Ballyboden St Enda’s qualified for this years Leinster club football final after they beat St Lomans of Westmeath 1-11 to 0-9 at Cusack Park, Mullingar, yesterday afternoon.
The local side ran out deserved winners of a very tight match and finally made it to a provincial decider after losing two previous semi finals.
A Sam Molony goal in the first half proved decisive and gave Boden some breathing space in what was overall a very scrappy opening half.
They extended their lead to seven points early in the second half when Conal Keaney pointed a free.
The Westmeath men did cut Boden’s lead to five points going into the last quarter but the Dublin champions were not going to be caught and Michael Darragh Macauley put the final nail in St Loman’s coffin when he scored a point to put his side out of sight.
There had been speculation that Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan would be missing for Boden after his move to Qatar but the club haven’t allowed the small matter of him moving continent get in the way of their plans to win Leinster.
He underlined how important he was to his team when he produced a fine point-blank save to keep out an effort from David Windsor after 23 minutes and following the game Boden manager Andy McEntee spoke of the former All Star’s importance.
“Paul’s only back in the last week, he’s under pressure to head back there but we hope to have him back for the final” he said. “He’s huge to us. He’s got a calm head on his shoulders and fellas have so much respect for him, it makes everyone feel calmer. He sees things that other people don’t.”
“You have so many good teams in Dublin, so it’s always going to be hard to get out, and when we did, it’s kind of hard to refocus. And in the immediate aftermath the feeling is that it’s been a great year.
“That was one of the issues, especially going into the quarter-final against St Pat’s (of Louth), but once you get across that hurdle it wasn’t too difficult to focus on this game. But you can see there’s probably nothing too spectacular about the way we play. We just work hard.”
Boden will now face seven time winners Portlaoise in the final on 6th December.