Monday 11 December 2017

Early blitz sees 'Mun pip Crokes

dublin mfl division 1 round-up

Ballymun Kickhams moved into top spot in the Dublin Minor Football League Division 1 table after overcoming previous leaders Kilmacud Crokes by 5-8 to 0-14 at Páirc Ciceam last Sunday morning.

Most of the damage was done in the first-half as the hosts enjoyed an emphatic 4-7 to 0-3 interval lead against a previously unbeaten Crokes side.

Central to Ballymun's win was the contribution of corner-forward Dillon Keating with the Dublin minor netting a hat-trick for the hosts.

Kickhams were also well served by Anton Swan, midfielder Aaron Elliott, centre-forward Colm Hulton and Paddy Small.

Kilmacud improved after the break with Callum Pearson kicking eight frees over the hour while Perason's intercounty colleague Tom Fox chipped in with four points, three of which came from play.

At Russell Park, Donal Timoney's two goals proved critical as St Brigid's accounted for a dogged Cuala by 2-16 to 3-11.

Both sides went into the game with key personnel missing but the quality on offer remained high with Kevin Callaghan of St Brigid's producing a master-class in the home midfield, securing a wealth of possession and using the ball intelligently at all times.

Timoney, Michael Courtney, Cian McCarthy and Malachy Tighe were the chief beneficiaries of Callaghan's excellence but that the contest remained in the balance up until the final whistle largely down to a spirited display by the visitors.

Centre-forward Niall O'Callaghan was in exceptional form for the Dalkey outfit, accruing 2-6 from centre-forward while centre-back Dara Twomey was outstanding throughout from centre-back.

Daragh Spillane, wing-back Justin Byrne and full-back Dara Callopy were others to emerge from the contest in credit for a Cuala side that remain pointless after four matches despite some encouraging displays.

At St Mobhi Road, Clontarf picked up their first win of the year when defeating an understrength Na Fianna by 1-10 to 1-6.

Bill Perryman scored the vital goal for the visitors with Eoin McNamee, Paddy Smyth, Jack Higgins and Tom O'Flaherty all making notable contributions for Papi McCaffrey's side.

"It's nice to get off the mark at last," said McCaffrey.

The remaining fixture scheduled, namely Raheny against Ballyboden St Enda's was called off due to an unplayable pitch.

MFL1: Raheny v Ballyboden St Enda's OFF; St Brigid's 2-16 Cuala 3-11; Ballymun Kickhams 5-8 Kilmacud Crokes 0-14; Na Fianna 1-6 Clontarf 1-10.

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