts. To be fair to Boden's efforts, Basquel had also hit the post having gone one and one with the Brigid's keeper after ten minutes. Apart from excellent man marking by most of the Brigid's defence, the role which Barry Cahill was playing at centre back was crucial too. Whenever Boden's centre forward, Bob Dwan, drifted suitably far out field as not to be perceived as being an imminent threat, Cahill was dropping back quickly in front of the full back line, denying space in front of Boden's inside forward line. From a Brigid's defensive point of view, this may well have accounted somewhat for the swing which would come to affairs from  the 16th minute, as the dynamics began to force Cahill to hold a more textbook number six position. From a Brigid's defensive point of view, this may well have accounted somewhat for the swing which would come to affairs from the 16th minute, but to give Boden their dues, from this point on they would get to grips with the game and start to attack in waves. From 1-4 to 0-1 after Philly Ryan would open what would be the first from play of a rather large tally, Brigid's would only score one further point in the next 21 minutes. Two turnovers in the Brigid's half back line in as many minutes saw Boden begin to turn the screw as both turnovers resulted in a point, firstly from wing back, Daragh Nelson, before Andy Kerin pointed from a 45 yard free after Darren O'Reilly was fouled. With full forward, Ronan Cleary, finally seeing the opportunity to have direct ball put in front of him without Cahill covering that space, he won primary possession and put his name on the score sheet with a point. It was, however, the near goal which Boden "scored" in the 24th minute which would serve as the example for the type of attacking play which would drive them on for the next 15 minutes. A surging run from the half back line would see wing back, Nelson, break the line before Kerin would go one on one with Shane Supple in the Brigid's goal. A hand-pass which I assume was intended for Nelson to volley home with the fist, lobbed over Supple's left hand shoulder but fell directly to the net, resulting in a free out for Brigid's. Warning had been served to Brigid's. In fact, had the referee not correctly adjudged Cleary to have fouled his hand-pass which set up a goal a few minutes earlier, this could have been Boden's third goal (also counting Basquel's earlier effort had it gone in and not hit the post). As it was, one more pointed free from Kerin after Basquel was fouled left Boden trailing by 1-4 to 0-5 at the break. Attacking in waves, Boden would continue to dominate the third quarter scoring three points to Brigid's one in that period, one particularly noteworthy long distance free from Kerin, leaving the scores level at 1-5 to 0-8. Brigid's edged in front in the 47th minute when Mulligan pointed a free from distance which the Boden men, perhaps justifiably, felt was harsh, before the key score of the game came two minutes later. Boden, once again attacking in waves, saw Brigid's turn over possession in their half back line. A quick pass or two saw wing forward, Plunkett, in space wide on the left. A driving run saw him gain 50 odd yards from the half way line before Boden had diligently managed to get some bodies back. Where others may have panicked, he played it back to Mulligan who gave a microcosm version of his game in this one play in creating a top drawer goal.

Facing what was now blanket defence he picked and poked, threatening to penetrate one way then the other before a sublime ball took out the whole Boden defence and found Ryan on the edge of the square who rounded his man and placed the ball low past the keeper. From start to finish this goal was top drawer, textbook football. The initial penetrative run, the poise to bring the ball back when faced with numbers, the probing this way and that, the ball in, Ryan's turn and then finish! Whichever side were recording the game on the far side of the field could do well to show this goal at coaching workshops in the future. It was as perfect a goal as can be. If Ryan's first goal was sheer class, he could hardly have believed his luck when the ball landed in his lap inside the box two minutes later. Following Boden being caught on the break again with numbers up-field, a long ball into the box was dropped into Ryan's lap and he rounded the man between himself and the goals to net and put seven between the sides. Ryan must have thought he was in Wonderland when he got out in front of his man and won a ball played in front of him three minutes later, rounded his man and placed it low past the keeper to record a hat-rick in just five minutes. 4-6 to 0-8.

To be fair to Boden they didn't lie down and scored 2-3 to Brigids' 0-2 in the last five minutes plus a perplexing seven minutes of injury time, once again illustrating the type of power play they are capable of attacking from the back, particularly when midfielder Declan O'Mahony blasted home a superb goal which had been worked from one end of the field to the other. When the ref blew the final whistle, however, a bizarre seven minutes into injury time, they were still three behind at 2-11 to 4-8.

What could be read into in terms of championship prospects for the respective sides remains to be seen with so many missing from both sides. Regardless of what personnel were unavailable, however, you can only imagine that both sides will be concerned by the amount of goals conceded (in Ballyboden's case) and goal chances conceded (in both sides' cases). Brigid's could well have shipped three in the first half and Boden could have been on the wrong side of two or three more in the first half had Brigid's been a bit more clinical or not taken the safer option of a point on two occasions.

Admirable and effective when it worked as both sides' all out attacking football was from an attacking perspective, considering how often each side's defences were left exposed three on three at the back, it's unsurprising how many goal chances there were. You'd have to wonder how such set ups would fair if they were to face trios of number 11, 13 and 15 including Alan and Bernard Brogan, Diarmuid Connolly and Mossy Quinn, and Dean Rock and take your pick of Ballymun pace merchants up front.

Personally, I'm not convinced by the wisdom of sending so many men forward at any given time without leaving one surplus at the back to eradicate the swathes of space left, no matter how fluid the attacking is. The risk of exposure at the back on the break, as illustrated in abundance tonight, simply seems too great. Perhaps the respective Mc Entees fancy their chances at outscoring oppositions with "total football" regardless, or perhaps they'll have considered this defensive element as something that went wrong on the night. As the Ballyboden supporter suggested, we'll hopefully have until October to find out.


Boden 1-14 Ballymun 0-17

By Cilian Murphy GrassRootsGAA

Ballyboden St Endas and Ballymun Kickhams played out an entertaining draw in this AFL1 clash in Pairc Uí Murchu this evening. Although championship is still months away from its resumption, both sides approached this game from the offset with intensity and determination, a refreshing change from some recent AFL1 match-ups with a more casual feel about them. Ballymun led by five points at the break having put together some superb attacks along the way. Boden had played quite well themselves with the majority of their scores, however, coming from placed balls.The second half was a far cagier affair, with both sides considerably adding to their wide counts and tempers threatening to boil over and eventually doing so resulting in the dismissal of two players, one from each side.

Ballymun have been extremely impressive in the league up to this point with a draw against St Pats Donabate the only blotch on their copybook. Boden have had a mixed campaign with four wins and three defeats to their name. It was the home side who got the scoreboard ticking over first, Kenny Naughton dispatching a free after Darren O' Reilly had been fouled following a strong run up the dugout touchline.Mun weren't long in getting themselves into gear either and they rattled off three consecutive points through Ted Furman and Jason Whelan (2), the last of which was a superb Whelan effort from 45 metres out after the impressive Ronan Noonan had done the donkey work and laid the ball off. The sides then traded points three times through Andrew Kerin (2 frees) and wing back Cathal Flaherty for Boden, GrassRootsGAA Star Man Derek Byrne, Alan Hubbard and the impressive Michael Brady doing the honours for Mun. Ballymun were enjoying the lion's share of possession, largely thanks to Sean Currie's accuracy from short kickouts, often directed into the space in front of his side's half forward line for them to gather with relative ease.

Points from Naughton (free) and Hubbard once more kept the tit for tat nature of this game in sync. Boden then notched up two points on the trot to reduce the deficit to two. John Small was having a fine game for Ballymun at centre back and his turnover resulted in a Jason Whelan score after the ball had been worked through six Mun players. Derek Byrne and Brady tagged on two more as Mun stretched their advantage leading up to half time. A Kerin free for Boden was cancelled out by another effort from Byrne right on half time, again as a result of strong work from Small further back. With only three wides in total having been registered in the opening period, the half time scoreboard in Pairc Uí Murchu read Ballyboden 0-8 Ballymun 0-13. Boden's Robbie Mc Daid was switched from full back to midfield on the restart and that decision paid dividends within 20 seconds of the referee throwing the ball in for the second half. His now midfield partner Aran Waters made a surging run at the Mun defence, gliding past a couple of tacklers before unleashing a powerful effort which cannoned off the crossbar only for the waiting Mc Daid to palm into the net to give Boden the ideal start to the half. The game reverted back to type for the next 10 minutes with the sides trading points through Byrne and substitute O' Donovan for Mun while Andrew Kerin (1 free, 1 45) applied the finishing touches for the home side. Kenny Naughton, who was starting to have a greater influence on the game, had a strange few minutes. The powerful corner forward pointed on 42 minutes to reduce the deficit to one, before being sent off two minutes later for a second yellow card. Mun kicked on at this juncture with two excellent points from Byrne and Karl Connolly. Kerin pointed for the home side to reduce the gap once more before the playing numbers were evened up; Jason Whelan seeing the line after receiving his second yellow from referee Senan Finucane. With seven minutes remaining, and both teams down to 14 men, it was Boden who kicked on with two points through Sam Molony and another Kerin free to level up the match right at the death, after Ryan Basquel had been fouled on the 21.

An entertaining match in Pairc Uí Murchu finished, Boden 1-14 Mun 0-17.

Ballyboden St Endas Squad List:

C Smyth; D Manley; R Mc Daid (1-0); M O' Sullivan; S Cullen; T Hannifin; C Flaherty (0-1); A Waters; S Keane; D O' Reilly; R Cleary; C Dunne; K Naughton (0-4, 3 frees); R Basquel; A Kerin (0-8, 5 frees, 1 45); D Gogan; S Molony (0-1); B Dwan; A Flood; C Archbold; D Buckingham; D O'Brien.

Inters: Our Inter team travelled to Naomh Fionbarra on Friday and in a full blooded tussle looked ready to secure their first league points of the season, leading by 5 points going into the final stages, only to be denied by two late goals, one a debatable re-taken penalty. A tough defeat to take but the lads must lift themselves again for their upcoming visit to St. Marks. Please support. A special word of thanks to the minors who aqquitted themselves greatly in the game.

Junior A:

June 10th: Ballinteer St. Johns 1-11 Ballyboden 2-8

As expected, this local derby was a very competitive game . No quarter was given or taken. The game went down to the wire and it needed a Damien Kenny free to share the spoils. A draw was a fair result in the end.

June 15th: Ballyboden 1-3 Craobh Ciarain 3-13

Playing in Ballycullen, the home team were well beaten by a physically stronger Craobh Ciarain team. The game started even enough but 3 quick goals mid-way through the first half had the Boden lads on the back foot. The home team rallied with a fantastic goal by Conor Deane however Craobh Ciarain pulled away to win well. Many thanks to the minor footballers for their ongoing support of the Junior A team. The experience will stand to them as they prepare for their upcoming championships

Junior B: Thursday saw them in action at home to Geraldine Morans and again claim victory on a scorline of  4-14 to 1-10. They are surely sick of the sight of us having lost the last 3 games against John Whites men. Sunday they were away to AIB in DCU but came up short losing by 1-05 to 3-07.

Upcoming fixtures:

21/6/14 Loving Cup: Inters V Trinity Gaels 18.30pm PUM

22/6/14 Sheridan Cup: Junior B V Beann Eadair 15.00pm PUM

22/6/14 MFL Div.1 Minor A V Ballymun 11.00am Pairc Ciceam

22/6/14 MFL Div.3B Minor B V St.Annes 11.00am Bohernabreena




Thanks to Liam Cunningham and Kevin Maguire for the excellent photos from the Senior matches.

Football news 8/6/14

Big Week for Adult football

The League cranks up again in earnest this week. Our Senior play Brigids on the Wednesday and Ballymun on the Saturday. Both are home matches. These tests will enable us to benchmark ourselves against 2 of the top teams in the league.

