Vins replace Kilmacud at top of table
ROUND-UP: DUBLIN MHL1
St VINCENT'S moved two points clear at the top of the table after narrowly overcoming previously unbeaten Kilmacud Crokes by 3-6 to 1-9 in their Dublin Minor Hurling League Division 1 encounter at Silver Park last Sunday morning.
The impressive win maintained Vinnies' perfect start to the year and there was much to admire in the manner they eked out the victory against a talented Crokes outfit.
"We were very pleased with the overall display, especially that from our defence," said St Vincent's manager Brian Donnelly.
"Of course, the conditions were horrible and it probably went against forwards on both sides but we battled well throughout the game and it was pleasing to keep our run going," he added.
The visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Dara Perry, who was excellent over the hour while wing-back Cillian Dunne was another player to impress in a defensive capacity.
Conor Burke was once again to the fore at midfield for Vinnies and his goal was just reward for his efforts over the hour with full-forward William Moloney delivering the pivotal scores for the Marino side with two goals in the second-half.
There was another away win in Páirc Uí Mhurchú as St Brigid's narrowly got the better of Ballyboden St Enda's by 1-12 to 0-13 in a bristling affair in which Mark Donnelly's first-goal proved the defining score.
The visitors had both midfielders, namely Eoghan Dunne and Johnny McGuirk dismissed against a Boden team for whom James Holland shone throughout.
However, Holland's efforts proved in vain as the goalkeeping solidity of Jamie Rodgers and solid contributions from Cian O'Sullivan, Tiernan McGlynn, David Hawkshaw and Brian Moran was enough to see Brigid's home by two points.
The third away win of the morning arrived in Lawless Park as Craobh Chiaráin picked up their first win of the year when overcoming bottom side Fingallians by 0-16 to 1-8.
Full-back Mark Kelly and wing-back JJ Nolan kept things tight for Craobh defensively and with Karl Salmon hugely influential at midfield, the visitors kept their noses in front through points from the lively Paul Kelly, Keith Cooling and Seán Nibbs.
The remaining fixture saw Na Fianna beat Cuala comprehensively by 2-19 to 0-4.
MHL1: Ballyboden St Enda's 0-13 St Brigid's 1-12; Fingallians 1-8 Craobh Chiaráin 0-16; Kilmacud Crokes 1-9 St Vincent's 3-6; Na Fianna 2-19 Cuala 0-4.