Dublin champions Ballyboden St. Enda’s caused a bit of a shock at Parnell Park this afternoon by beating a vastly experienced Oulart the Ballagh team in the Leinster Senior Club Championship Quarter-final.
The Wexford champions boasted veteran Wexford stalwart Liam Dunne among their side but couldn’t account for a youthful Ballyboden St. Enda’s side who finished 1-17 to 0-15 winners.
Ballyboden won their first Dublin title this year but this didn’t stop them from making a great second half comeback, having trailed by five points at the break to ultimately take a five points win.
A David Sweeney 50th minute goal was the decisive score for the Dublin outfit and once his strike hit the back of the Oulart the Ballagh net, there was no looking back.
Managed by Offaly native Liam Hogan, the eventual winners firmly turned on the style in the closing 10 minutes as it seemed they could do no wrong in front of a large Parnell Park support.
Ballyboden St. Enda’s will now face reigning Laois champions, and former Leinster winners Camross in the semi-finals next weekend.
Meanwhile Mayo side James Stephens from Ballina advanced to meet Portumna in the Connacht final after their semi-final replay yesterday at Athleague.
As in the first meeting of the sides a close battle took place in the replay before the Mayo outfit emerged two points winners on a 2-12 to 2-10 score line.
The Connacht decider will take place next Sunday where the Galway champions will be raging hot favourites.
In the final county decider of the year Adare were firmly victors in the Limerick final at the Gaelic Grounds when they had nine points to spare over Croom on a 0-14 to 0-5 score line.