Bodyke took the first point in a minute-and-a-half of play and a second three minutes later with Broadford managing only two wides in between. However, Shane Keniry opened the account for Broadford with a welcome goal after a cross from Eoaghan Mason on the far side of the pitch, behind 13m line, and sent in for Damien who had to out manoeuvre Bodyke’s number 4 in front of the goal to take the shot and send the ball to the back of the net. Two further points from play for Broadford with a point from a free for Bodyke and Broadford had a two point lead (1-02 to 0-03).
Bodyke pushed play back to the Broadford end on a number of occasions to pile on the pressure and despite being held back by spirited defensive actions from the likes of Matthew Troy, Eoin Donnellan and Sean Phelan, Bodyke managed to deliver their only goal of the match. With another point minutes later they were back in front with a two point advantage over Broadford.
Broadford mounted a comeback and with points from play from Darren Chaplin, Damien Keniry, Stiofain McMahon , Diarmuid Moloney, and a free from Sean Phelan. With just two further points from play for Bodyke the half time score was left at 1-07 to 1-06 to give Broadford back the lead of one solitary but hard earned point.
Broadford came back on to the field for the second half in fighting form and sent three over the bar in the first eight minutes, one from play and one from a free from Darren Chaplin and another from play from Diarmuid O’Brien (1-10 to 1-06).
Broadford’s fortunes looked like they might be put on the back-foot again though. Bodyke took one from a free and then 14 minutes in, play was centred directly in front of the Broadford goal. Bodyke’s number 14 tried to send the ball in to the goal whilst being challenged from behind by Jack Dillon with Goalie Jc McMahon in front both limiting 14’s manoeuvres. Jc knocked the ball back in to play to keep the goal at bay, and then continued to try and play the ball as 14 fell back to the ground. Broadford’s Eoin Donnellan and Sean Phelan came in to help with the defence of the net as Bodyke’s number 5 came in for the attack. The ball remained in play dangerously around the base and on the wrong side of the left post. The resulting play afforded Bodyke a penalty opportunity and the chance to bring the scores level again. Jc held his nerve and saved the penalty, which was sent low and to JC’s right, to prevent what could have been a turning point in the game.
A free from Darren Chaplin though marked the start of another scoring spree for Broadford. In the 17th minute Broadford’s Paul Moloney scored an opportunistic goal after the Bodyke goalie challenged Paul for possession of the ball out on the fringes of the square. As the goalie slipped to a fall, the ball crept back towards the goal and Paul swept in to roll the ball across the ground and in to the wide open goal. (2-11 to 1-07).
To seal the win, Broadford took another six points with just one more coming back from Bodyke. Shane Taylor took the first three, the first from a free. Points from play each for Stiofain McMahon and Michael Hogan and the last score of the game going to Darren Chaplin taking a free in the 26th minute. Final score 2-17 to 1-08.
A tough game to call at the end of the first half with Broadford making it their own in the second. With Bodyke continuing to challenge throughout, making the match an entertaining start to the season.