Kilmacud do just enough to beat 'Tarf
Dublin SFC review
Last weekend proved a hectic one around Parnell Park as the Dublin Senior Football Championship quarter-finals were played out across Saturday and Sunday.
The Championship was seen in its best light on Saturday night as Ballyboden St Enda's and Na Fianna highlighted the quality of the competition with a thrilling encounter that left the paying public and those watching at home on RTE enthralled as Boden dug deep in extra-time to prevail by 3-15 to 1-15, thanks largely to Collie Basquel's hat-trick.
It's fair to say that the entertainment value wasn't so high the following afternoon, as Kilmacud Crokes took another progressive step towards defending their county title when accounting for Clontarf by 0-16 to 0-8 in a match that lacked the customary intensity throughout.
Clontarf impressed in the first half against a somewhat laboured Kilmacud team but once Jack McCaffrey was dismissed early in the second half, it proved a relatively straightforward task for the holders from that juncture.
Paul Mannion's reappearance to the line-up was certainly a boost from a Crokes perspective but was one of the few positives to take from the win
"It was a poor performance from us in the first half," conceded Kilmacud co-manager Robbie Brennan.
"We were just a bit sluggish and a bit off the pace I suppose but we regrouped for the second half and we managed to bring a bit more intensity to it, which was pleasing from the management's perspective.
"Having said that, we still have plenty to work on.
"We looked at Clontarf against Lucan and knew that they would be a tough challenge and nothing that they did in terms of their first-half performance was a surprise to us.
"They are a good side and we said beforehand that we'd be happy with a one-point victory so in that regard, it was a satisfactory afternoon.
"Having said that, from our own perspective and set-up, we wouldn't have been happy with how we played in the first half but, thankfully, we got the job done.
"We were sloppy at times and our decision-making was poor and we lacked that real bit of cut and bite to take them on up front.
"Luckily we upped it a bit in the second half with Paul Mannion giving us a bit more of a threat in attack.
"We're delighted to have two weeks now to work away on things ahead of the semi-final," added Brennan, who was optimistic that Cian O'Sullivan's hamstring injury will have cleared in time for their semi-final clash with Thomas Davis.