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Thursday 8 December 2016

Ballymum thwart Syls rally in final

DUBLIN U16 FOOTBALL SHIELD FINALS

Three of the Dublin Under 16 Football Shield finals were decided last Saturday afternoon with Ballymun Kickhams claiming the 'A' shield following an absorbing 4-12 to 3-13 success over St Sylvester's at Broomfield.

The visitors opened up brightly with corner-forward Darragh Robinson in fine form and Ballymun enjoyed an early lead with midfielder Darragh Conlon giving an exceptional performance throughout for the winners.

With Andrew McCaul similarly influential in the Kickhams attack, the hosts were finding life difficult but managed to garner sufficient possession to leave themselves still in contention as the contest evolved.

However, the Ballymun defence was superbly marshalled throughout by centre-back Ryan Kelly, Eamon Hill and Sean Tuke as they enjoyed an eight point lead with five minutes to go before Syls struck two late goals to lead to a grandstand finish.

It was similarly tight in Martin Savage Park as St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh produced a storming comeback to defeat Fingal Ravens by 2-11 to 2-10 in their 'B' Shield decider.

There were few signs of a tight encounter as Plunkett's started in flying fashion through a 2nd minute goal from David Phelan and a minute later the same played teed up Oisin Bresnan for a second goal.

However, the visitors began to come to terms with proceedings and took a deserved interval lead of 1-8 to 2-3 before a second goal soon after the restart left six points between the sides.

However, with Adam Keating, Cian Gibbons and Sean Clerkin all featuring prominently and both Lorcan Stone and Phelan securing a wealth of possession, the hosts gradually trimmed their deficit with Adam Ralph to the fore defensively.

With extra-time a distinct possibility, Ben Kelly kicked a 58th minute point for Plunkett's with Ravens unable to find a levelling score in a dramatic conclusion to the match.

Ravens had sterling displays from Daniel Sammon, Brian Gleeson, Mark Fitzachary and Aaron Molloy.

The 'D' Shield decider was secured by Lucan Sarsfields B, who beat hosts Man o'War by 3-7 to 2-2 at the North County venue.

For Lucan, Alex Bourke, Eoghan Gately and Michael Doyle stood out in a great team effort with Killian Boylan accruing 2-2 and Michael Doyle 1-1.

For the hosts, both Ross Thompson and Ciaran Murphy excelled in addition to finding the net and there were strong displays also from Adam McNally, Shane Duffy, Ben Harvey and goalkeeper Ryan Kiernan.

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