Ballyboden make most of Crokes’ misfortune

Ballyboden St Enda’s advanced to the to the Dublin SFC quarter-finals following a controversial win over Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday.

At O’Toole Park, Andrew Kerin’s goal entering injury-time helped Boden spring a surprise 2-9 to 0-12 win over last year’s beaten finalists.

However, the contest was mired in controversy with Kilmacud players and mentors furious with referee Brian O’Shea after he disallowed a goal. The game changed irrevocably in the 54 minute as Crokes, who led by 0-11 to 1-7, were denied what appeared a perfectly legitimate goal from Ross McGowan as he palmed the ball over the line after a clever pass from substitute David Campbell.

The umpire immediately raised his green flag but after consultations with O’Shea, the score was ruled out with Crokes’ disappointment compounded by the immediate dismissal of Mark Coughlan.

Crokes played the more fluent football in the opening-half with three points from Mark Vaughan and other scores by Brian Kavanagh and Kevin Nolan ensuring a deserved 0-7 to 0-1 lead by the 20 minute.

However, St Enda’s were handed a lifeline through Ryan Basquel’s 26 minute goal and Conal Keaney’s point in injury time help reduce their arrears to three points by the interval.

Basquel, Keaney and Kerin were all on target as Boden drew level by the 51 minute but two points in quick succession by Vaughan and substitute Liam óg Ó hÉineacháin looked to have swung the tie in Kilmacud’s favour prior to Ballyboden’s late charge.

Across the city in Parnell Park, Parnells proved far too strong for a weakened Templeogue Synge Street, prevailing by 1-22 to 0-5.

Conor Mortimer was scorer-in-chief for the Coolock men, hitting 1-9 while both Jonathan Bealin and Colm Begley kicked three points apiece as Parnells progressed wotj ease.

In the quarter-final the tie of the round is Ballyboden’s clash with championship favourites and 2011 winners St Brigid’s.

* Dublin SFC quarter-finals: St Vincent’s v St Sylvester’s; St Jude’s v Parnell’s; Raheny v Ballymun Kickhams; Ballyboden St Enda’s v St Brigid’s.

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