Wednesday 17 January 2018

Vibrant Raheny topple Crokes


Raheny continue to impress in Division 1 of the Dublin Minor Football League following their comfortable 3-9 to 1-8 victory over Kilmacud Crokes in St Anne's Park last Sunday morning.

Dublin minor Glenn McNamara was in particularly obdurate form, curbing the influence of his intercounty colleague Callum Pearson with an exceptional display at full-back.

The hosts largely dominated midfield with Seán McMahon and Aaron Kelly combining superbly with the latter also chipping in with 1-2 of his side's tally.

With Brian Howard having shipped a knock for Dublin the previous day, the Dublin captain was selected at full-forward and he highlighted his versatility by securing a wealth of possession in addition to contributing 1-4.


Crokes remained competitive through 1-4 from the influential Tom Fox that included a superb goal in the 25th minute and points from Dan O'Brien and Conor Kelly while Stephen McEntee and Ben Daly worked hard in defence as their side lived on scraps for the large part.

However, the hosts were not to be denied with goalkeeper Ryan Bradshaw making a couple of fine saves while Darren Byrne, James O'Kane and Shane Ball also registered points for Brian Curtis' talented outfit.

At Páirc Uí Mhurchú, Ballyboden St Enda's solidified their fourth spot in the table as they defeated Clontarf by 0-12 to 0-7.

The hosts were especially impressive in defence through the contributions of goalkeeper Josh Kane, Cathal O'Dea, Ciarán Ryan and Liam Stafford with Neil Hestor putting in a tireless shift at midfield.

In attack, the scoring honours were shared by Mikey Dunne, Ruairí Kirwan and Johnny Murphy all they benefited from an excellent hour's work from wing-forward Mark McGee.

At St Mobhi Road, goals from the lively Michael Courtney and Darren Jackson helped St Brigid's overcome Na Fianna by 2-15 to 1-11.

Courtney hit 1-4 from full-forward for the winners as the Blanchardstown outfit cemented their mid-table position thanks to the efforts of Josh Connolly, Mark Donnelly, Malachy Tighe and Johnny McGuirk with Kevin Callaghan and Donal Timoney sharing eight points.

On Friday evening, Ballymun Kickhams preserved their unbeaten start to the year as they convincingly beat bottom club Cuala by 3-20 to 3-6.

Dean O'Brien and Cian Gerrard shone for the hosts who scored goals through Conor Kavanagh, Paddy Small and Kieron McDonnell with Dara Spillane's excellent personal tally of 3-2 proving in vain for Cuala.

MFL1: Raheny 3-9 Kilmacud Crokes 1-8; Ballymun Kickhams 3-20 Cuala 3-6; Na Fianna 1-11 St Brigid's 2-15; Ballyboden St Enda's 0-12 Clontarf 0-7.

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