SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: St Patrick’s Athletic V Derry City – The Irish Times – October 1 2022

Kavanagh keeps Derry City’s Premier Division title hopes alive

St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Derry City 1

Cian Kavanagh hammered home a 70th-minute winner against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park last night to keep Derry City’s Premier Division title hopes alive.

Plucked from the bench in the second half, Kavanagh opened his club account in spectacular fashion to leave the Candystripes just two points adrift of defending champions Shamrock Rovers — albeit with a game more played.

Pat’s looked set to take the lead in the 16th-minute, only for Derry netminder Brian Maher (fresh from his exploits with the Republic of Ireland U21s) to pull off a dramatic close-range save from Harry Brockbank.

Saints custodian Daniel Rogers subsequently tipped a Will Patching set-piece around the post, but even though Derry were playing the more enterprising football, the hosts were on level terms at the interval.

With the deadlock still unbroken heading into the final-quarter, Ruaidhri Higgins sought to inject fresh life into the Derry challenge by adding Joe Thomson and Kavanagh to the mix.

This proved to be a stroke of genius from the Candystripes boss as — with their first involvements of the game — Thomson headed the ball into Kavanagh’s path and the former Waterford attacker unleashed an unstoppable strike from a right-hand angle into the bottom left-hand corner.

Yet the travelling Derry faithful breathed a sigh of relief when Pat’s midfielder Chris Forrester rattled the frame of the woodwork just two minutes later. Forrester and Derry substitute Ryan Graydon were both dismissed in an ill-tempered finale, but Derry ultimately held firm for their 17th league win of 2022.

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Rogers; Brockbank (King, 72 mins), Redmond, Grivosti; Cotter, O’Reilly, Forrester, Lennon, Curtis; Atakayi (M Doyle, 58 mins), E Doyle (Owolabi, 79 mins).

DERRY CITY: Maher; Boyce, Connolly, McJannet, Coll; P McEleney (Graydon, 46 mins), Diallo (Thomson, 68 mins), Dummigan, Duffy; Patching (Lafferty, 86 mins); McGonigle (C Kavanagh, 68 mins).

Referee: D Tomney (Dublin).

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Preview: Sligo Rovers V Shamrock Rovers – The Tallaght Echo – September 29 2022

Rovers set for tough trip to Sligo

By Daire Walsh

SHAMROCK Rovers will look to take another giant step towards a third successive SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title when they take on Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds on Saturday (kick-off 7.45pm).

After having games in hand on main rivals Derry City for an extended period, the Hoops finally got a chance to get back up to speed in the past week.

Following a scoreless draw with Damien Duff’s Shelbourne at Tolka Park four days earlier, Rovers held firm to record a 1-0 victory over UCD in Tallaght on Monday.

While neither of these displays saw Stephen Bradley’s men at their best, the upshot is that Rovers are now five points clear of Derry with just six games remaining in this season’s top-flight.

Neil Farrugia came back to haunt his former club last Monday as he shook the net in the 13th-minute of the clash with UCD.

The Hoops created enough chances to win more comfortably, but it’s worth noting that veteran custodian Alan Mannus was forced into action on a couple of occasions.

The former Northern Ireland international celebrated his 40th birthday in May and will be seeking a fifth League of Ireland crown in the coming months.

Rovers’ final home game of the campaign – and their penultimate league encounter overall – will be against Derry on October 30 and they will hope to have a strong cushion in advance of the Candystripes paying a visit to Tallaght.

Sligo are currently fifth in the Premier Division table and while the Hoops got the better of the north-west outfit on May 9 on their home turf, they shared the spoils with them on two occasions before that.

A Graham Burke penalty and an Adam McDonnell own goal helped Bradley’s troops to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw in Tallaght last March and Andy Lyons was on target in a 1-1 stalemate at The Showgrounds on the following month.

Given that they have drawn three and lost one of their last seven Premier Division games, Shamrock Rovers can’t afford to take their eye off the ball this Saturday.

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St Patrick’s Athletic Piece: The Tallaght Echo – September 29 2022

Busy week ahead for the Saints

By Daire Walsh

FOLLOWING a lengthy period of inactivity, St Patrick’s Athletic face a busy week ahead in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

The Saints’ most recent competitive game was way back on September 9, when they claimed a 2-0 victory over Drogheda United at Head In The Game Park.

