U20 World Rugby Championship Warm-Up: Ireland V Japan – Irishrugby.ie – May 22 2018

Ireland Under-20s Score Seven Tries In Warm-Up Win Over Japan

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Ireland U20 World Rugby Championship Squad Announcement: Caelan Doris – Irishrugby.ie – May 22 2018

Doris: I Feel Like I’m Coming Back A Better Player

Leinster’s Caelan Doris is hoping to leave his injury woes behind him as he prepares to lead the Ireland Under-20s into battle at the upcoming World Rugby U-20 Championship in France.

Despite missing out on the entire U-20 Six Nations campaign through injury, Caelan Doris was unveiled as captain for the World Championship by Ireland U-20 head coach Noel McNamara at yesterday’s squad announcement at the Dublin HQ of team sponsors PwC.

Doris’ most recent international appearance was in last year’s U-20 World Championship when Ireland signed off on a frustrating tournament by defeating Georgia in the 9th-10th place play-off.

He has bounced back in style from the hamstring troubles that sidelined him in spring, with a senior debut for Leinster against Connacht at the end of April rounding off a productive couple of months for the promising back rower.

Speaking ahead of next week’s World Championship opener against hosts France in Perpignan, Doris is excited about the challenges that lie ahead, noting: “It was a long period out with the hamstring injury. I got a few games, came back with St. Mary’s – got 40 minutes with them. Then with Leinster ‘A’ and then I got my first cap. It was a nice linear progression there.

“Obviously when you are out, it’s frustrating at times, seeing everyone else doing well. But there were a lot of things I was able to work on. I feel like I’m coming back a better player, so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the World Cup.”

Although Doris, who turned 20 last month, was only informed about his selection as Ireland U-20 captain by McNamara late on Sunday evening, it is a role he has become accustomed to in recent years.

“I captained Blackrock (College) in school and I’ve worked with Noel quite a bit as well, captaining Leinster Under-18s and Ireland Under-18s. It’s quite a similar group, and a lot of the guys I would know from that and worked with before.”

While Doris first came to prominence at schoolboy level with Blackrock, he is actually a native of Ballina, Co. Mayo. His first taste of professional rugby did not go according to plan from a team perspective – Leinster suffered a 47-10 defeat in the final game of the GUINNESS PRO14 regular season – but he admitted it brought some poignant memories from his childhood.

“It was class. Leo (Cullen) actually said to me before the game that he made his debut in the Sportsground when he was 20, 20 years ago. The year I was born, so that was kinda cool. He came on as a back row that day as well, so hopefully I won’t make the switch to second row!

“It was such a nice day weather-wise. I’m from Mayo, so I would have played with the Ballina minis and actually played on that pitch with the Ballina minis. It was cool to be back in front of a full crowd. Obviously the atmosphere, because of (John) Muldoon’s last game, was extra special. It was just a pity about the result. Other than that, it was pretty good.”

With the structure of the competition meaning only the best runners-up can join the three pool winners in the semi-finals, every game in the World Rugby U-20 Championship is a must-win for this Ireland side. South Africa and Georgia will pose their own unique challenges, but Doris acknowledges that they cannot look beyond the opening day arm wrestle with the French.

“France at home is going to be huge. That kinda sets up the tournament for us. That’s the one we are looking at now at the minute. I’m really looking forward to it. Playing France, one of the first games of the World Cup in France. Big crowd. It’s going to be unbelievable.

“South Africa played England Under-20s two weeks back. They beat them by about 10 or 15 points. That will be a big challenge as well. Two big packs. France, South Africa and Georgia as well. Physically, it’s going to be pretty big.”

Given their three pool encounters fall into an eight-day cycle, it important that Ireland utilise their limited recovery period between each game, with Doris adding: “The S&Cs we have, nutritionists and physios, they all drive it massively but I think there is quite an onus on the players as well for us to get in our recovery.

