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Sunday 17 December 2017

Kilmacud maintain their early pace to stay in pole position

ROUND-UP: DUBLIN MFL DIVISION 1

Kilmacud CROKES continue to set the pace in the Dublin Minor Football League Division 1 table as they enjoyed a hard-earned 2-9 to 1-11 victory over a brave St Brigid's outfit in Silver Park last Sunday morning.

Ultimately, the goals secured by Dublin minor colleagues Conor Kelly and Callum Pearson proved decisive for a Kilmacud team that have secured their third successive league victory.

Pearson's goal arrived early on for a Crokes side playing against the elements in the opening half and although St Brigid's remained in contention through points by Donal Timoney, Malachy Tighe and Johnny McGuirk, they entered the break in arrears as Kelly pounced near the interval to inch the hosts 2-4 to 0-8 ahead.

TIGHT

It remained similarly tight after the break with scores at a premium but Kilmacud managed to stay ahead through points by Tom Fox, Andy Fox, Pearson and the influential Dan O'Brien.

However, a goal from a penalty by Timoney and the excellence of midfielder Kevin Callaghan and corner-back David Hawkshaw ensured the game remained in the melting pot with a late insurance score from Tom Fox in injury-time ensuring top spot for Crokes.

It proved similarly tight in St Anne's Park as Clontarf and Ballymun Kickhams shared the points on a 2-9 to 1-12 scoreline.

Goalkeeper Eric Cumberton made some telling interventions for the visitors throughout with an excellent display between the sticks while wing-forward Anton Swan was hugely influential at wing-forward for Ballymun.

Having rested his Dublin panellists after their exertions against Meath the previous day, manager Paddy Christie introduced both Dillon Keating and Conor Kavanagh for the second-half and that decision was justified as both made crucial contributions in earning a draw for Kickhams.

The hosts, who produced an excellent team performance, had enjoyed an early lead through goals by Bill Perryman and Rory Clarke and although their opponents piled on the pressure in the second-half, Neil O'Hanlon made a string of saves to ensure a share of the spoils for Clontarf.

It proved far more straightforward for Raheny who proved far too strong for Cuala, prevailing by 4-9 to 1-5 in Shankill.

Aran Kelly was in inspired form for the visitors as he roved intelligently from corner-forward in addition to chipping in with key scores.

Wing-back Seán McCarthy was also hugely effective from wing-back with corner-back Cian Storey and midfielder Brian Howard producing influential displays for Brian Curtis' outfit.

Despite the dismissal of James O'Kane, Raheny were full value for their win with Darren Byrne, Andy Carroll and Shane Bell also finding the net in a mature team performance by the winners.

The remaining fixture was equally emphatic as Ballyboden St Enda's proved far too strong for last year's league winners Na Fianna, enjoying a 4-16 to 1-7 success at Páirc Uí Mhurchú.

MFL1: Kilmacud Crokes 2-9 St Brigid's 1-11; Cuala 1-5 Raheny 4-9; Ballyboden St Enda's 4-16 Na Fianna 1-7; Clontarf 2-9 Ballymun Kickhams 1-12.

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