That result represented a fifth league win on the bounce for Tim Clancy’s men and also extended their unbeaten run in the top-flight to seven games.

However, Pat’s face a tricky return to the Premier Division tomorrow evening as they take on the high-flying Derry City at Richmond Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Candystripes are currently second behind Shamrock Rovers in the league standings and have already beaten the Saints on two occasions in 2022.

On Monday evening, Pat’s will then face Shelbourne in a long-delayed encounter at Tolka Park. Originally due to take place on August 7, this fixture was ultimately postponed after the Saints informed the FAI they were unable to secure a charter flight back from their UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier showdown with CSKA Sofia.

The Inchicore side have experienced mixed results against Damien Duff’s charges thus far this season – one win and one defeat – but will be eager to maintain their battle for a European spot.

Tomorrow week (October 7) will see the Inchicore side travelling to Oriel Park to take on Dundalk, who are currently two points ahead of them in third place with a game more played.

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Dublin Senior One Football Championship Semi-Final Previews: Ballyboden St Enda’s And Thomas Davis – The Tallaght Echo – September 29 2022

Boden and Davis targeting championship final berths

By Daire Walsh

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s and Thomas Davis will be hoping to extend their already memorable Dublin Senior One Football Championship runs at Parnell Park this weekend.

The finalists at this grade in 2019 – when ‘Boden recorded a 0-15 to 0-9 triumph at the expense of their near neighbours – both clubs are just 60 minutes away from a return to a top-tier decider.

Whereas ‘Boden will face Na Fianna in the Donnycarney venue on Saturday (throw-in 5.15pm), Thomas Davis take on defending champions Kilmacud Crokes at 4pm the following day.

Both ‘Boden and Na Fianna are seeking to emulate Kilmacud’s magnificent 2021 feat, when the Stillorgan men claimed top championship honours in both football and hurling.

Despite now being 40 years of age, Conal Keaney remains a valued dual player in the Firhouse Road club.

Although he has mainly been used off the bench by the footballers, his late brace of points helped ‘Boden to see off the challenge of a determined Ballinteer St John’s in last Sunday week’s quarter-final.

Na Fianna squeezed past the challenge of Whitehall Colmcille in their last-eight showdown and will look towards inter-county stars Conor McHugh, Jonny Cooper and Eoin Murchan for inspiration on Saturday.

‘Boden have past Dublin footballers of their own – most notably Keaney, Michael Darragh Macauley and Colm Basquel – and are seeking to reach a third county showpiece in the space of just four seasons.

Having started Group Three with a five-point reversal against Na Fianna, Davis bounced back with narrow victories over Skerries Harps and St Jude’s. This sealed the runners-up spot ahead of 2021 finalists Jude’s and the Tallaght side really came into their own for a quarter-final showdown with Castleknock.

With Eamon Conroy (1-1), Fionn Murray (0-4) and Conor Guilfoyle (0-3) leading the way in the scoring stakes, Ciaran Farrelly’s earned a deserved 1-12 to 0-5 triumph.

Wing-back Cian Murphy has established himself as a Dublin senior squad regular in the past 12 months . He made three appearances for the Sky Blues in this year’s championship, while inter-county hurler Davy Keogh is also part of their side.

If they are to avenge the loss of their senior ladies to the same club in a championship showpiece last Friday, then Davis will most likely need to put the shackles on star duo Paul Mannion (if he shakes off an ankle injury) and Shane Walsh.

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Dublin Junior ‘H’ Hurling Championship Quarter-Final: St Anne’s V St Kevin’s-Killian’s – The Tallaght Echo – September 29 2022

Anne’s rocket into semis at expense of Kevin’s Killian’s

ST ANNE’S booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Dublin Junior ‘H’ Hurling Championship with a 3-17 to 1-10 triumph over St Kevin’s Kilian’s in Bohernabreena on Sunday.

After finishing at the summit of Group Two with five consecutive wins under their belt, Anne’s were afforded home advantage at the quarter[1]final stage of the competition.

While Skerries did hand them a walkover in Round Three, convincing victories on the field of play against Fingallians, Garda, Geraldine P Moran and Na Gaeil Oga have signalled them out as one of the teams to beat in the championship.

