Fianna and Plunkett's reach final
dublin jfc 'd' semi-finals
Na Fianna and St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh will contest the 2014 Dublin Junior 'D' Football Championship final following their respective semi-final wins over Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyboden St Enda's last Sunday morning.
At Silver Park, Na Fianna required extra-time to eventually get the better of Kilmacud by 3-13 to 1-14 with Diarmuid Murphy's goal proving key to their five-point win.
"It was a very good game," was the opinion of Na Fianna manager Andy Pyne. "We knew coming here that Crokes were a very good team and that they would give us a tough game and so it proved."
The visitors were buoyed by a first-half penalty save by Emmet Connolly and they managed to score a penalty of their own through Andy Flaherty.
Centre-forward Andrew Jamieson-Murphy was another to shine in the Na Fianna attack as he amassed 1-5 over the duration and he received valuable support in the forward line from Niall O'Connor and Eoin Behan.
Defensively, the visitors largely kept a talented Kilmacud forward line in check with Liam Flaherty and Ciaran Hanton to the fore and they received valuable protection from midfielder Cillian Heeney.
The hosts were indebted to Liam Dockery as they kept their challenge alive with the talented forward hitting 1-9.
Other to feature prominently for the Kilmacud were captain Paddy Igoe, Gary McMorrow, Barra Ó Leidhin and Ronan Synnott.
"We were disappointed not to get over the line," offered Crokes manager Daire Brennan.
"It was a close game all the way through but their early goal in extra-time proved a serious body blow for us," added Brennan.
It was similarly tight in Páirc Uí Mhurchú with goals proving crucial as Plunkett's overcame a battling Ballyboden St Enda's by 2-7 to 0-10.
Central to their win was the performance of midfielder Joe Kelligher, who secured a wealth of possession in the middle third in addition to registering his side's first goal.
He received valuable support throughout from Cormac Finn and Stephen O'Neill, while the depth of Plunkett's panel was reflected in the contribution from the bench.
Cormac Cushin added a second goal for the visitors after his introduction with fellow substitutes Shea Ecock, and John Rogers adding points prior to Brian Breen's insurance point at the death.