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Stapleton’s double puts Pat’s in semis

SHC ‘B’ Quarter-final Round-Up

CRUMLIN, Ballyboden St Enda’s B, Naomh Fionnbarra and St Pat’s of Palmerstown will contest the semi-finals of the Dublin SHC ‘B’ after quarter-final wins.

On Saturday, Nh Fionnbarra produced a storming last ten minutes to overcome neighbours St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER by 11 points with Stephen Costello and Eamonn Dillon landing crucial goals towards the end.

Shane Commins put in a tireless display at midfield for the Cabra men while their defence tightened up in the second-half with both Keith Byrne and Ian McDonald giving solid performances in the full-back line.

It was a much tighter affair later that day as two goals from Shane Stapleton helped St Pat’s of Palmerstown pip Erin's Isle by 2-14 to 3-10.

Stapleton scored 2-5 in total with his first-half goal into the breeze allowing Pat’s to stay in touch at the break, trailing 2-8 to 1-9, and a positive start to the second-half with Liam Rushe, Aidan Glennon, Darren Mooney and Des Rushe to the fore allowed them to withstand a brave Isles comeback.

Yesterday, Ballyboden their senior ‘A’ counterparts in claiming a last four berth thanks to a comfortable 3-12 to 0-9 win over Nh Olaf. The excellent Naoise Maguire scored a crucial first-half goal against the elements to leave ’Boden trailing by just 0-7 to 1-3 at the break and further goals by Matthew Weldon and Moss Nagle in addition to strong displays by Donal Murray, Peter McEvoy and Brian Kennedy saw St Enda's home.

Favourites Crumlin were another team to recover from being in arrears at the interval to secure their place in the semis as they overturned a 1-9 to 0-6 deficit to prevail by six points. Peter Elliott impressed again from both play and placed balls while a strong performance from Paul O’Brien, four points by David Donnelly and goals by Adam McGreal and Darren Whelan were enough.

SHC 'B': Nh Fionnbarra 2-15 St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-7; St Pat's Palmerstown 2-14 Erin's Isle 3-10; Ballyboden St Enda's 3-12 Nh Olaf 0-9; Crumlin 2-15 Nh Mearnóg 1-12.

DUBLIN AFL2/AHL2 ROUND-UP

ST ANNE’S improved their play-off chances after they recorded an impressive four-point win over fellow promotion candidates Round Tower’s Clondalkin in their AFL2 encounter at Bohernabreena last Saturday.

Martin O’Driscoll was in fine form at full-forward for the hosts, scoring 0-9 from open play and frees, while Dublin minor Scott Fulham, Adam Doran, Ciarán Brady and John Nolan all added points. Trailing 0-10 to 0-5 at the interval, Towers closed the gap with a 45th minute goal but despite pressure, St Anne's held on to win 0-17 to 1-10.

At Cloghran, St Jude’s were grateful to 2-5 from Dublin U21 Danny Sutcliffe as they continued their promotion push with a 3-14 to 2-7 victory over Whitehall in their AHL2 clash.

AFL2: St Anne's 0-17 Rd Tower Clondalkin 1-10. AHL2: Whitehall 2-7 St Jude's 3-14.