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Brave Boden blown away by The Ballagh

SUNDAY'S Leinster Senior Club Championship final was deep in injury-time. A Wexford voice came from the packed stand, 'Hey ref, the clocks went back last night.'

But there was still time for another goal from Oulart-The Ballagh, who beat Ballyboden St Enda's, 3-6 to 1-4. The scoreline was unjust on the Dubliners.

The goals were the telling factor. Diane Ryan got Oulart's opening goal from their first attack in the fifth minute at the scoreboard end after Boden had started with gusto.

Ryan got her second in the 28th minute when Ursula Jacob's free tumbled back off the post. And in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Ursula drilled in number three. Oulart's brilliant midfielder, Stacey Kehoe, received the Player of the Match award.

"We always knew we were going to be up against it," remarked John Ryan, managing Boden with Bernard Curtis, Nuala O'Sullivan and Brian O'Regan.

"Oulart are such a strong team. They have quality all over the field. But we are proud of our girls."

The Boden boss, Richie Sweetnam, is on honeymoon. Hopefully he was a warmer spot than Hawkfield.


Boden goalkeeper and captain, Sile Nic Coitir, was outstanding.

In the 60th minute, Ciara Lucey, Dublin's first All-Star, propelled a free to the roof of the net. But Boden still trailed by five points.

Orla Smith and Joanne O'Sullivan impressed at the back. O'Sullivan went on one tremendous second half burst, while the quick feet of Ciara Ruddy lit up the dank Kildare day.

Yet from the moment Ryan got the opening goal, Boden were chasing the game. Oulart led by 2-3 to 0-2 at the interval. Boden had hit six wides. Anne Griffin had converted two Boden frees. Their second-half points came from Martha O'Donoghue and a Ciara Lucey 45.

Ursula Jacob's 1-6 (four frees) completed the Oulart tally.