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Sunday 10 December 2017

Noonan a class apart as Maur's hit super seven against Larriers

dublin u15fc 'b' semi-finals

Culan Noonan struck four goals when helping St Maur's to overcome a plucky O'Toole's by 7-11 to 3-7 in their Dublin Under 15 'B' Football Championship semi-final in Rush last Sunday morning.

The full-forward was the key attacker in an entertaining clash and his tally of 4-1 over the hour was ultimately the difference between the sides.

The visitors impressed for large parts with centre-back Karl Fox in exceptional form as he delivered a classy showing while Seán Brennan proved their main scorer as the Larriers battled in vain to remain in contention against their free-scoring opponents.

Adam Hanbridge, Alan McGovern and Josh Fitzpatrick were others to shine for O'Toole's over the hour but Noonan's goal began to take the game away from them with midfielder Cian Savage also chipping in with 1-3.

Maur's midfield secured a glut of primary possession thanks to Matthew Hughes and Tom O'Neill was equally influential for Maur's when switched from full-back to centre half-back.

The depth of the home panel was reflected in the contributions of substitutes Kevin Kelly and Ryan O'Shea and late scores from Ciaran Archer, Daragh McNamara and Adam Kelly confirmed Maur's progression to the decider.

Castleknock lie in wait for Maur's after the Dublin 15 outfit finished strongly to eventually get the better of a committed Ballyboden St Enda's by 3-8 to 1-9 in Porterstown.

The hosts were boosted by an early goal from Daire Finn but the visitors were always in contention with Adam O'Neill, Daniel O'Riordan and Tom Glynn centrally involved.

Castleknock enjoyed a one-point lead at half-time and with Seán Keenan combining well with Seán Ryan at midfield, they looked to build on that lead as the half evolved.

A superb goal by Darragh Warnock left Ballyboden with a mountain to climb but they responded admirably to that concession with Cathal Creed, Eoghan McGarvey, O'Neill and Luke Grady leading a superb comeback and a 59th-minute goal saw them take the lead in this seesaw encounter.

The hosts replied in kind with Eoin Crossan breaking Boden hearts as he found the net a minute later and with St Enda's leaving themselves exposed at the back, Castleknock were able to put the finishing touches to their win thanks to a brace of scores by the influential Ryan and a further score from Lennon Bracken.

The win secured a favourable double for Castleknock with their 'B' team having previously secured their final berth in the 'D' Championship.

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