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Scoil enjoy Cushen at top of table

Scoil Uí CHONAILL maintained their unbeaten championship campaign as they enjoyed a comfortable 2-23 to 2-11 victory over Naomh Fionnbarra in their Dublin Junior 'A' Hurling Championship Group 2 encounter on the Clontarf Road last Saturday evening.

Barry Cushen proved Scoil's scorer-in-chief as he accrued 1-10 over the hour including eight points from placed balls.

Andy Bunyan was on the mark for the hosts from full-forward as he chipped in with 1-3 while others to shine in the scoring stakes were Pauric Naughton, Conor Coady, Michael McCluskey and Alan Cronin.

Naughton was very impressive from midfield as he chipped in with five points while wing-forward Seán Kirwan and half-back Joe Ryan also made positive contributions for the winners.

In Group 1, Cuala advanced to top spot in the group as they held off a stubborn Faughs challenge by 0-22 to 3-9 in Shanganagh Park.

All six starting forward scored from play for the hosts with Brian Fitzgerald top scoring with eight points while Cillian Sheanon and Jack Behan also made their mark with three scores apiece.

The visitors remained in the hunt as they pounced for three goals but the Dalkey outfit preserved their unbeaten start through the excellence of their half-back line of Scott O'Brien, Seán Dowling and Jack Phelan.

Cuala enjoy the league leaders tag as a consequence of previously unbeaten Clontarf losing by 3-17 to 3-9 to St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh at Martin Savage Park.

The hosts were in the ascendancy for the large part thanks to the efforts of centre-back James Hoyne, Mick Munneally, Mark Devlin and midfielder Brian Staunton while Diarmuid McGrath, Brendan Bennett and Emmet Hallinan chipped in with valuable scores over the hour.

At the opposite end of the table, St Mark's handed themselves a lifeline as they registered their first championship win of the year when defeating basement club St Finian's Swords by 4-12 to 1-9 at McGee Park.

All six backs played well for the winners while further up the pitch, David Glynn, full-forward Joey Cannon and wing-forward Karl Hoare shared a massive 4-9 of their team's tally with the former shining from corner-forward.

JHC 'A' - Group 1: St Mark's 4-12 St Finian's Swords 1-9; Cuala 0-22 Faughs 3-9; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 3-17 Clontarf 3-9. GROUP 2: Scoil Uí Chonaill 2-23 Naomh Fionnbarra 2-11; Trinity Gaels 1-14 Craobh Chiaráin 2-13.