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Griffin's golden goal was crucial moment

LIKE the St Vincent's chief, Boden boss, Richie Sweetnam, acknowledged that a roll of the dice brought the Maura Brady Cup back to the Firhouse Road on Sunday evening.

"We were saying it ourselves on the sideline that whoever got the goal would probably go on and win it," stated Richie following the compelling clash.

"We were lucky enough to get the goal. That's the breaks. It's all part of it."

The Boden supremo had praise for the club they have defeated in the last three finals.

"It was an unbelievable game. It was score for score. It looked like a replay.

" We had the lead. They clawed it back. You'd expect nothing else from Vincent's.

"They are a fantastic side. They have great mentors training them. They are always going to make a fight of it."

Boden themselves showed the character of champions. "We were only concentrating on one-in-a-row. We put in a huge effort this year.

"The players fought tooth and nail. There's such a work ethic and honesty in the panel.

"It was a battle all the way through. They stepped up to the mark, gave it their all and came out with the win. I'm delighted for them. They deserve it."

Now the Dublin champs must turn their attention to welcoming Wexford's Oulart the Ballagh to Pairc Ui Mhurchu next Sunday.

"We hadn't even thought about that. There was no point in looking that far ahead because you just don't know how finals are going to go.

"But we'll focus in on it now this week, and give it a real go," added Richie.