Saturday 19 January 2019

Crokes and Vins maintain unbeaten starts

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Kilmacud Crokes claimed their second successive win as they accounted for Na Fianna by 2-10 to 0-13 in their Dublin Minor 'A' Hurling Championship Group 1 encounter in Silver Park last Sunday morning.

After overcoming Cuala a fortnight ago, Kilmacud started brightly against their opponents, with Mark McCallion producing another influential display from midfield for the hosts.

Their defence was especially tight with captain Cillian O'Shea and Eoin Sheehy impressing in the corner-back slots and Fergal Whitely's goal gave them momentum entering half-time.

Na Fianna showed all their battling qualities after the break but with Alex Considine showing well at centre-forward, Kilmacud confirmed their win through a goal by Fiachra O'Connor.

At the Bogies, Cuala notched their first win of the campaign as they delivered a decent performance when getting the better of Naomh Fionnbarra by 2-16 to 1-8.

Eoghan Ó Naoire chipped in with 1-1 for the winners who were driven on at midfield by the lively Donal Lane.

Karl Schutte, David Ryan, John Byrne, Con O'Callaghan and Shane Murphy were others to figure prominently for the Dalkey side who pulled clear by the end thanks to the dead-ball prowess of Jake Malone.

In Group 2, St Vincent's mirrored Kilmacud's record as they also lie on four points from four after recording an impressive 3-19 to 1-16 win over Clontarf in St Anne's Park.

The hosts deserve great credit for the quality of their display but ultimately, the goals from Mark O'Farrell, Conor Burke and Oisin Lanigan proved telling by the end.

The winners impressed through the efforts of Michael O'Driscoll and Sean McCaw in defence while Rian McBride and Brian Bolger accounted for the bulk of their scores.

MHC 'A' Group 1: Naomh Fionnbarra 1-8 Cuala 2-16; Kilmacud Crokes 2-10 Na Fianna 0-13.

MHC 'A' Group 2: Clontarf 1-16 St Vincent's 3-19; Ballyboden St Enda's 0-18 Whitehall Colmcille 0-13.

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