Friday 19 January 2018

Crokes and Vinnies still lead the way

round-up: Dublin mHl1

Kilmacud Crokes and St Vincent's continue to lead the way at the summit of the Dublin Minor Hurling League Division 1 table following their respective wins over Cuala and Fingallians last Sunday morning.

In Shankill, Kilmacud pulled clear after the break to eventually outclass a weakened Cuala side by 3-23 to 1-6.

The hosts were handed a boost with an early goal from a penalty but a goal by Stephen O'Dwyer ensured Crokes a 1-10 to 1-5 interval lead.

It proved far more straightforward for the visitors in the second-half with Colm O'Shea, Cathal Keane and Conor O'Dwyer to the fore and they put daylight between the teams early upon the restart thanks to Daragh Butler's goal.

The gap between the teams widened with Fergal Whitely adding a third goal for Crokes soon after and with Johnny Maher converting his eight placed balls, the visitors eased to their third league win on the trot.

They are joined at the top of the table by a St Vincent's team that impressed initially in their 0-17 to 1-8 victory over a battling Fingallians at PNÚ.

The scoring prowess of Conor Burke and Johnny Walsh allied to the defensive control of centre-back Sean McCaw ensured a healthy interval lead for the hosts.

Four points from Donagh Williams and strong displays from Alex Smith, Danny Lynch and Paul Murphy saw Fins improve significantly after the break.

At Russell Park, St Brigid's registered a deserved success when they came from behind to defeat Na Fianna by 1-15 to 1-13.

The visitors struggled for the large part despite eleven points produced by the impressive Gavin King and the solidity of wing-back Sean Baxter proving isolated positives for the Glasnevin outfit.

It was a far happier camp in Brigid's with Tadhg O'Shea, Eoghan Dunne, Jack O'Neill, Daragh McKenna, Johnny McGuirk and Sean Dunphy all excelling for the hosts.

It was equally tight in Clonshaugh as Aidan Mellett's late goal saw Ballyboden St Enda's inch past Craobh Chiaráin by 2-11 to 0-16.

Boden were well served through Mellett, Conor Donoghue, Luke Corcoran and Cillian Byrne with Conor McKeirnan, James Finn, Keith Cooling, Dan Phillips and Glen Ryan to the fore for Craobh.

MHL1: Cuala 1-6 Kilmacud Crokes 3-23; Craobh Chiaráin 0-16 Ballyboden St Enda's 2-11; St Vincent's 0-17 Fingallians 1-8; St Brigid's 1-17 Na Fianna 1-15.

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