Basquel on the double as 'Boden go extra mile for victory
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S 2-18
LUCAN SARSFIELD'S 3-9
SUNSHINE and smiles at the Iveagh Grounds last night. A big crowd in. And plenty of entertainment, writes Niall Scully.
It went the full distance and beyond and six points without reply in extra-time took 'Boden home. Four times they were level in the first half. Lucan had a bright opening when Seán Newcombe palmed the ball to the basket at the Brickfields end in the third minute.
But soon 'Boden took over, finding space and attacking at will. Corner-forward, Seán Gibbons, was causing problems for the Lucan defence with his pace and strength.
Declan O'Mahony struck a picture picture with his left peg and Gibbons was denied a certain goal by a Aidan Elliott save, down low at his left-hand post.
Just before the break, Boden's 'keeper, Dara Walsh, had to retire injured.
Lucan's best offering came from David Quinn five minutes before the tea when he sent over a left-footed beauty that saw parity for the fourth time.
Yet an Andrew Kerin free and a point from Gibbons on the burst coming in from the left gave Boden their interval advantage of 0-9 to 1-4.
They were level on three further occasions in the second period. Brendan Gallagher converted a Lucan penalty, but Ryan Basquel hit two 'Boden goals.
Two Kerin frees had Boden ahead at half-time in extra-time.
SCORERS – Ballyboden St Enda's: R Basquel 2-3, A Kerin 0-4 (4f), D O'Mahony 0-4, S Gibbons 0-3, MD Macauley, D McCabe, P O'Brien, C Smyth 0-1 each. Lucan Sarsfields: B Gallagher 1-2 (1-0 pen), T Brennan 0-3 (3f), S Newcombe, S Garbutt 1-0 each, D Quinn, J O'Neill 0-2 each.
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: D Walsh; B Devlin, D Nelson, M O'Sullivan; S O'Connor, J O'Hara, D Manley; M D Macauley, D O'Mahony; D O'Reilly, R Basquel, D McCabe; S Gibbons, S Keane, A Kerin. Subs used: C Dooley, P O'Briern, M McCabe, C Smyth, K Naughton.
LUCAN SARSFIELDS: A Elliott; C McHugh, D McKillion, O Ennis; J McCormack, P Casey, D Gallagher; B O'Neill, B Collopy; E O Conghaile, D Quinn, J O'Neill; B Gallagher, T Brennan, S Newcombe. Subs used: D Gallagher, S Garbutt, R Downes, M McCaffrey.
REF: P Carr (Round Tower, C).