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Wednesday 23 January 2019

O'Dwyer the late, late hero for Olaf's men

THE undoubted game of the round in this weekend's Dublin SHC 'B' action was Saturday's clash at O'Toole Park between Naomh Olaf and Thomas Davis, in which a late point from Dublin senior Declan O'Dwyer clinched Olaf's place in the last eight.

Having dominated much of the first period, the winners found themselves pegged back on the stroke of half-time when Kevin Ward sent a penalty to the net for Davis.

The second half proved a cagey affair as both sides traded scores. Olaf's always managed to keep their noses in front however, mainly thanks to the freetaking prowess of Marty Devlin and the excellent Donie Mac Mathuna.

Seán Reilly put in a superb shift for Davis in the centre of the park but it was to prove in vain as O'Dwyer grabbed his fourth point of the day in the final minute to earn his side the 0-14 to 1-10 win and a quarter-final date with Ballyboden St Enda's B.

The curtain-raiser at O'Toole Park on Sunday was the clash of Naomh Fionnbarra and Kevin's.

Despite a slow start, the Cabra side took control and led by 1-7 to 0-4 at the break with the goal coming from the influential Karl Turner.

They increased their lead to ten points by the middle of the second half, as Dublin under-21 forward Eamon Dillon, Paul Turner and Seán Mac Donnacha all found there range along with Karl Turner grabbing a second goal.

However, a late rally from Kevin's brought them right back into it as Matt Mannix and Johnny Flanagan both found the net.

Finbarr's held strong however to finish 2-13 to 2-19 victors, and can now look forward to a clash against neighbours, St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh, who easily dispatched of St Mark's by 4-20 to 2-10.

The final match saw Naomh Mearnóg record a comfortable 1-15 to 2-6 victory over Raheny.

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