In just their second season in the adult hurling ranks, Kevin’s Kilian’s won two of their five games in Group Two to secure fourth place in the final standings and a passage to the knockout rounds.

Those successes came at the expense of Ranelagh Gaels (1-13 to 1-5) and Cuala (5-14 to 1-9), both of which showed the clear signs of the work being done to develop the small-ball game in the areas of Kilnamanagh and Kingswood.

Thanks to the attacking prowess of Daniel Culligan and Conal Barnes, Anne’s were able to establish a strong platform on their home turf.

Wing-forwards Mikey Brennan and Ben Jones also posted a number of fine scores over the course of the action, but Kevin’s Kilian’s had plenty of joy themselves either side of the interval.

Ciaran McGrath’s accuracy from placed balls and open play ensured the visitors were just four points adrift on the resumption and his goal early in the second half presented his side with a fighting chance of coming out on top.

Mark Keilty also ended the proceedings with a brace of scores for Kevin’s Kilian’s, while Micheàl Coen and Niall Traynor were others to stand out from their perspective.

Nevertheless, Anne’s hit top form as the second period progressed and ultimately claimed a commanding 13-point win. Lashing onto a quick free from Brennan, centre half-back Jonathan Doyle posted an impressive white flag effort to cap an accomplished individual display.

Mick Fay and Damien Purcell held firm in the Anne’s defence when Kevin’s Kilian’s were applying significant pressure in the third-quarter and, with Culligan and his compatriots leading the way at the opposite end, they marched onto the penultimate phase of the Junior ‘H’ Championship.

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Ballyboden St Enda’s In Dublin Senior One And Senior Two Hurling Championship Quarter-Finals: The Tallaght Echo – September 29 2022

Mixed fortunes for Ballyboden hurlers

IT WAS a weekend of mixed emotions in the Dublin Senior One and Two Hurling Championship quarter-finals for Ballyboden St Enda’s.

While ‘Boden’s ‘A’ side defeated Lucan Sarsfields on a final scoreline of 2-21 to 0-23 in an entertaining Senior One encounter at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon, their ‘B’ outfit suffered a 1-18 to 1-15 reversal at the hands of Castleknock in a Senior Two affair at the same venue a day earlier.

Paul Ryan was to finish Sunday’s tie with 1-8 to his name and the former Dublin hurler got ‘Boden’s first-string up and running with an early two-point salvo.

Inspired by Chris O’Leary (the game’s top-scorer with an outstanding personal haul of 0-12), Lucan subsequently edged in front only for ‘Boden to flex their attacking muscles just past the first-quarter mark.

A scoring sequence of 1-4 without reply, including a 20th-minute goal from Niall McMorrow, helped propel David Curtin’s side six points in front.

Conal Keaney was also on target a day after celebrating his 40th birthday, but the scoring prowess of O’Leary and Colm Walsh did ensure Lucan were just two adrift (1-10 to 0-11) at the interval.

While Ryan buried a penalty four minutes after the restart, Lucan rallied and trailed by the bare minimum on a couple of occasions in the second half.

However, ‘Boden had just enough in reserve with three points from Simon Lambert supplementing the combined 2-11 tally amassed by Ryan and McMorrow.

Seven-time winners at this grade, ‘Boden will now take on defending champions, Kilmacud Crokes in the forthcoming semi-final.

In the Senior Two Championship, Faughs are set to face Castleknock in the last-four after the latter got the better of Ballyboden ‘B’ in Saturday’s aforementioned quarter-final.

Even though ‘Knock – who featured Dublin senior footballer Ciaran Kilkenny in their ranks – threatened to pull clear on a couple of occasions in the opening period, Fergal Ryan’s accuracy ensured ‘Boden were on level terms heading into the half-time break.

A second-quarter goal had been the catalyst for the Firhouse Road men to halt the momentum of their opponents and the southsiders found themselves in the ascendancy late on in the contest courtesy of unanswered points from Ryan and Darragh Kenny.

Castleknock had that bit extra in reserve, however, as a spectacular Senan Forker major on 59 minutes ultimately propelled them to victory.

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UEFA U21 European Championship Play-Off Second Leg: Israel V Republic Of Ireland – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – September 28 2022

Penalty shootout heartache for Republic of Ireland U21s in Tel Aviv

There was penalty shootout heartbreak for the Republic of Ireland U21s in a UEFA European Championship play-off second leg at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv this evening.

