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Boden braves felled by Ibar's

A GOOD day to hang out the washing on the Firhouse Road. A mighty crowd at Páirc Uí Mhurchú.

Ballyboden St Enda's hosting Wexford's St Ibar's/Shelmalier in the semi-final of the Leinster Senior Championship last Sunday afternoon. The visitors won by a point, 1-14 to 3-7.

It was fast and furious. The Boden boss, Richie Sweetnam, walked around the sidelines with all the intent of Rob Heffernan. A Wexford mentor pointed with his crutches to make a point.

People were looking in over the wall and peering out of doorways. It was frantic stuff. Apart from the stoppages, the sliotar never got a chance to take a breath.


On the final whistle, the Boden girls slumped to the turf. They had given everything.

Kate Kelly was the heartbeat of the Slaney side. Late in the game, when the pressure was at its height, she was back in deep defence helping to clean up the kitchen.

She got the Wexford goal and an impressive collection of points. The home club had three goals at the Ball Wall end before the Kit Kats. They came from Denise McGrath, Emer Lucey and Ciara Ruddy. Anne Griffin was potting the colours but Boden trailed at the break, 1-10 to 3-3.

Within two minutes of the restart, strikes from Doireann Mullany and Griffin had Boden ahead. The teams were level twice after that but Boden, despite the big vocal support, couldn't find the lead again.

But they battled as if it was the last game they were ever to play. Rachel Ruddy's block on Kelly summed up the mood. It was invitation only to Sile Nic Coitir's cottage.

Two Kelly frees had Ibar's/Shelmalier ahead by two points coming to the bell. Griffin reduced it to one. But try as they might, Boden just couldn't quite blow the Wexford Opera House down.