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Saturday 18 August 2018

Conroy strikes late as Maur's edge Crokes on opening day

dublin MFC 'a' ROUND-UP

St Maur's produced a dominant final quarter when narrowly overcoming Kilmacud Crokes by 2-8 to 1-10 in their Dublin Minor 'A' Football Championship Group 1 encounter in Rush last Sunday morning.

The visitors looked well set to open their campaign with a win when leading by four points with five minutes remaining but a Colm Halpin goal in the 56th minute added fresh impetus to the home challenge.

With Alan Byrne and Adam Kennedy driving their team forward from centrefield, St Maur's levelled matters through a point from dual player Eoghan Conroy and the same player kicked the winning score in a dramatic conclusion.

Kilmacud started in the ascendancy, leading by three points within the opening ten minutes but a series of wides undermined their authority while Conroy's goal ensured the hosts remained in contention despite struggling for primary possession.

That issue still existed in the third quarter but with Byrne exceptional from that point and Dublin minor Jack Burke also influential, the hosts claimed a surprise win in a thrilling manner.

It was far more straightforward at St Mobhi Road as Na Fianna underlined their pedigree with an emphatic 5-16 to 0-5 success over a struggling St Vincent's team.

It proved far too comfortable for John Caffrey's charges with Aaron Byrne netting a first-half hat-trick for the hosts.

Alasdair Fitzgerald featured prominently throughout for the Glasnevin club, combining intelligently with Eoghan McHugh in the home engine room while captain Eoin Murchan produced another classy showing from centre-back.

Dublin wing-back Glenn O'Reilly highlighted his versatility when accruing 1-8 as Na Fianna strolled to victory with Kilmacud their next opponents on Sunday week.

With defending holders Cuala also in Group 1, this group promises to be a hugely intriguing one as the championship evolves.

In Group 2, Ballyboden St Enda's started the championship off with a bang as they accounted for Ballymun Kickhams by 1-13 to 0-10 at Páirc Uí Mhurchú.

With the contest delicately poised early in the second-half, the visitors were undermined when reduced to fourteen men with Boden showing sufficient maturity to take advantage.

Colm Basquel and Warren Egan were the pick of the home attack against a Kickhams outfit for whom Dean O'Brien, Aaron Elliott, Carl Keeley and Dillon Keating impressed.

MFC 'A' Group 1: St Maur's 2-8 Kilmacud Crokes 1-10; Na Fianna 5-16 St Vincent's 0-5.

Group 2: Ballyboden St Enda's 1-13 Ballymun Kickhams 0-10; Castleknock 0-5 Thomas Davis 1-16.

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