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Monday 11 December 2017

Holders Cuala remain in hunt

DUblin MfC 'A' ROUND-UP

Cuala maintained second spot in Group 1 of the Dublin Minor 'A' Football Championship following their relatively comfortable 3-12 to 1-9 victory over St Maur's in Shankill last Sunday morning.

Jake Malone impressed throughout for the hosts, putting in a solid shift at midfield while full-back Enda Kelly was another to shine for Cuala with a masterful performance on the edge of the square.

Further up the field, Luke Allen showed well and with Con O'Callaghan accruing 1-7 over the hour, Cuala confirmed their victory thanks to further goals by the impressive Niall O'Callaghan and Dara Twomey with Diarmuid Sexton adding a brace of scores by the close.

The reigning holders remain two points behind Na Fianna but their last four berth can be secured when they face Kilmacud Crokes in their final group fixture on Sunday week.

Crokes ambitions of reaching the semi-finals were also preserved as they proved too strong for St Vincent's, prevailing by 4-14 to 1-7 in Páirc Naomh Uinsionn.

Despite languishing in bottom spot, the hosts battled throughout but were gradually undermined by the excellent free-taking of Cian O'Connor.

Centre-back Ryan Murphy and Graeme Fallon were others to play significant roles for Pat Duggan's charges and a brace of sublime goals from Calum Pearson confirmed a welcome win for the visitors.

In Group 2, Ballymun Kickhams produced an impressive performance as they accounted for Thomas Davis by 4-11 to 2-12 in Páirc Ciceam.

Despite a sluggish start to their campaign that included a defeat at the hands of Ballyboden St Enda's, Kickhams are finally hitting their stride with Aaron Elliott giving an outstanding display of fielding and work-rate in the home midfield.

Wing-forward Carl Keeley proved equally instrumental for Paddy Christie's side, roving intelligently throughout and they received valuable support from Paddy Small and Colm Hulton.

Chris Sallier, Éanna O'Toole and Cian Murphy ensured that the visitors remained competitive for the duration but goals conceded to Glen Doyle and Dillon Keating proved pivotal by the final whistle.

There was another home success in St Anne's Park as goals from James O'Kane, Sean McMahon and Brian Howard helped Raheny to defeat Castleknock by 3-10 to 0-11.

The aforementioned trio were especially prominent for the hosts with Christopher McElhinney another to shine from wing-back.

Raheny, who have 15 of their 21-man panel eligible for 2015, were also well served by the contributions of Glenn McNamara and Eric Mullen with Aran Kelly, Howard and Darren Cooper landing vital points for Raheny.

MFC 'A' Group 1: Cuala 3-12 St Maur's 1-9; St Vincent's 1-7 Kilmacud Crokes 4-14. Group 2: Raheny 3-10 Castleknock 0-11; Ballymun Kickhams 4-11 Thomas Davis 2-12.

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