McCann swings derby for Faughs as St Jude's count the cost of wides
FAUGHS 1-12, ST JUDE'S 0-10
A GOAL from veteran Conor McCann just before half-time proved decisive as Faughs overcame their neighbours St Jude's after a hard-fought Evening Herald Dublin SHC clash at Parnell Park yesterday.
The game was a battle from start to finish, and there was very little between the two teams, but Faughs' economy from their opportunities was the major factor in their progression to the last-eight.
Jude's hit 10 wides throughout, and it is that statistic that will haunt them when they sit down to analyse their exit from this year's championship.
But credit must be given to Faughs who were fully deserving of their win.
McCann's contribution does not stop at his superbly taken goal. The centre-forward orchestrated the attacking unit and was at the heart of many of their best passages of play.
Jude's opened the scoring when Dublin under-21 Danny Sutcliffe accelerated right through the Faughs defence before splitting the posts from close range.
Karl O'Brien levelled shortly after and this was the pattern for much of the first half as neither side could establish any real period of dominance.
John Ryan scored an identical point to his fellow wing-forward Sutcliffe, before his opposite number Brian Dillon dissected the posts with a fine long-range effort.
McCann then showed the first glimpses of his power as he held off two challenges to set up Michael Ryan for his first score from play.
A huge free from inside his own half by Jude's Stephen Larkin looked to be sending the sides in deadlocked at the break but McCann had other ideas.
He received the ball just outside the 20-metre line after a fine catch and delivery from John Kelly. He still had a lot of work to do as he showed a good turn of pace to create some space before sending a low drive past Ger McManus.
Ryan converted a free a minute later to leave Faughs with a 1-5 to 0-6 interval lead.
Jude's battled bravely in the second period but were unable to get close enough to cause Faughs any real trouble, mainly thanks to a well drilled defensive unit in which Pat Robinson was outstanding.
Points from Ciarán Mangan and Larkin brought Jude's to within a goal entering the closing stages, but Kelly and Dillon both found the target late on to set up Faughs' last eight date with Lucan Sarsfields.
SCORERS - Faughs: M Ryan 0-4 (2f), J Kelly 0-3, C McCann 1-0, B Dillon 0-2, M O'Brien, K O'Brien, C Aherne 0-1 each. St Jude's: C Mangan 0-3 (3f), D Sutcliffe, S Larkin (1f) 0-2 each, J Ryan, J McManus, C Grogan 0-1 each.
FAUGHS: T Donohue; J Robinson, P Robinson, L Heavey; S White, D Burke, M Devane; K O'Brien, M O'Brien; B Dillon, C McCann, C Aherne; C Brennan, J Kelly, M Ryan. Subs: F Heavey for Burke (ht), P Donohue for K O'Brien (59).
ST JUDE'S: G McManus; C Kelly, G Nolan, P Maguire; S Larkin, F Feore, G Roche; A O'Beirne, V Kelly; D Sutcliffe, C Guckian, J Ryan; J McManus, C McMahon, C Managan. Subs: C Grogan for Guckian (h-t), S Hyland for Kelly (h-t), S Ryan for McMahon (39), B Farrell for O'Beirne (58).
REF: E Walker (O'Toole's).