Our Inter team have been a little unlucky in some of their league outings to date. It is important that they secure maximum points from their next outings, Naomh Fionbarra on Friday and St. Marks the following Tuesday. Both games are away and will be tough encounters but games they are capable of winning.

Next up are the Junior A’s and they will want to put their last outing behind them against Garristown, losing by a single point and they will be anxious to resume their winning ways. They take on Ballinteer in Marley on Tuesday 10/5 and are at Home to Craobh Ciaran on Sunday next.

Finally to our Junior B team. Their last league outing didn’t match previous performances. Thursday sees them in action at home to Geraldine Morans and Sunday they are away to AIB in DCU. Full points will put them back in promotion contention.


Our Minor teams are on a ‘match ‘break at the moment but many of the players continue to support our adult teams. In addition they are currently undertaking the NADA programme and they will, we have no doubt, benefit from the programme in the long run. Good luck to all those sitting the Leaving Cert exams at this time and we look forward to having you back soon.


We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following;


Can I ask those who have part paid their membership to pay the balance by the end of this month and make this task less of a burden on our administrators. Membership is long overdue.


We would ask everyone to take yourselves back to the beginning of the season and in particular the commitments you gave to the various management teams. Redouble your efforts and look on this part of the season as an opportunity to nail a starting place down, improve the intensity in training and pick up vital league points. You can only influence a good training session (which all the coaching teams are providing) by being there and actively engaging in the sessions. Practise makes perfect!!!!


We would ask each and every person involved in our games to RESPECT each other, RESPECT the officials and RESPECT the opposition. These are all aspects of playing that we are in control of.


It is important to note that Gumshields must be worn when participating in football training or matches from now on - No gumshield no injury cover.


Finally, where you have articles of interest in relation to football (even if it’s a trip down memory lane, to return them to Neil Buckingham at neilbuckingham@eircom.net

Calling all budding photographers

The football section is looking for anyone with an interest in photography who attend our games and would like to take a few pictures for use in the newsletter and on the club website to accompany match reports. There are already some talented club members providing great pictures and we would like to widen the pool to give all our members the best match coverage possible. If interested please contact Neil Buckingham on 087 971 0737 or neilbuckingham@eircom.net

Thanks, and as they say a picture tells a thousand words!

Mid-week results

  • Junior A  1-09  Garristown         2-07
  • Seniors   0-15  Templeogue S.S  1-05 (report below)
  • Inters     1-12  Clontarf              2-17
  • Junior B  1-05  St.Maurs             0-13

Report By Cian Mc Kiernan from GrassRootsGAA

Templeogue Synge Street 1-5 Ballyboden St. Endas 0-15
A resolute Ballyboden St. Endas defence kept Templeogue Synge Street out in the second half to gain the victory in this AFL 1 match in Dolphin Park yesterday evening.
Ballyboden only scored four points in the second half but their defence was able to restrict the Synge Street forwards to only six scores in the entire match as their team ran out 1-5 to 0-15 winners.
The Templeogue coaching team will look at their team's 13 wides as a missed opportunity and will surely be giving their team extra shooting practice during the week in the hope that this amount of missed shots won't be racked up again.
The Templeogue men started the match brightly as Niall Scully and Tommy Coyne linked up well before Coyne took his first point. Synge Street dominated in the opening ten minutes as a Coyne free put them two points up. Three poor wides followed Coyne's free and set the tone for Templeogue's shooting mishaps. Coyne and Jake Swaine both missed the target when they really should have scored.
It seemed as if it wasn't until after the first ten minutes that Ballyboden players decided to show up for the match. Ryan Basquel notched his first point of the day with his team's first shot. This score was quickly followed by points from Ronan Cleary and Sam Moloney to put Boden into the lead.
Synge Street levelled through a point from corner forward Jake Swaine before GrassRootsGAA Star Man Ryan Basquel scored the point of the match. A Templeogue kickout was won with a great catch by Cleary who delivered a terrific outside of the foot pass into Basquel's chest, the full forward then sold his man a dummy and pointed from long range.
Ballyboden hit their stride after that point as they notched four points without reply. Basquel slotted over a 45 before wing forward Colm Dunne put the ball over the bar after some great approach play. Cleary added to his tally shortly after and then Basquel scored his fourth point of the game.
They could have been further ahead if Cormac O' Gara hadn't have saved brilliantly from a Colm Dunne shot. The Templeogue goalkeeper dived sharply to his right to push the ball out for a 45 which was hit wide.
Synge Street quickly hit back through a Tommy Coyne point but their comeback hopes were dashed when Basquel was brought down when in on goal and a penalty was awarded. Basquel took the penalty himself but again, O' Gara kept the ball out of the net with a great save. Basquel was the first to react to the rebound but his shot cannoned off the crossbar and the Synge Street defence cleared.
However, the penalty miss didn't deter Basquel who scored three more points to put his team into an 0-11 to 0-4 lead at half time.
Templeogue came storming out of the blocks in the second half as they attacked the Ballyboden goal relentlessly. Their hard work paid off when Cillian O' Gara scored a goal to bring them within four points of Ballyboden.
The second half, a turgid affair then fell into a routine in which Templeogue attacked and Boden defended. Templeogue had the majority of the possession but couldn't convert it into any concrete chances against this strong Ballyboden defence.
One chance that they did create fell to substitute Fergal O' Gara who took a shot at goal on the turn but could only find the side netting. Some poor shooting from the Synge Street team didn't help their cause and Ballyboden stretched their lead through a Colm Dunne point, his second of the match.
Synge Street's job was made even harder when Fergal O' Gara. Basquel added to his tally with a free shortly after the sending off.
Substitute Kenny Naughton scored two late points to seal the game for Ballyboden who recorded their fourth win of the league campaign. Synge Street will travel to St. Pats of Donabate in the hope of securing a win to move them from the foot of the table.
Star Man
Ryan Basquel (Ballyboden St. Endas)
Basquel's movement caused trouble for the Templeogue defence throughout the match as he picked up seven points.
Templeogue Synge Street Squad List:
Cormac O' Gara; R Power; N O' Sullivan; B Fitzgerald; D Coughlan; C Mc Kiernan; C Keogh; C O' Reilly; A O' Brien; T Coyne (0-3, 1 free); G Vickery (0-1); J Hiney; J Swaine (0-1); Cillian O' Gara (1-0); N Scully. Subs: F O' Gara.
Wides: 13
Ballyboden St. Endas Squad List
D Gogan; D Manley; C Gibbons; M O' Sullivan; S O' Conner; A Waters; C Flaherty; S Keane (0-1); J Clarke; D O' Reilly; B Dwan; C Dunne (0-2); R Cleary (0-2); R Basquel (0-7); S Moloney (0-1). Subs: D.Buckingham, D.McCabe, D. O'Mahony, K Naughton (0-2), S.Cullen
Wides: 5

Football news 26/05/14

Weekend Round up

With the Senior game V Ballymun called off it was a relatively quiet week on the football front with only three games to report on. In the Conlon Cup John Mulligans Junior A’s put their championship disappointment aside as they defeated a very good (and unbeaten) Vincents side on their own patch, see full report below with pictures from Sean Gilheaney. John Whites Junior B’s repeated their championship win over G.P Morans in the Sheridan Cup coming out winners by 1-10 to 1-06 while Brendan Gillespies Minor C’s completed their last league game before the Leaving Cert with a narrow defeat to Castleknock on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-11.

See report below. With all the minor teams now breaking for the Leaving Cert it’s a chance to see some of the young players not doing exams getting game time in the adult ranks starting this week with the following mid-week fixtures.






Junior A Report
St. Vincents 0-13 Ballyboden 3-7

Ballyboden Junior A footballers beat an in form St. Vincents team by 3 points in the Conlon Cup . The game was played on Vincents home patch, Pairc Naomh Uinsionn.

This was always going to be a tough assignment with Vincents unbeaten in 2014 .

The home team were on top for the first 20 minutes and deservedly led 4 points to 1 . Then the game sprung into life when Bodens’ Darragh Maguire got behind the home defense and crashed the ball to the net. A second goal from Harry Coffey had Vincents reeling and, with Brian Burns and the rest of the defence now dominant , this gave the forwards plenty of ball . Boden closed out the first half with points from Dillon Ryan, Emmet Carroll and an excellent 40 metre free from Evan Flanagan and led 0-6 to 2-4.

The expected comeback from the home team started in earnest in the second half and Vincents outscored Boden 5 points to 2 in the first 20 minutes . At this stage every 50/50 ball was being hotly contested with Barry Everard, Fionn Maguire and Sean Mulligan leading the way.  The game turned again in Bodens favour when Dillion Ryan punished a poor kick out with a goal and Emmet Carroll knocked over another point. A switch of Ronan Donohue to centre half back from midfield strengthened the defense for the last Vincents onslaught and it took , each and every Boden player, to stand up and be counted in the closing minutes. The last Boden point summed up the fine team performance . The ball was won in the full back line and worked all the way up the field to David Gilheaney , who scored off the right to finish off the game.Well done to all 17 players involved and a special word for the support of the three minor players, two of whom scored goals and Cian Mellet, who was outstanding in the half back line. 

Minor C Report

Castleknock 1-10   Boden 0-11

The Minor C footballers put up a brave fight before going down to Castleknock by two points in Somerton Park on Sunday last. After conceding 1.3 without reply in the early stages of the first half, Boden clawed their way back into the game and points from Laurence Murphy (2) , Conor Kennedy, David Leach, Eoin Cashman and Tommy Burke meant that they trailed by just one point at half-time. The second half was an evenly contested affair and after Eoin Cashman levelled the scores on the resumption, it looked as if Boden might push on to victory. It was not to be, however, and despite further points from Niall Creegan (2), David Leach and Laurence Murphy, Castleknock held on to win in a tense and exciting finish. As the League now takes a break for exams, may we wish those Minor footballers who are doing their Leaving Cert. the very best of luck.


Calling all budding photographers

The football section is looking for anyone with an interest in photography who attend our games and would like to take a few pictures for use in the newsletter and on the club website to accompany match reports. There are already some talented club members providing great pictures and we would like to widen the pool to give all our members the best match coverage possible. If interested please contact Neil Buckingham on 087 971 0737 or neilbuckingham@eircom.net

Thanks, and as they say a picture tells a thousand words!

Football news 19/05/14

Championship round up
Seniors 6-23 Trinity Gaels 0-10

Our Senior footballers travelled to Finglas to face Trinity Gaels in their Championship opener last Wednesday. The team were almost at full strength and proved far too strong for their opponents running out easy winners on a score of 6-23 to 0-10. Scorers: A Kerin 1-7 (0-2f), MD McAuley, R Cleary 2-2 each, D O’Reilly 1-4, K Naughton (0-1f), C Dunne 0-2 each, D Nelson, T Hannifin, D O’Mahony, B Dwan 0-1 each. The management had the luxury of not playing several players so they could feature for the Inters in their Championship second round clash against St.Marks.

Team: C Dooley; C Gibbons, A Waters, M Sullivan; D Nelson, T Hannifin, C Flaherty; MD McAuley,

D O’Mahony; D O’Reilly, B Dwan, C Dunne; K Naughton, R Cleary, A Kerin. Subs: C Gibbons for Sullivan (45), D McCabe for McAuley (45).


