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Holders pierced by Pearson

Kilmacud Crokes increased their ambitions of securing a place in the semi-finals of the Dublin Minor 'A' Football Championship as they overcame Cuala by 1-14 to 1-11 at Silver Park last Sunday morning.

The result leaves Kilmacud in joint second spot with Cuala but their head-to-head record will stand in their favour if St Maur's cannot manage to defeat championship favourites Na Fianna in their final group fixture.

Callum Pearson led the line well, notching 1-2 while Dan O'Brien, Cian O'Connor and Barney Sultan all shone for Crokes.

"Coming from where we were after losing our first game to St Maur's, it is great to still in the championship," said Kilmacud manager Dr Pat Duggan.

"It wasn't a classic and there was a lot of respect and familiarity between the two sides but we were always a few points ahead and the ganme just highlighted how tough the minor championship in Dublin is," he added.

For the holders, it was a disappointing but heartening exit by Cuala with the absence of key marksman Con O'Callaghan upsetting the balance of the side.

Dara Spillane was another key absentee for the champions, who gave an impressive display despite these losses, a fact acknowledged by team manager Maurice O'Callaghan.

"We played very well at times and I was delighted with the application of the lads over the sixty minutes.

"Losing players of the calibre of Con and Dara was always going to make things difficult for us but the lads can be proud of the way that they played.

"We created chances at crucial times in the game but unfortunately for us, we didn't manage to take them and that was the difference between winning and losing for us.

"However, is was still a very encouraging performance when you consider we had 12 first-year monors out there and that experience should stand to them next year," said O'Callaghan.

Diarmuid Sexton kept Cuala's score ticking over, accruing 1-6 over the hour and he received valuable support throughout from Niall O'Callaghan, Gavin Hartnett, Donal Lane, Enda Kelly and the excellent Jake Malone.

MFC 'A' Group 1: St Maur's v Na Fianna OFF; Kilmacud Crokes 1-14 Cuala 1-11. Group 2: Castleknock v Ballyboden St Enda's OFF; Thomas Davis v Raheny OFF.