Saturday 20 January 2018

Howard and O'Kane star for Raheny

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Raheny produced a superb team performance as they overcame 2014 winners Na Fianna by 6-13 to 2-9 in their entertaining Dublin Minor Football League Division 1 encounter at St Mobhi Road last Sunday.

The visitors were full value for their success and there was much to admire in the manner they seized the initiative from the opening whistle with team manager Brian Curtis delighted with the display of his charges.

"It was a good solid performance from us," he said.

"We expected a tough game from Na Fianna, even though they have lost a fair few players from the team that won the double last year, but we were fairly positive from the start and it was good to get the win.

"We haven't beaten this particular team since the Under 12 grade but things are on the up at the moment and our hard work is beginning to pay off," added Curtis.

Brian Howard was in exceptional form for the visitors, controlling matters from centre-back while Glen McNamara was another to star defensively for Raheny.

In attack, James O'Kane pulled the strings delightfully from centre-forward with Aaron Kelly and Andy Carroll chipping in with scores as Raheny ran out comfortable winners.

In Russell Park, St Brigid's bounced back from their opening day defeat to Ballyboden St Enda's as they enjoyed a 1-11 to 2-6 victory over Clontarf.

Cian McCarthy's goal was the decisive score for the hosts, who were well served by the roving Johnny McGuirk, who kicked some crucial scores in addition to securing a wealth of possession for his side.

Defensively, the hosts were relatively solid with Jack O'Neill in fine form at corner-back with Brigid's eking out the two point win thanks to points by Tiernan McGlynn, McGuirk, Malachy Tighe and McCarthy.

"It was good to get the win," said St Brigid's mentor Anto Holly.

"We started off well and moved the ball well but we only really played in patches so with a few lads still missing at the moment, there is room for improvement as the year goes on," he added.

There was another home win in Páirc Ciceam as Ballymun Kickhams made it two wins from two when defeating a lacklustre Ballyboden by 2-11 to 1-3 with Leon Young, Carl Keeley, Ryan O'Leary, Kieron McDonnell and Conor Kavanagh to the fore for the Mun.

MFL1: Na Fianna 2-9 Raheny 6-13; St Brigid's 1-11 Clontark 2-6; Ballymun Kickhams 2-11 Ballyboden St Enda's 1-3.

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