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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Curley and Shannon fire Barrs past the Larriers

dublin jhc 'B' semi-final

Naomh Fionnbarra produced an exceptional team display as they comfortable accounted for a disappointing O'Toole's by 2-14 to 1-8 in their Dublin Junior 'B' Hurling Championship semi-final at The Bogies last Sunday morning.

The win was secured despite the hosts finishing the encounter without their full complement, but there was no doubting their dominance as they controlled affairs from the opening whistle.

"I was delighted with the performance of the lads," said Naomh Fionnbarra manager Declan Fagan.

"There is a great team spirit about the place and, at this level, it is very important to have a good blend of youth and experience.

"Thankfully, that is what we have in the team at the minute."

Foundation

The foundation for their win lay in the defensive efforts of corner-back Joe Casserley and centre-back Keith Byrne while Sean McDonald gave an immense performance in the engine room at centrefield.

Further up the field, wing-forward Daniel Cummins and full-forward Darren Langan looked sharp throughout while Dillon Curley was rewarded for his efforts with a well-taken goal in the opening half.

Curley proved a thorn in the Larriers' side for the whole contest, chipping in with 1-3, while Christopher Shannon augmented an excellent individual display by contributing three vital points.

The depth of the Naomh Fionnbarra panel was reflected in the positive contributions of substitutes Keith Naylor and Wayne Lofty, with the former effectively settling the contest when adding a second goal for the hosts.

positives

For the visitors, it was a morning to forget although there were some positives to derive from the free-taking of Neil Byrne.

Corner-forward Sean O'Keeffe was another player to emerge with credit while centre-back Enda Hoey fought a valiant rearguard action.

"They were much the better team," conceded O'Toole's selector Philip Cunningham.

"It was a bad day at the office for us and we just didn't hurl to our potential on the day," he added.

For Naomh Fionnbarra, they have a local derby to look forward to and Fagan is very much relishing the final, given how well his side have played en route to the decider.

"It will be great for the lads to play in the final, especially against one of our neighbours. We have beaten some decent sides on the way to the final and we won't fear playing anyone. The lads are definitely going in the right direction and we have great intensity in training, which is important."

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