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Friday 15 December 2017

Cloherty key as Na Fianna beat Garda

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Na Fianna ended their regular league campaign on a high when overcoming Garda by 1-14 to 0-10 in their Dublin Adult Football League Division 3 encounter at St Mobhi Road last Saturday teatime.

After seeing their title ambitions end when losing to Scoil Uí Chonaill the previous weekend, the hosts bounced back superbly to overcome fellow-promotion challengers Garda.

Central to their victory was the contribution of Shay Cloherty, with the full-forward accruing eight points over the hour, including five from open play.

Cloherty benefited hugely from the tireless efforts of half-forward James Higgins, who was hugely influential for Na Fianna alongside midfielder Mark Cooper.

Ciarán McKane added a precious goal for the Glasnevin outfit as the tie evolved and with Richie Kinsella, Hugh Gallagher and Ronán Breen to the fore defensively, Na Fianna eased home through points by Gareth Ryan, Cooper, McKane and Thomas Connell.

"The lads showed great character and it was great to produce a very good team performance after our two recent setbacks," said Na Fianna manager Kevin Bulman.

Scoil Uí Chonaill will also enter the promotion play-offs in fine fettle as they registered a hard-earned 0-17 to 1-12 away victory over Ballyboughal.

The Clontarf Road outfit were forced to pull out all the stops to claim the win as they trailed for the majority of the game after conceding a goal within the first 15 seconds.

However, they maintained their composure with Conor Coady and Danny Nolan combining well at centrefield while Dan Lane gave an immense display for the winners in a roving defensive capacity.

Their efforts still looked likely to be in vain as the visitors trailed by three points with six minutes remaining but a string of six unanswered points swung the tie in their favour.

Donncha Fenton accrued seven points for Scoil over the hour and he received valuable support in the scoring stakes from the impressive Eoin O'Carroll, Coady, Tiarnan Crowe, Lane, Neil O'Flynn and Aidan Mulvey.

The remaining fixture on Saturday saw Clontarf celebrate their promotion from last week in style as they beat Clan na Gael Fontenoy by 3-13 to 1-10 in St Anne's Park.

AFL3: Ballyboughal 1-12 Scoil Uí Chonaill 0-17; Na Fianna 1-14 Garda 0-10; Clontarf 3-13 Clan na Gael Fontenoy 1-10.

AFL4: Clann Mhuire 4-9 St Finian's Newcastle 2-16.

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