Inters Match Report 17/05/2014  St Marks 1-02  Ballyboden St Endas 1-11

This 2nd round championship match played in St Marys, Saggart, turned out to be a tighter game than the score line suggests. The early exchanges were well contested and gave little indication how the game would develop. Playing down the incline into the school end Boden eventually opened a lead after a well taken goal by Dara Kilduff who displayed his soccer skills with a 2 touch execution, the first rounding the defender about 30 meters from goal on the left and the second a deft flick with the outside of the right foot from about 20metres into the right corner of the net. Two excellent points from play from Cormac Smyth and points from James Madden (1) and Carl Molony (2,1f) saw Boden go in at the break 1-5 to 0-2 in the lead. The margin could have been smaller had St Marks not missed their scoring chances, including very kickable frees from close range. Boden's defence in this first half was a major factor in keeping the opposition forwards under constant pressure.

Boden's 6 point advantage was extended to 7 on the restart. However St Marks subsequently won a penalty to reduce Bodens lead to 4 points. The next score would likely prove pivotal. It fell to Boden when Sam Molony pointed from one of his sorties up field from centre back. This score settled any nerves that Boden might have had. With Seamus Keane working hard between the two 21 metres lines, always making himself available for the relieving pass and providing quality continuity play through the middle third, Boden gradually extended the margin as the second half progressed. Gavin O'Gara contributed winning some great directonal breaking ball. The penalty from St Marks proved to be their final score and although they kicked a number of wides subsequently credit is due to the Boden defensive unit particularily Dan Buckingham, Brian Devlin, dermot Manley and Fergal Haran for making conditions difficult for the opposition forwards. The biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for Shane Hogan. Hogie was introduced in an unfamliar forwards position with about 15minutes to play. He capped an excellent and faultless contribution with a well worked team point in which he was involved on 3 occasions, the final one delivering the score to which the Boden supporters responded with gusto.

With 9 scorers on the day this was a solid squad performance.  Well done to all.

Squad: Dara Gogan, Dan Buckingham, Mark Fitzgerald, Brian Devlin, Fergal Haran, Sam Molony (0-1), Dermot Manley, Seamus Keane (0-1f), Gavin O'Gara, Dara Kilduff (1-0), Cormac Smyth (0-2), Scott Cullen (0-1), Carl Molony (0-3, 1f), Justin Owens (0-1), James Madden (0-1), Shane Hogan (0-1), David O'Brien, Cillian McBride, Kenny Wigglesworth, Barry Higgins, Thomas McGrath, Conor Morris.    

Junior B Advance in Championship   G.P Morans 2-16 Junior B 4-16

The Junior B’s advanced to the next round of the championship after a thrilling victory over Geraldine Morans at Cornelscourt on Sunday. In a game that was somewhat of a grudge match due to the rather chequered history between the two sides this was always going to be a tight nervy affair. Playing on a narrow pitch that the home side were completely accustomed to would be a challenge for Boden but they raced into an early lead thanks to points from Ronan O’Reilly, Paudge O’Mahony and Kieran Murphy. Morans responded with a couple of scores but Boden seized the initiative when a long delivery into Tom Connors was superbly dispatched into the net giving the away side a four point lead. Morans subsequently created a goal of their own before each side swapped scores leaving Boden up by two at half time. The second half opened with Morans pulling the deficit back but Gareth O’Keeffe, Michael Dunne and Ross Traynor constantly broke up attacks setting up a platform for the half back line of Stephen Coughlan, Jay Long, and Dean O’Donnell to attack deep into Morans territory. With five minutes remaining and Boden down by one Tom Connors floated a beautiful ball across the square for minor goal machine Adam Carney to fist home. Bedlam ensued! However Morans were not done and despite a couple of attacks been repelled heroically by James McTiernan with under a minute to go Morans grabbed a late goal that looked like they had won it. Boden however displayed enormous resolve epitomised by the composure shown on Ger Flaherty’s kick out where with time ultimately up after some good work by Tom Weaver and Brian Kirwan Tom Connors found the posts that sent the game into extra time. Appealing for composure at the break Boden raced into the lead at the start of extra time after Oisin Cannon knifed through the Morans defence and brilliantly dispatched a goal but Morans would not go away and Boden lead by one at the break. In the second half of extra time Boden raised the ante again and a brilliantly worked move featuring Niall O’Connor and Adam Carney fashioned a chance for the evergreen Mick O’Dwyer who calmly slotted home into the bottom corner. With Morans resistance finally broken Boden smelt blood and further points from Adam Carney, Ronan O’Reilly, and Tom Connors settled it. A huge victory and serious marker laid down by this team. Result was a panel effort including all of the subs who didn’t get a run and also notable mention to Keith O’Donnell who stepped in to “assist” the Morans manager on running the sideline to keep all decisions fair...


Congratulations to the Dublin minor footballers and particularly Boden lads Colm Basquel, Shane Clayton, Warren Egan, Barry McGarry and coach Mark Fee as they progressed to a provincial semi-final after beating Meath by 0-15 to 0-12 in the Leinster MFC quarter-final at Parnell Park on Saturday afternoon. The Dubs will face Offaly in the semi-final in early July.


Cup Fixtures.

St.Vincent De Paul Cup:   24/5/14 Seniors V Ballymun   18.00   Pairc Ui Mhurchu 

Football news 12/05/14

Championship Build up

Our Senior footballers travelled to Wicklow GAA’s Centre of excellence last Saturday for a challenge match against a Wicklow county selection. In difficult conditions, it was an evenly contested match played at a high tempo with just a point separating the sides at the finish at 0-16 to 0-15 in favour of Wicklow. The game was great preparation for this weeks Championship opener against Trinity Gaels. Thanks to our hosts for the hospitality afterwards.


The Inters warmed up for their second round Championship match against St.Marks next Saturday with a good win over St.Vincents in Sancta Maria on Sunday by 0-13 to 0-11.

The Junior B’s are also in Championship action this Sunday away to G.P Morans.

See poster for full details – Please support all our adult teams.

Weekend round up

The Minor B’s continued their excellent run of form with another big win, this time over Na Fianna while a weakened Minor A team missing their County players went down to Cuala in Pairc Ui Mhurchu. See reports below. The Minor C’s are in action on Wednesday, details below.

MFL Div.4A   BBSE Minor C V Clannagael   Sancta Maria 19.30pm


Best of luck to our County Minors Colm Basquel, Warren Egan, Shane Clayton, Barra McGarry and coach Mark Fee as Dublin take on Meath in the Electric Ireland Leinster MFC quarter-final this Saturday in Parnell Park at 3pm.

Cuala 3-14; BBSE 2-8

Agus míonúirí Bhaile Átha Cliath ag imirt i gCraobh Laighean Dé Sathairn seo chugainn, níor imir an ceathrar ó BBSE atá ar phainéal an chontae sa chluiche deireanach sa tsraith roimh an mbriseadh don Ardteist.

Thosaigh BBSE le gaoth láidir sa chéad leath ach níorbh fhada go rabhadar i dtrioblóid agus péire cúilín chun deiridh. Fuair Adam Carney an chéad scór do BBSE tar éis pas álainn a fháil ó Conor Deane. Fuair Oisín Ó Dúill gortú go luath ina dhiaidh sin agus ba léir go raibh BBSE i dtrioblóid. D’aimsigh Cuala dhá chúl roimh leathama agus BBSE ag brath ar Adam Carny ó na ciceanna saor a d’fhág an scór 2-5 go 0-4.

Sa dara leath tháinig feabhas ar BBSE. Rinne Cian Mellet obair na gcapall nuair a chuaigh sé ar ais mar leath chúlaí i lár. Fuair Adam Carney cúl gleoite agus go luath ina dhiaidh sin d’aimsigh Brian Kirwan ceann eile a d’fhág cúilín amháin idir na foirne. Cé go raibh BBSE ag imirt níos fearr ag an bpointe seo, ba léir go raibh siad ag brath ar Carney agus níorbh fhada go raibh an lámh in uachtar arís ag Cuala. D’imir an réiteoir 3 nóiméad am breise agus fuair Cuala 1-3 sna nóiméid sin, rud a d’fhág an scór ag an deireadh Cuala 3-14; BBSE 2-8.

Ní raibh aon locht ar Jack Mahon sa chúl. Sna cúlaithe bhí cluiche breá ag Stephen Ward agus sa dara leath agCian Mellett agus Niall Hestor. Taobh amuigh de Adam Carney, bhí lá ciúin ag tosaithe BBSE, cé go ndearna Brian Kirwan an-iarracht nuair a tháinig sé isteach ag leath-ama.

Is léir go bhfuil go leor oibre le déanamh ag an bhfoireann seo roimh an gcéad chluiche eile i gcoinne Bhaile Munna i gceann sé seachtaine.

Scórálaithe BBSE: Adam Carney 1-7; Brian Kirwan 1-0; Brian Bobbett: 0-1

Ballyboden St Endas Minor B 6-13 Na Fianna 2-08

The Minor Bs had an excellent win over Na Fianna on the Prunty Pitch at Santa Maria on Sunday morning in blustery damp conditions. The first point of the game came from Cian Kelly, followed by one from Cian Murray, against a really strong wind. Luke O’ Donoghue followed with a point, and Kevin Lynch cut through Na Fianna defence to finish a well placed goal. Na Fianna hit back with a point from a free and two points from play. Josh Kane then made a fantastic save to prevent Na Fianna forging ahead, but Na Fianna were lucky and got a goal just before half time. Liam O’ Flaherty struck back quickly with a goal, which saw the score at half time, BBSE 2-4 - Na Fianna 1-5.

The second half saw a fine display from our forwards – all of them getting their name on the scoring sheet! At times they really were ‘on fire’. A foul on Cian Kelly led to a penalty - which was well taken by Ruairí Kirwan. Boden now took control of the game, with goals from Philip McCormack, Mark McGee and Liam O’Flaherty, as well as excellent points from Ruairí Kirwan, Oisín Carolan and Rossa Lynch. Boden succeeded in scoring a total of 4- 09 in the second half.

Men of the Match were Cian Murray for his skill and accuracy, Séan McDonnell for his perseverance and battling, and Ruairí Kirwan for his brilliant passing and teamwork.

Ní neart go teacht le chéile.

Team- Josh Kane, Cathal O’Dea, James McDonnell, Robbie O’Connell, Cian Murray -01, Kevin Cronin, Séan McDonnell, Liam Stafford, Ruadhán Fanning, Kevin Lynch 1-0, Liam O’Flaherty 2-03, Luke O’Donoghue -01, Mark McGee 1-01, Ruairí Kirwan 1-02, Cian Kelly 0-3, Rossa Lynch -01, Philip McCormack 1-01, Oisín Carolan -01, Rory Knight, Liam Mullen, Conor Kennedy.

Football news 05/05/14

Championship Round up


Junior A 1-07 V Nh.Mearnog 1-08

Ballyboden’s Junior A football team were pipped at the post by Naomh Mearnog last Wednesday evening in Portmarnock.Playing against a strong wind, the Boden lads did well in the first half and deservedly were on equal terms 1-2 to 0-5 with points from Damien Kenny and Calum Reid and a well worked goal from Damien Kenny. Boden dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half and points from Dave Gilheaney, Sean Nixon and Finbar Kiely gave Boden the lead they were looking for. However, to Naomh Mearnog’s credit, they kept picking off the odd point and a couple of substitutes that made an impact and their backline now running from deep, they kept in touch all the way to the end. Bodens final two points came from Damien Kenny and Evan Flanagan. With Boden leading by 2 points heading into injury time, Naomh Mearnog were awarded and converted a controversial penalty. It was a tough pill to swallow for a team that deserved better on the night.


