Wednesday 17 January 2018

Super Sub O'Connor downs Scoil


Whitehall Colmcille produced a dominant second-half display when eventually getting the better of a brave Scoil Uí Chonaill by 2-12 to 0-5 in their Dublin Under 16 'A' Football Championship quarter-final on the Clontarf Road last Saturday afternoon.

The catalyst for their victory was provided by substitute Ciaran O'Connor, who delivered an outstanding cameo when accruing 2-2 upon his introduction in the second-half.

Corner-back Darragh Carroll, goalkeeper Cathal McLoughlin, Ryan Harte, Mattie Moran and the roving Rory Kearns were all instrumental for the visitors.

Trailing by 0-7 to 0-2 at the break, the hosts were much improved in the initial stages of the second-half with full-back Nathan Walsh and Darragh Levins featuring prominently while they trimmed their arrears through points from Robert Kennedy, Jordan O'Reilly and Eoin Barron.

However, the concession of a soft goal to O'Connor prompted their demise with Whitehall sealing their win thanks to three points from wing-forward Shane Moore and O'Connor's second goal near the final whistle.

It was far tighter at Páirc Uí Mhurchú as Ballyboden St Enda's withstood a late Naomh Mearnóg rally to prevail by 2-10 to 2-8.

The hosts impressed in the opening half with Ciarán Kennedy and Shane Bobbett impressing in a defensive capacity and they continued to thrive through goals by James Madden and Daniel O'Riordan with Ross McGarry kicking five points for the winners. Karl Bissett hit 2-1 for Mearnóg while Robert Byrne scored 0-2. There were also notable performances from full-forward Darragh Butler and full-back Callum Byrne.

At St Mobhi Road, Na Fianna continued to impress as they proved too strong for St Vincent's, prevailing by 5-18 to 0-8.

Most of the damage was done in the first-half as a Seán Currie penalty and James Doran's goal propelled the hosts to a 2-15 to 0-2 interval lead.

Ruadhán Byron and David Sanfey impressed at full-back and midfield respectively for Na Fianna and with Doran shining at centre-forward, Na Fianna eased home with further goals from Mark Daly, Ted Regan and the lively Currie. Na Fianna's win sees them paired against Ballyboden in the semi-final on Saturday week with Naomh Olaf and Whitehall meeting in the other last four clash.

In the 'A' Shield, Ballymun Kickhams, Clontarf, Lucan Sarsfields and St Sylvester's all advanced to the semi-finals.

U16 'A' FC: Scoil Uí Chonaill 0-5 Whitehall Colmcille 2-12; Na Fianna 5-18 St Vincent's 0-8; Ballyboden St Enda's 2-10 Naomh Mearnóg 2-8.

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