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Na Fianna's Aaron Byrne gets away from UCD's Brian Meade

Na Fianna's Aaron Byrne gets away from UCD's Brian Meade

Na Fianna's Aaron Byrne gets away from UCD's Brian Meade

NA FIANNA cruised into the quarter-finals of the Dublin Senior Football Championship after overcoming a weakened UCD by 26 points at O'Toole Park last night.

The warm favourites made a dream start with David Quinn netting via a deflection in the opening minute after Eoin Murchan had made a superb break from deep.

Conor McHugh increased Na Fianna's lead with two points in quick succession before Aaron Byrne confidently despatched a penalty in the eighth minute after UCD keeper Colm Hohan was harshly adjudged to have foot-blocked Adam Caffrey in the act of shooting.

Further points by Paddy Quinn, Tomás Brady and Jonny Cooper eased the Glasnevin club tp a 2-8 to 0-3 interval lead.

JJ Martin and Byrne added further goals upon the restart and although UCD kept plugging way through midfielder Jack Barry and full-forward Conor McCarthy, their fate was sealed in the closing stages as Eoghan Neville netted twice.

Scorers - Na Fianna: C McHugh 0-7 (2f), A Byrne (1-0 pen), E Neville 2-0 each, D Quinn 1-1, JJ Martin 1-0, T Brady 0-3, P Quinn 0-2, A Caffrey, J Caffrey, J Cooper, G O'Reily 0-1 each. UCD: R Carr 0-4 (4f), C McCarthy 0-3 (1f), D Murphy, B Smith 0-1 each.

Na Fianna: R O'Flaherty; J Kelly, N Cooper, E Murchan; J Cooper, N McGovern, A Farrell; JJ Martin, C O'Connor; P Quinn, D Quinn, T Brady; C McHugh, A Byrne, A Caffrey. Subs: E Neville for Byrne and J Caffrey for O'Connor (42), G O'Reilly for McGovern (47, BC), E Connolly for Kelly (48), N Flannery for D Quinn (50), D McGrath for McHugh (53).

UCD: C Hohan; L McHugh, B Meade, E Lafferty; N O'Reilly, S McEntee, P Gallagher; J Barry, D Murphy; B Smith, L Kelly, C Ellis; S Meade, C McCarthy, R Carr. Subs: M Kitt for B Meade (38, BC), C O'Shea for Smith (40).

Ref: J King (Garda).