Dublin SHC 'A': Second-half strikes enough for St Jude's
Second-half goals from John Ryan and Mark Maguire helped St Jude's secure their progression into the quarter-finals of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship following their 2-18 to 0-19 victory over Crumlin at Kiltipper Road last night.
Last year's beaten finalists struggled for fluency initially as they fell 0-4 to 0-2 behind after eight minutes but points by Fionn Ó Riain Broin and Tom Devlin restored parity for Jude's four minutes later.
The Templeogue outfit appeared to be controlling affairs as the half progressed with Danny Sutcliffe adding a brace of points in quick succession to add to further points from Devlin and Ó Riain Broin.
However, Crumlin fought back strongly towards the end of the half with Kevin Byrne, Shane Ryan and Ben Quinn to the fore and three unanswered points ensured a 0-8 apiece stalemate at the interval.
The early stages of the second-half remained similarly tight with Ó Riain Broin and Sutcliffe adding to their personal tallies.
The latter's fourth point of the night inched Jude's 0-11 to 0-10 ahead after 39 minutes with Stephen Larkin and Devlin increasing that lead soon after.
Crumlin refused to accept their fate as they restored parity by the end of the third quarter at 0-15 apiece through scores from Peter Elliott and Adam McGreal. But the concession of a goal to Ryan in the 48th minute undermined their comeback with Maguire sealing the points with a goal nine minutes from time.