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Slick Fianna maul Mhuire

IMPRESSSIVE Na Fianna produced a powerful performance in comfortably accounting for Clann Mhuire by double scores in their Dublin Adult Football League Division 3 encounter at St Mobhi Road last Saturday evening.

The 10-point winning margin reflected Na Fianna's dominance from the opening throw-in, with their attacking options summarised in nine separate players finding the score-sheet on what was a perfect evening for football.

Central to their win was the performance of corner-forward Eoin Neville, who served early notice of his intentions with a fourth-minute point and proceeded to kick another five from play, taking advantage of a bountiful amount of possession that came his way.

The visitors battled gamely throughout but, with the exception of a brief period before the interval, rarely came to terms with the strong running game of the likes of Shay Cloherty, Mark O'Dea and Ciarán Holohan.


That support play and pace was evident from the early moments and although Na Fianna fell behind to a smartly taken Eoin Whyte score in the opening minute, the hosts soon levelled through Cloherty's third-minute free.

After Neville had pointed, benefiting from Daniel McGowan's industry, Cloherty kicked a glorious point on the run with alarming gaps already appearing in the Clann's defence.

That they didn't fall further behind in the ninth minute was largely due to goalkeeper Wayne Redmond, who pulled off an exceptional save to deny Jimmy Higgins after referee Dave Aston had played a good 'advantage' following a foul on the same player.

Clanns took advantage of that let-off thanks to a wonderful point from Cian Darby. But the momentum was with Na Fianna at this juncture and they kicked four successive points, with three from Neville added to by midfielder Barry Boland's tidy score in the 18th minute.

With Peter Durnan removed from the action due to injury, his replacement, Conor Costello, made an immediate impact with the score of the game in the 22nd minute -- a sublime strike with the outside of his boot from 40 metres.

However, this failed to kick-start a revival as their opponents continued to monopolise possession with their reward a trio of unanswered scores from Holohan, substitute Fionnan Diver and the irrepressible Neville.

In the 29th minute, Darby followed up well to crash to the net with traded points from Eoin Whyte and Diver confirming Na Fianna's comfortable 0-11 to 1-4 interval lead.


The visitors were banking on an impressive resumption to whittle down their deficit, but instead the opposite occurred as the Glasnevin men held their opponents scoreless for the first 19 minutes of the second-half in addition to kicking four points of their own, with McGowan landing a brace of excellent scores.

Dublin minor panellist Adam Rogers gave Clann Mhuire some much-needed verve upon his introduction but his creative cameo came too late to alter the result as the hosts powered home by 10 points.