“Make sure we’re eating right, getting our mobility done, stretching and whatever needs to be done to be in the best shape. You only have one or two training days in between, so you need to be in good shape for those building into the next game.”

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Adult Football League Division One Round-Up (May 19): Dublingaa.ie – May 21 2018

AFL DIV. 1 ROUNDUP – 19TH MAY

ADULT FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP: MAY 19

By Daire Walsh

As a result of their commanding 1-15 to 0-10 triumph over Cuala on Saturday evening, St Vincent’s currently lead the way at the top of the Adult Football League Division One table.

Played at St David’s, Artane rather than their usual home venue of Pairc Naomh Uinsionn, the Marino men succumbed Cuala to their second league defeat of 2018.

Following previous wins at the expense of St Sylvester’s, St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh and Castleknock, Vincent’s have a 100% success rate from the opening four rounds of this year’s top-flight. They are currently one point ahead of second place Kilmacud Crokes – who recorded an impressive 3-10 to 0-12 victory against Ballyboden St Enda’s at Silver Park.

When the two sides met recently in the Senior One Club Championship, Shane Horan and Callum Pearson combined to propel Crokes towards a convincing win. It was the turn of Longford native Brian Kavanagh and Dara Mullin to provide the clinical edge in attack on this occasion – their sharp three-point finishes helping the Stillorgan side to secure a 2-2 to 0-5 interval cushion.

While ‘Boden (undefeated heading into this contest) caused a number of problems to the Crokes rearguard, the experienced duo of Pat Burke and Mark Vaughan kept the hosts in the ascendancy. Tom Fox and Pearson also found the target, before Stephen Williams added a goal on the stroke of 50 minutes to seal Crokes’ third win of the competition.

Their opening round draw with St Brigid’s (1-9 apiece) ensures the defending champions are slightly adrift of Vincent’s, but they are in prime condition ahead of another home encounter with Na Fianna on Wednesday.

Lucan Sarsfields and St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh also remain in the hunt during a busy period of league activity across the county. They met at 12th Lock on Saturday, with Plunkett’s coming out on top in an absorbing encounter (0-20 to 2-10).

The Navan Road outfit now join Lucan Sarsfields in joint-fourth, with the latter’s superior score difference giving them a slight edge in the table.

Meanwhile, Naomh Maur built on a recent victory over St Brigid’s by comfortably overcoming the challenge of Castleknock in Rush. Though there was little to separate the teams in the early exchanges, a brace of quickfire goals – including a magnificent strike by former Dublin minor Ciaran Archer – ensured Maur’s were 2-6 to 0-5 in front at the break.

The home team (the surprise package in last year’s league) never looked back from this point, and with Ciaran Reddin and Conor McGuinness added goals in the latter stages, they prevailed on a scoreline of 5-10 to 0-9.

Elsewhere, Ballymun Kickhams finished with a commanding cushion of 2-12 to 0-9 against Thomas Davis at Pairc Ciceam to register their maiden win of this year’s league. It was also a successful evening for the previously winless duo of Na Fianna and St Sylvester’s, who claimed respective triumphs over St Brigid’s (0-18 to 1-9) and Ballinteer St John’s (2-14 to 1-14).

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Dublin Ladies Football Feile Division Six Final: Naomh Barrog V Scoil Ui Chonaill – Dublinladiesgaelic.ie – May 21 2018

AIG DUBLIN FEILE FINAL DIV 6 MATCH REPORT

AIG DUBLIN FEILE DIVISION SIX FINAL

NAOMH BARROG……………………………….. 0-3

SCOIL UI CHONAILL……………………………. 0-1

By Daire Walsh

A strong first-half display paid dividends for Naomh Barrog at O’Toole Park as they narrowly overcame the stubborn challenge of Scoil Ui Chonaill in the AIG Dublin Feile Division Six final.

With Caoimhe Keohane driving them forward, Scoil remained in contention for the duration of the contest. Barrog, however, had a number of fine performers of their own and eventually squeezed through at the end of a low-scoring affair.

