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Boden take Larriers to task in semi

Ballyboden St Enda's cruised into the final of the Dublin Under 21 'C' Hurling Championship following their comprehensive 7-12 to 1-7 victory over O'Toole's on the all-weather surface at Sancta Maria last Sunday afternoon.

The margin of victory was slightly harsh on the visitors, who didn't get the rub of the green on many occasions but there was no doubting the merits of Ballyboden's victory.

The win will offer some consolation after the disappointment of the defeat to Lucan Sarsfields in the 'A' decider earlier that day and manager David Doyle was pleased with the application of the players over the hour.

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"Overall, it was a strong team performance by our lads and sometimes it is hard to know where you stand with Under 21s.

"I thought 'Toole's were very unlucky in patches and when things opened up in the second-half, we managed to hit them for a few scores and took the game away from them," said Doyle.

Doyle was delighted with the discipline provided by his full-back line of Conor McHugh, Conor Maher and Alan McGrath while ahead of them, Ross Cullen, Fergal Murray and Cian Mellett showed well in the Boden half-back line.

When the scores arrived, captain Fionn Maguire was responsible for a couple of goals as St Enda's delivered an enterprising performance with Morgan Ryan another to shine on the day.

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Their efforts proved too much for The Larriers but there were strong merits in the contributions from Sean O'Keeffe, Aaron Lynch, Eoin Darcy and Daithi Concarr despite the heavy nature of the defeat.

That they failed to exert a winning influence on affairs was down to the midfield dominance provided by Rian Cannon and Eoin McKenna for St Enda's with Eamonn Gannon and Ciaran O'Brien chipping in with valuable scores as the hosts pulled away by the end.

"We're really looking forward to the final and we're very happy with they way that we played," said Doyle.

"However, there was no cup presented today so we just have to put the heads down in the New Year and prepare ourselves as well as we can for the challenge that we face in the final," he added.

St Enda's are scheduled to face Raheny in the decider towards the end of January.


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