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Thursday 8 December 2016

Finbarrs and Barróg to meet in final

Eamon Dillon Picture: Sportsfile
Eamon Dillon Picture: Sportsfile

Naomh Fionnbarra and Naomh Barróg advanced to the final of the Dublin Senior 'B' Hurling Championship after they enjoyed wins over Kilmacud Crokes and Whitehall Colmcille respectively yesterday afternoon.

In the Bogies, Naomh Fionnbarra completed a dramatic comeback when seeing off Kilmacud by 1-20 to 2-10.

The visitors enjoyed a wind-assisted 2-8 to 0-5 interval advantage but Finbarrs raised their game upon the restart to eventually prevail by seven points.

Eamonn Dillon scored their goal with a rather fortuitous strike from a free and the Dublin attacker chipped in with three points from play over the hour.

Much of the positive play by the hosts after the break stemmed from Paul Turner's redeployment into midfield as the Cabra outfit added scores with great regularity thanks to the likes of the excellent Ryan Curley, Cark Turner, Ger Dodrill and Aaron Costello.

The visitors had very few answers in the second-half with Dillon Curley, Anthony Costello and Wayne Losty all producing fine defensive displays for the winners.

Reward

Their reward is a final berth against Naomh Barróg, who also enjoyed the benefit of home advantage as they overcame Whitehall Colmcille by 1-16 to 2-9 in Páirc Barróg.

The hosts enjoyed a healthy 1-10 to 1-2 lead at the turnaround thanks largely to the free-taking of Paul Garbutt and a vital goal from Tony Manton.

Whitehall were a different proposition in the second-half with Eoghan O'Donnell, Cormac Costello and Cormac Ryan all highly influential but they were unable to complete a successful comeback, largely as a result of the excellence of home goalkeeper Niall Connolly and midfielder Donnacha Butler.

Dublin SHC 'B' semi-finals: Naomh Fionnbarra 1-20 Kilmacud Crokes 2-10; Naomh Barróg 1-16 Whitehall Colmcille 2-9.

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