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Sunday 22 April 2018

Na Fianna put Parnell's to sword

Holders Na Fianna got the defence of their Dublin U21 'A' Football Championship title off to a flying start as they registered a facile 11-26 to 0-7 win over Parnell's at St Mobhi Road last Saturday afternoon.

The hosts looked secure in defence with Emile Mullan and Darragh Kennedy looking sharp and with JJ Martin securing a wealth of primary possession at midfield, Na Fianna secured a comfortable victory with David McGrath and Eric Caffrey the pick of their attack.

At Páirc Uí Mhurchú, goals from Collie Dunne and substitute Conor Dooley proved pivotal as Ballyboden St Enda's defeated last year's beaten finalists Kilmacud Crokes by 2-13 to 2-11 after extra-time in an enthralling local derby.

The visitors started brightly with Paul Mannion's early goal opening up a 1-4 to 0-1 lead, but the hosts tightened immeasurably from that point and reduced their arrears through Dunne's calmly converted penalty.

EVOLVED

Ciarán Gibbons, Robbie McDaid and Seán Prendergast all excelled in the home defence and Dooley's goal in addition to points by Dunne, Sam Molony, Alan Flood and Carl Molony ensured Boden's progression to the last eight.

In Rush, two goals before the break by Mark Hazley and Jack Hazley helped St Sylvester's register an impressive 4-6 to 0-7 win over a talented St Maur's outfit.

Leading by six points at the break, the Malahide men – for whom Mark Kavanagh and Stephen Cunningham impressed – held that lead for the third quarter with Fionn Cahill's 45th-minute goal and a late Alan Foy penalty ensuring an 11-point win.

Elsewhere, Darragh Henry and Philly Ryan were to the fore as St Brigid's recorded a noteworthy 4-11 to 0-17 win over Cuala while Castleknock and Skerries Harps enjoyed wins over St Vincent's and St Jude's respectively.

U21 'A' FC: Skerries Harps 1-8 St Jude's 1-7; Ballyboden St Enda's 2-13 Kilmacud Crokes 2-11; St Maur's 0-7 St Sylvester's 4-6; St Vincent's 1-5 Castleknock 2-9; Cuala 0-17 St Brigid's 4-11; Na Fianna 11-26 Parnell's 0-7.

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