The Ballyboden St. Endas keeper Gary Maguire is missing the Leinster campaign due to a retrospective ban.
Coolderry will pose as Ballyboden’s next opponent as they go in search of provincial hurling silverware. The county champions got off to a great start with a gritty win over Clonkill on Tuesday night. And they had to do it without veteran goalkeeper Gary Maguire.
The county board CCCC issued Maguire a two game ban following an incident in this year’s county final.
Although escaping any sanctions at the time, Maguire was involved in a clash that injured Kilmacud forward Marc Howard, who now required knee surgery.
Because of that Gary missed Tuesday’s Leinster Quarter Final meeting with Clonkill and will miss their Semi Final game against Coolderry.
Ballyboden manager Joe Fortune, who is steering them on since their county championship victory, admitted it was “disappointing” to lose his first choice keeper.
“Gary is a great servant to Dublin.” He told the Herald. “And I just think at times you just have to take a step back and wonder if all the games are looked at like that.”
While serving his suspension, Fortune has thrown Conor O’Donoghue into action, and to his credit performed well in what was quite an intense and emotional game.
O’Donoghue “did very well, I thought”. For a guy who is only a young guy and again, who has represented Dublin at underage level.”
Coolderry are a serious outfit
With Coolderry up next, the Ballyboden manager is very aware of their pedigree. They’ve just beaten Carlow Champions Mount Leinster Rangers, the team who knocked Ballyboden out of the provincial semi finals in 2013.
“They have serious forwards. Jesus, they had a massive battle with Mount Leinster as well.”
“I’d give massive credit to Mickey McCullough (trainer).”
“Over the next couple of days, he’ll do his homework with regard to stats and what the lads need to be doing.”
“We’ll recover on Thursday night.”
“We’ll get a bit done over the weekend and then we’ll focus on Coolderry from then.”