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Macauley the driving force



Ballyboden St Enda's two first-half goals proved enough to see them past Fingal Ravens in this Evening Herald Dublin SFC losers round clash at Parnell Park last night.

Both goals came within the first quarter, the first a penalty from Andrew Kerin and the second a well-worked move which ended with Bob Dwane finishing low past David Mitchell.

All-Ireland-winning midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley was outstanding for the winners in a trademark all-action display.

Indeed, it was his burst through the Ravens defence that drew the foul for Kerin's calmly slotted penalty.


He also made some decisive interventions in the closing stages, when the Fingal men looked to be in control and moved into the lead with 15 minutes on the clock.

Warren Finnegan was superb throughout for the North County Dublin men, and he got their scoring underway by virtue of a close-range free.

But Boden took control of the game thanks to the aforementioned brace of goals.

The second was a joy to watch. Daniel Davey flicked the ball up first time at pace and played Dwane in with a brilliant pass. The corner-forward made no mistake.

Ravens battled back and enjoyed a dominant second quarter in which they outscored Ballyboden by six points to one.

Midfielder Darragh Kavanagh and Finnegan chipped in with two apiece in that spell as both men showed their ability to pick off scores from distance.


Declan O'Mahony responded for Boden, who led by the minimum at the turnaround, 2-3 to 0-8.

Fingal continued their scoring burst after the break and soon they had turned the deficit into a lead thanks to three more from the left boot of Finnegan.

However, one of Boden's most reliable servants then came to the fore once again as Kerin hit three in two minutes to give his side the advantage once more.

The 2009 county champions then went through the gears, thanks in the main to Macauley, who drove his team on at every opportunity in a display of endless energy.

He created points for both O'Mahony and Sean Gibbons as well as fisting one for himself after cutting in from the right touchline to put Boden four to the good.

Finnegan kicked a late free, but at that stage the game was all but over and Raven's misery was compounded when Martin Flanagan was dismissed in injury-time for his second booking.

St Peregrine's now lie in wait for Ballyboden this coming Sunday.

SCORERS: Ballyboden St Enda's: A Kerin 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), B Dwane 1-0, S Gibbons, D O'Mahony (0-1f) 0-2 each, P Galvin, MD Macauley 0-1 each

Fingal Ravens: W Finnegan 0-7 (1 '45, 3f), C Norton, D Kavanagh 0-2 each, I Kavanagh, A Casey (0-1f) 0-1 each.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: D Walsh; P O'Brien, S Kiernan, M O'Sullivan; I Clarke, J O'Hara, B Devlin; MD Macauley, D O'Mahony; P Galvin, D Davey, C Smith; B Dwane, S Gibbons, A Kerin. Subs: D Manley for Clarke (24), D O'Reilly for Smyth (43), R O'Donoghue for Davey (56), R Basquel for Dwane (60).

FINGAL RAVENS: D Mitchell; J Boland, C Ó Scannaill, B Caulfield; I Kavanagh, C Prenderville, J Morris; D Kavanagh, M Flanagan; C Norton, N Tormey, D Daly; W Finnegan, S Madigan, A Casey. Subs: L Griffin for Madigan (50), K Kavanagh for Tormey (55), Tormey for Norton (60).

Referee: K Tighe (St Anne's).