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Saturday 21 October 2017

Aaron Burns Cuala with early strike

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Na Fianna recorded their third successive victory as they overcame a battling Cuala by 2-12 to 2-9 in their Dublin Minor 'A' Football Championship Group 1 clash in Hyde Park last Sunday.

An early goal from Aaron Byrne set the visitors on the way and Alasdair Fitzgerald added a second goal in the 5th minute as Na Fianna started in the ascendancy.

Gradually, Cuala began to show their potential with Dara Collopy and Jack Lahart impressing in a defensive capacity while dual player Jake Malone put in a solid shift at centrefield for the 2013 winners.

The hosts gained reward for their efforts through points from Con O'Callaghan and a Justin Byrne goal but Na Fianna managed to keep their noses in front thanks to the solidity of their rearguard as Paul O'Hanlon, Eoin Murchan and Matthew Oliver showed well throughout.

Byrne, Glenn O'Reilly and Fitzgerald kept the visitors' scoreboard ticking over and with Cathal Doran solid at midfield, the Glasnevin side held on despite the concession of a Niall O'Callaghan goal.

It was similarly tight in Rush as Craig Fortune made two superb saves in helping St Maur's to defeat St Vincent's by 1-9 to 1-8.

Alan Byrne netted for the hosts and with Kevin Nugent, Jack Burke and Eoin Conroy adding points, St Maur's built up a six point lead.

The visitors battled gamely to restore parity in the closing stages but their efforts were undone as Adam Kennedy kicked the winning score in the final minute.

In Group 2, Dillon Keating inspired Ballymun Kickhams to an ultimately facile 6-22 to 1-6 win over Castleknock in Porterstown Park.

Keating accrued an astonishing 4-11 over the hour, including 4-8 from play and he shared the plaudits with wing-back Conor Kavanagh, Leon Young and wing-forward Carl Keeley while John Kindlon was a constant threat for the hosts.

Elsewhere, Ballyboden St Enda's withstood a late surge from Raheny to register a 2-13 to 1-13 victory in St Anne's Park.

Colm Basquel and Adam Carney scored superb goals for the visitors in the opening-half and further points by Brian Bobbet and Barra McGarry helped Boden to a nine point interval lead.

A Conor Deane score increased that lead upon the restart as Boden held on by three points by the final whistle.

MFC 'A' Group 1: St Maur's 1-9 St Vincent's 1-8; Cuala 2-9 Na Fianna 2-12. Group 2: Castleknock 1-6 Ballymun Kickhams 6-22; Raheny 1-13 Ballyboden St Enda's 2-13.

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