Junior B 0-11 V Wanderers 0-10

The Junior B’s dug out a tough championship one point win against local rivals Wanderers on Thursday night after an absorbing contest. Played in damp conditions in PUM from the off it was clear this would be a tight contest. Boden opened the scoring with a fine point from Ronan O’Reilly after some good work by Dave McCabe and quickly went two up after a marauding run by Paudge O’Mahony. Wanderers promptly replied at the other end as the game went nip and tuck right up to half-time where Boden lead by one after scores from Dave McCabe, Tom Conors, and Niall O’Connor. The first half was notable for the excellent work of the Boden defence who limited Wanderers to long range points and this good work was epitomised by the full back line of Alex Murphy, Ross Traynor and Michael Dunne who is turning into one of the finds of the season. There was also some notable attacks from led by James McTiernan that cut Wanderers wide open but just lacked a killer instinct.

The second half was a real dog fight and Boden did well to hold their discipline as a nasty undercurrent was evident at times of spilling over. The midfield and half back line of Stephen Coughlan, Jay Long, Dean O’Donnell, Oisin Cannon and Tom Wafer got stuck in and held their ground. With less than ten minutes to play Boden went two points down but aided by subs Ross Maguire, Mick O’Dwyer, and Liam McNamara drew level going into injury time. After great work by Tom Wafer and Jay Long Boden won the kick dispatched to Tom Connors who swivelled around in space and split the posts. There was still time for a late Wanderers charge but Boden held firm and advance to the next round. True grit and character shown by the panel...

Notable mention also to the twelve subs who didn’t get on and Sean Brennan who deputised for Ger Flaherty just in case...


Inters 6-18 V O’Dwyers 1-07 Report from GrassRootsGAA.ie

Ballyboden St Endas brushed aside O’Dwyers with ease in this Intermediate Football Championship match in Balgriffin on Friday evening.The game was effectively over as a contest after ten minutes with the Rathfarnham side 3-2 to no score up. O’Dwyers had to endure wave after wave of Boden attacks, while at the same time struggling to get out of their own half or put any sort of cohesive play together.

Truth be told, the scoreline should have been even worse for the Balbriggan men with Boden guilty of some second half profligacy in front of goal, understandable in the circumstances given that they were so far in front.O’Dwyers never got out of first gear but credit must be given to Boden who were extremely impressive in the way they dismantled their opponents.They attacked at speed and with precision, more often than not picking the right option when in possession. The defensive side of their game was equally impressive, with their tackling from number 15 right back to number one suffocating their opponents and forcing turnovers which gave them an excellent platform to attack from.

The opening five minutes of the match hinted that we might have been in for a competitive encounter, with both sides moving forward at pace and tackling in packs in equal measure.Indeed, the scorekeeper wasn't called into action until the fifth minute when Boden showed their first real glimpse of attacking prowess. The men in blue and white were awarded a free in the middle third as a quick long delivery found GrassRootsGAA Star Man Carl Moloney; the corner forward turned quickly before unleashing an unstoppable looping effort over O’Dwyers netminder Peter O Donohue and into the far top corner.Boden were on the goal trail again a minute later when Molony caught another long delivery in, laid off to Dara Kilduff, who played a neat one-two with full forward Justin Owens before palming to the net.

O’Dwyers were stunned and appeared rooted to the ground all over the park. Boden tagged on a minor through Owens before they struck for their third goal on nine minutes, centre back Sam Molony's point effort somehow finding the net after a scramble in the O’Dwyers six yard box.

Dara Kilduff finished off the five minute rout with a fisted point on ten minutes to leave the score at 3-2 to

0-0.A period of six minutes elapsed with no scores being registered by either team. You knew it just wasn't going to be O Dwyers' day when Liam Prout's effort from a free struck the post on 13 minutes.

When Boden did rediscover their shooting boots they were relentless. Seamus Keane started off the barrage of scores with a palmed goal after the keeper had parried a Collie Dunne effort. Six further unanswered points for Boden through Dunne (2), Owens (2), Keane and Carl Molony saw them lead at the break 4-9 to 0-1, O’Dwyers' score coming from a Liam Prout free on 30 minutes.

With the game over as a contest, the calls from the O’Dwyers camp at half time were about showing pride and winning the second half. Although they did manage to up their game on the restart, it just wasn't enough as Boden surged forward at any given opportunity.

The Rathfarnham side had registered four further points before O Dwyers scored their first minors from play, both from the right boot of David Smith.Boden substitute Conor Dooley then notched up 1-1 in the space of a minute, as the game turned into a procession.In the final quarter, both teams amassed 1-4 each as O Dwyers succeeded in restoring some pride.Boden will be a tough team to beat in this championship and no team will relish the thought of meeting them in the next round.

O’Dwyers will now look to refocus and they will certainly have better days this season.

Star Man:

Carl Molony (Ballyboden St Endas)

Molony impressed throughout with his clever movement and accurate distribution. His goal was almost a carbon copy of Bernard Brogan's against Derry last week and is deserving of any Star Man accolade.


Ballyboden St Endas Squad List:

D Gogan; B Devlin; M Fitzgerald; D O Brien; F Haran; S Molony (1-0); S Cullen (0-1); S Keane (1-1); G O Gara; D Kilduff (1-3); C Smyth; C Dunne (0-2); C Molony (1-4, 2 frees); J Owens (0-3); J Madden (1-3); I Clarke; C Dooley (1-1); B Higgans; S Hogan; K Wigglesworth; Ronan Cleary.

Wides: 8

AFL Seniors 0-14 V Na Fianna 1-18

Last Wednesday the Seniors travelled to Na Fianna hoping to build on their last few performances. The game turned out to be a wake up call for us as we struggled to contain a rampant Na Fianna side full of movement and workrate. The truth is we were second best for most of the game and despite a period of better play in the second half, we never came close enough to worry the home side. With Championship looming the lads need to put this result behind them and refocus themselves for Trinity Gaels.


Congratulations to Robbie McDaid and Sam Molony and all the Dublin U21 football team as they beat Roscommon convincingly to claim the All-Ireland Title on a score of 1-21 to 3-06.

Upcoming Fixtures 11/5/14

MFL Div.1   BBSE Minor A V Cuala   PUM 11.00am


MFL Div.3B   BBSE Minor B V Na Fianna   Sancta Maria 11.00am


Upcoming Fixtures 14/5/14

MFL Div.4A   BBSE Minor C V Clannagael   Sancta Maria 19.30pm

Minor Football Table Quiz.

BBSE Minor Football Teams in association with Knocklions Special Olympics Club are holding a Table Quiz in the clubhouse on Thursday 8th May at 8.00pm.

Please support this fundraising event - proceeds will be split between the Minor teams and the Special Olympics.

Senior Football Championship 15/5/14

S.F.C                                    Seniors V Trinity Gaels                                    Finglas                        19.15pm

Football news 28/4/14

Championship Week

The Junior A footballers, who have been in fine form in the League so far this year, begin their Championship on Wednesday as they travel to Portmarnock to face Naomh Mearnog.

The Junior B footballers are also in Championship action on Thursday as they entertain local rivals Wanderers at home.

The Intermediate footballers get their Championship underway on Friday as they travel to O’Dwyers.

See Fixtures poster for details - Always check website for any changes


Seniors V Na Fianna 30/4/14

In the midst of a busy Championship week the Seniors travel to Na Fianna on Wednesday for an important league game. Your support is much appreciated.


AFL Div.1    Seniors  V Na Fianna   DCU 19.00pm

Round up

The Minor footballers were in action over the weekend, Liam Deane’s A’s just came up short against Kilmacud Crokes losing by a point on a score of 0-17 to 2-12. Don Carolans B squad contined their impressive run of form to beat St.Marks comfortbaly by 2-17 to 0-03 while the Brendan Gillsespies C team lost out to Cuala by 3-16 to 3-07. To put 3 minor teams out is no easy task so great credit goes to all involved in making this possible. See reports below.

Brian Bobbet rises high against Crokes


Best of luck to Robbie McDaid and Sam Molony as the Dubs U21 team face Roscommon in the Championship Final on Saurday in Tullamore at 3pm.

Congratulations to our Dublin trio Michael-Darragh, Darragh and Declan as the Dubs put in another fine performance to win the NFL final against Derry by 3-19 to 1-10. This is the first time the Dubs have won back to back league titles, lets hope they can do the same in Championship. Not content with a mere 70 minutes playing time in Croke Park Michael-Darragh went on to complete the Samsung 10k night run on Sunday night. Could Usain Bolt play midfield for the Dubs and then do a 10k? We think not….

Mick spots a spider in the Dubs dressing room...


HEADLINE: Ballyboden Minor B continue their winning streak

FINAL SCORE: BBSE 2-17 V St. Marks 0-03

Ballyboden Minor B continued their winning streak with another fine win over St. Marks at Santa Maria on Sunday morning. It was a game of two halves with the first half being a tougher tighter game. The score at half time was -5 to -1. The introduction of fresh legs by Ballyboden in the second half made quite a difference, which quickly sealed the fate of St. Marks.  Two superb goals by Philip Mc Cormack and Rory Knight, followed by a string of points brought the final tally to 2-17.  Many of the points were from great combination play.

Man of the match could have been chosen from Robbie O’Connell - great attacking play, Rossa Lynch - on top running form, and Philip Mc Cormack - back to his old scoring ways.

 It is important to mention our “mion bainisteoir” Adam Treacy.

A cheart don té a thuill é.


Josh Kane, Robbie O’Connell, James McDonnell, Kevin Cronin, Liam Mullen, Oisín Carolan, Seán McDonnell, Ruadhán Fanning(-1) Rossa Lynch(-1), Kevin Lynch(-1), Liam O’Flaherty(-3), Mark McGee(-1), Cian Kelly(-1), Ruairí Kirwan(-5), Luke O’Donoghue, Philip McCormack(1-3), Conor Kennedy, Rory Kinght(1-1)

Minor C Football Cuala 3-16 BBSE 3-07

A somewhat depleted Minor C team put in a battling performance against a physically stronger Cuala side before losing out on the score of 3.16 to 3.07 in Shankhill on Sunday. Cuala gained an early advantage in the midfield exchanges, which allowed their forwards make some incisive runs, culminating in some well-taken points and two crucial early goals. However, Boden managed to steady the ship and responded with two fine individual points from Eoin Cashman and one each from Laurence Murphy and Peadar Mac Mathúna, to leave the half-time score 2.5 to 0.4 in Cuala’s favour. Cuala could have been further ahead at this stage were in not for an excellent Boden defensive unit and some splendid saves from goalkeeper Stephen Mc Grath.

The second half saw Boden compete more successfully at midfield, which resulted in their forwards seeing more of the ball. Laurence Murphy pointed a free before providing David Emanuel with a defence-splitting pass, which the latter dispatched expertly to the net. However, Cuala kept the scoreboard ticking at the other end with a series of points and a goal from the penalty spot. Jamie Ryder replied with a well-taken penalty for Boden, followed by points from Eoin Cashman and man-of –the-match, Tommy Burke. The Boden boys continued to press strongly and Brian Gillespie found the net after receiving a perfect pass from Kevin O’Flaherty.

A special word of thanks to Colm Bolger’s three U16 lads, Darragh Lawlor, Robbie Byrne and David Emmanuel who helped us out in this fixture and all three of whom turned in strong performances.


Football news 21/4/14

Round up

Well done to Robbie McDaid and Sam Molony as the Dublin U21’s just scraped over the line to defeat Cavan in the All-Ireland Semi-final. Congrats also to the Dublin Minor footballers and our own lads Colm Basquel, Shane Clayton, Warren Egan, Barra McGarry and coach Mark Fee as they defeated Longford in the first round of the Leinster Championship.


