Boden meet Westmeath champions St Lomans at Cusack Park Mullingar (2pm throw in) on Sunday hoping to reach their very first Leinster senior final.
Following their very impressive showing in the Dublin final against Vincent’s, Boden failed to reach the same heights in their Leinster quarter against Louth champs St Pats two weeks ago.
Twas the aul dog for the hard road Conal Keaney who rescued the local side with two late points to help his team win by four points.
In contrast St Lomans had a facile victory over Wicklow champions Rathnew in their quarter final comfortably seeing off the Garden County champions by seven points.
St Loman’s manager is the much respected Luke Dempsey, and their team contains highly rated inter county stars Paul Sharry, John Heslin and Shane Dempsey as well as Offaly forward Ken Casey. Sharry used to line out with Boden’s neighbours Shamrock Rovers. He joined The Hoops from Cherry Orchard in 2007 and established himself as a proficient left-back. By 2009 he was involved in the first team under Pat Scully. Yet no sooner had he nailed down a first team place he decided that same year to quit soccer and concentrate on Gaelic football exclusively.
Boden have plenty of stars themselves and they will be confident of reaching the first Leinster final in the clubs history. Conal Keaney, Michael Dara McCauley and Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan (subject to availability) are all vastly experienced and they are complemented by the Basquel brothers Ryan and Colm, Andrew Kerin, and Stephen Hiney. It promises to be a close, tight, enthralling battle and most of the bookies are going with Boden as slight favourites. Weather conditions may play a factor but the InTallaght prediction is Boden to win by two points.