Saturday 18 November 2017

Cuala and O'Toole's move into last eight

David Treacy of Cuala. Pic: Sportsfile
David Treacy of Cuala. Pic: Sportsfile

Holders Cuala advanced to the quarter-finals of the Dublin Senior 'A' Hurling Championship after they defeated St Vincent's by 0-18 to 1-7 at Parnell Park on Saturday teatime.

A tight encounter was anticipated in advance but the champions were comfortable for the large part as they eased home by eight points.

There was a period in the second-half in which Vinnies were offered a modicum of hope when Alan Moore netted but Cuala's response to that setback was admirable as they tagged on scores to keep their league and championship double hopes alive.

The economy from placed balls of David Treacy was a key factor in their win as he struck eight points over the hour while the under-rated Nicky Kenny also chipped in with three scores.

The remaining scores were shared by Brian Fitzgerald, Darragh O'Connell, Cian Waldron and Mark Schutte as the defensive solidity of the holders ensured a comfortable progression to the last eight.

It proved a slightly tighter affair in the earlier match in Donnycarney as O'Toole's did enough to advance past Na Fianna by 3-17 to 1-16.

First-half goals from Liam Ryan and Paul O'Donoghue helped the Larriers, for whom Michael Cunningham and Ciaran Gethings shone in defence, to a deserved 2-10 to 1-8 interval advantage with Gavin King netting for Na Fianna with the last puck of the half.

Fergal Breathnach impressed for the Glasnevin side with four points from play from midfield but O'Donoghue's excellent second-half goal sealed the deal for O'Toole's despite the dismissals of Philip Brennan and Christy Mulligan.

Dublin SHC: Cuala 0-18 St Vincent's 1-7; O'Toole's 3-17 Na Fianna 1-16.

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