Erin's Isle came through a tough assignment against Ballyboden St Enda's 'B' when deservedly claiming the Féile Division 3 title with a narrow 3-9 to 5-2 victory at Blakestown Road on Sunday afternoon, writes Ronan MacLochlainn.
The Finglas lads played superbly well when building up an eight-point lead early in the second half but a brave Boden outfit responded superbly to level matters with two quick-fire goals.
However, it was fitting that the final word should belong to Isle's Matthew King, with the midfielder landing a sublime winning point with the last puck of the game to break St Enda's hearts by the final whistle.
King gave an inspirational display and was the deserving recipient of the Man Of The Match accolade, and he received valuable support from Nathan Dwyer who had the proverbial 'stormer' from wing-back, while full-forward Conor Berigan hit two crucial goals.
There were some exceptional performances from Erin's Isle in the group stages played in Finglas on Saturday with the hosts overcoming Fingallians by 3-14 to 0-2 before confirming their semi-final spot with wins over Naomh Olaf and O'Toole's.
Aaron Thompson was one of the Isle's players to shine during the round-robin exchanges and he was ably abetted by Darragh Martin and Jack Grafton, with the latter playing a vital role in his side's progress to the final.
Boden's path to the final was slightly more complicated as they lost their final group match to Good Counsel but earlier wins over Uí Chonaill/Fontenoy and Clontarf were enough to clinch a last-four spot.
There, they encountered Naomh Olaf and came through with flying colours but their final ambitions suffered a setback with the unavailability of Joe Duff, and an injury experienced by Conor Fallon which forced his withdrawal.
However, the performances of Ciarán Cashman, Shane Garvey, Luke Grady, Ciarán O'Meara, Adam O'Neill, Daniel O'Riordan and Charlie Delaney were a major source of pride to team manager Gavin Duff when assessing the weekend's events.
"It was a great experience for the lads and the whole panel were immense," said Duff.
"They played with great heart and spirit to come back from such a deficit and I was delighted with how they all played."