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Ballyboden too strong for Seneschalstown

Ballyboden too good for Seneschalstown


Ballyboden St. Endas 5-17 Seneschalstown 1-8 By Declan Drake

12 months ago when these two sets of champions clashed in the
provincial final of the Vhi Healthcare Ladies Club Championship
down in Clane the Dubliners scraped through with the bare minimum
to spare after a thrilling contest. Fast forward to a magnificent
Autumunal Sunday October afternoon a round earlier than last year
and the winning gap for the same side is a whopping 21 points.

The Meath ladies were short several of the side that lost out
so agonisingly in that afore mentioned 2006 decider. Amongst those
absent from the ranks were the likes of Grainne Nulty and her
loss was severely felt as they were swept aside by the 4 in a
row chasing Dubliners.

Karen Hopkins kicked the opening score on 2 mins and from there
Boden assumed complete and absolute control certainly for the
first 22 mins. By the time the stopwatch had ticked to that point,
the blue and white striped shirt girls had established a 2-8 to
no score lead. The goals in that spell were scored by Edel Drury
on 13 and Orla Scollard not long over a minute later. Scollard
was one of several Boden players enjoying her afternoon in the
superb October sunshine, she stood

on a personal tally of 1-3 before a Fiona Mc Mahon free put Seneschalstown
on the scoreboard 8 mins before the half time break. The Meath
champions to their credit rallied a little with a further burst
of 3 unanswered scores Mary Sheridan with 2 and Emma Harris raising
white flags. They did get the arrears to 8 points 2-8 to 1-3 but
any slim chance of a major comeback were firmly dashed shortly
after when Boden corner forward Edel Drury bagged her second goal
of the afternoon. Seneschalstowns beleaguered defence was breeched
again shortly after by Ciara Ferry for her sides 4th goal. That
act was the final of the first half which saw Boden enjoy a 4-9
to 1-3 lead.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Boden
driving at the visitors defence almost relentlessly. Good work
back deep by the likes of Gemma Fay and Louise Kelly were acting
as a solid platform for setting up attacks. The procession of
scores was carried on by Karen Hopkins who finished with 1-4 in
total sub Susan Hughes and Sarah Denvir aswell as Louise Kelly
and midfielder Caroline Conway who all contributed to their second
consecutive easy win in the 2007 Leinster Club Championhip.


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