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Boden fend off Olaf battle

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S overcame a brave Naomh Olaf to prevail 1-12 to 1-6 in their Dublin SHC 'B' semi-final at O'Toole Park last Saturday afternoon.

Trailing by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval, Olaf's switched Declan O'Dwyer to centre-forward with an immediate response but St Enda's regained their grip on proceedings through a 45th minute goal by sub Paul Doherty.

That grip was never relinquished with Martin Kenny, Conor Robinson and Maurice Nagle to the fore and late scores from Niall Ryan, Mick Griffin, Naoise Greene and Finn McGarry confirmed a six point win.

Boden will now have to endure an indefinite wait while their final opponent is clarified, depending on an appeal being lodged by Parnell's to the Leinster Council following their expulsion from the competition after their abandoned quarter-final tie against St Oliver Plunkett's/ER last Saturday week.

With Plunkett's handed the tie, Parnell's have requested to have that decision reversed with Kevin's awaiting whoever prevails to eventually determine that second final berth.

DUBLIN - SHC 'B': Kevin's OFF St Oliver Plunkett's/ER; Ballyboden St Enda's 1-12 Nh Olaf 1-6; Raheny 1-12 Nh MearnĂ³g 2-18; Erin's Isle OFF St Mark's.

Cyril's red to carry over

CYRIL DONNELLAN will be the first player banned under the new 'carry over' rule. The Galway forward was sent off in the 49th minute of yesterday's All-Ireland SHC final replay after clashing with JJ Delaney on a straight red card by Westmeath ref, James McGrath, writes Conor McKeon.

Depending on McGrath's report, Donnellan's sending off could fall under either Category two or three offence, both punishable by game-based bans.

Under the old system, Donnellan would serve a time-based suspension and as the inter-county calendar is now shut for three months, he would not miss a single Galway match.

Now, however, he is set to be suspended for the opening rounds of the 2013 Allianz Hurling League.

Shefflin top of charts

HE'S won his record ninth All-Ireland medal on the field of play, hes heading for his 11th All Star, looks nailed on for Hurler of the Year too ... but the plaudits don't end there for Henry Shefflin, who yesterday confirmed his place at the top of the scoring charts for 2012.

King Henry was already odds-on beforehand, but his latest 0-9 tally brought his summer total to 3-56, nine points clear of Galway's Joe Canning who shot a similar haul in yesterday's final replay.


1 Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) 65pts (3-56, 3-7 from play); 2 Joe Canning (Galway) 56pts (2-50, 2-12 play); 3 Shane Dowling (Limerick) 49pts (4-37, 4-8 play); 4 Patrick Horgan (Cork) 45pts (1-42, 1-12 play); 5 Pa Bourke (Tipperary) 35pts (2-29, 2-5 play).