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Boden take ferocious battle

IT'S a good time to be from Ballyboden.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S A . . . . . . 1-9

LUCAN SARSFIELDS A . . . . . . . . . . 1-4

On Sunday, the under-14 hurlers followed the lead of their football counterparts, who tasted glory a fortnight ago, by capturing the Dublin Féile Hurling Division 1 title.

And this ferocious battle against Lucan Sarsfields was ultimately decided by a piece of magic.

It came from Boden full-forward Ross McCormack with two minutes left on the clock.

Leading by two, Boden saw an attack thwarted and Lucan were presented with the opportunity to launch one last hurrah. As they were building, McCormack brilliantly dispossessed a Lucan defender, before flicking the ball on his hurl with lightening speed and crashing an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net.

It was a moment of skill fit to grace any arena.



Both teams had come through very difficult and draining semi-finals. Sarsfields overcame Kilmacud Crokes by two points, with Emmet Allen starring, while the Firhouse men beat Féile specialists Na Fianna in a cracker, 2-6 to 2-3.

And those games appeared to be having their effect on the players in what was a slow-burning first half.

Robert Donohue finally broke the deadlock on six minutes for the winners. McCormack was lively throughout and his direct run drew a foul, from which he pointed the resultant free. Lucan got off the mark through Ben Coffey at the end of the opening quarter.

McCormack was then denied what looked a certain goal by some fine work from Lucan keeper Niall Moynihan. The ball would be in the net a short time later, however, but at the other end.

Cian McHugh did well to gather possession on the right sideline, he went for a point, but the flight of the ball was deceptive and somehow it ended up in the net.

Boden maintained their composure, though, and applied huge pressure and were it not for some excellent defensive work by Eoghan Seery and Eoghan Reynolds, they could have hit back immediately.



But they did play themselves back into it and two further frees from McCormack brought them level before Donohue got his second to ensure they went in ahead at the interval, 0-5 to 1-1.

Midfielder Amos Nohily capped a fine individual display when he raised a white flag just after the restart only for Kevin Desmond to edge Boden in front once more.

The game continued in that pattern for the following 10 minutes, Coffey firing over a wonderful 65 and a close-range free, only for Desmond and Ben Kelly to cancel them out.

In between, there was a wonder save from Ballyboden's Conor O'Donoghue to keep out a fierce shot by Andrew Carroll.

McCormack slotted a crucial point with five minutes remaining to put some slight daylight between them.

Things remained very much in the melting pot as Lucan continued to apply pressure only to find insurmountable obstacles in the shape of Ronan Wallace and Mark McNamee.

And the scene was set for that aforementioned McCormack magic as his goal ensured double delight for this Southside powerhouse.