Ballyboden clear first hurdle

Ballyboden St. Endas 1-10 Rathnew 1-7

Ballyboden St. Endas 1-10 Rathnew 1-7

Ballyboden cleared the first hurdle in the AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship after the South Dublin outfit claimed a three-point win over Rathnew in a tight encounter at Parnell Park.

Both sides finished with 14 men after late dismissals for Ballyboden captain Declan O'Mahony and Rathnew midfielder James Stafford.

Back at the scene of their recent county triumph over St. Jude's, it was a superb second half display by the Dublin champions which pushed them through to a last-four tie with Westmeath champions Garrycastle in a fortnight's time.

Liam O’Dwyer's charges trailed by three points on two occasions in the closing 30 minutes but showed great heart and determination to book a semi-final place.

Substitutes Dara Shovlin and Paul Galvin stood up to the mark in the closing five minutes with some excellent match winning scores.

Shovlin's 55th minute goal was the catalyst for victory as it pushed his side into a late lead which they did not relinquish.

Following a keenly-contested opening half, Rathnew edged the lead at the interval on a 0-4 to 0-3 scoreline thanks to late points from Wicklow's Leighton Glynn and Tommy Gill (free).

Scores were at a premium in the opening half with Ballyboden holding a 0-2 to 0-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, with both Conal Keaney and Andrew Kerin slotting over frees.

Gill kept Rathnew in touch from placed balls as the Wicklow side turned the tide in the second quarter, holding 'Boden to just one point - another Keaney effort.

Rathnew continued to threaten in the second half - mainly through Gill's pinpoint frees - pushing three points clear in both the 41st and 49th minutes.

Gill also fired home his side's goal when he hooked the ball into the net as Ballyboden goalkeeper Daire Walsh came too far off his goal-line.

However, the Village faltered as Ballyboden clawed their way back in the final ten minutes.

Keaney hit a free and Kenny Naughton closed the gap further and five minutes from time, a high ball in broke for substitute Shovlin who smashed it home to the Rathnew net.

That was the key score as the Dubliners carved out a three-point win, with Galvin tagging on another point at the death.

Tempers flared in the dying minutes and referee Maurice Deegan elected to send off O'Mahony and Stafford for their roles in a dust-up.

Scorers - Ballyboden St. Enda's: C Keaney 0-5 (0-3f), D Shovlin 1-0, D O'Mahony, S Lambert, K Naughton, A Kerin (0-1f), P Galvin 0-1 each

Rathnew: T Gill 0-5 (0-5f), L Glynn 1-1, N Mernagh 0-1

BALLYBODEN ST. ENDA'S: D Walsh; C Dolan, I Clarke, M O'Sullivan; D Nelson, J O'Hara, S Durkin; M McAuley, D O'Mahony; S Lambert, D Davey, C Smyth; C Keaney, K Naughton, A Kerin.

RATHNEW: P Dignam; A Clarke, D Power, C Healy; P Merrigan, S Canavan, S Byrne; S Kavanagh, J Stafford; R Dignam, N Mernagh, E Doyle; T Gill, M Doyle, L Glynn.

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