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Ravens and Davis can't be separated

It was another frustrating and disappointing afternoon in terms of this year's Under 21 Football Championships with the emphasis sadly placed on matches that did not occur rather than the entertaining action on the field of play.

Concessions and withdrawals appeared to be the order of the day with many sides, a sad indictment on a competition that in the past has provided high-quality affairs in addition to making the transition from minor to senior level a more seamless one.

Certainly, anyone at Kiltipper Road last Saturday afternoon would have derived huge enjoyment from the thrilling clash between Thomas Davis and Fingal Ravens with extra-time unable to separate the sides as they finished deadlocked at 4-15 apiece in their 'B' encounter.

"It was a great game from start to finish," said Thomas Davis manager Liam McGuigan.

"I think it's fair to say that neither side operated a blanket defence but both teams put in a genuine effort and their efforts made the contest hugely enjoyable," he added.

Robbie Sharkey epitomised the efforts of those involved with a strong showing from centre-back for the hosts and he received valuable support throughout from the excellent Adam Kelly.

In attack, Dean Brennan highlighted his threat when accruing 2-4 and there were other positive forward contributions from wing-forward David Byrne, Sean O'Connor and the lively Kevin Ward.

It was similarly tight a few miles down the road as St Jude's proved just too strong for Ballinteer St John's, prevailing by 1-13 to 1-10 by the close.

The hosts opened up brightly to enjoy an early two-point lead but Ballinteer enjoyed a purple patch of their own as they kicked four successive points.

However, St Jude's always looked more solid with wing-forwards Tom Lahiff and Diarmuid McLoughlin especially influential while Darragh Kavanagh chipped in with some telling scores over the hour.

Eoin Walsh's goal added momentum to the home challenge and with Shane Gibbons and Eoin McLoughlin particularity solid at the back, St John's could not muster a leveller, despite the best efforts of Aodhán Clabby, Michael Cronin, Andy Dolan, Martin Sorohan, Glenn Whelan and Seán Smith.

"Hopefully, we can progress from this win as we have a decent team," said Jude's manager Paul Cunningham.