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Leinster club championship is a tough road: Declan O’Mahony

Leinster club championship is a tough road: Declan O’Mahony

Tue, 5th November 2019

Newly crowned Dublin senior football champions, Ballyboden St Enda's, will set out on the Leinster Club SFC road this Sunday when they face Louth champions, Newtown Blues, in Drogheda's Gaelic Grounds (1.30).

Back in November 2015, following their most recent Dublin SFC success prior to last Sunday's SFC1 final victory over Thomas Davis, Boden also faced opposition from the Wee County in their opening game, it too was played in Drogheda.

Ballyboden recovered from a slow start on that occasion against St Patrick's with Colm Basquel's goal four minutes into the second half steering his side to a hard-earned 1-8 to 0-7 victory.

The Dublin champions were 0-0 to 0-3 down early on before recovering to trail by the minimum at the interval, 0-3 to 0-4.It was only in added time when Conal Keaney kicked two fine points that Boden were assured of victory while St Patrick's had a second half goal disallowed.

Ballyboden went on to become Leinster champions in 2015 following victories over Westmeath's St Loman's (1-11 to 0-9) and then Laois' Portlaoise in the provincial decider (2-9 to 1-11) and in the new year of 2016 progressed all the way to the All-Ireland decider when they outclassed Mayo's Castlebar Mitchels.

Declan O'Mahony is a 'veteran' of that campaign and along with Darragh Nelson, Conal Keaney and Michael Darragh Macauley won his third Dublin SFC last weekend.

Reflecting on last Sunday's victory the Boden midfielder said: "We had done our homework on Thomas Davis. We knew they were going to try to drop people back and catch us on the counter, so we left a man back ourselves.

“It was very soft underfoot but we kind of controlled the game in the second half, so we were happy enough with how it went.

“I suppose, as you get older, they start getting sweeter. You don’t know how many years you have left to play. Anyway, we’ll take this and try to push on for Leinster.”

“I think there was 11 out of the starting 15 that were there before in 2015. Leinster’s a tough road and in 2015 we nearly got caught by the Louth champions up there, so we’ll take every game as it comes and treat the Louth champions with respect.” 

There are two other Dublin clubs flying the flag in the province this weekend.On Saturday Craobh Chiaráin face Wexford's Rathgarogue-Cushintown in their Leinster JFC quarter-finals in O'Kennedy Park, New Ross (1.30) while Ballyboughal play Kilkenny senior champions, Mullinavat, in Thomastown (1.30) in the Leinster IFC.


AIB Leinster Club Junior Football Championship Quarter Finals

Lakepoint Park Mullingar (1.30) Ballynacargy (Westmeath) v Clann na nGael (Meath) Ref: Stephen Johnson (Louth)
Newtowncashel (1.30) Kenagh (Longford) v Ballymore Eustace (Kildare) Ref: Marius Stones (Offaly)
O'Kennedy Park New Ross (1.30) Rathgarogue-Cushinstown (Wexford) v Craobh Chiaráin (Dublin) Ref: David Fedigan (Louth)
Faithful Fields Kilcormac (1.30) Shannonbridge (Offaly) v Roche Emmets (Louth) Ref: Keith O'Brien (Westmeath)

AIB Leinster Club Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Finals
Stabannon Parnells (2.0)
Mattock Rangers (Louth) v Monasterevan (Kildare) Ref: Patrick Coyle (Meath)
Joule Park Aughrim (1.30) Dunlavin (Wicklow) v Nobber (Meath) Ref: David O'Connor (Dublin)
Thomastown (1.30) Mullinavat (Kilkenny) v Ballyboughal (Dublin) Ref: Fintan Pierce (Offaly)
Emmet Og Killoe (1.30) Fr Manning Gaels (Longford) v Rosenallis (Laois) Ref: Stephen Murphy (Louth)


AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals
Joule Park Aughrim (1.30)
St Patrick's (Wicklow) v Portlaoise (Laois) Ref: John Hickey (Ceatharloch)
Netwatch Cullen Park (2.0) Eire Og (Carlow) v Sarsfields (Kildare) Ref: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantain)
TEG Cusack Park Mullingar (1.30) Garrycastle (Westmeath) v Ratoath (Meath) Ref: Brendan Cawley (Kildare)
Gaelic Grounds Drogheda (1.30) Newtown Blues (Louth) v Ballyboden St Enda's (Dublin) Ref: David Coldrick (Meath)
Extra-time and winner on the day if necessary

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