Crumlin firepower does job
crumlin1-22 ballinteer st john's1-14
A DOMINANT first-half display helped Crumlin end their Dublin AHC 'A' Group 4 campaign on a high as they overcame a disappointing Ballinteer St John's at Kiltipper Road last night.
The winners led by 0-13 to 0-4 at one stage of the opening period with their dominance provided by their excellent midfield pairing of Conor Murphy and Ben Quinn.
St John's, in contrast, struggled with only Glenn Whelan an isolated exception as he impressed from wing-forward over the hour.
Alex Quinn was another player to shine for Crumlin, wreaking havoc for an overworked Ballinteer defence and his side's supremacy was reflected by their 0-16 to 0-6 interval advantage.
St John's enjoyed a greater degree of possession upon the resumption and they trimmed their arrears through a number of placed balls by Joe Maher.
However, any hopes of a comeback were quickly dispelled as Crumlin stretched their lead through a superbly-taken goal by Adam McGreal.
With Paul Devlin, Peter Elliott and Jonathan Lynch impressing in the Crumlin defence, Ballinteer were struggling to make inroads but their decision to concentrate on goals proved questionable as the contest reached its finish.
There was a consolation goal from Gavin Byrne in the closing stages but it was never likely to save St John's from bottom spot in the group with the excellence of corner-forward Shane Ryan, Murphy, Paul O'Brien and the Quinn twins the difference between the sides.