This was the second meeting between the two sides in as many days, after their Group A encounter on Saturday afternoon. While Scoil prevailed with five points to spare in that game (3-3 to 1-4), two wins apiece over St Patrick’s, Donabate and Fingal Ravens ensured both teams had already advanced to the knockout rounds.

Scoil recorded a hard-earned 3-3 to 2-4 win against Garristown in their last-four tie, whereas Barrog were five point victors – 3-7 to 3-2 – in their penultimate phase clash with Ballyboughal.

Determined to make amends for their earlier reversal, Barrog created a clear-cut opening in the fourth-minute. At the end of a scramble inside the square, Holly Ennis saw her strike turned away by opposition netminder Billie O’Brien.

The hard-running of Keohane offered Scoil a strong outlet at the opposite end, and Realtin Candon was also a lively presence in attack for the Clontarf Road side. She was narrowly off-target at a left-hand angle, before Barrog defender Layla Morris broke forward to kick an opening point on six minutes.

This was the catalyst for a strong purple patch from the Kilbarrack girls, with Sadhbh Quigley also splitting the posts at the tail end of a patient move. Hazel Prior subsequently stepped forward to negotiate a 35-metre free and she found her range in superb fashion.

This meant they were three points to the good after 10 minutes of play – just in time for the regulation substitutions. Keohane was bringing a great deal of energy to the Scoil play and with the interval fast approaching she once again discovered a gap in the Barrog defence.

Her goal-bound effort was comfortably saved by Siobhan Cassidy Fagan, keeping the Dublin 3 outfit’s deficit at 0-0 to 0-3 during the break. Although this threw down the gauntlet to Scoil, the 16 goals they accumulated in their four games on Saturday provided their supporters with cause for optimism on the restart.

Keohane and Abbie O’Brien had chances to narrow the gap, but they came up short on both occasions. Keohane broke forward purposely on several occasions and was desperately unfortunate to see her 26th-minute strike rebounding off the upright. Yet, Barrog dug deep in defence and looked to counter whenever the opportunity arose.

They struggled to add to their tally, though, and this kept Scoil in the reckoning towards the end of normal time. They eventually opened their account with a Candon point – after Keohane had opted for a quick free inside the Barrog ’45’. A number of stoppages led to five minutes of injury-time, when Scoil attempted to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Ultimately, a highly-motivated Naomh Barrog held firm to seal the silverware in nail-biting circumstances – with Prior proving to be particularly influential in the closing moments.

Scorers – Naomh Barrog: Hazel Prior (f), Layla Morris, Sadhbh Quigley 0-1 each. Scoil Ui Chonaill: Realtin Candon 0-1.

NAOMH BARROG: Siobhan Cassidy Fagan, Aoife O’Sullivan, Caoimhe Tierney, Layla Morris, Molly Nolan, Rionach Ni Donncha, Ruta Jakubauskaite, Claire O’Connell, Lucy O’Hanlon, Aoife McGinley, Miriam Osomoku, Jennifer Tuite, Hazel Prior, Holly Ennis, Emily Brady, Sadhbh Quigley, Roisin Mythen, Abby Motherway, Aoife McLoughlin, Alanah Masterson, Caitlin Fanning, Fiona O’Connor, Jessica Healy.

SCOIL UI CHONAILL: Billie O’Brien, Meadhbh Kavanagh, Eve Courtney, Sophia Zavalco, Pola Szymanska, Amelia Wyka, Liadan Garner, Therese De Brun, Niamh McCloskey, Caoilinn O’Sullivan Lowry, Caoimhe Keohane, Realtin Leahy, Realtin Candon, Abbie O’Brien, Evie Smith, Sadhbh Ni Philibin, Abby Redmond, Emma McGrane, Aine Kavanagh, Niamh Fleming, Freja Dillon Moloney, Ellie Russell, Sorcha Mulligan, Sara Codrea.

Referee: Tom Casserly (Lucan Sarsfields).

