Sunday 20 August 2017

Molony's goal decisive as Ballyboden set up final clash with Portlaoise

Ballyboden St Enda’s 1-11 St Loman’s Mullingar 0-9

22 November 2015; Ballyboden St Enda's manager Andy McEntee congratulates one of his players, Com Basquel, on their victory after the final whistle. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final, St Loman's v Ballyboden St Enda's. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
22 November 2015; Ballyboden St Enda's manager Andy McEntee congratulates one of his players, Com Basquel, on their victory after the final whistle. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final, St Loman's v Ballyboden St Enda's. Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Sam Molony’s first-half goal proved decisive as Ballyboden St Enda’s powered to a Leinster final with a five-point victory over Westmeath champions St Loman’s in Cusack Park, Mullingar.

The sides were level at 0-5 each after an even opening quarter but ‘Boden goalkeeper Paul Durcan had to be at his best in the 22nd minute to save a Shane Dempsey shot.

8 November 2015; Aran Waters, Ballyboden St. Enda's, in action against Paddy Keenan, St Patrick's. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final, St Patrick's v Ballyboden St. Enda's. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Dean Cullen / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2015; Aran Waters, Ballyboden St. Enda's, in action against Paddy Keenan, St Patrick's. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final, St Patrick's v Ballyboden St. Enda's. County Grounds, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Dean Cullen / SPORTSFILE

Just three minutes later Molony, a member of this year’s Dublin U-21 squad, finished to the net after great work from Conal Keaney.

The Dublin champions led 1-7 to 0-6 at the break and three Keaney frees at the start of the second-half killed off the St Loman’s challenge as they ran out relatively comfortable winners.

They will meet Laois kingpins Portlaoise in the final on December 6.

Scorers: Ballyboden - S Molony (1-1), A Kerin (3f) and C Keaney (4f) (0-4 each,) C Basquel and MD Macauley (0-1 each).

St Loman’s - J Heslin (0-7, 6f), P Sharry and K Casey (0-1 each).

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