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Saturday 3 December 2016

Castleknock remain on top of pile

ROUND-UP: DUBLIN IHC

Castleknock strengthened their hold on top spot of the Dublin Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 2 table following their emphatic 4-14 to 0-8 victory over Na Fianna at St Mobhi Road last Saturday teatime.

Two goals in either half lay the foundation for their success as they Somerton Park club who recorded their fourth successive win in the competition.

Despite missing a number of key personnel, the winners were never really troubled with midfielder Tom Quinn putting in an excellent shift at centrefield, allowing full-forward Fintan Murray to wreak havoc on the Na Fianna defence.

Further down the field, half-backs Dara McCormack and Jack King proved highly influential for the winners with strong scoring contributions from Conal Purcell and Conor Corcoran sealing the deal for Castleknock.

With Naomh Mearnóg keeping pressure on the group leaders with their fine win against Ballyboden St Enda's, Thomas Davis were another team to confirm their last eight spot as they got the better of bottom club Lucan Sarsfields by 3-13 to 1-11 at Kiltipper Road.

In Group 1, Raheny followed the lead of Castleknock as they enjoyed their fourth win on the bounce when accounting for Clan na Gael Fontenoy by 4-21 to 3-14 at Seán Moore Park.

Dave Heffernan and Eoghan Smyth proved the scoring heroes for the winners as they both amassed excellent personal tallies of 2-7 apiece.

The visitors also managed scores through David Henry, Eoin Keogh, Paddy Bradshaw and Danny Riad with defenders Ger Coady and Ger Sheehy playing influential roles alongside midfielder Cathal O'Keeffe.

With St Jude's suffering a 2-14 to 1-9 reverse to Fingallians at Lawless Park, Commercials did their last eight hopes the world of good as they recorded an impressive 2-16 to 0-9 win over Erin's Isle in Finglas.

In what was a very solid defensive display by the visitors, the visitors were indebted to excellent individual performances by Gearóid Keogh, Aidan McCarthy and the tireless Cian Walsh.

Danny Murphy chipped in with a valuable 1-8 between frees and open play while midfielder Cillian Crookes also shone for the Rathcoole outfit.

IHC - Group 1: Fingallians 2-14 St Jude's 1-9; Clan na Gael Fontenoy 3-14 Raheny 4-21; Erin's Isle 0-9 Commercials 2-16. GROUP 2: Thomas Davis 3-13 Lucan Sarsfields 1-11; Na Fianna 0-8 Castleknock 4-14.

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