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Dublin Ladies Football Feile Division Seven Final: Cuala ‘B’ V Castleknock ‘B’ – Dublinladiesgaelic.ie – May 21 2018

AIG DUBLIN FEILE FINAL DIV 7 MATCH REPORT

AIG DUBLIN FEILE DIVISION SEVEN FINAL

CUALA ‘B’………………………….. 2-2

CASTLEKNOCK ‘B’……………….. 0-1

By Daire Walsh

Goals in each half by Sadie Bennett and Kerrie Begley helped Cuala ‘B’ to claim the AIG Dublin Feile Division Seven title at O’Toole Park on Sunday afternoon.

In spite of a game effort from Castleknock ‘B’, the Dalkey outfit – captained on the day by Sarah O’Hagan – prevailed with seven points to spare. Louisa Kirkwood and Ella Buckley also produced strong displays to keep Castleknock at bay until the end of the proceedings.

Courtesy of consecutive victories over Trinity Gaels, Thomas Davis ‘B’ and Clontarf ‘B’ on Saturday, Cuala finished at the summit of Group B. As a result, they progressed to a semi-final encounter against Raheny ‘B’ – who were runners-up to Castleknock on the opposite side of Division Seven.

In their last-four showdown at Thomastown, Cuala recorded a four-point success – 0-8 to 1-1 – to advance to the final.

While they couldn’t be separated from Raheny in their Group A meeting (1-4 apiece), wins at the expense of O’Dwyers (2-2 to 0-3) and Naomh Olaf ‘B’ (4-2 to 3-2) afforded Castleknock a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

They were made to work for their place in the decider by Trinity Gaels, but a hard-earned 1-5 to 2-1 triumph at Bremore Park set them up for a showpiece event in the Crumlin venue. Although Cuala were on top of possession during the early exchanges, Castleknock posed a considerable threat in attack.

When referee Jonny Jackson awarded a close-range free to her side in the fifth-minute, Ailbhe Geraghty was presented with an ideal opportunity to break the deadlock. However, her subsequent effort on goal was deflected away from the target, much to the relief of the Cuala faithful.

At the opposite end, Ella Geary provided the Dalkey girls with a direct option on the edge of the square. She fired narrowly past the post on the stroke of 10 minutes, before Doireann Ni Bhraonain finally edged them in front with the aid of the woodwork.

This was supplemented by Kirkwood’s pointed free, as Cuala looked to create some distance between themselves and their Somerton Park counterparts. While Castleknock played with great discipline in defence, they found themselves staring into a five-point interval deficit (1-2 to 0-0).

A speculative long-distance strike from Sadie Bennett towards the end of the half slipped through the grasp of Castleknock custodian Saoirse Behan for the opening goal of the game.

This ensured Cuala were in control of their own destiny when the action resumed, and yet still wary of a potential Castleknock backlash. There was certainly no faulting the perseverance of ‘Knock, who were led superbly on the day by Molly McCarthy.

Though there radar was off for much of the action, they continued to search for scores as the second period developed. They simply couldn’t rein in the challenge of Cuala, however, and the outcome was ultimately placed beyond doubt on the half-hour mark.

After Behan had denied Annalivia Hayes at the end of an earlier move, Begley found the roof of the net to secure the second goal of the tie. There was enough time for Castleknock to open their account through the hard-working Aoife Byrne, but Cuala were not to be denied a much-deserved win.

Scorers – Cuala ‘B’: Sadie Bennett, Kerrie Begley 1-0 each, Louisa Kirkwood (f), Doireann Ni Bhraonain 0-1 each. Castleknock ‘B’: Aoife Byrne 0-1.

CUALA ‘B’: Aoife Ni Drisceoil, Abbie McDonnell, Daisy Gavigan, Doireann Dalton, Zoe Hall, Roisin Houlihan, Aisling Quinn, Louisa Kirkwood, Doireann Ni Bhraonain, Sarah O’Hagan, Lauren O’Callaghan, Sadie Bennett, Ella Buckley, Ailbhe Ni Chroidheain, Iseult McGrath, Lucy McCullough, Annalivia Hayes, Cara Dunne, Siofra Ni Dhonnchu, Kerrie Begley, Ella Geary, Poppy Carr Healy.

