Saturday 22 October 2016

Cuala finally secure win in top flight

round-up: dublin mfl1

A 56th minute goal from Dara Twomey helped CUALA finally get off the mark in Division 1 of the Dublin MFL following their narrow 1-11 to 1-10 victory over 14-man CLONTARF in Shankill last Sunday morning.

After remaining competitive in most of their games to date, the Dalkey outfit eventually recorded their first league win of the year with Enda Kelly and Jack Hartnett especially solid in the home defence.

It looked like their efforts might prove in vain as Cuala trailed by four points entering the final ten minutes but with Andy Power showing well at midfield, the hosts earned a deserved win thanks to positive attacking contributions from centre-forward Niall O'Callaghan and full-forward Dara Spillane.

A the opposite end of the table, BALLYMUN KICKHAMS remain undefeated as their understrength selection still proved too strong for a similarly weakened NA FIANNA, winning by 1-17 to 0-7 at Páirc Ciceam.

Fresh from helping Dublin overcome Wexford in the Leinster MFC less than 24 hours earlier, Paddy Small proved Ballymun's scorer-in-chief as he amassed 1-5 over the hour.

Na Fianna remained in contention to a degree through the efforts of goalkeeper Sam Bruton, Mark Sewell, Donncha Tynan and Jack Carey with their midfield pairing of Cathal Doran and James Doran working tirelessly to restrict Ballymun's options.

However, their efforts proved in vain with Kickhams building on their lead thanks to positive contributions by Ryan O'Leary, Carl Keeley and goalkeeper Evan Comerford.

It proved far tighter at Silver Park with goals from Callum Pearson and Conor Kelly helping KILMACUD CROKES inch past BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S by 2-11 to 2-10.

The hosts enjoyed a nine-point lead at one stage with Paddy Flaherty, Andy Fox and Michael Frawley to the fore but Boden managed a defiant comeback through the influence of Mikey Dunne, Mark McGee, Neil Hestor, James Holland and substitute John Murphy's goal but Kilmacud held on by the narrowest of margins.

At Russell Park, Darren Byrne struck three goals as RAHENY defeated 13-man ST BRIGID'S by 4-10 to 2-7.

Malachy Tighe and Donal Timoney netted for the hosts but Raheny excelled through Darragh Keogh, Shane Bell, Aaron Kelly and James Kane.

MFL1: Cuala 1-11 Clontarf 1-10; Ballymun Kickhams 1-17 Na Fianna 0-7; St Brigid's 2-7 Raheny 4-10; Kilmacud Crokes 2-11 Ballyboden St Enda's 2-10.

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