Aherne and Woods star as Jackies stay on winning streak
SINEAD AHERNE kicked five points (three frees) as Dublin's ladies footballers maintained their early season winning form in the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 1 campaign in Ashbourne yesterday.
The Jackies made it two wins from two outings with a hard-fought 0-10 to 0-7 victory against Meath in what was a repeat of last year's Division 2 final between the two counties.
Midway through the first half, the sides were level at 0-2 apiece before Dublin went on to lead by just a single point at half-time, 0-5 to 0-4.
In front of a sizeable crowd, Dublin kept Meath at arm's length in the second half as two superb points from Raheny's Siobhan Woods opened up a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage.
Boden extra good
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S under-21 hurlers recovered from a seven-point half-time deficit (1-7 to 0-3) to eventually defeat southside rivals Kilmacud Crokes in extra-time, 1-14 to 1-13, in the (2011) Dublin U21HC 'A' final at O'Toole Park on Saturday afternoon.
Playing with wind advantage in the first half the deadball accuracy of Kevin O'Loughlin helped Crokes establish their half-time advantage.
Seán McGrath hit the Kilmacud goal in the 25th minute when he arrowed clinically to the net from a tight angle.
Crokes still held a goal advantage in the concluding minutes before points from Naoise Maguire, Gavin Corrigan and Niall Ryan, three minutes into injury-time, forced extra-time (1-9 to 0-12). Dean Curran's goal, direct from a close range free, early in the second half of extra-time was the vital score as 'Boden captured their title.
A SUPERB individual tally of 2-8 (including four frees, one sideline) from John Matthew Sheridan on his home pitch in Fingallians saw Fingal hurlers capture the Kehoe Shield when defeating Armagh, 4-11 to 1-14, in yesterday's decider.
Sheridan hit a goal in either half with Eoin Power and Peter Daly grabbing the others as Trinity Gaels' Graham Dillon impressed throughout for the winners.
Eoin powering on
COLAISTE EOIN powered into the last-four of the Leinster Colleges SFC 'A' following their impressive quarter-final victory (2-11 to 0-5) over Mullingar's Coláiste Mhuire at Silver Park on Saturday. Goals in either half from Conal Ó Néill and Dublin minor hurler of last year, Oisin Ó Ruairc, did the business for the Booterstown lads.