The Minor C footballers had a very useful outing on Good Friday evening when they defeated St.Sylvesters by 7.9 to 4.8 in a very exciting challenge match, played in brilliant sunshine in Ballycullen.

Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze in the first half, Boden’s half–back line and mid-fielders provided their forwards with a plentiful supply of possession, which yielded some excellent scores. Goals from Barry O’Donnell(2), Kevin O Flaherty, Daniel Carroll and Liam Flaherty, and some well-taken points from Robert Torsney, Conor Dalton, Niall Creegan and corner-back, Niall Bobbett gave Boden a commanding half-time lead.

However, the Sylvester’s boys stormed back into the game in the second half and banged home four well-taken goals, as well as kicking some fine long-range points. Indeed, were it not for some fine saves from Stephen McGrath and sterling defensive work from Anthony Manning, James Mc Donnell, Niall Bobbett and Tommy Burke, Sylvester’s would have made further inroads into Boden’s lead. In the end, Boden weathered the storm and closed out the game with a goal from Brian Gillespie and points from Laurence Murphy and man-of-the-match, Robert Torsney.

Upcoming Fixtures 27/4/14

MFL Div.1   BBSE Minor A V Kilmacud Crokes   PUM 11.00am


MFL Div.3B   BBSE Minor B V St.Marks   Sancta Maria 11.00am


MFL Div.4A   BBSE Minor C V Cuala   Shankill 11.00am

Junior A Football Championship 30/4/14

The Junior A footballers, who have been in fine form in the League so far this year, begin their Championship on Wednesday week as they travel to Portmarnock to face Noamh Mearnog.


JFC    BBSE Junior A V Nh.Mearnog   Portmarnock 19.00pm

Junior D Football Championship 01/5/14

The Junior B footballers are also in Championship action on Thursday week as they entertain local rivals Wanders at home.


JFC    BBSE Junior B V Wanderers   Ballycullen 19.00pm




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Football news 14/4/14

Round up

The Senior footballers took on Raheny in PUM on Saturday evening and despite missing a host of key players put in a solid performance coming out comfortable winners by 1-11 to 0-08. There were some strong performances throughout the team especially Conor Dooley in goal who denied Raheny two almost certain goals late in the game. The team are well placed in second position in the League after 4 games. A speedy recovery to Ryan Basquel after his injury in training last week.


The Inters travelled to Trinity Gaels also on Saturday and, despite leading at half time, came away empty handed on a score of 1-16 to 1-10. Manager Denis Molony and his selectors have a lengthy injury list and we wish them well ahead of their next game. See full report below.


On Sunday the Junior A's footballers got off to a blistering start Away to St.Brigids on Sunday. Dillon Ryan finished off a fantastic move after only 2 minutes and they pushed home their early dominance with Sean Nixon scoring two points and Ian Carney scoring a second goal to lead 2-02 to no score. Brigids got back into the game but it was too late and the lads pushed on to win comprehensively 5-06 to 0-10.

Junior A V Brigids


Sunday also saw the Junior B’s get well and truly back on the horse after some ‘hairdryer’ treatment by Bainnesteoir John White and produced the score of the weekend with a 6-19 to 1-04 win over St.Pats (P).

Full report below.

Congratulations to our trio of Dublin stars who produced a devastating second half performance to defeat Cork in the NFL semi-final. They will face Derry in the final.

Inters Match report – Inters 1-10 Trinity Gaels 1-16

Playing down the hill and with the help of a slight breeze, a strong start from Ballyboden saw them produce their best 1st half performance so far this season. With Mark Fitzgerald leading from the back Boden produced some good team play to earn their half time lead of 1-5 to 0-6. Two points from Adam Carney, the first a converted free kick from wide on the left after a foul on Justin Owens and the second from play after again good set up work by Owens settled the side early on. A well taken goal from Brian Devlin from a Carl Molony pass after a fine piece of team play mid way through the half saw Boden extend their lead. A point from Gavin O'Gara from distance (estimated by Gav to be about 80 metres.....and that was just the height!!) was added to by Barry Higgins after patient play down the right and a converted 45 by Carl Molony completed the first half scoring. Boden had the opportunity to extend the lead further but failed to convert another goal chance after an excellent driving run from Dara Kilduff. Trinity Gaels however stayed in touch and always looked dangerous once the ball was moved to their half forward line.

The second half produced a reversal in fortunes with Trinity Gaels levelling with 2 points early on. A point from David O'Brien, who was doing a great marking job on his man, and a further point from play by Carl Molony after an interception kept Boden in the game up to the 45 minute mark.  However Trinity Gaels then produced the game breaking score when winning turnover ball on their half back line and scoring the decisive goal against an exposed full back line after Boden overcommitted numbers forward. Injuries to Brian Devlin, David O'Brien and Shane Hogan did not help matters. Despite a further 3 points from frees by Carl Molony and great contributions from Alan McGrath and our minors, James O'Connor, Cillian Donoghue, Brian Kirwan and Ross McGrath, Boden came up short at the end after Gaels completed the scoring with some well taken points. 

Junior B’s hit Pats for six

Junior B 6-19    St Pats   1-5

The Junior B’s recorded an emphatic league victory away to St Pats of Palmerstown on Sunday morning. Boden dominated all over the pitch from the throw in and confidently threw the ball around from the off. A new look full back line was untroubled all day expertly marshalled by Michael Dunne and Gareth O’Keefe and even allowed themselves the luxury of some Beckenbauer like forays out of defence led by Conal Foynes. The half back line of Liam McNamara Dean O’Donnell and Brian Fitzgerald created numerous platforms of attack and superbly linked with the forward line and also contributed to the scoreboard. Oisin Cannon and Niall O’Connor controlled midfield all day and charged at the Pats defence who had no answer. The forwards akin to a fox in a hen house caused mayhem up front. Tom Conors hit 1-5 without breaking a sweat and Paudge O’Mahony and Ciaran Murphy knifed through the Pats defence at such pace that some of their team mates failed to keep up. Ronan O’Reilly and Dave McCabe helped themselves to numerous scores and were unmarkable all day. When James McTiernan galloped upfield and dinked a ball over the keepers head it was time to ring the changes and notable scoring contributions were made from Niall Bradley, Kevin Spillane, Dave O’Donnell, Colm Gibbons, and Mikey Ryan. Ger Flaherty even at one stage tried his luck outfield receiving a sideline but quickly got caught in possession and left the remaining forays forward to the outfield players.

There was even time for a late cameo from Cathal O’Regan which led to a chorus of oles from the Boden line…What really can only be described, as a massacre was just the tonic the team needed coming up to championship.

Upcoming Fixtures 23/4/14

MFL Div.1   BBSE Minor A V Thomas Davis   Kiltipper Rd 19.00pm


MFL Div.3B   BBSE Minor B V St.Peregrines   Blakestown 19.00pm


MFL Div.4A   BBSE Minor C V G.P Morans   Ballycullen 19.00pm


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BBSE Mentors V Knocklyon Managers

The challenge was issued – our friends in Knocklyon United had heard of an unlikely victory over a visiting group of Icelandic soccer heroes. The score 5-0 (though some say 6-0!) had them perplexed and they decided to invite us to a formal challenge for local bragging rights. The scene was set last Friday night in Colmcilles Astro pitch and our opponents stepped onto the pitch looking every inch the more polished outfit in their immaculate matching yellow, white and green gear. They even had a manager to ‘manage’ the managers! The Boden Mentors not to be outdone decided to throw our opponents off by deliberately wearing mis-matched gear, a tactic taken to the extreme by John Keegan who showed up in his Summer shorts and runners! With accusations of ‘bangers’ (under 35’s) being thrown about by both sides the game kicked off at a frantic pace, well.. just a light jogging pace if truth be told. Five minutes in and Brendan Young galloped down the wing and expertly slid the ball to Neil Buckingham who had the sense to scuff the shot thereby fooling the keeper into diving early and the ball trickled into the net. 1-0 to Boden and a few Knocklyon feathers ruffled! Boden were finding space now and a defence splitting through ball by Buckingham found Tommy ‘Junior’ Durran who calmly slotted home to put Boden 2-0 up. The soccer men were worried but as half time approached they got a goal back thanks to some woeful defending by Ray McKenna who wanted a puck out rather than clearing the ball and paid the ultimate price. Now it was the Boden lads who were ruffled and in particular Rays beard!

Referee Darragh Gogan blew up for half time and both teams took stock and looked for the nearest oxygen supply. The Knocklyon lads piled on the pressure at the start of the second half and surely would have scored the equaliser but for Brian McKenna’s hard work in central midfield, not helped by his midfield partner Pearse Curran who was too busy worrying about a tiny graze on his knee! With Pearse almost fainting at the sight of his own blood the mantle was taken up by Greg ‘the younger’ Dixon who chipped the keeper from all of 25 yards to score the goal of the game. While the team congratulated him Pearse was crying for medical aid to anyone who would listen! 3-1 to Boden and great credit to Conor in goal, Speedy Whelan, Maurice O’Driscoll, Feargal Geoghan, Tony Duffy and Ray for their superb defensive work in keeping us ahead. Further up the field Ger Flaherty and John Keegan epitomised the ‘just get something on it’ attitude that prevailed throughout the team. Moments from the end however all that credit evaporated as Knocklyon grabbed a second with a looping shot which just dropped under the bar and might well have equalised if it weren’t for Pearse’s delaying tactics in calling for an ambulance for his poor knee.

Final Score: BBSE 3-2 Knocklyon

All joking aside it was a great community occasion between neighbours played in a competitive but friendly fashion. Thanks to Knocklyon Utd for supplying food and a few drinks in Delaneys pub afterwards. Thanks also to Troy Gogan for the initial idea and the match photos and of course his son Darragh for reffing a gang of ‘know it all’ oul’ fellas. The return match is already being negotiated between RTE and SKY! 


Finally, best wishes to Tony Shields after his recent illness. Get well soon Tony!

Football news 7/4/14

Round up

First up, congratulations to Robbie McDaid and Sam Molony as the Dublin U21 team took the Leinster Championship title with a 0-15 to 0-10 win over Meath in Portlaoise last Wednesday. Commiserations to Shane McEntee, son of Senior football manager Andy, who lined out for Meath on the night. Our Senior Dublin players also had something to celebrate as the Dubs beat Tyrone on Sunday by a point to secure a league play-off place. They now face Cork in the semi-final.

On to club matters and it was great to see a large Boden crowd at the H&k Sponsorship launch on Thursday and then again at the Gala Dinner in the Red Cow on Friday night to honour our playing achievements for the past year. The U21 footballers were well represented and received medals after reaching the Championship final only to lose to a last minute goal to Na Fianna and our trio of Senior Dublin stars received a special award on winning a second All-Ireland title.

Minor A team at the H&K Launch

U21 Footballers 2013 - Gala

Declan, Darragh & Michael Darragh with their awards - Gala

The Minor footballers were in league action over the weekend and it was a case of two out of three ain’t bad as the A’s went down to Na Fianna by 1-10 to 0-09, the B’s beat St.Marys by 3-09 to 1-06 and the C’s beat St.Pats 4-09 to 0-02. See reports below.

