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ST Enda's dispatch Brigid's

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S 2-13, ST BRIGID'S 1-11 - Second-half goals by Darren O'Reilly and Ryan Basquel helped Ballyboden St Enda's to victory over a disappointing St Brigid's in their Dublin SFC quarter-final at Parnell Park on Saturday.

The win follows hot on the heels of Boden's triumph over Kilmacud Crokes a fortnight ago and the momentum generated from both displays make Conor Deegan's charges the form team heading into the semi-final stages.

Their application and purpose throughout was in stark contrast to a muddled and at times tactically hapless performance by St Brigid's, who folded somewhat once O'Reilly struck within a minute of the resumption and their efforts in reducing their arrears in the final quarter appeared to lack conviction at times.

Such difficulties were not apparent in a largely bright opening by the 2011 champions and they opened their account in the sixth minute following a precise shot on the turn by Philly Ryan.

Even at this early stage, some fascinating sub-plots were unfolding with Paddy Andrews tracked every step of the way by Robbie McDaid while Michael Darragh Macauley and John O'Loughlin fought valiantly in their attempt to gain the upperhand at midfield.



St Enda's, after a wasteful opening, gradually began to find their attacking feet and a superb pass from Donagh McCabe allowed Conal Keaney to fire over a trademark booming score in the seventh minute.

Despite Ryan restoring his side's two-point lead soon after, Ballyboden began to command control of the game with Stephen Hiney and McDaid especially prominent and they had levelled matters by the 13th minute following points by Andrew Kerin and Basquel.

Although Mark Cahill briefly regained the lead for St Brigid's, their defence was subjected to progressive pressure and they fell behind with Declan O'Mahony and Keaney, once again from a turnover, pushed 'Boden ahead for the first time by the end of the first quarter.

The aforementioned duo repeated the dose within minutes and their lead was protected as Darragh Walsh raced from his goal to block a Ryan attempt after the corner-forward had wriggled through a challenge from Paul O'Brien.



Suitably emboldened, the Russell Park men finished the half on a high and after Lorcan McCarthy and Kevin Bonner had landed quickfire points, Shane Supple converted expertly from the spot in the 28th minute after O'Brien's impeding of Ryan.

Trailing by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break, it was imperative that 'Boden resume with confidence and they received the perfect start to the second-half when O'Reilly raced onto Macauley's pass before clinically crashing a low drive just beyond Supple's reach from eight metres.

Five minutes later, Supple was called into action with an acrobatic save to deny McCabe but St Enda's gained a degree of compensation as Basquel landed the resultant '45'. A flurry of chances fell St Brigid's way in the ensuing five minutes but their decision-making lacked clarity while 'Boden were far more economical when firing over sublime points from both Keaney and Kenny Naughton.

The contest was effectively settled when Basquel raced through unopposed in the 47th minute before rounding Supple for a superbly-taken goal with Brigid's managing a paltry reply in the form of two close-in frees by Ryan.

Their first score from play of the half arrived as late as the 54th minute through Andrews but Kerin ensured there would be no dramatic conclusion with three late points securing a merited and noteworthy win for the Firhouse Road men.

SCORERS - Ballyboden St Enda's: R Basquel 1-2 (0-1 '45'), C Keaney, A Kerin (2f) 0-4, D O'Reilly 1-0, D O'Mahony 0-2, K Naughton 0-1. St Brigid's: P Ryan 0-4 (2f), S Supple 1-0 (pen), L McCarthy 0-2 (1f), D Plunkett, K Bonner, Mark Cahill, P Andrews, W Finnegan 0-1 each.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: D Walsh; P O'Brien, R McDaid, M O'Sullivan; S O'Connor, S Hiney, D Nelson; M Macauley, D O'Mahony; D O'Reilly, R Basquel, D McCabe; K Naughton, C Keaney, A Kerin. Subs: C Gibbons for Nelson (6), S Gibbons for Naughton (48), C Smyth for O'Reilly (53), B Dwayn for Basquel (60).

ST BRIGID'S: S Supple; A Daly, Martin Cahill, C Freeman; C Doyle, S Murray, G Kane; C Mullins, J O'Loughlin; L McCarthy, Mark Cahill, D Plunkett; P Ryan, P Andrews, K Bonner. Subs: C Dorney for Kane (41), E Mulligan for McCarthy (42), B Cahill for Mullins (48), K Darcy for Bonner (53), W Finnegan for Mark Cahill (60).

REF: S McCarthy (St Vincent's).