Caffrey charge fires Na Fianna win
A dominant first-half performance helped Na Fianna record an impressive 1-12 to 2-6 victory over Ballyboden St Enda's in their Dublin U21 'A' Football Championship semi-final at Sancta Maria on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors took full advantage of a healthy breeze at their backs to open up a commanding 1-9 to 0-3 interval lead and, despite an improved showing after the break, 'Boden were unable to reel in Na Fianna who held on for a deserved victory.
The winners had much the better of the early exchanges and their initial dominance was reflected by three points from play by the influential Jack Caffrey and another score from the tireless Carl O'Connor.
Crucially, they struck the opening goal through the game's most dominant player, Conor McHugh, with the Dublin minor dual player for 2012 causing constant headaches for the 'Boden rearguard with a performance full of power, pace and aerial strength.
Typically, St Enda's improved upon the turnaround, with Naoise Maguire, a winner of the Evening Herald School Sports Star of the Year back in 2010, to the fore from centre-back and a goal by the lively Donagh McCabe reducing the deficit to just three points by the 40th minute.
However, Na Fianna composed themselves superbly with Niall McGovern giving a masterful showing from wing-back and they pushed five points to the good with two points from play by Senan Coughlan.
'Boden replied through a goal from substitute Collie Dunne but with Barry Boland impressing at centrefield and Adam Caffrey picking up the pieces around the middle third, the visitors confirmed their final berth against Kilmacud Crokes through Jack Caffrey's late free.