Minor A Match report. Boden 0-09 Na Fianna 1-10

Bhí slua mhór i bPáirc Uí Mhurchú ag breathnú ar chuiche bríomhar Domhnach 6 Áibreán idir an dhá fhoireann faoi 18 is fearr i mBaile Átha Cliath ag an léibhéal seo. Chuir an ghaoth láidir tras páirce isteach ar na foirne agus bhí sé thar a bheith deacair teacht ar scórana ag na cúil in aice na seomraí feistis ach go háirithe.Bhí an lámh in uachtar ag na Buadánaigh sa chéad leath leis na scóranna ach bhí Na Fianna níos cumasaí ag coimeád seilbh ar an liathróid. Cé go bhfuair Colm Basquel, Barra Mc Garry agus Dara Langan scóranna bhí Na Fianna in ann scóranna a fháil i gcoinne na Gaoithe. Doibrigh Stiofán Mac An Bhaird, Conchúr Déine agus Cian Ó Maoileoid go han-chrua. D’ úsáid Warran Ó hAogáin, Adam Ó Cearnaigh agus Darrach Ó Langáin an liathróid go sciopaidh agus go sciliúil. Bhí an lámh in uachtar chomh maith ag Ciaráin Ó Briain agus ag Barra sa chéad leath i lár páirce. De dheasca sin bhí an scór ag leath ama Baile Buadáin 0 6 Na Fianna 0 4. Níor leor an bearna sin afách leis na dalai aimsire. Sa dara leath leis an ngaoth tháinig feabhas mhór ar fhoireann Na Fianna agus de dheasca scóranna ó Bharra agus ó Cholm do Bhuadáin fuair Na Fianna 1 - 4 sa deich nóiméad deireanach. Throid Buadán go láidir ach faraor dóibh bhí cosainteoirí Na Fianna in ann am i ndiaidh ama na hionsaithe sin a bhriseadh síos. Déirigh le Baile Buadáin an chuid is mó de chiceanna amach Sean Brennan a bhuachan. Rinne Seán cúpla sábháil dochreidte. Bhí mí ádh ag Darragh Ó Lángain le hiarracht i gcoinne an trasnáin agus bhí an cúl a fuair Na Fianna ina chic phionóis. Ag rá sin bhí imreoirí in easnamh ag Na Fianna mar sin tá obair mhór roimh na Buadánaigh amach anseo. Go néirí leo mar tá cumas, féidireacht, talann agus poiteinseáil ann. Ná lagaigí sibh!

Sean Brennan, Darragh McGuire, Neil Hester, Stiofán Mac An Bhaird, Shane Clayton, Cian Mellett, Ciaran Ó Brien, Barra McGarry, Conor Deane, Warren Egan, Brian Bobbett, Adam Carney, Colm Basquel, Dara Langan. Subs used: Killian Ó Donoghue, Ross McGrath, Rob Leddy. Brian Kirwan Oisin o Duill.

Minor B Match report. Boden 3-09 St.Marys 1-06

Ballyboden Minor B recorded another fine victory on Sunday morning in blustery windy conditions. The opposition from Saggart gave them a good challenge. This week’s man of the match goes to Cathal O’Dea for his tenacity, 45s and his non stop running. Our keeper Robbie O’Connell impressed with his excellent long range kick outs and pulled off a magnificent save in the second half. St. Mary’s opened the game with a point. The wind made it difficult to control the ball, nonetheless Kevin Lynch succeeded in hitting the net to get the first of our three goals. This was followed by two points from Cian Kelly. Oisín Carolan gave a fine display of leadership in the fullback line by sweeping up and passing the ball to Ruairí Kirwan for Boden’s next point. Similar to last week, our midfield pairing of Ruan Fanning and Liam Stafford put in a battling display. The score at half time was 1-07 to -02. Boden had to fight against a strong breeze in the second half but managed to forge ahead with two goals from Rossa Lynch and Cian Kelly. Unfortunately the referee had to deal with some unruly and unnecessary foul behaviour which lead to three dismissals. Overall, the work rate from this team was fantastic. Impressive performances from Cian Murray and Luke O’Donoghue must be mentioned.

Scorers: Kevin Lynch 1-01. Cian Kelly 1-02, Rossa Lynch 1-00. Ruairi Kirwan -03. Cathal O’Dea -02 Liam Flaherty -01

Team: Robbie O’Connell, Cathal O’Dea, James McDonnell, Oisín Carolan, Seán McDonnell, Rossa Lynch, Cian Murray, Ruan Fanning, Liam Stafford. Kevin Lynch. Liam Flaherty, Luke O’Donoghue, Mark McGee, Ruairi Kirwan, Cian Kelly. Subs Liam Mullen, Rory Knight and Evan Mc Donald.

Ní hé lá na gaoithe lá na scolb


Minor C Match report. Boden 4-09 St.Pats (P) 0-02

After a bye in the 1st round and a walkover in the second round of Div 4A, the Minor C footballers finally saw competitive action against St. Patrick’s Palmerston in Glenaulin Park on Sunday last. Playing into a strong diagonal wind in the first half, the Boden lads got down to business right away. With Jamie Ryder and Conor Barton dictating matters at midfield and Philip Mc. Cormack pulling the strings at centre forward, Boden reeled off a succession of points from McCormack himself, Eoin Cashman, Sean Durkin, Eoin Buckley, Brian Gillespie, Conor Barton and Jamie Ryder. When Durkin, McCormack and Ryder added goals, the writing was on the wall for the St. Pat’s lads. Many of Boden’s scores resulted from selfless play by Kevin O Flaherty who got onto an amount of ball and used it very intelligently. 

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, but was interrupted by an injury to Boden’s Eoin Buckley and St.Patrick’s Mark Scully. Thankfully, however, neither player was seriously injured. In the end, Boden ran out convincing winners on the score of 4.9 to 0.2. While the forwards took some fine scores, the defence also deserves great credit for conceding only 2 points in the entire game. Finally, a special word of thanks to Eoin Buckley and Conor Barton for turning out on Sunday after their great U16 championship victory over St.Brigid’s the previous day.


All 4 Adult football teams return to League action this weekend with the Seniors and Inters playing on Saturday evening and both Junior teams playing in their usual Sunday slots.

Upcoming Fixtures 12/4/14

AFL Div.1   BBSE Seniors V Raheny   PUM 18.00pm


AFL Div.3 BBSE Inters V Trinity Gaels  Drumnigh 18.00pm

Upcoming Fixtures 13/4/14

AFL Div.5 BBSE Junior A V St.Brigids  Russell Park 11.00am


AFL Div.9 BBSE Junior B V St.Pats (P) Glenaulin Park 15.00pm


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Dublin U21's are Leinster Champions

Congrats to Robbie McDaid and Sam Molony on Dublin's win over Meath in the U21 Leinster Final in Portlaoise. Hard Luck goes to Shane McEntee who was part of the Meath team. Shane is son of senior Manager Andy.


Football news 31/3/14

Round up

Our Minor footballers were in league action over the weekend with all three teams raring to go after a lengthy break following their first round of league fixtures. This didn’t disrupt their momentum however as both A & B team claimed good victories (reports below). Unfortunately Templeogue failed to field against Brendan Gillespies Minor C team which denied them a much needed competitive game. All three are in action next weekend also, see fixtures below.

Minor A Match report. Boden 5-17 Clontarf 1-09

Bhí bua éasca ag Baile Buadáin Naomh Éanna thar ChluanTarbh sa dara cluiche sa tSraith Míonúr A Peile i gCluain Tarbh Dé Domhnaigh seo caite. Mar is dual dóibh, thosaigh BBSE go mall agus cé go raibh siad ag imirt leis an gcnoc thóg sé cúig nóiméad dóibh socrú síos agus cúilín a fháil le Conor Deane. De réir a chéile tháinig BBSE isteach sa chluiche. Fuair Adam Carney agus Barra McGarra trí chúilín an duine sa chéad leath agus chuir Cluain Tarbh ana chuid seansanna amú. Cúig nóiméad roimh leath ama fuair Dara Langan pas gleoite ó Adam Carney agus bháigh Dara an liathróid san eangach chun cúl a fháil díreach ag an am ceart. Sa dara leath shocraigh BBSE isteach sa chluiche agus thosaigh siad ag obair mar fhoireann. Fuair Dara Langan cúl foirne tar éis ocht nóiméad agus faoin am a fuair Brian Bobbett cúl an chluiche leathshlí tríd an dara leath, bhí a rás rite ag Cluain Tarbh. Péire cúl eile ó Adam Carney agus Warren Egan a chuir deireadh leis an gcluiche mar chomórtas. Sna cosantóirí, bhí cluiche maith ag Dara McGuire agus Stephen Ward. Chlúdaigh Cian Mellet gach orlach den pháirc, mar is dual dó. Sna tosaithe, chruthaigh Basquel ana chuid scóranna agus chríochnaigh Carney, Egan, McGarry agus Langan gach a tháinig ina dtreo. Agus BBSE go mór chun tosaigh sa dara leath, thug an bainisteoir Liam Deane seans do chúigear fear ionaid: James O Connor, Brian Kirwan, Ross McGrath, Seán Brennan agus Owen Kelly. Cé go raibh Liam Deane sásta leis an taispeántas, tá a fhios aige go mbeidh dúshlán i bhfad níos déine ann an tseachtain seo chugainn i gcoinne na Fianna i bPáirc Uí Mhurchú.

Scórálaithe BBSE: Dara Langan 2-3; Adam Carney 1-4; Barra McGarry 0-5; Brian Bobbett 1-1; Warren Egan 1-1; Conor Deane 0-2. Stephen Ward 0-1

Foireann: Jacko Mahon, Kevin Cronin, Dara Maguire, Niall Hestor, Cian Mellett, Stephen Ward, Rian Cannon, Shane Clayton, Barra McGarry, Brian Bobbett, Colm Basquel, Conor Deane, Dara Langan, Waren Egan, Adam Carney.


Minor B Match report. Boden 3-11 St.Brigids 2-05

Ballyboden St.Enda’s Minor B Football team put on an excellent display on Sunday morning against a strong St. Brigids team in a warm Russell Park. A great catch by Oisín Tobin who fed the ball to Cian Murray led to Boden’s first score. St. Brigid s immediately replied with a goal. However, a wonderful pass by Ruairí Kirwan was hammered home by Liam O’ Flaherty for the first of Boden’s three goals. This was quickly followed by the first of two goals by on-fire Mark McGee. He judged and executed his second goal perfectly, with a well-timed punch to the back of the net. The work rate and passing by the six backs was superb from Robbie O’ Connell in goal to Liam Mullen. Further points by Seán Mc Donnell, Kevin Lynch and a tenacious Cian Kelly added to our final tally. The following players were impressive with their work rate: Liam Stafford, Ruan Fanning, Cathal O’Dea, James Mc Donnell, Luke O’Donoghue, Conor Kennedy, Ruairí Knigh and Oisín Carolan.

Well done all. Tús maith leath na hoibre

Liam O’ Flaherty 1-03 (3f) Mark McGee 2-01 Cian Kelly, Ruairí Kirwan 0-02, Cian Murray, Seán Mc Donnell, Kevin Lynch 0-01

Upcoming Fixtures 6/4/14

MFL Div.1   BBSE Minor A V Na Fianna  PUM 11.00am

MFL Div.3B BBSE Minor B V St.Marys  Sancta Maria All-weather 11.30am

MFL Div.4A BBSE Minor C V St.Patricks P   Glenaulin Pk 11.00am


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Senior Footballers Sarsfield tournament

With no adult football games on, the Seniors travelled to Wexford, which was the not so sunny south east on Saturday for the Sarsfield tournament (club of our former chairman Ronan Hore) The ten team competition was stiff in the group stages with 4 matches in each pool. After a shaky start Boden got into their groove with victories over Mungret Limerick and St Mary's Wexford, next up we came up a little short v Ballymun 10 pts to 6, but rallied in the last group game v Kilineran Wexford. The lads progressed to meet fellow Dublin Dub team Templeogue Synge St in the semi winning out by 2 pts in a tight game and so it was a second tussle with Ballymun in the final. It was a great match with both teams out on their feet after 4 tough games. Ballymun emerged the winners by 8 pts to 1 - 3 but great credit goes to the Boden players and management for the manner in which they conducted themselves. It was a great exercise for some of our players on the road to recovery and all came through successfully. Many thanks to Sarsfield and their wonderful hospitality, book us in next year! We left with great memories and a great work out for all.


