Thursday 18 January 2018

Mighty Mun continue to set the pace

round-up: dublin mfl1

Ballymun Kickhams continue to set the pace at the top of the table after comprehensively defeating St Brigid's by 1-24 to 0-9 in their Dublin Minor Football League Division 1 encounter at Russell Park last Sunday morning.

Ballymun have now won four and drawn one of their five matches to date and they impressed throughout against a Brigid's team that struggled for large parts despite sporadic contributions from Kevin Callaghan, Donal Timoney and Michael Courtney.

Dean O'Brien produced an outstanding performance for the winners from centre-back, Ryan O'Leary also impressed while Aaron Elliot - fresh from his two goals for Dublin the previous day - gave a solid display at midfield.

In attack, Elliot's intercounty colleague Dillon Keating chipped in with 1-2 while both Paddy Small and Colm Hulton were also to the fore, kicking six and five points respectively.

Hot on Ballymun's heels remain Kilmacud Crokes who enjoyed a comfortable 4-13 to 0-5 win over Na Fianna at Silver Park.

Callum Pearson struck 2-5 for the hosts with four points coming from frees while Paul Leonard also bagged a brace for second-place Kilmacud.

Further down the field, corner-back Steve O'Dwyer and half-back Stephen McEntee shone throughout and with Barry Fox also the fore from wing-forward, Crokes eased home with Tom Fox and Conor Kelly sharing four points.

In Shankill, Ballyboden St Enda's impressed in attack as they got the better of bottom side Cuala by 3-17 to 3-8.

Their inside-forward line did the bulk of the damage with Mikey Dunne, Josh Kane and Rory Kirwan sharing 3-7 of their side's tally as they benefited from the approach play of Rob Leddy, Liam O'Flaherty and Mark McGee.

Boden's defence impressed through goalkeeper Robbie O'Connell, Liam Stafford, Kevin Cronin and Hugh Keller with Neil Hestor putting in a tireless shift at centrefield.

Cuala battled throughout with goals from Joe Mahony, Shane Grogan and Dara Spillane proving too little by the final whistle.

The remaining fixture saw Raheny ecure a 4-9 to 1-8 victory over Clontarf in the St Anne's Park derby. Darragh Keogh and Glen McNamara shone for Raheny, who struck their four goals before the break through Darren Byrne (2), Stephen Allen and Andy Carroll.

MFL1: St Brigid's 0-9 Ballymun Kickhams 1-24; Clontarf 1-8 Raheny 4-9; Cuala 3-8 Ballyboden St Enda's 3-17; Kilmacud Crokes 4-13 Na Fianna 0-5.

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