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Thursday 14 December 2017

Craobh fall to Na Fianna in opener

round-up: dulbin mhl1

Na Fianna made a winning start to their Dublin Minor Hurling League Division 1 campaign as they impressed sporadically in their 2-12 to 1-7 victory over newcomers Craobh Chiaráin in Clonshaugh last Sunday.

On a difficult morning for fluent hurling, Na Fianna's greater experience and strength proved telling but it was a far from complete display, a fact conceded by team manager Declan Feeney.

"There was an awful lot of water on the pitch and I think we were lucky enough that the game went ahead in the end.

"It was hard to strike the ball and the movement wasn't what it could have been but naturally, we are reasonably happy with the win as we have a completely new team this year and it is going to take a while for us to blend," added Feeney.

David Murtagh and Colin Currie netted with Matthew Oliver and Mark Sewell producing influential displays for Na Fianna.

Despite the result, there was some encouragement in Craobh's performance with Dylan Keeley showing well from the pivotal centre-back position.

Darren McCarthy, midfielder Conor Ryan and Liam Burke in the forward line were others to impress and offer crumbs of solace to manager David Wyse.

"We have a young enough panel with only five players not eligible for next year so it is a learning experience for us all.

"It is a lot faster in the top flight and we'll have to adapt to that over the coming weeks and months," said Wyse.

There was another away victory in Shankill as St Vincent's registered a noteworthy 1-16 to 1-9 success over Cuala.

Conor Burke proved their scorer-in-chief with eight points from play and frees as Vinnies made the most of the opportunities that came their way in a hugely economical display.

Johnny Walsh registered the away goal and there were pivotal performances throughout by midfielder Oisin Lanigan and full-back Conor Ryan.

At Russell Park, a strong display against the breeeze in the first-half helped St Brigid's to narrowly get the better of Fingallians by 1-12 to 2-7.

Cian O'Sullivan was the game's most dominant performer, chipping in with scores at vital times and he was ably abetted throughout by Ciaran Breslin, Tadhg O'Shea, Eoghan Dunne and Johnny McGuirk.

James Cummisky and Derek Rodgers netted for Fins with Shane Howard, Sean Hickey and Alex Smyth to the fore.

MHL1: Cuala 1-9 St Vincent's 1-16; Craobh Chiaráin 1-7 Na Fianna 2-12; St Brigid's 1-12 Fingallians 2-7.

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