Managed by Tallaght man Jim Crawford, Ireland were seeking to reach a major finals for the first time in the U21 grade. A 1-1 draw in Tallaght four days ago kept them in the frame for such a feat and with the two sides proving inseparable at the end of 120 minutes, a series of penalties was needed to determine the outcome of a cagey affair.

However, it was Israel custodian Daniel Peretz who put his name up in lights. In addition to saving three penalties, he scored one himself to secure his side’s passage into next year’s finals.

Following his accomplished debut showing in the first leg, St Patrick’s Athletic star Joe Redmond was once again included in the Irish starting line-up. Despite being an unused substitute in Tallaght, Shamrock Rovers wing-back Andy Lyons was promoted to the first 11 along with his former Bohemians team-mate Ross Tierney.

Crawford named his fellow Tallaght native Mipo Odubeko on the bench for this game, where he was joined by St Pat’s netminder David Odomosu.

While clear-cut chances were at a premium in the early exchanges, Joe Hodge did fire just over the Israel crossbar from the edge of the area on 15 minutes. Celtic attacker Liel Abada released Idan Gorno just past the half-hour mark and Brian Maher had to be at his best to turn away his effort on goal.

While the deadlock remained unbroken at the break, Ireland breathed a sigh of relief on 57 minutes, when Gorno missed a sitter in front of goal after Maher had saved from Abada.

Despite the best endeavours of both teams, a winner couldn’t be produced in 90 minutes and a decisive goal wasn’t forthcoming in the extra half-hour either.

While Conor Coventry kick-started the shootout with a fine finish, this was as good as it got for the Irish. The outstanding Peretz denied Tyreik Wright, Evan Ferguson and Dawson Devoy from the spot to ultimately swing the pendulum in Israel’s favour.

Their captain Gil Cohen did rattle the woodwork, but Eden Karzev, Peretz and Osher Davida (with a decisive finish) were on target to leave Ireland agonisingly short in the end.

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Australia Rugby World Cup Odds Piece: Gambling.com – September 27 2022

Australia Rugby World Cup Odds: What Betting Price Are The Wallabies?

Daire Walsh

It may seem bizarre given their overall history in the competition, but Australia will more than likely find themselves being labelled with the underdog tag by betting sites coming into next year’s World Cup finals in France.

Winners of this global competition in 1991 and 1999, the Wallabies also made it to the final in 2003 and 2015.

For good measure, they also claimed third spot in the 2011 edition of the tournament and were ranked fourth at the inaugural World Cup (which they co-hosted with neighbours New Zealand) in 1987.

Indeed, Australia have made it to the last-eight at the very least in all nine of the finals that have taken place to date.

The only other nations to have managed this feat are the aforementioned New Zealand and France.

Australia Drop Down In World Rankings

Yet the past couple of weeks has seen the Wallabies dropping to ninth in the world rankings – a record low for the Australian national team.

The result that first brought about this dramatic change was the much-discussed 39-37 defeat to the All Blacks in the third round of The Rugby Championship in Melbourne on September 15.

While this seemed a little harsh on Dave Rennie’s men when you consider their performance in this test was actually quite strong overall, a subsequent 40-14 reversal to New Zealand in Auckland last Saturday makes it difficult to argue against them falling down the pecking order.

Wallabies Outsiders For World Cup Glory

Of course, the world rankings and the order of merit for a World Cup are entirely different propositions and this is reflected in the 2023 Rugby World Cup betting odds.

Despite being behind them in the world rankings at the moment, the Wallabies are ahead of Wales, Argentina and Scotland in the minds of bookmakers for the Webb Ellis Cup.

This is an interesting anomaly in the case of Wales, who have been drawn in the same pool as Australia for next year’s finals.

Whereas Wales are somewhere in the region of 19.0 to 26.0 to win the World Cup for the first time, the odds on Australia reproducing the old magic from 1991 and 1999 are much shorter.

That’s because Ladbrokes have the Wallabies at 12.0 to secure top global honours for the third time in their history.

Not Much Change In Australia’s World Cup Odds

Although form has a huge bearing on where you are positioned in the world rankings, Australia’s performances in The Rugby Championship has seemingly had little impact on their World Cup odds.

