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Brilliant Boden boss Finbarrs to seal 'C' success

BALLYBODEN St ENDA'S produced a powerful display to take the Junior Football 'C' Championship title at the expense of Naomh Fionnbarra at O'Toole Park on Sunday afternoon, 2-11 to 0-10.

The southsiders dominated from the off, in what was a complete team performance. For Finbarrs, they will feel the game possibly passed them by as they never got going to the level they had shown previously in the championship.

The Cabra side saw plenty of the ball, but were not clinical enough in possession - something that wasn't a problem for the victors.

They got off to a blistering start. Ciarán Doyle and Darragh Shovlin in particular caught the eye with some fine scores.

Their dominance was confirmed when on 10 minutes, Mossy Nagle found the net with a neat finish.

Finbars tried desperately to get back into the game. Brian Carr and Gareth Carbury were involved in most of their positive play, but it wasn't enough against a strong Boden rearguard in which Alex Murphy was outstanding in the full-back line.

Dublin senior hurling stars Paul Ryan and David Curtin showed they are well able for the big ball as well with hugely influential displays.

The second period continued in much the same manner and 'Boden's second goal, five minutes from the end through Tom Connors, ensured the silverware would be heading back to the Firhouse Road.

"It was a good year," said team mentor Colm Morris afterwards. We have the cup final next week against Castleknock. We need results to go our way in the league to get promoted but I suppose it's all about championship!"



Rosmini have the final word

Rosmini Gaels captured their second championship in three years with a superb 1-8 to 1-5 win over St Kevin's Killians in the Junior Football 'E' final at O'Toole Park on Sunday.

The game was tightly poised as the sides exchanged scores early on but the Gaels opened up some daylight between them thanks to a goal on 20 minutes from Niall Delahunty.

Some excellent goalkeeping from Wes Hoolahan ensured the winners went in at the break with a 1-5 to 0-2 lead.

A goal from Kevin's Killians' Killian Canavan along with points from John Harbourough and John Fitzpatrick brought them right back into the tie just after half-time. When Rosmini lost centre-half back and defensive rock Brendan Harte to a nasty looking head injury shortly after, the game appeared to be slipping from their grasp.

But the Rosmini men showed they were made of stern stuff. The introduction of Brian Carthy and, in particular, Niall O'Connor proved an inspired move as the two combined instantly for the latter to slot over.

Killian's applied intensive pressure for the final 10 minutes, but found the winners' defence in miserly mood and it was left to O'Connor to have the final say, his late point sealing a famous win.

Man of the hour O'Connor was in jubilant mood in the aftermath, paying tribute to the team and management. "It was a real team performance. It's fantastic to win two titles in three years. The management of Alan Kelly and Seamus Reilly were great too."

All is not lost for Kevin's Killians however, as they have a Duffy Cup final date with Liffey Gaels next weekend.


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