Dublin SFC1 quarter-final
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S 3-15
BALLINTER ST JOHN’S 3-10
Goals in either half from Warren Egan proved pivotal as Ballyboden St Enda’s got the better of neighbours Ballinteer St John’s by five points in their entertaining Go Ahead Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship quarter-final at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon.
Boden looked home and hosed as they enjoyed a 10-point lead heading into the final quarter but a courageous St John’s comeback allied to some seriously sloppy defending from their opponents ensured a thrilling conclusion, with St Enda’s riding their luck before tagging on a brace of insurance scores through the evergreen Conal Keaney.
After Fearghal Duffy and Egan had exchanged points inside the opening minute, Ballinteer were awarded what could be described as a generous penalty two minutes later and Jack Lundy took full advantage with a powerful low effort inside Darragh Gogan’s right-hand upright.
Ballyboden’s response to this body blow was as immediate as it was impressive as they dominated the remainder of the quarter, kicking 1-6 without reply.
Colm Basquel, Ryan O’Dwyer and Darren O’Reilly kicked fine scores before Egan burst through in customary fashion before slotting a facile finish beyond the helpless JC Carty in the 11th minute.
Ross McGarry and Basquel stretched Boden’s lead as the half evolved before their opponents finally began to show their potential up front with their strong running from deep yielding scores for Paddy Connaughton, Luke Breathnach and Donnacha Carey.
A Colm Fitzpatrick point in the 25th minute reduced Ballinteer’s deficit to just two points but Basquel added two points from play to push his side 1-9 to 1-6 clear by half-time.
Liam Smith kicked an excellent point for Ballinteer within two minutes of the restart but their hopes of a comeback were punctured soon after as Egan delivered a replica of his first goal, powering past Connaughton before delivering another impeccable finish at the near post.
Boden’s physical dominance was beginning to tell as they forced numerous turnovers and from one such incident, O’Reilly was handed the time and space to fire home left-footed despite Smith’s best efforts.
With all their substitutes made, St John’s were inconvenienced further as Breathnach was forced off through injury but Duffy showed great courage to contest and then finish a high delivery from deep in the 55th minute.
A third St John’s goal arrived two minutes later with David Devereux afforded far too much space to rifle to the net past Gogan and the comeback was almost complete in added time as Duffy’s low shot was cleared to safety.
It was left to Keaney to settle matters late on with two sublime points, one of them a sideline ball.
Scorers – Ballyboden St Enda’s: W Egan 2-2; C Basquel 0-6 (2f, 1m); D O’Reilly 1-1; R O’Dwyer, C Keaney (1 s/l) 0-2 each; A Flood, R McGarry 0-1 each. Ballinteer St John’s: J Lundy 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1 f); F Duffy 1-1; D Devereux 1-0; D Carey, P Connaughton, L Smith, C Fitzpatrick (m), O McIvor, L Breathnach 0-1 apiece.
Ballyboden St Enda’s: D Gogan; P Dunleavy, S Clayton, C Flaherty; E Behan, A Gavin, R Baynes; M McDonald, L O’Donoghue; A Flood, R McGarry, C Basquel; R O’Dwyer, D O’Reilly, W Egan. Subs: MD Macauley for McDonald (42), C Keaney for O’Reilly (45), D O’Mahony for O’Donoghue (50), K Kennedy for Baynes (52), B Bobbett for Basquel (57).
Ballinteer St John’s: JB Carty; P Connaughton, D Kennedy, L Smith; I Ó hEithir, B Millist, D O’Leary; E Fitzpatrick, D Devereux; C Fitzpatrick, J Lundy, D Carey; F Duffy, L Breathnach, O McIvor. Subs: N Devereux for O’Leary (h-t), D Murray for Carey (h-t), A Clabby for McIvor (42), L Fenton for C Fitzpatrick (42), J Sweeney for E Fitzpatrick (46).
Managers – Ballyboden St Enda’s: Kenny Naughton. Ballinteer St John’s: Sean Dempsey.
Referee: Darren Delaney (Wanderers)
Wides: Ballyboden St Enda’s: 4 (3+1) Ballinteer St John’s: 9 (3+6)
Conditions: Glorious sunshine with breeze towards scoreboard end.
Player of the Game: Warren Egan (Ballyboden St Enda’s).