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Crokes get the better of St Syls

It proved a day of many cancellations and concessions as the Dublin Under 21 Football Championships resumed in less than lively fashion last Saturday afternoon.

The A championship saw Castleknock concede to Raheny while the eagerly anticipated clash between Ballyboden St Enda's and Cuala fell foul of the weather with large puddles of water developing at Páirc Ui Mhurchú throughout the day.

There was, thankfully, some action in Broomfield as Kilmacud Crokes recovered from a two point interval deficit to eventually prevail by 1-9 to 1-7 against St Sylvester's.

The day started poorly for the hosts, who were reduced to fourteen men inside the opening minute but despite that numerical disadvantage, Sylvester's enjoyed a 0-4 to 0-2 half-time lead.

Kilmacud fell further behind upon the resumption when Jack Hazley palmed home early in the second-half but with Ross McGowan especially influential from centre-back, the visitors assumed control from that juncture.

Jeff Landers impressed when introduced as a substitute for Kilmacud, who were right back in contention when Niall Carr netted at the end of the third quarter.

Points from placed balls by Dara Mullen maintained that momentum and with the tie delicately balanced at 1-7 apiece entering the closing stages, Crokes finished in the ascendancy through two late scores by the lively Tom Curran.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult encounter and so it proved," said Kilmacud manager Paraic McDonald.

"It is always a tough place to visit and most of their team contested a Dublin Minor 'A' championship final two years ago so we were very happy to take the win.

"We were missing the injured Shane Cunningham and with Paul Mannion away, that was a loss too so to progress in the championship after not being back for too long is encouraging," said McDonald.

At St Anne's Park, St Vincent's recovered from a desperate start, trailing by 2-1 to 0-0 after five minutes before they pulled clear to defeat Clontarf on a final scoreline of 3-11 to 2-4.

Very few fixtures beat the weather with Skerries Harps progressing in the 'B' Championship after defeating St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh by 0-13 to 1-6 while Naomh Mearnóg beat Ballyboughal in the 'C' Championship.


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