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Goal-hungry Boden cruise into last four

The semi-final pairings for Dublin's Minor 'A' Football Championship were confirmed last Sunday morning with Ballyboden St Enda's and Thomas Davis joining Na Fianna and Kilmacud Crokes in the last four.

Both Ballyboden St Enda's and Thomas Davis required heavy wins to advance in the championship and they duly arrived with cruising to an emphatic 10-8 to 1-1 victory over bottom-placed Castleknock at Somerton Park.

Despite securing their semi-final place, St Enda's manager Liam Deane felt the manner of their progression was not especially fair on the team to miss out from their group, Ballymun Kickhams.

"First and foremost, it wasn't nice to come here and put up such a score against Castleknock," said Deane.

"I'm not sure that points difference should be taken into account where three teams finish level and, to be honest, I would have a lot of sympathy for Ballymun in the manner that they missed out."

Irrespective of his concerns, Deane could feel justifiably pleased with the defensive displays of Darragh Maguire, Stephen Ward and Brian Bobbitt, while Brian Kirwan was exceptional at centrefield for the visitors.

Conor Deane took advantage of a flagging home defence to net himself a hat-trick and with Shane Clayton also figuring prominently, a rout ensued with the remaining seven goals shared by Barra McGarry, Colm Basquel and Adam Carney.

It was similarly one-sided at Kiltipper Road with Thomas Davis finding the necessary goal power to swamp Raheny by 9-7 to 0-8.

The foundation for their success lay in defence with goalkeeper Owen Short particularly secure behind a rearguard in which Dylan Joyce and Joe McDonnell impressed.

With Oisín Kelly providing a wealth of ball at centrefield, the hosts attacked their opponents incessantly and they pulled away by the close with Chris Sallier, Donal O'Neill and Kieran Murray the pick of their forward line.

In Group 1, Na Fianna finished the group stages as the only unbeaten team with goals by Aaron Byrne, Paul O'Hanlon and Sean Caffrey helping them get the better of St Maur's by 3-14 to 1-6 in Rush.

Jack Carey, Eoin Murchan and Glenn O'Reilly all excelled in a defensive capacity for Na Fianna, who will meet Thomas Davis, while Ballyboden will face Kilmacud Crokes in the other semi-final.


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