Tuesday 25 October 2016

Clinical Currie sees off Boden

round-up: Dublin mhl division 1

Na FIANNA impressed from the outset when getting the better of Ballyboden St Enda's by 2-13 to 0-9 in their Dublin MHL1 encounter at Sancta Maria last Sunday.

Despite being without their Dublin panellists, it was an impressive display by the visitors who seized the initiative early on thanks to Ciaran Casserley's goal.

The Glasnevin outfit put added daylight between the teams with Seán Currie in superb form from placed balls as he accrued nine points from frees in addition to a solitary score from play.

Na Fianna's dominance stemmed from the defensive solidity provided by Donal Ryan and Hugh Fenlon and with Conor Kelly hugely effective from sweeper, Pádraig Buggy's 1-2 helped settle the contest.

After defeating near neighbours Kilmacud Crokes last Wednesday evening, the hosts entered the contest with renewed confidence but it was a disappointing day for St Enda's with Rob Leddy, Luke O'Donoghue and Seán McDonnell the pick of their performers.


"It was a huge win for us given that we were without our county players," said Na Fianna manager Declan Feeney. "We were able to find scores from different sources and players today and that was a huge addition for us," he added.

On a morning for statistical curiosities, Kilmacud Crokes were another team to hit 2-13 in an away victory, with St Brigid's the opposition as Crokes won by two points.

Once again, it was the ability to get off to a positive start that proved crucial in this encounter as Stevie O'Dwyer's early goal saw Kilmacud open up an early five point lead.

St Brigid's remained in the hunt however with wing-backs David Hawkshaw and Alex Holmes while the hard and incisive running of Tiernan McGlynn helped yield a number of scores.

A James O'Connell goal added to the home side's momentum in addition to scores by Conal Burke and Brian Moran but Kilmacud continued to enjoy the upped hand thanks to the free-taking sharpness of dual player Tom Fox.

O'Dwyer also added three points to his earlier goal and with Cathal Keane showing well at centre-back, the visitors held on for victory thanks to points by Seán Kinsella and Fiachra O'Connor and an excellent team goal by the lively Tom Keogh.

Meanwhile, in Shanganagh Park, Fingallians earned a hard-earned 2-13 to 1-13 win over Cuala.

The hosts impressed through the efforts of Brian Coronella, Stevie McDonnell, Justin Byrne, Andy Power and Fionn Ó Drisceoil with Niall O'Callaghan, Byrne, Fionn Ó Tighearnaigh and Dara Twomey accounting for the bulk of their scores.

However, Fins deserved the win with Danny Lynch, Matthew Petterbridge, Mark Smith, James Comiskey and Anjie Tunde all to the fore

MHL1: Cuala 1-13 Fingallians 2-13; St Brigid's 1-14 Kilmacud Crokes 2-13; Ballyboden St Enda's 0-9 Na Fianna 2-13; Craobh Chiaráin v St Vincent's OFF.

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