Before the beginning of the tournament in August – and following the completion of their unsuccessful three-test summer series with England – Australia were generally being regarded as 11.0 outsiders to secure a third World Cup.

This put them as sixth favourites behind France, New Zealand, England, Ireland and South Africa and this has remained the case ever since.

Part of the reason for this is that, in spite of mixed form in recent months, online rugby betting sites are still expecting the Wallabies to reach the World Cup knockout rounds with minimal fuss.

They will have a fight on their hands with Wales for pole position in Pool C, but it will be a massive shock if Fiji, Georgia or a yet-to-be revealed final qualifier was to usurp them in the race for a top-two spot.

Wallabies Hoping For Better Luck Than 2019 Finals

Simply making it to a quarter-final won’t go down as a great achievement in Australia, however, and the rugby fraternity in the southern hemisphere nation will be looking for some sign that a stronger showing than their disappointing 2019 effort is on the cards.

Remarkably, Australia also faced Wales, Fiji and Georgia in the pool stages of the World Cup three years ago.

A 29-25 defeat to the Welsh meant they were forced to settle for a runners-up spot in Pool D and this put them on a collision course with England in the quarter-finals.

Australia Still Capable Of Taking On The Best

As they are now, the English were coached by former Wallabies supremo Eddie Jones back then and a 40-16 loss ensured that Australia crashed out of the tournament with a whimper.

Dave Rennie took over from Michael Cheika after the World Cup had ended and the New Zealanders’ current record of 11 wins from 29 internationals indicates that consistency has been a problem throughout Rennie’s reign to date.

That said, the Aussies have defeated New Zealand, England, France and South Africa since he took over, which shows they are still capable of beating the best in the world on a given day.

Rennie has also handed a number of new caps within the past two years, and he will be hoping to see them develop into fully fledged internationals by the time the World Cup comes around.

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Dublin Senior One Hurling Championship Round-Up (September 25): Dublingaa.ie – September 27 2022

GO AHEAD DSH1 QUARTER FINAL ROUND UP

Ballyboden St Enda’s and Na Fianna came through tough tests at Parnell Park on Sunday to book their places in the semi-finals of the Go Ahead Dublin Senior One Hurling Championship.

Whereas ‘Boden had four points to spare (2-21 to 0-23) over Lucan Sarsfields in the day’s curtain-raiser, Na Fianna came from behind to record a 1-19 to 0-17 triumph at the expense of St Vincent’s. As a result Ballyboden will now face defending champions Kilmacud Crokes in the last-four, while Na Fianna will take on Cuala for a spot in the forthcoming showpiece decider.

Following a frustrating group stage defeat to Cuala just over a fortnight earlier, ‘Boden were eager to lay down a marker against Lucan in their quarter-final meeting. Sarsfields had secured the Go Ahead Adult Hurling League Division One title with a final victory over the Firhouse Road outfit, but this was always likely to be a different proposition.

Thanks to a brace of points from former Sky Blues hurler Paul Ryan (who was to finish the game with a personal tally of 1-8), David Curtin’s ‘Boden hit the ground running. Ryan was then on hand to cancel out a well-worked score by Lucan wing-forward Chris O’Leary, before the latter also registered back-to-back frees to bring his side on level terms.

Sarsfields had a strong wind advantage at their disposal throughout the opening period and the 2013 finalists subsequently hit the front when the Crummey brothers – Chris and Paul – split the uprights either side of a Luke McDwyer point at the opposite end. However, ‘Boden didn’t panic and opened up a sizeable gap with their first purple patch of the game inside the second-quarter.

After Conal Keaney (who turned 40 on Saturday) and Ryan posted points, Niall McMorrow pounced for a 20th-minute goal. Ryan also found the range off the resulting attack to increase the lead to six, but credit must be given to Lucan for eventually stemming this tide.

Although McMorrow and Simon Lambert (from a sideline cut) added to ‘Boden’s tally, 0-3 apiece from the impressive duo of O’Leary and Colm Walsh left the 12th Lock men just two adrift (1-10 to 0-11) at the interval.

