Thursday 18 January 2018

Davis' take Lucan scalp in thriller


Thomas Davis delivered an exceptional team performance to eventually account for a talented Lucan Sarsfields by 1-17 to 1-15 after extra-time in their Dublin Under 16 'A' FC first-round encounter at the 12th Lock on Saturday afternoon.

The foundation for their success lay in defence with corner-backs Eoin Lambert and Rían Lynch in superb form while half-backs David Keogh and Josh Lambert also played pivotal roles for the winners.

Corner-forwards Jordan McGrath and Jack Lowth proved a handful for the Lucan defence while substitute Michael Kelly made an instant impression with a vital goal.

The reward for the Kiltipper outfit is a quarter-final clash against Naomh Olaf after the Balally side did just enough to defeat Erin's Isle by 2-13 to 2-9 at Páirc Uí Bhriain.

Centre-forward Conor McEnerney gave an immense display for the hosts, kicking seven points including three from play while David Pollard, Cian O'Sullivan and James Grimes chipped in with vital scores.

Olaf's pairing of Ronan Waters and Adam Byrne combined well at midfield for the winners while there were excellent defensive performances from Cormac Tobin, Evan Cahill and Seán O'Brien.

It proved more straightforward in Silver Park as Ballyboden St Enda's proved far too strong for Kilmacud Crokes, securing a 3-16 to 1-4 success.

The goals arrived through Jack Kelly, the impressive Rob Donoghue and Kieran Kennedy while Ross McGarry and the influential James Madden shared nine points over the hour for Boden.

In Portmarnock, Gavin Nangle, Shane Kavanagh and Josh Hoban all excelled as Naomh Mearnóg beat Clontarf by 3-21 to 1-4 with Adam McRory's superb goal a feature of the clash.

On of the most notable displays arrived on the Clontarf Road with Scoil Uí Chonaill shining as they defeated Ballymun Kickhams by 1-12 to 1-7.

The Division 3 side trailed by 1-3 to 0-5 at the break despite the solidity of full-back Nathan Walsh but they dominated after the break with Robert Kennedy kicking seven points in total to complement 1-2 from Jordan O'Reilly.

In Cloghran, Darragh Carroll, Lee Gannon, Ryan Harte, Ciarán Murphy and Rory Kerins all helped Whitehall Colmcille past Castleknock by 3-17 to 1-7.

U16 'A' FC: Cuala 1-11 St Vincent's 1-11; Kilmacud Crokes 1-4 Ballyboden St Enda's 3-16; Naomh Mearnóg 3-21 Clontarf 1-4; Naomh Olaf 2-13 Erin's Isle 2-9; Lucan Sarsfields 1-15 Thomas Davis 1-17; Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-12 Ballymun Kickhams 1-7; Whitehall Colmcille 3-17 Castleknock 1-7.

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