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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Early Carr goal steers Raheny into showpiece with Brendan's

dublin jhc 'C' SEMI-finalS

Raheny and St Brendan's will contest the Dublin Junior 'C' Hurling Championship final following their respective semi-final wins over Liffey Gaels and Castleknock last Sunday morning.

In Liffey Park, Sean Carr's fifth-minute goal proved pivotal as Raheny defeated Liffey Gaels by 1-12 to 0-9.

That goal enabled the visitors to control the tie with the defensive excellence of Ciarán Groves, Tommy Hamill and Jack Hanley ensuring Raheny were especially tight throughout the 60 minutes.

Another factor in Raheny's favour was the superb display of midfielder Conor Gillen, who provided a steady supply of ball for the Dublin 5ers' attack.

That the game remained tight was down to the battling qualities of the hosts but the goal needed to reignite their challenge failed to materialise.

The visitors took advantage to pull clear by the end with Donal Ryan, John Coughlan and Cian Daly landing crucial scores to help confirm their side's six-point win.

"We are delighted to be in the final," said Raheny manager Shane Walsh. "We won the 'D' championship in 2012 and were then knocked out at the quarter-final stage last year so we have shown signs of progress this year.

"We are looking to get promoted again this year, which would be a great reward for the effort of all the lads."

Raheny's task in the final will not be straightforward as they take on a St Brendan's team which overcame Castleknock by 3-10 to 0-10 in Somerton Park.

The nine-point margin failed to reflect the tightness of the encounter with the visitors enjoying a purple patch at the start of the second-half that help seal their progression to the final.

In a cagey first-half, defences were on top with Barry Brennan and Daragh McCormack impressing for Castleknock while Mick Kelly was especially solid at full-back for St Brendan's.

Ciaran O'Dwyer looked lively in the home attack and with Paul Hamill also influential at midfield, the hosts trailed by just a point at the break.

However, points by Shane Foley and a Séamus Harrington goal handed the initiative to the visitors who were beginning to take control through the efforts of Trevor Purtill, Oisín Daly and Mick Kelly.

Further goals from Will Harrington and Séamus Harrington made the contest safe for the visitors with captain Stephen Brophy thrilled with the win.

He said: "It was a tight game and I don't think there were nine points between the teams. It's our first final since 2010 and it's great for all the players involved to have a final to look forward to."

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