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Bill's Boden Braves battled on till the final whistle

THE 2004 All-Ireland Senior Club final was in Birr. Donoughmore of Cork were the favourites.

They had beaten Ballyboden in the final in 2001. Boden were the second side from the capital to have reached the final.

The first were Portobello. They lost the 1998 final to Waterford's Ballymacabry.

In the Dublin final in 2004, Boden overcame Naomh Mearnog. Bill Daly's managerial cohorts were Pat Nash, Bobby O'Sullivan and Brian O'Regan. Brid Spillane was on first aid.

In the All-Ireland semi-final, Boden defeated the mighty Carnacon of Mayo.

In the final, Donoughmore were four points up midway through the second half.

Louise Kelly's penalty brought Boden back into it. Gemma Fay equalised with six minutes left.

And with just twenty seconds on the clock, Fiona Ní Chorcoráin sent over the winner.

Her midfield duel with Juliet Murphy was one of the highlights of the hour.

"We won the All-Ireland with the last kick of the game. Nothing worth doing ever comes easy," says Sinead Ryan.


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