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Mun scorch plucky Ashe

BALLYMUN KICKHAMS 4-14

THOMAS ASHE 2-10

BALLYMUN KICKHAMS won a terrific game of football when overcoming Thomas Ashe at Páirc Ciceam on Sunday morning to send them to the top of the MFL 4 table.

Four goals, all during a second-half blitz, set the winners on their way to victory, and claimed their second win from two games, after they accounted for Castleknock two weeks ago.

The game was delicately poised entering the final 20 minutes, with Ashe leading at that point, only for the 'Mun to pull away towards the finish, with two of those goals coming in the final 10 minutes, which perhaps placed an unfair slant on the result.

Fionn Andrews, Jamie Doyle (two) and Kevin Kelly all found the net for Ballymun and that was always going to make life difficult for the visitors.

Andrews and Doyle in particular caused major problems for their opponents' rearguard.

Half-back Conor Kavanagh was a rampaging presence while David Bolger burst up the field from his corner-back berth to slot over two magnificent points.

Remarkably, they beat Castleknock by scoring the same 4-14 total two weeks ago, a statistic that their team mentor Gerry Staunton was very satisfied with. He said: "It is good scoring. We played Division Three last year and we went down to Four this year.

Committed

"We thought we might have been using a few from the under-16 team. But what we are trying to do, and what we have been doing, is using the lads at minor age.

"There were three under-16 lads today but we have only been using one up to this point.

"It was a good game and Thomas Ashe played very well. It took us a while to get going but it's a good committed squad."

For Thomas Ashe it was a disappointing outcome, their 2-10 total would be enough to win most matches, and they once again showed the fighting spirit that is required to succeed having beaten Ballyboden St Enda's by a point last time out.

A goal in each half from Scott Shire and Brian Shanahan, both of who excelled, gave them the impetus to push hard for a positive result.

There were other eye-catching showings from Gearóid Farrell, Gareth Hickey, Seán McKeon and Keith Fitzachery.

Their team manager Finbar Shanahan, however, is content with how things are going so far for the team that are an amalgamation of St Margaret's and Garristown.

"We have had a few good challenge matches and that was our first loss from about six games," he explained. "But I'm happy enough generally and the merger with Garristown is working out well.

"For one reason or another the last few weeks have been difficult but we can hopefully get back on track and have a good league, and see where we are after that."

Ballymun, meanwhile, can see this as another win to give their already sky-high morale another boost, with the All-Ireland senior club final against St Brigid's of Roscommon now only a matter of days away.

"It's fantastic," added Staunton. "The flags are up around the area and it looks fantastic. We are not getting carried away but we can't wait for it (the final)."


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