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Boden looking for silver on Golden Anniversary

Boden looking for silver on Golden Anniversary

Fri, 6th December 2019

Ballyboden St Enda's are currently celebrating their Golden Anniversary and would love to end this year with some more silverware.

This Sunday Anthony Rainbow's men face Carlow champions, Eire Og, in the AIB Leinster club SFC final at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise (2.0) looking to add a provincial title to a county one.

Boden centre-back, Robbie McDaid, was part of the Firhouse Road side's panel in 2015 when they did just that, following up their Dublin Championship success with a Leinster one for the first time.

“Look, it’s brilliant. It doesn’t happen too often. You think after winning it you’ll be back again, and it took us four years ... you just have to take your chances when you’re there," said Robbie.

“The club is celebrating 50 years as well so it’s a nice way to celebrate.”

Robbie watched Eire Og on tv in their excellent provincial semi-final victory over Laois' Portlaoise and was impressed by viewing.

"A very good, organised side. We’ll have had two weeks to look at them properly ... we know it will be a big test.”

Robbie's teammate Ryan Basquel echoed his views on the quality of Sunday's opponents.

“It just shows you the quality that’s out there, two years ago Vincent’s lost to the Wicklow champions (Rathnew), last year the Longford champions (Mullinalaghta) beat Crokes, so there is quality out there.

“And a Dublin team haven’t won Leinster in a while so we know the challenge that is there.”

Éire Óg’s defensive solidity combined with their potent counter-attacking game have seen them make their mark in this year's Leinster campaign, defeating Wexford's Castletown (4-6 to 1-10) and Laois' Portlaoise (2-11 to 1-6) in their two provincial games.

“Anyone who saw their game against Portlaoise knows the quality they have," says Ryan.

"They are well set up at the back, both in numbers and what they are actually doing, so that will be a massive challenge to break down.”

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