While John Bellew cut this deficit to the bare minimum on the restart, ‘Boden reinforced their authority when Ryan buried a penalty in the 34th-minute. However, this did little to dim the appetite of Lucan, who responded with unanswered scores from Ciaran Dowling, ex-Dublin captain Johnny McCaffrey and O’Leary.

The gap remained at one after Ryan and O’Leary traded points, but ‘Boden created further daylight courtesy of fine contributions from substitute Niall Ryan and Lambert. Even though Liam Garrigan pointed to keep Lucan in touch, ‘Boden looked set to ease over the line when Paul Ryan, Aidan Mellett and Lambert found the range in quick succession.

Yet with Bellew, O’Leary (free) and Dowling all doing likewise for Lucan, this game was threatening to go down to the wire. O’Leary added a two-point salvo off placed balls before the end of proceedings to bring his final haul up to 0-12. Nevertheless, closing efforts from the outstanding McMorrow (who amassed 1-3 over the course of the proceedings) and Niall Ryan ensured ‘Boden safely advanced to the penultimate round.

In the day’s other quarter-final, Na Fianna were looking to keep their quest for a second consecutive decider appearance alive for another day at least. Vincent’s had shown in their recent group stage reversal to Kilmacud that they are more than capable of mixing it at the business end of the championship and gave as good as they got in the opening period.

Although Donal Burke (free), Hugh Fenlon and AJ Murphy all found the range for Na Fianna early on, Cian McBride, Rian McBride and James Mulcahy were also on target at the opposite end. Colin Currie did move their Glasnevin counterparts in front with an 11th-minute goal, but Vins persisted with their challenge in fine style.

Thanks to unanswered efforts from Darach McBride, Mulcahy, Oisin Lanigan and John Hetherton (who registered an outstanding haul of 3-10 in the Crokes game), the Marino men squeezed ahead on 18 minutes.

Even though Dublin hurler Burke split the uprights either side of a second point from Fenlon, it was Vincent’s who were the happier side at the interval. Courtesy of white flag contributions by Mark Sweeney, Conor Burke, Rian McBride, Brian Bolger and Hetherton, Proinsias de Poire’s charges were 0-12 to 1-6 to the good heading into the second period.

Impressively, the dozen scores accrued by Vins prior to the break were all from open play. The elements were in their favour during the opening 30 minutes, however, and Na Fianna had reason to believe they could turn the tables on their near neighbours when the action resumed.

Vins initially remained in the driving seat after the restart with a two-point salvo from Hetherton (including one free) squeezed into a busy spell that also featured a brace for Na Fianna duo Shane Barrett and Burke.

Niall Ó Ceallacháin’s men were beginning to find their feet, though, and three points on the trot from the increasingly-influential Burke and Feargal Breathnach restored their lead just past the third-quarter mark. Traded scores between Hetherton and Currie left the tie delicately poised, before Hetherton’s dismissal for a second yellow card offence on 54 minutes firmly handed the initiative to Na Fianna.

While midfielders Sweeney and Thomas Connolly did their best to keep the 14-man Vins in the hunt, their close rivals pushed on in the closing moments. Currie assumed dead-ball duties late on and knocked over three frees to supplement additional strikes by Burke and the marauding Sean Baxter.

Between them, Currie and Burke registered a combined tally of 1-12 to ensure Na Fianna progressed into the next round. No fewer than 10 Vincent’s players got their names on the scoresheet, but their search for a 14th senior hurling title will continue into 2023.

Meanwhile, St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh and St Brigid’s retained their Dublin Senior One Hurling Championship status for next year’s with dramatic relegation play-off victories at O’Toole Park on Sunday.

After the sides were left inseparable at the end of extra-time (2-23 apiece), Plunkett’s ultimately claimed a 6-5 penalty shootout win at the Kimmage venue. It was nip and tuck for much of the clash between Brigid’s and St Jude’s, but the former eventually came away with a 1-17 to 1-16 triumph.

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Dublin Senior One Hurling Championship Quarter-Final: Ballyboden St Enda’s V Lucan Sarsfields – The Evening Herald – September 27 2022

Niall McMorrow and Paul Ryan fire Ballyboden St Enda’s into final four

Dublin SHC1 quarter-final

Daire Walsh

Goals in either half from Niall McMorrow and Paul Ryan were crucial at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon as Ballyboden St Enda’s claimed a four-point victory over Lucan Sarsfields in their Dublin SHC1 quarter-final.

