Hughes hat-trick sees Olaf's overcome Harps
dublin jhc 'd' semi-finals
Naomh Olaf and Whitehall Colmcille will contest the 2014 Dublin Junior 'D' Hurling Championship final after their semi-final wins over Skerries Harps and Réalt Dearg respectively last Sunday morning, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.
Naomh Olaf were indebted to three goals inside the opening quarter from James Hughes as they accounted for Skerries by 5-8 to 0-5 in Páirc Uí Bhriain.
The hosts built on Hughes' contribution to further their lead through Ray Norberg, and they maintained their dominance thanks largely to the efforts of Shane Mulvey, Francois Grey, Niall McCaffrey, Dublin senior football panellist David Byrne, Frank Hickey and captain John Keane.
It was a far tighter affair in Drimnagh Castle as Cathal Ryan struck three critical points in helping Whitehall account for Réalt Dearg by 1-15 to 1-12.
Liam Kennedy also played a pivotal role for the winners, who netted through Robbie Markey-Fox at the end of the first-half.
The hosts remained in contention through the efforts of Cathal Hester, John Barry, Martin Murphy and Frank Farrell but frees by Alan Moore and Conor Sheedy saw Colmcille home.
JHC 'D': Naomh Olaf 5-8 Skerries Harps 0-5; Réalt Dearg 1-12 Whitehall Colmcille 1-15.