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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Na Fianna run riot on Crokes to seal crown

NA FIANNA showed just how strong and deep their talent pool is when their 'B' team blitzed Kilmacud Crokes, 2-16 to 0-2, to capture the 2011 Dublin U21 'D' football championship at St Mobhi Road on Saturday afternoon.

From the moment James Higgins found the net via a penalty in the fourth minute, there was only ever going to be one likely winner.

Victorious team manager, Paddy Quinn, was obviously delighted with the victory and was full of praise for both his players and for the man who developed many of them, Philip McElwee.

"I just took over these lads at the start of the championship and they are full of talent," he said.

"We have had great success at minor level (in recent years) and we have players who would probably get on a lot of county U21 teams playing. Philip McElwee has done so much work to get them to this level.

"I suppose the fact that it was a final and we were playing a club like Kilmacud Crokes you wouldn't expect it to be so one-sided, but I guess we prepared well and it just came right for us.

"A lot of the players will be trying to make a mark with various adult teams in the coming year, so it was a good way to hit the ground running in the new year."

On the day, the aforementioned Higgins, Neil Flannery, Paul Downes and Mark O'Dea were superb while brothers Seán and Alan Fitzgerald also excelled.

Given that the Na Fianna first team qualified for the 'A' final at the weekend coupled with their success at minor level, it seems the Glasnevin club are on their way back to the top of the senior ladder once more.

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