Thanks in no small part to a combined haul of 2-11 from McMorrow and Ryan, Boden had enough in reserve to set up a mouthwatering last-four encounter with Kilmacud Crokes.

Chris O’Leary led the way for Lucan with an outstanding 12-point haul, but the Division 1 league champions came up short.

Eager to lay down a marker following a frustrating group-stage defeat to Cuala just over a fortnight earlier, Boden hit the ground running with a brace of points from the ever-dependable Ryan.

The former Sky Blues attacker was then on hand to cancel out a well-worked score by Lucan wing-forward O’Leary, before the latter also registered back-to-back frees to bring his side on level terms.

Sarsfields had a strong wind advantage throughout the opening period, and the 2013 finalists subsequently hit the front when the Crummey brothers – Chris and Paul – split the uprights either side of a Luke McDwyer point at the opposite end.

However, Boden didn’t panic and opened up a sizeable gap with their first purple patch of the game inside the second quarter. After Conal Keaney and Ryan posted points, McMorrow capitalised on a mishap by Lucan netminder Sean McClelland for a 20th-minute goal. Ryan found his range off the resulting attack to increase the lead to six, but credit must be given to Lucan for eventually stemming this tide.

Although McMorrow and Simon Lambert (from a sideline cut) added to Boden’s tally, 0-3 apiece from O’Leary and Colm Walsh left the 12th Lock men just two adrift (1-10 to 0-11) at the interval.

While John Bellew cut this deficit to the bare minimum on the restart, Boden reinforced their authority when Ryan buried a penalty in the 34th minute.

However, this did little to dim the appetite of Lucan, who responded with unanswered scores from Ciaran Dowling, ex-Dublin captain Johnny McCaffrey and O’Leary.

The gap remained at one after Ryan and O’Leary traded points, but Boden created further daylight courtesy of fine contributions from substitute Niall Ryan and Lambert.

Even though Liam Garrigan pointed to keep Lucan in touch, Boden looked set to ease over the line when Paul Ryan, Aidan Mellett and Lambert found their range in quick succession.

Yet with Bellew, O’Leary (free) and Dowling doing likewise for Lucan, this game was threatening to go down to the wire.

O’Leary added a two-point salvo off placed balls before the end of proceedings, but closing efforts from the outstanding McMorrow and Niall Ryan ensured Boden safely advanced to the penultimate round.

Match file

Scorers – Ballyboden St Enda’s: P Ryan 1-8 (1-0 pen, 2f, 2 ‘65’), N McMorrow 1-3; S Lambert 0-3 (1 s/line); A Mellett, N Ryan 0-2 each; D O’Connor, C Keaney, L McDwyer 0-1 each. Lucan Sarsfields: C O’Leary 0-12 (9f); C Walsh 0-3; J Bellew, C Dowling 0-2 each; J McCaffrey, C Crummey, P Crummey, L Garrigan 0-1 each.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S: F McGarry; J Madden, L Corcoran, H O’Sullivan; S O’Connor, S Lambert, S Durkin; P Christie, A Mellett; C Keaney, C Dooley, L McDwyer; N McMorrow, P Ryan, D O’Connor. Subs: N Ryan for Christie (h-t), P Dunleavy for O’Sullivan (47), T Hammersley for Dooley (54), K Desmond for McDwyer (60), C McKeon for Keaney (64).

LUCAN SARSFIELDS: S McClelland; M McCaffrey, P Rigney, P Claffey; L Walsh, J Bellew, J McCaffrey; R Smith, C Walsh; C Keher, C Smith, C O’Leary; C Dowling, C Crummey, P Crummey. Subs: A Murphy for L Walsh (34), L Garrigan for Keher (43), C McHugh for C Smith (47), K Fitzgerald for R Smith (59).

MENTORS – Ballyboden St Enda’s: D Curtin, S Hiney, B O’Regan, D O’Neill, D O’Reilly. Lucan Sarsfields: C Fenlon, D O’Leary, M Smith.

Referee: C Mooney (St Pat’s, Palmerstown).

WIDES – Ballyboden St Enda’s: 9 (3+6). Lucan Sarsfields: 6 (5+1).

CONDITIONS: Dry and breezy.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Niall McMorrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s).

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