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Thursday 17 August 2017

Classy Oliver feasts from Cuala table

dublin mhc 'a' round-up

Na Fianna confirmed their spot in the last four of the Dublin Minor 'A' Hurling Championship following their hard-fought 1-18 to 0-16 victory over a brave Cuala outfit in Shankill last Sunday morning.

Central to their success was the personal performance of full-forward Matthew Oliver with the Dublin minor accruing an impressive tally of 1-11 over the hour.

With both sides needing a victory to prolong their championship ambitions, a tight affair was expected and the protagonists did not disappoint as they served up a thrilling encounter.

The hosts were reasonably solid in defence with Jack Lahart and Jake Malone to the fore while Shane Murphy and Dara Twomey worked tirelessly in securing primary possession in the middle third.

Con O'Callaghan and Eoghan Ó Naoire added some fine scores as the contest evolved ensuring the scores were level with 10 minutes remaining.

Na Fianna were equally dogged with Ian Jesson, Kevin McDonnell and Peter Feeney especially influential and scores from Oliver, Gavin King, Feeney and Donal Burke helped them finished strongly to claim the five-point win.

In Silver Park, Mikey Crowley struck a goal in each half as Kilmacud Crokes remained undefeated in the group stages after defeating Naomh Fionnbarra by 4-26 to 1-8.

Alex Considine and Stephen O'Dwyer also found the net for a Crokes team who were well served by goalkeeper Tadhg Murphy, centre-back Daragh Butler, wing-back Tom Fox and vibrant midfielder Mark McCallion.

Another team to register three wins from three were St Vincent's, who enter the last four high on confidence following their 2-19 to 2-11 victory over Whitehall Colmcille in Páirc Naomh Uinsionn.

The goals arrived through Mark Farrell and Cian Burke while Dublin minor chipped in with six points over the hour.

Daire Perry and Aidan Nickerson excelled in a defensive capacity for the hosts while Oisín Lanigan and the lively Conor Burke shared eight points for Vinnies.

The remaining semi-final spot was secured by Ballyboden St Enda's, who battled to a 2-12 to 0-11 win over Clontarf in Sancta Maria.

Darragh Maguire and Conor Deane goaled for Boden after the break with Cian Murray to the fore for St Enda's.

MHC 'A' Group 1: Cuala 0-16 Na Fianna 1-18; Kilmacud Crokes 4-26 Naomh Fionnbarra 1-8. Group 2: St Vincent's 2-19 Whitehall Colmcille 2-11; Ballyboden St Enda's 2-12 Clontarf 0-11.

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