O'Connor brace fires Kilmacud to opening win against Cuala
dublin MHC 'a' ROUND-UP
A brace of goals by Fiachra O'Connor ensured Kilmacud Crokes accounted for Cuala by 3-10 to 1-9 in their opening Dublin Minor 'A' Hurling Championship Group 1 encounter at Shanganagh Park on Sunday morning.
The seven point margin failed to reflect the efforts of the hosts as they remained in contention for the large part through the efforts of full-back Jack Lahart and centre-back Jake Malone.
Donal Lane was another to impress for the Dalkey outfit with points from Malone and Con O'Callaghan added to by Andy Power's goal reward for their efforts.
However, Kilmacud played the more controlled hurling throughout with Daragh Butler and Cillian O'Shea impressing in their full-back line while Tom Fox and Eamonn Allen also produced noteworthy contributions in a defensive capacity for Crokes.
With Mark McCallion playing a pivotal role in the Crokes engine room, the visitors finished strongly with O'Connor adorning a fine display in attack by accruing 2-2 over the hour.
It was a slightly more straightforward affair at St Mobhi Road as Na Fianna made light of their favourites tag when emphatically overcoming Naomh Fionnbarra by 4-25 to 0-8.
The highlight from a Na Fianna perspective was the return to action of Dublin minor Matthew Oliver, with the inside-forward displaying few signs of rustiness as he contributed 0-12 (4f, 2 '65's).
The Glasnevin outfit looked lively in attack throughout with their four goals shared by Luke Fenton, Eoghan McHugh, Gavin King and Ciarán Casserly.
Dublin minor captain Shane Barrett was also in fine form, striking two points from half-back in a match that unfortunately became increasingly ill-disciplined by the final whistle.
At Páirc Naomh Uinsionn, St Vincent's recovered from a cagey enough opening to prove far too strong for a disappointing Ballyboden St Enda's, prevailing by 3-14 to 1-6.
William Moloney proved their scorer-in-chief, bagging a brace of goals from full-forward while substitute Conor Barker chipped in with Vinnies' remaining goal.
Rian McBride produced another influential shift in the home engine room in addition to adding four points while Mark O'Farrell and Brian Bulger shared seven points.
The hosts were rarely troubled in defence with Kevin McDonald, Caelan O'Meara and Michael O'Driscoll epitomising their solidity.
The remaining tie saw Whitehall Colmcille defeat Clontarf by 3-14 to 1-10 in Cloghran.
MHC 'A': Group1: Cuala 1-9 Kilmacud Crokes 3-10; Na Fianna 4-25 Naomh Fionnbarra 0-8. Group 2: St Vincent's 3-14 Ballyboden St Enda's 1-6; Whitehall Colmcille 3-14 Clontarf 1-10.