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Dublin star Michael Darragh MacAuley sent off but Ballyboden do enough to secure final place

Published 25/10/2015 | 19:02

Conal Keaney, Ballydoden St Endas, celebrates victory. Dublin Senior Football Championship, Semi-Final, Clontarf v Ballyboden St Endas, Parnell Park, Donnycarney, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Conal Keaney, Ballydoden St Endas, celebrates victory. Dublin Senior Football Championship, Semi-Final, Clontarf v Ballyboden St Endas, Parnell Park, Donnycarney, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Ballyboden St Enda’s advanced to their first Senior Football Championship in six years after edging Clontarf at Parnell Park.

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Dublin star Michael Darragh MacAuley was sent off after picking up a second yellow card in the latter stages of the first half but Boden retained their composure to seal a two-point victory (0-12 to 0-10).

Former Dublin hurling captain Stephen Hiney kicked a point to leave the sides level at six points apiece at the break but Andrew Kerin was in terrific form for Boden and finished with seven points to his name.

Clontarf took a two-point advantage midway through the second half but Boden stormed back and draw level through Kerin with five minutes remaining.

Clontarf's relative inexperience showed in closing stages as points from Kerin and Dotsy O’Callaghan sealed Ballyboden's place in the decider.

They will take on St. Vincent’s after they eased their way passed Na Fianna.

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Elsewhere, South Kerry had to rely on the experience of Bryan Sheehan as he kicked a brilliant long-range winning point to send his side through to the final at the expense of Kenmare District.

Sheehan combined with substitute Declan O’Sullivan six minutes from time to fire over what proved to be the match winning score (0-12 to 0-11) from 45m out and into a strong wind.

Four first half frees from Sheehan had his side in front by a point (0-5 to 0-4) at the break and although O’Sullivan was dismissed late on, South Kerry managed to over turn a two-point deficit.

South Kerry will now compete in their first final since 2009 on November 8 when they take on Legion.

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