South African Gaels – report from Grassrootsgaa.ie

On a bitterly cold Dublin evening emerged a South African Gaelic football team to face Ballyboden St.Endas. They made the short walk from the dressing room to the pitch with their arms linked, chanting in unison.It was the inaugural tour for the South African Gaels. A team made up of South African and Zimbabwean natives, and former Irish ex-pats. They were captained by Steven Mavinga who played in midfield alongside former Ballyboden star, Greg Heraty. The match was played in four 15 minute quarters. The rules were relaxed for the visiting opposition with kick-outs and 45s being allowed to be taken out of their hands. Ballyboden fielded their Junior B side that compete in Division 9.Although Ballyboden were a much more experienced side, the Dubliners were lucky to come away with a victory thanks to a goal late in the fourth quarter. At half-time the score was 0-04 to 0-01 in favour of Ballyboden, but it was an open free-flowing encounter. Plenty of scoring opportunities were created but the South Africans' finishing let them down on occasions. It took Ballyboden most of the first two quarters to adjust to the speed of their opponents.It was a thrilling performance from the South African side. The athleticism of the Africans was prevalent throughout, especially in the third quarter when they blitzed their opponents by scoring two goals and four points compared to Ballyboden’s two points The final score was 3-08 to 2-09 in favour of Ballyboden St Endas. However, the final score mattered little. It was all about the occasion; the once in a lifetime experience that these South Africans were immersing themselves in, throughout their time in Ireland.

SA Gaels pictures below

County News

Well done to our Dubs players Michael-Darragh, Declan and Darragh as Dublin earned a point in a cracking NFL game against Mayo on Saturday night. The game looked lost as Dublin struggled with the loss of Stephen Cluxton after a straight red card but they showed incredible fighting spirit to keep going right to the end.

Best of luck to Robbie McDaid and Sam Molony in the Leinster U21 Final against Meath in O’Moore Park, Porloaise at 7.30pm.

H&K Sponsorship Launch

This Thursday sees the sponsorship launch of the main club sponsor H&K International.

Please support this important event and we expect a strong representation from the football section to include players, mentors and committee members.

Club Gala Dinner

Friday night is the annual club dinner dance where we honour and celebrate our achievements from the previous year. The U21 footballers will be presented medals after their heartbreaking defeat in the U21 Championship final and there will be an award to our Dublin Senior players for winning their second All-Ireland title. Tickets are still available and are priced at €25pp.


South African Gaels visit to Boden

Football news 24/3/14

Round up

Senior Match report. Boden 3-11 St Vincents 1-11

On Sunday our Seniors travelled to newly crowned All-Ireland Club Champions St.Vincents in their third League outing. Before the match began the Ballyboden men showed their class with a guard of honour in recognition of Vincent’s achievements the previous week in Croke Park, it was really nice to see. The game began with the wind in favour of the home team and they started the brighter and raced into a 2 point lead in the opening minutes. Ryan Basquel pointed from a free in the 4th minute but it wasn’t until the 28th minute that Boden got another score as Vincent’s raced away into a 0-07 to 0-02 lead. A number of missed frees was proving costly but we ended the half strongly with a dynamic Michael-Darragh MacAuley run who provided Ciaran Archbold with the games opening goal. Half time score 0-07 to 1-02 to the home side.

At the start of the second half Vincents extended their lead with another two quick fire points before a Basquel point and a Andrew Kerin goal reduced the deficit to the minimum. Boden were now in the ascendancy and another 4 points from Kerin and a Tom Hanifin goal put Boden 5 points to the good. Vincent’s did manage to get a goal back but it was too little too late as further scores from Basquel, Kerin and Robbie McDaid ended the contest at 3-11 to 1-11 in Bodens favour. Some might argue Vincent’s were suffering from a few well earned celebrations but great credit goes to the Boden management and players for a morale boosting victory in what is always a difficult place to pick up points.


Inters Match report. Boden 3-6 St Vincents 1-13

The Inters came up just short in this evenly contested contest in Sancta Maria.  Playing into a stiff breeze in the first half Boden were well in contention approaching the break. A well taken goal by Carl Molony following excellent play from Fergal Haran and David O'Brien had the score tied at 1-2 v 0-5. A loss of shape and concentration in the final 5 minutes of the first half allowed St.Vincents add 1-2 in this period (HT 1-2 v 1-7). The 5 point deficit was reduced to 1 point within minutes of the the start of the 2nd half mainly through a well worked team goal finished by Darragh Kilduff. St.Vincents steadied and extended their lead to 4 points by the addition of 3 unanswered points with 15 minutes to go. Boden responded and levelled with a second Darragh Kilduff goal and a Justin Owens point.  St.Vincents edged ahead again in the final 5 minutes and despite numerous opportunities to win the game Boden's lack of composure in finishing off these chances ultimately cost them the points.

Scorers: D Kilduff 2-1, C Molony 1-2 (2f), J Healy 0-2 (2f), J Owens 0-1  

Junior A Match report. Boden 1-07 St Vincents 2-14

Missing some key players, the Junior A's were beaten by a very good St. Vincent's side . Trailing by a point at half time after playing with the wind, 1 6 to 1 7, it was always going to be an uphill battle and, on the day, Vins finished the stronger.


Junior B’s match Report. Boden 1-5Parnells 3 -9

The Junior B’s suffered a disappointing opening home defeat to Parnells on Sunday afternoon at PUM. Even with the luxury of twenty nine players togging out Boden were unable to raise their game sufficiently to combat in all honestly an average Parnells outfit.Despite an encouraging start where the Boden midfield dominated an early gilt edge goal chance wasn’t taken that would be an ominous sign for the remainder of the game. Parnells grabbed what can only be described as two fortuitous goals and took a commanding lead. Boden rang the changes and having learnt a corner back who will remain nameless was out till 6am on Saturday night enforced further substitutions before the break. Boden showed some desire in the second half but it just didn’t happen. An interesting highlight was the Parnells corner back receiving a second yellow from the referee and despite no sign of Kieran Gibbs stayed on the pitch. When this was pointed out to the ref, Parnells shrewdly made the substitution. The Boden performance was probably typified by a late 45 narrowly missing Ned in the bar (it was that wide!) Hopefully this match was only a blip as the potential within this panel is very strong and it is expected the next league game will banish the hangover...

Lots of work to do.... When it is not your day it is not your day!

Upcoming fixtures

Our Minor teams are in League action this Sunday after a prolonged break following their first league games. Please support


MFL Div.1   BBSE Minor A V Clontarf  St.Annes Park 11.00am

MFL Div.3B BBSE Minor B V St.Brigids  Russell Park 11.00am

MFL Div.4A BBSE Minor C V Templeogue SS   Ballycullen 11.00am


Always check website for any changes


Football news 17/3/14

No official Adult football fixtures last weekend but we did see an unusual ‘fixture’ played in Colmcilles Astro pitch between a well presented group of Icelandic tourists in a claret and blue ensemble and a rag tag group of Ballyboden members and friends. Dubbed an unofficial ‘International friendly’ there was national pride at stake here and our friends from Reykjavik presented the home team with a bottle of 100% proof spirit and in return we gave reluctantly gave them our half time jaffa cakes! They seemed a little bemused by this, we hoped they weren’t used to only McVities, because our ‘gift’ was SuperValu’s own brand! We felt sure we won the pre-match mind games tussle.

The game kicked off and both sides assessed each other cautiously in between huge gasps of air as we realised we might have to run for another 29 mins or so (30mins a half). The visitors took advantage of the wind at their backs and created a few decent chances but crucially failed to convert any. Boden slowly got into their stride and a pattern began to emerge, mostly that Mark Magahran was basically trying to occupy every position on the pitch! After a few attacks Boden broke the deadlock when a sliderule pass from Brian McKenna found Neil Buckingham on the edge of the box who turned and curled in from the outside of the boot beyond the despairing dive of the keeper, there is no truth in the rumour that it was a lucky toe-poke!

Fellow striker Brendan Young grabbed our second with a screamer from 2 yards after the keeper spilled a cross, cue lots of Nordic cursing…. The half ended 2-0 to Boden or should we say B(ODIN)!

Second half saw the introduction of Ger ‘chopper’ Flaherty who somehow managed to upset our visitors within moments of coming on though he claims he ‘did nothing ref’! An attempt was made to restrict the marauding Magahran by placing him at right back but it was utterly fruitless as it was clearly evident that he is a free spirit. Greg Dixon came out of defence to show the strikers how to score and helped himself to a hat-trick and was duly substituted for being too good. At this stage the referee started to feel sorry for the away team and announced that it was next goal the winner and we tried our best to let them score but to no avail and time was up ending the contest 5-0 to Boden. The award for the most Icelandic looking beard was a dead heat between Ray McKenna and Brendan Young with Greg Dixon a distant third. A great day was finished off with a pint in the club and a wonderful Six Nations Championship win for Ireland. Thanks to all the lads who turned up to play.

Conor, Mark, Neil, Brendan, Ger, Ray, Darragh, Wally, Stephen, Greg, Tadgh, Mick, Feargal, Brian & Pearce.


Hard luck to our Dublin trio of Michael-Darragh MaCauley, Darragh Nelson and Declan O’Mahony as the Dubs went down to Derry in the NFL by 1-16 to 0-13. The highlight was all three Boden players started the game together.

Fixtures 23/3/14.

This Sunday sees our Seniors travel to newly crowned All-Ireland Club Champions St.Vincents in Pairc Na Uinsionn at 10.30am. The Inters and Junior A teams also face the same opposition and our Junior B’s face Parnells. See poster for above for full details and always check the website for any changes.

South African Gaels
In 2012 one Ballyboden St Enda’s footballer left the shores of Dublin to move to South Africa but it wasn’t before long that he decided to join South African Gaels where his experience from Ballyboden St Enda’s shone…This weekend he has returned to Dublin to showcase his new football team.

Greg Heraty is a well-known face in football and basketball terms in Dublin and especially Ballyboden St Enda’s - having played midfield for Ballyboden’s Junior B team and winning a championship in 2012 there was only one thing on his eyes when he moved to South Africa and that was to play sport... Greg is now the captain of South African Gaels and he will join the Gaels on his trip home to Ireland.

The SA Gaels will create history this year by embarking on a tour of both Ireland and Dubai from March 21st to March 30th 2014. The inaugural tour of Ireland will see the SA Gaels hosted by no less than the legendary Brian Mullins at St Vincent’s and then by the Ulster GAA and finally by Greg’s home team Ballyboden St Enda’s. The team will tour Croke Park – GAA theatre of dreams, they will attend specially arranged training sessions and get to see the home of Gaelic sports first hand. Thereafter the team will be well prepared to defend their Social League title in Dubai, while the senior team will take on the might of the B-Competition. It will be the first time that the free running, high energy South Africa style will be on display in Ireland and there is no doubt that it will be a cracker of an event!!!

