Finbarrs on form in clash with Chiaráins
Nh FIONNBARRA cemented their mid-table position as they defeated Craobh Chiaráin by 5-13 to 2-15 in their Dublin AHL Division 1 clash at The Bogies yesterday, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.
The foundation for their success lay in a solid defensive platform provided by the exceptional Billy Hyland while Rory McGrath and minor Darren Langan were also hugely influential for the hosts.
The visitors always looked a threat throughout the high-scoring encounter but the Cabra outfit confirmed their third league win of the year following pivotal goals by Robbie McCarthy and Tommy O'Neill.
Elsewhere in the top division, Lucan Sarsfields maintained top spot in the league as they defeated Kilmacud Crokes by 1-20 to 2-12 at the 12th Lock while St Brigid's and St Jude's played out an entertaining 1-20 to 2-17 draw at Tom Russell Park.
In AHL2, Naomh Mearnóg took the spoils against local rivals St Sylvester's, prevailing by 2-14 to 0-8 at Páirc Mearnóg.
Aidan Kenny proved the scoring hero for the Portmarnock men, hitting six points in addition to firing the two crucial goals as the hosts enjoyed control through their half-back line of Michael O'Donoghue, Neil O'Driscoll and Arthur Creane.
Killian Neylon chipped in with four points from wing-forward with Shane Ryan, Michael Callanan and Brendan Kennedy also on target for the winners.
Na Fianna joined Crumlin at the top of the table when defeating the leaders by 2-18 to 1-17.
AHL1: St Brigid's 1-17 St Jude's 2-14; Lucan Sarsfields 1-20 Kilmacud Crokes 2-12; Nh Fionnbarra 5-13 Craobh Chiaráin 2-15. AHL2: Whitehall Colmcille 1-25 Raheny 1-10; Parnells 1-14 St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 2-14; Erin's Isle 0-13 Kilmacud Crokes 1-14; Nh Mearnóg 2-14 St Sylvester's 0-8; Na Fianna 2-18 Crumlin 1-17; Castleknock 2-13 Faughs 1-15.