Friday 18 January 2019

Jude's Manning up for final clash with Boden

St Jude's advanced to the final of the Dublin Junior 'A' Hurling Championship following their narrow 1-19 to 0-21 victory over a battling Kilmacud Crokes at Tymon North last Saturday, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.

The winners will now play Ballyboden St Enda's in the final next month, provisionally scheduled for October 12th.

Colm Manning struck the decisive goal for the hosts, who were indebted throughout by strong defensive outings from James Collins, Conor Coone and Peter Garvey.

The visitors were largely dependent on frees for their scores with Alan Tiernan and Conor Caulfield sharing 15 points over the hour from placed balls.

There were also notable contribution for Kilmacud from goalkeeper Eoin Dalton, James O'Keeffe, Paul Collins and wing-forward Hugh Gannon.

However, their efforts proved in vain as Manning added three points to his goal while Diarmuid McLoughlin struck six points from play in an enterprising individual display.

The interplay of the St Jude's attack was a key feature of the victory with some well-worked scores by Mark Hannon and Cormac Grogan vital by the close.

"It was a very good team performance by the lads," was the view of Jude's manager Charlie Hennessy.

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