The South African Gaelic Sports Association was established in South Africa to promote the development of Gaelic Sports in townships with the help of Ireland’s DFA and the GAA. The club is taking 17 South African players from the Tembisa and Alexandra townships of Johannesburg on tour to Ireland to showcase their national sport. From Ireland, they will then travel to Dubai to compete in the Dubai Gulf Games, a tournament they have participated in for over 3 years. Last year was a great success as they won the Social League and the SA Gaels were represented by three former BBSE players - Shane Heraty, Garrett Heraty and Greg.

To top off the trip the SA Gaels hope to meet Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and visit some historical sites across the country. The SA Gaels will play Ballyboden St Enda’s on the 25th March in Santca Maria – it is a great opportunity for locals to pop along and soak up the South African atmosphere. For more information contact John White or Neil Buckingham in the clubhouse.

Football news 10/3/14

A busy week on the football front with all four adult teams in League action on Sunday.

Before we get into them, congratulations to U21 Dublin players Robbie McDaid and Sam Molony as they easily outclassed Carlow (2-28 to 0-03) in the QF of the Leinster Championship, they now face Longford in the semis. Staying on the Dublin theme well done to our Dublin Senior trio of Declan O’Mahony, Dara Nelson and Michael Darragh Macauley as the Dubs put in a strong performance to beat Kildare by 1-22 to 1-12 in the National League in Croke Park.

On to our own games and the Seniors put in a great performance in defeating Thomas Davis by 1-24 to 2-09, the Inters came up short against Na Fianna, going down by 2-11 to 0-05. The Junior A’s kept their fine form going also against Na Fianna and won by 2-14 to 1-11 while the Junior B’s lost out to St.OP/ER by 1-09 to 0-10.

Reports on all games below.



Seniors 1-24 Thomas Davis 2-09

The Senior footballers, stung by their opening defeat to Jude’s, were looking to get their season up and running at home to Thomas Davis on Sunday morning. Conditions were perfect and a good crowd anticipated another exciting local derby. Despite a lengthy injury list and a young looking starting 15, Boden were quick out of the blocks and controlled the early exchanges with strong running and quick ball into the forwards. However Davis’ were the first to register a score though and against the run of play grabbed a goal out of nothing. The home team responded well with a point by Ronan Cleary and a well taken Ryan Basquel goal. Boden began to click into gear and went on a scoring spree for the remainder of the half with an impressive 0-14 but Davis’ clung on with 1-05. The half time score was 1-15 to 2-05.

Nine points up but the job was most certainly not done and the second half began with a score for the visitors. Again the response was swift and waves of Boden attacks kept the scoreboard ticking over, Davis’ backs growing increasingly desperate and conceding a number of frees duly dispatched. It was not all one way traffic though and the Boden backs worked hard to maintain their lead and two excellent saves from Daire Walsh kept a healthy gap between the teams. The management and players can take great encouragement on a fine display and hopefully can provide more of the same next time out against Vincents on 23/3/14.

Final score 1-24 to 2-09.

Pics by Sean Gilheaney

Inters V 0-05 Na Fianna 2-11

The intermediate team's journey to Mobhi Road was always going to be a difficult assignment. With the panel suffering from a shortage of players and fitness doubts around those returning from injury the involvement of our minor contingent was much appreciated.  Na Fianna got off the better start leading 0-6 to 0-1 after 15 minutes.  The Boden lads gradually got to grips with the game and had reduced the deficit to 3 points when Na Fianna struck for their 1st goal. HT score was 1-7 to 0-3. Ballyboden dominated psssession in the second half but a failure to convert the multiple scoring chances meant that Na Fianna ran out easy winners on he scoreboard in the end. Great credit is due to our minors  - James O'Connor, Adam Carney, Ross Lynch and Liam Flaherty. Each made a significant contribution on the day and should be well satified with their efforts. Well done lads. 


Junior A 2-14 Na Fianna 1-11

Our Junior A team travelled to Mobhi road to face Na Fianna on the back of a good opening League win over Erins Isle. A tense first half by both teams saw the defences coming out on top. Boden had the better of the goal chances but we couldn’t put them away. Na Fianna were up by 2 at half time. A much improved showing by the Boden forwards got the scoreboard going and excellent shut out job by the full back line saw a much improved second half from the whole team. Boden pulled clear and won by 6 points in what was a tricky away fixture. We wish a speedy recovery to John Flemming after a nasty cut on the eye. Two wins from two is a great start to the league. Well done to both Mentors and players.

Pics by Sean Gilheaney



Junior B 0-10 St.OP/ER 1-09

Congratulations – To Boden players Colm O’Neill and Oisin O’Duill as Colaiste Eoin captured the Leinster Schools SFC ‘A’ title for the first time since 1998. Collie’s second half goal coupled with their overall hard work and some sterling defence paved the way for a merited victory
International Friendly – A group of Icelandic visitors travelling here for Paddy’s Day have contacted the club to request a soccer match (they insist they cannot play Gaelic football!) on Saturday 15th March in Colmcilles Astro pitch from 2-4pm. If you are roughly 40(ish) or over and fancy a game please contact Neil Buckingham on 0879710737. It will probably be your only chance to play International football…ever!

Football news 3/3/14


Congratulations to everyone involved in last Friday night’s ‘Strictly Dancing’, it was a fantastic night

of great entertainment and great craic. Thanks to all those who supported the event and special

mention goes to all the dancers and in particular Darby & Roisin for coming out winners despite

fierce competition!


Weekend round up

Our Minor A & B footballers began their league campaigns on Sunday morning in what can only

be described as horrible conditions. Our A team faced St.Vincents in Pairc Ui Mhurchu running

out comfortable winners by 4-10 to 1-05 while our B team lost out to St.OP/ER in Ballycullen

by 5-04 to 2-05.

Reports below.

Minor A's enjoy good win over St.Vincents - report below

Sraith Peile: Míonúr A Márta 2 2014

BBSE 4-10; Vincents 1-5

Bhí farasbarr ceithre cúilín déag ag Baile Buadáin Naomh Éanna thar Chumann  CLG Naomh Uinseann sa chéad chluiche sa tSraith Míonúr A Peile i bPáirc Uí Mhurchú Dé Domhnaigh seo caite. Cé go raibh bua éasca acu sa deireadh, thosaigh BBSE go mall agus bhí cúl faighte ag Vincents taobh istigh de chúig nóiméad. Ach ón am a fuair Harry Coffey an chéad scór, cúilín lena dhorn, d’éirigh le BBSE an lámh in uachtar a fháil ar an gcluiche. Tháinig Rossa Mcgrath den pháirc leath shlí tríd an chéad leath tar éis a ghlúin a ghortú ach rinne an fear ionaid , Stephan Ward sár-jab mar leath chúlaí i lár.

D’oibrigh BBSE go dian chun an liathróid a choiméad agus d’éirigh le Colm Basquel  cúl foirne a  ghnothú tar éis obair ghleoite ó Adam Carney agus Dara Langan. Rinne Barra McGarry ruathar aonair chun cúl eile a fháil 10 nóiméad roimh leathama. D’fhág cúilín ó Adam Carney agus trí cinn de chúilíní ó Cholm Basquel an scór ag leatham BBSE 2-5; Vincents 1-4.

D’imigh an aimsir i ndonas sa dara leath ach chuaigh BBSE i bhfeabhas. Fuair Adam Carney cúl an chluiche tar pas álainn a fháil  ó Cholm Basquel. Níorbh fhada go raibh an dara cúl faighte ag Carney agus an cluiche thart mar chomórtas.

Sna cosantóirí, d’imir Dara McGuire cluiche ciallmhar, láidir agus fuair sé ana thacaíocht ó Chian Mellett . B’é seo an tríú cluiche a d’imir Shane Clayton i dtrí lá, ach ní raibh aon chuma ann go raibh tuirse air. Is beag a bhí le déanamh ag Jack Mahon idir na cuaillí, ach d’éirigh go hiontach  lena chuid chiceanna amach.

 Sna tosaithe, rinne Basquel agus Carney scrios ar Vincents and fuaireadar 3-8 idir an bheirt acu. Chuir Brian Bobbett agus Harry Coffey an-obair isteach agus níor stadadar den rith ar feadh an lae. Tháinig James O’Connor isteach sa dara leath ach níorbh fhada go bhfuair sé bata is bóthar ar chárta dubh ón réiteoir.

Cé go ndearna BBSE ana chuid botún ar an lá, caithfidh go bhfuil Liam Deane (bainisteoir) agus Ciarán Doyle (traenálaí) ana shásta leis an gcéad cluiche sa tsraith. Ghortaigh Rian Cannon a chos díreach roimh an gcluiche, ach tá súil againn go mbeidh sé réidh don chéad chluiche eile.


Scórálaithe BBSE: Colm Basquel 2-6; Adam Carney 2-2; Barra McGarry 1-1; Harry Coffey 0-1

P.S. Go n-éirí go geal le Oisín Ó Dúill agus é ag imirt le Coláiste Eoin i gCraobh Laighean Peil na gColáistí i gcoinne Marist, Áth Luain, i bPáirc an Chrócaigh Dé Sathairn seo chugainn.


Minor B V St.OP/ER report below.

Football fixtures – This weekend our Seniors and Inters look to bounce back from defeats in

their last outings while our Junior teams look to continue their form after good wins in their

first league games.

See poster for full details and as always check the website for any changes.

Football news 24/2/14

Weekend round up

Our Senior footballers travelled the short distance to face neighbours St.Judes in Tymon Park

on Sunday. Despite a lively opening 15 mins where we created three very good goal

chances (but crucially didn’t convert any) Judes put in a strong performance and kept the

scoreboard ticking over running out comfortable winners by 0-17 to 1-05. Hopefully the lads

can bounce back in their next outing at home to Thomas Davis in two weeks time.

The Inters (pictured above) played with a strong wind in the first half against Ballyboughal in

Sancta Maria and took a long time to settle and adjust to the conditions. Ballyboughal were the

better side and led at half time by 1-04 to 0-06. The home team were a different side in the second

half though and showed great spirit against the wind playing clever football, passing it through

the hands, scoring 7 points and dominating the play. A breakaway goal by Ballyboughal

however left them with too much to do and we lost out by the minimum of margins by a score

of 2-08 to 0-13. Great credit goes to young players Brian Kirwan, Kenny Wigglesworth,

Cillian O’Donohue and Liam Flaherty who gave a good account of themselves in their first

league game at this level. The second half performance will be a good platform to build on

in the coming weeks. Their next fixture is away to Na Fianna.

The Junior A’s got off to a good start in the league with a win over Erin's Isle. Playing

with a strong wind, Boden made good use of the conditions and finished 1-07 to 0-2 at

half time. Expecting a more difficult second half, the Boden lads really dug deep and

didn't allow Erin's Isle back into the game.

Well done to the all the squad on a fine display. Final score 1-13 to 1-05.

Evan Flanagan rises high in Junior A's win over Erins Isle

Great win by Junior B's - report below


Sigerson Cup – Hard luck to Robbie McDaid & Ryan Basquel (UCD) and Michael Darragh

(Maynooth College) as both teams lost their respective semi-finals on Friday.



To the players involved in the NADA programme, the contribution of €50 is now due.

Membership – Pay in full or online – see website for full range of options.



Friday night is the main event, please support our players as they put all those hours of practice

into action in City West. A great night is in store, best of luck to Ryan Basquel and dual players,

Stephen O’Connor, Ronan Cleary, Tommy McGrath and Naoise Maguire. In addition, and not

to be outdone, is our own committee member, Brendan Timbs.

New Senior Football Manager

The club would like to announce Andy McEntee as our new Senior Football Manager. We wish him and his team every success in the coming year.

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