Tuesday 23 January 2018

Dublin SHC A: Jude's start with a win as Cuala lay down marker

Danny Sutcliffe
Danny Sutcliffe
Danny Sutcliffe

First-half goals from Joseph McManus and Danny Sutcliffe proved pivotal as St Jude's defeated St Patrick's Palmerstown by 2-11 to 0-14 in their Dublin Senior 'A' Hurling Championship Group 3 encounter at Parnell Park last Saturday afternoon.

Last year's beaten finalists started impressively through points by Fionn Ó Riain Broin and Sutcliffe before McManus fired their opening goal after excellent approach play from Ó Riain Broin.

Sutcliffe added their second goal to push Jude's 2-6 to 0-5 clear at the break but with Liam Rushe impressing throughout, St Pat's improved immeasurably after the break.

Their pressure was rewarded as they narrowed their gap to two points but the defensive solidity of Ger McManus and Robert Hardy saw Jude's home narrowly.

It was far more clear-cut across the city in O'Toole Park as three goals from David Treacy saw Cuala prove too strong for Ballinteer St John's by 7-16 to 1-10.

Most of the damage was done in the opening-half as the Dalkey outfit cruised to a 4-9 to 0-5 interval lead as Oisin Gough and Paul Schutte excelled in the Cuala defence.

The pain continued for Ballinteer after the break with Cuala's other goals coming from Sean Treacy (2), Mark Schutte and Colm Cronin with Kerry import Dara O'Connell adding three points.

Reigning holders Kilmacud Crokes started their campaign off with a hard-earned 1-17 to 0-15 win over St Vincent's in Parnell Park.

Crokes enjoyed a 0-9 to 0-6 interval lead with Oisin O'Rorke and Ryan O'Dwyer impressing in attack while Tomás McGrane ensured Vinnies stayed in touch.

However, O'Dwyer's 41st minute goal left daylight between the teams and Kilmacud confirmed their win through points by Sean McGrath, Ross O'Carroll and Bill O'Carroll.

The remaining tie ended in stalemate as Lucan Sarsfields drew with Faughs by 0-20 to 3-11.

SHC 'A': St Jude's 2-11 St Patrick's Palmerstown 0-14; Kilmacud Crokes 1-17 St Vincent's 0-15; Lucan Sarsfields 0-20 Faughs 3-11; Cuala 7-16 Ballinteer St John's 1-10.

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