Ballyboden and O’Toole’s reach decider

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S and O’Toole’s will contest this year’s Dublin SHC final following semi-final wins over Lucan Sarsfields and St Brigid’s respectively at Parnell Park last night.

Boden, going for a fifth successive title, were handed the perfect start when Dublin star Paul Ryan goaled inside 30 seconds and Ryan’s metronomic free-taking began to take the game away from a lacklustre Lucan.

Sarsfields only managed two points in the opening half and their task was made next-to-impossible when Ryan’s Dublin colleague Conor McCormack finished emphatically to the net in the second minute of injury-time.

The second half continued in a similar vein of Boden supremacy and although Dublin minor captain Chris Crummy goaled for Lucan, St Enda’s hit four more goals through Ryan, Tim Sweeney, McCormack and David O’Connor to progress to a facile 6-10 to 1-8 win.

The curtain-raiser saw O’Toole’s produce an accomplished second-half performance to pull clear from St Brigid’s, prevailing by 1-17 to 0-15 at the death.

The first half was evenly contested with Laois Senior footballer John O’Loughlin impressing at centre-forward for Brigid’s, who relied largely on the free-taking of Paddy McAvinue for scores.

O’Toole’s were similarly indebted to Andrew Morris, who landed four first-half frees, in addition to scores from play by Graham Morris, Liam Ryan and Peadar Carton.

The game’s defining score arrived in first-half injury-time when Dublin senior Peadar Carton raced clear to feed Daniel Webster, who struck a clinical finish beyond the dive of Alan Nolan to hand his side a crucial 1-10 to 0-11 interval lead.

O’Toole’s assumed complete control after the break as they tightened up defensively.

They stretched their advantage through scores from Graham Morris, Ryan and Andrew Morris — with late scores from O’Loughlin failing to deny the Ayrfield men a deserved final berth.

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