CASTLEKNOCK ‘B’: Saoirse Behan, Abby Tiernan, Caoimhe O Flanagain, Ruth Linnane, Sarah McMenamin, Molly McCarthy, Emma Byrne, Abigail Behan, Roisin Brady, Gara Williams, Ailbhe Geraghty, Maria Power, Aoife Byrne, Casey McMahon, Eabha Connor, Ciara Sawyer, Marianne Brady, Avril Doherty, Alison Callinan, Ella Kennedy.

Referee: Jonny Jackson (Thomas Davis).

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Adult Football League Division One: Naomh Olaf V St Jude’s – Dublingaa.ie – May 20 2018

OLAFS PIP JUDES BY 2 IN AFL1: MATCH REPORT

ADULT FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

NAOMH OLAF 2-14

ST JUDE’S 2-12

By Daire Walsh

Tom Keane and substitute Darragh Byrne kicked late points at Pairc Ui Bhriain on Saturday evening to give Naomh Olaf a narrow victory over southside rivals St Jude’s in Division One of the Adult Football League.

After previously building up a four-point lead, Olaf’s found themselves on level terms 10 minutes from the end of the contest. All the momentum appeared to be with Jude’s at this point, before Keane and Byrne intervened to secure the spoils for the home team.

Keane’s impressive haul of 2-3 proved crucial on the night for Olaf’s, but he was ably-assisted by powerful midfielder Darren O’Neill. Declan Donnelly and Padraig Clarke were the danger men in attack for Jude’s, who were minus the services of county star Kevin McManamon.

Though Olaf’s fielded without their own Sky Blues representative, David Byrne, they ultimately dug deep to register their second win in this year’s league. On a bright summer night in Sandyford, Jude’s inside forward Donnelly got the ball rolling with a pointed free in the opening minute.

He later turned provider for an outstanding Clarke effort from play, as the Templeogue men looked to issue a statement of intent. With Olaf’s attacker Mark Doyle playing a roving role, former Laois footballer Billy Sheehan assumed a free role inside the Jude’s defence at times.

Yet, as the first-quarter progressed, Olaf’s were beginning to find pockets of space inside the opposition half. Following back-to-back efforts courtesy of Ryan Cafferkey and Glenn Soraghan, Keane edged them in front.

O’Neill subsequently linked up with midfield partner Conor Haskins for an excellent point – the first of four he accumulated over the course of the hour. Jude’s half-forward Barry Fitzgerald dissected the posts at the opposite end to reduce their deficit and the maiden goal of the tie then arrived in the ninth-minute.

When a throw ball on the Olaf’s ’21’ broke into his path, Donnelly coolly fired into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Their opponents were showing no signs off letting up, though, and they issued a dramatic response from the resulting attack.

A neat pass by Doyle released the elusive Keane – who struck beyond the reach of Jude’s netminder Paul Copeland. The relentless pace of the game continued as the minutes passed by, with both teams trading three-pointers in quick succession.

Clarke got on the end of Chris Guckian’s long delivery for a neat finish on the stroke of 15 minutes, while Keane claimed his second goal of the half in stunning fashion. His direct approach was causing real problems for the Jude’s defence, but the visitors soon replied through hard-working centre-fielder Seamus Ryan.

Although the concluding stages of the opening period were less eventful, a number of clear-cut opportunities were created at either end of the pitch. Soraghan and O’Neill scores from play complimented Keane and Derek O’Flaherty placed-ball efforts, offering Olaf’s some breathing space as the interval beckoned.

A Donnelly point narrowed the gap to a minimum (2-8 to 2-7), however, and the same player restored parity for his side just after the restart. Brendan McManamon (older brother of Kevin) and Tom Devlin had already entered the fray for Jude’s by this point, whereas Niall Manning was added to the Olaf’s forward division in place of Conor McInerney.

