Ballyboden St Enda's produced an impressive team display as they overcame local rivals Kilmacud Crokes by 1-23 to 1-17 in their Dublin U21 A Hurling Championship quarter-final at Sancta Maria last Saturday afternoon.
It was an encouraging performance for the hosts given Kilmacud played their senior panellists ahead of the club's Leinster Club Championship semi-final against Ballyhale Shamrocks next Sunday.
A tight first half was noteworthy for the dead-ball prowess of Jamie Desmond with Boden's centre-back landing four '65's to confirm a 0-11 to 0-9 interval lead for St Enda's.
Ballyboden maintained their control thanks to positive contributions by full-back Tom Hanafin and Collie O'Neill, and they stretched their advantage following a goal by the excellent James Roche, who accrued 1-6 over the hour, Gavin Corrigan and the lively Eoghan O'Neill.
It was a disappointing display by last year's beaten finalists, who proved heavily reliant on Caolán Conway for scores with Lorcan Mullaney's late goal of mere consolation value to Crokes.
At Russell Park, St Brigid's overpowered St Jude's in the second-half to claim a 4-12 to 1-13 victory in their preliminary round replay.
The visitors enjoyed a 0-10 to 0-6 interval lead but their fortunes took a turn for the worst after the break as James O'Reilly added a quick-fire brace for the hosts.
With centre-back Mark Kavanagh, Gearóid O'Meara and Ciarán O'Sullivan all heavily prominent, the Blanchardstown outfit availed of some good fortune as a Paul Winters free from distance ensured a third goal and the contest was effectively settled in their favour when Aaron Carolan fired home a fourth goal for Brigid's after impressive approach play by O'Reilly.
Meanwhile in Adamstown, Eoghan Ó Conghaile shone as Lucan Sarsfields overcame Cuala by 0-13 to 0-10.
After only conceding two points to Ballinteer in the opening round, Lucan's defence shone once again with Seán Ryan, Adrian Phelan and Oisín McCabe exceptional in their full-back line.
Seán Treacy figured well for Cuala but the efforts of Ronán Smith, John Bellew and Seán McClelland proved pivotal for Sars by the final whistle.
U21 'A' HC: St Brigid's 4-12 St Jude's 1-13; Lucan Sarsfields 0-13 Cuala 0-10; Ballyboden St Enda's 1-23 Kilmacud Crokes 1-17.