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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Mobhi men and Boden power on

REIGNING holders Na Fianna advanced serenely into the semi-finals following their emphatic 5-25 to 1-5 win over St Brigid's at Tom Russell Park last Saturday.

The Glasnevin men, who struck 11 goals in their first-round victory over Parnell's, maintained their free-scoring form with Conor McHugh giving an exceptional display at full-forward for the winners.

The Dublin U21 panellist hit three goals in a sublime individual performance and he was ably abetted in attack by wing-forward Joey Fitzgibbon and the returning Ciarán McKane, who chipped in with 1-2.

Gus Farrell provided a very solid platform at midfield for the visitors. Behind him, Emile Mullen was his customary assured self as Na Fianna strolled into the last four.

There was another resounding away win at the 12th Lock as Ballyboden St Enda's cruised to a facile 5-20 to 1-9 victory over a depleted Lucan Sarsfields outfit.

Collie Dunne and Alan Flood shared 2-10 for the visitors with Dublin minor Colm Basquel getting five points from play. St Enda's were never seriously threatened with Ciarán Gibbons and Robbie McDaid the pick of their defence, while Basquel's minor intercounty colleague Sam Molony formed a telling centre-field partnership with Donagh McCabe.

The remaining tie of the day saw St Sylvester's account for Castleknock by 4-10 to 0-8 with Jack Hazley's fourth-minute goal settling the Malahide lads en route to their 14-point success with Mark Hazley netting a hat-trick. Up next is a home semi-final against Na Fianna on Saturday week.

U21 'A' FC: Lucan Sarsfields 1-5 Ballyboden St Enda's 5-25; St Sylvester's 4-10 Castleknock 0-8; St Brigid's 1-5 Na Fianna 5-25.

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