Sunday 28 May 2017

Ballyboden St Endas dethrone St Vincents in pulsating Dublin SFC final

Ballyboden St Endas 2-08 St. Vincents 0-10

Ballyboden St Endas players celebrate with the cup in the dressing room.
Ballyboden St Endas players celebrate with the cup in the dressing room.
Ballyboden St Endas players celebrate with the cup after the game. Dublin County Senior Football Championship Final, St Vincents GAA v Ballyboden St Endas. Parnell Park, Donnycarney, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Bob Dwan, right, and Aran Waters, Ballyboden St Endas of in action against Ger Brennan, St Vincents GAA.
Tomás Quinn of St Vincent's in action against Shane Clayton, Ballyboden St Endas.
Diarmuid Connolly, St Vincents GAA, in action against Bob Dwan, Ballyboden St Endas.

Tom Rooney

Ballyboden St Endas survived a second half fight back from champions St Vincents at Parnell Park to cause a major upset in the Dublin senior championship final and claim a first county success in six years.

Andrew Kernin scored a goal in each half for Ballyboden, while Mossy Quinn sent over five frees, including four in a row in the second period as Vincents sought to hold on to their title.

Ballyboden made an incredible start and raced into a 1-5 to nil lead in the first 20 minutes. Kernin scored 1-1, with points coming from the Basquel brothers, Ryan and Com, Darren O’Reilly and Aaron Waters.

Vincents eventually answered with points from Gavin Burke, Mossy Quinn and Ruairí Trainor before Ryan Basquel sent over a further brace to make it 1-7 to 0-3 going into the break.

Bob Dwan, right, and Aran Waters, Ballyboden St Endas of in action against Ger Brennan, St Vincents GAA.
Bob Dwan, right, and Aran Waters, Ballyboden St Endas of in action against Ger Brennan, St Vincents GAA.

The second half couldn’t have started better for Ballyboden as Colm Keaney won a penalty just three minutes in, which Kernin duly converted. Keaney then notched his only point of the game.

However, Vincents remained undeterred and scored seven unanswered points. Trainor struck again, Shane Carthy registered and Quinn sent over a quadrant of successive frees to close the gap to four at 2-8 to 0-10.

Tomás Quinn of St Vincent's in action against Shane Clayton, Ballyboden St Endas.
Tomás Quinn of St Vincent's in action against Shane Clayton, Ballyboden St Endas.

Vincents continued attack Ballyboden in waves, but inspired by Michael Dara McAuley in midfield, they held on for a deserved victory.

They previously won the title in 1995 and 2009.

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