Saturday 19 January 2019

Slick Raheny join Davis, Pers and Vins in last four

dublin Ihc quarter-finalS

Raheny booked their place in the semi-finals of the Dublin Intermediate Hurling Championship following their comprehensive 2-23 to 0-8 victory over Fingallians at St Anne's Park on Saturday night.

The damage was done in a dominant first-half display as goals from Eoghan Smyth and David Henry propelled the hosts into a healthy 2-14 to 0-5 interval lead.

Both Smyth and Henry excelled throughout the one-sided affair, sharing 2-14 over the hour while the influential Danny Riad and Dave Heffernan also chipped in with scores as the contest evolved.

They benefited hugely from the tireless work of Liam O'Shea in attack, while wing-back Richie Judge was another player to feature prominently for the winners.

It was a far tighter affair in Páirc Naomh Uinsionn as a last-gasp point from substitute Graeme Mahon helped St Vincent's overcome Lucan Sarsfields by 2-10 to 2-9.

Mahon and Keith Connolly helped turn the tide in Vinnies' favour after their introduction as they chipped in with a priceless 2-2, inspiring a dramatic comeback by the hosts.

The more established panellists such as Cathal Brennan, Dermot Kinahan, Cathal Fallon and Shane Kiernan also contributed handsomely on the night with the latter's free-taking keeping St Vincent's in contention.

"We got out of jail," was the accurate assessment of Vincent's manager Proinsias de Poire.

An equally epic encounter was played out in Kiltipper Road as Thomas Davis edged out Castleknock by 0-14 to 0-12 to claim their semi-final spot.

The hosts were missing as many as seven established personnel but manager Shane Plowman was thrilled with the application of his players as they finished strongly to claim the two-point win.

Corner-back Macwan Moradi typified their defensive effort while midfielder Daire Kerr and centre-forward Darren O'Sullivan played pivotal roles for their side.

Their attack functioned well throughout with Eanna O'Toole, Kevin Ward and Mattie Burdan landing crucial scores for Thomas Davis.

The final quarter-final was an ill-tempered clash which saw St Peregrine's easily account for Clan na Gael Fontenoy by 4-14 to 1-5.

Declan Coady, Fiachra Byrnes and Brian Kelleher all found the net for the hosts, who were indebted to Cillian Byrnes and Kevin Foley as they controlled affairs from start to finish.

The relegation play-off saw Na Fianna defeat Faughs 3-13 to 4-7.

IHC: Raheny 2-23 Fingallians 0-8; Thomas Davis 0-14 Castleknock 0-12; St Vincent's 2-10 Lucan Sarsfields 2-9; St Peregrine's 4-14 Clan na Gael Fontenoy 1-5; Faughs 4-7 Na Fianna 3-13.

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