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'Tarf a cert for the Inter

Clontarf eked out a narrow 0-9 to 0-7 victory over Kilmacud Crokes in their Adult Hurling League Division 5 promotion play-off final in St Anne's Park last Sunday morning.

The success secured Intermediate league hurling for the club for the first time in its history and they were made to work hard as they hung on for their two-point victory.

Nerves were very much evident after a scoreless opening quarter but the hosts settled to lead by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break with Ronán McDyer their scorer-in-chief.

Clontarf built on that advantage after the break as they opened up a four-point lead with Robbie Stokes maintaining his excellent form from this year with another solid showing at midfield while Joe O'Grady and Ronán O'Grady were others to impress for 'Tarf.

"It was important for us to win today and get promoted," said Clontarf manager Mick Keane. "We have a good minor team coming through and it's good for them to be playing in as high a league as possible."