St Patrick’s Morning in Abbotstown. The Dublin slingers trained early.
his AFL Division 2 game had been switched from the lush lawn of St. Anne’s Park. For all weather. Ballyboughal wore their green jerseys. With the taste of the day.
Raheny management included father-son duo Paul and Matt Dempsey. Responsible for Ballyboughal was Mark Byrne, who led St Brigid’s to the Dublin Senior Football Championship.
There was a lot of good football. end to end. With nobody looking for a bus driver’s license. The cold breeze from the field made life difficult. To hit the post, players had to have a compass in their boots – like Jonny Sexton.
Raheny was down 1-4 to 0-6 at halftime. But they made a definite impression early in the second period to get a firm grip on the scramble.
Right-back Rutherson Real played an important role in this. He has a sharp turn of tempo. And he kept things in order.
Ballyboughal defender Cian Casey showed his quality. He has a cultured left foot. His precision free from the right was the final offering of the competition.
Both goalies, Jonathan Deeney and David Downey, were not afraid to leave the kitchen sink. support of their defenders.
Real delivered one of the best passes of the hour. It came after the break as his perfectly flying delivery fell like a feather at Eoin Keogh’s feet.
Ballyboughal hit some sweet points. Early on, Cathal Begg poked one over his shoelaces. Gary Weldon then landed a beauty off his left post.
Ballyboughal’s goal came in the 20th minute. From Gerry Seaver’s deep, crisp drive. Gerry, forever a heartbeat of this team.
Before the break, Sean McCarthy produced a point for Raheny that belonged in the front window at Arnott’s. Five minutes into the second period, Real’s point had Raheny’s equalizer for the first time. And two minutes later, Raheny was ahead thanks to Sean Grenham’s well-taken goal – 1-7 to 1-4.
Brian Talty then sent a high-flying shot over from long range. The ball rises majestically like a salmon in the corrib. Raheny’s lungs filled with confidence.
In the 49th minute they scored their second goal. Real was its architect. Driving to the right, his cross was pinned home by Jack Dalton from close range – 2-8 to 1-5.
Seaver then saw his penalty saved brilliantly by Deeney. Raheny defended well and they were quick to counterattack.
No one was quicker than Rutherson, who, after starting the move himself, clipped his second point late in the day to further sideline Raheny. Step home. Like Rachael Blackmore.
Goalscorers – Raheny: S Grenham, J Dalton 1-0 each, C Ivers 0-3 (3f), R Real 0-2, J Fagan, S McCarthy, B Talty, P Reid 0-1 each. Ballyboughal: G Seaver 1-2, C Casey (f), G Weldon, B Callinan, C Begg 0-1 each.
RAHENY: J. Deeney; K Byrne, L Fahy, G McNamara; R Real, S Byrne, B McHugh; J Fagan, S McCarthy; S Grenham, E Keogh, C Ivers; B. Talty, P. Reid, J. Dalton. SUBS: J Kearney, S O’Flynn, D Branigan.
BALLYBOUGHAL: D Downey; Rooney T, Warren C, Casey C; J Rooney, G Weldon, B Callinan; G Seaver, W Rafter; R Gallagher, Cormac Flynn, T O’Sullivan; M Farrell, Cathal Flynn, C Begg. Subs: C Wynne, R Downey, E McPhilbin, D Donohoe.
MENTORS—RAHENY: P Dempsey, M Dempsey, C Lee, P Ivory, P Kane, M Ingle. Ballyboughal: M Byrne, D Byrne, B McMahon.
REFEREE: K Roche (Whitehall Colmcille).
WIDTH – RAHENY: 7 (6+1); Ballyboughal: 4 (3+1).
CONDITIONS: Dry and bright. Cool breeze.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Rutherson Real (Raheny).
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