KEVIN'S .................................... 2-11
PARNELL'S ................................ 0-13
TWO first-half goals from David Reid and Emmet Mahoney proved crucial as Kevin's overcame a shaky start to account for Parnell's by four points in their Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 3 encounter at Dolphin Park on Saturday evening.
In doing so, the hosts maintained their unbeaten run in the league and they look well primed to achieve their ambition of promotion if they can replicate this battling display for the remainder of the season.
They had solid performances with Reid especially influential when moved to midfield after the break while Brian Óg Flannery gave a typically assured display from centre-back for the winners.
Parnell's will count themselves slightly unlucky not to have gained anything for their efforts but the concession of those two soft goals within two minutes of each other was ultimately their downfall.
The visitors started far brighter than their sluggish opponents and opened the scoring in the first minute as the excellent Colm McDonald turned sharply to fire over on the turn. A monstrous free soon after from goalkeeper Darren Renihan doubled that lead as Parnell's impressed through the promptings of Leigh Fogarty and Aaron Jameson at centrefield.
Gradually, the hosts began to find their feet with Reid landing a settling score in the seventh minute and they could have taken the lead within a minute but for a brace of sharp saves from Renihan.
Reid restored parity through a '65' in the 10th minute but Parnell's looked lively with every attack and they quickly opened up a three-point gap through scores from the impressive Aaron Hurley, McDonald and Stephen Duffy.
However, a lapse in concentration in the 19th minute saw Graham George impede Moloney and Reid stepped up to plant the resultant penalty high into Renihan's net to bring his side back on level terms.
Within two minutes, another defensive lapse allowed Moloney all the time in the world to pick his spot for Kevins' second goal and only four points from McDonald ensured the sides entered the break on level terms on a 2-4 to 0-10 scoreline. The second-half resumed with Reid firing over a free within 40 seconds and although McDonald replied with a '65' five minutes later, Kevin's were beginning to gain ascendancy in the crucial middle third sector.
They were rewarded through points from Alan Nagle and Alan Walsh as the supply into the Parnell's forward line became increasingly erratic but a Hurley point at the end of the third quarter narrowed their deficit to just a solitary white flag.
The ubiquitous Reid added two crucial points as the game began to slip away from the visitors and the home defence was comfortably repelling most attacks through resolute displays from David Kearns, Philip O'Brien and Gareth Cully in the full-back line.
In the 58th minute, sub Cormac O'Shea fired over an insurance point and Parnell's fate was sealed when centre-back Stephen Byrne received a second booking in injury-time to complete a disappointing cross-city journey for the Coolock men.