O’Neill’s 0-2 salvo (including a magnificent ’45’) allowed Olaf’s to re-assert their authority, and they moved further into the ascendancy with additional O’Flaherty and Doyle points.

This was the cue for Jude’s to re-discover the attacking groove that served them so well in the first-half – routine frees from the aforementioned duo of Clarke and Donnelly providing the perfect tonic towards the end of the third-quarter.

Devlin split the posts at the end of a prolonged move to make it a one-point game and Clarke was then on hand to wipe out the Olaf’s cushion with another successful free. A stalemate appeared to be on the cards in a tentative conclusion, until Keane moved his side back ahead with a 55th-minute point.

Donnelly’s narrow miss allowed them to hold onto their slender buffer and O’Neill was also wide of the mark deep into stoppage-time. Byrne released the pressure on Olaf’s with a fine point, though, which was enough to seal a morale-boosting triumph for the hosts.

Copeland – an ex-Dublin underage shotstopper – was red-carded in the dying moments of the play, and Jude’s will now look to bounce back at home to St Vincent’s on Wednesday. Olaf’s, on the other hand, face a tricky away assignment against Ballymun Kickhams.

Scorers – Naomh Olaf: Tom Keane 2-3 (0-2f), Darren O’Neill 0-4 (1 ’45’), Derek O’Flaherty (f), Glenn Soraghan 0-2 each, Mark Doyle, Ryan Cafferkey, Darragh Byrne 0-1 each. St Jude’s: Declan Donnelly 1-5 (0-3f), Padraig Clarke 1-4 (0-2f), Seamus Ryan, Barry Fitzgerald, Tom Devlin 0-1 each.

NAOMH OLAF: Brendan Redmond; Fiachra O’Sullivan, Conor Waters, Aaron Walsh; Tom McGuirk, Colin Doyle, Derek O’Flaherty; Darren O’Neill, Conor Haskins; Conor McInerney, Eoin O’Mahoney, Tom Keane; Mark Doyle, Glenn Soraghan, Ryan Cafferkey. Subs: Niall Manning for McInerney (31), Darragh Byrne for O’Mahoney (52), Shane Whyte for Soraghan (55), Paul Hayes for Cafferkey (60).

ST JUDE’S: Paul Copeland; Oisin Manning, Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Cillian O’Reilly; Ciaran McLoughlin, Billy Sheehan, Aidan Fitzmaurice; Kieran Doherty, Seamus Ryan; Barry Fitzgerald, Chris Guckian, Ronan Joyce; Declan Donnelly, Padraig Clarke, Neal Mangan. Subs: Brendan McManamon for Guckian, Tom Devlin for Mangan (both 22).

Referee: Seamus Farrelly (Ballinteer St John’s).

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Adult Hurling League Division One Round-Up (May 16): Dublingaa.ie – May 18 2018

AHL DIV. 1 ROUNDUP – 16TH MAY

ADULT HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP: MAY 16

By Daire Walsh

Ballyboden St Enda’s and Na Fianna continue to set the pace at the summit of the Adult Hurling League Division One table, following their respective victories against Cuala and St Brigid’s on Wednesday night.

With four wins from as many games to date, ‘Boden and the Glasnevin men have set themselves out as the teams to beat in this year’s competition. While St Jude’s are leading the chase pack at the moment, a narrow opening round defeat to Brigid’s ensures they are two points adrift of the top-two.

‘Boden – who are seeking to defend the league crown they secured at the expense of Brigid’s last October – amassed consecutive triumphs over St Vincent’s, O’Toole’s and Lucan Sarsfields in the lead up to this fourth round of fixtures.

For their second home encounter of 2018, they played host to All-Ireland champions Cuala – whose exploits in the Tommy Moore Cup has left them with a couple of top-flight games in hand. Despite being severely depleted on their visit to Pairc Ui Murchu, Colm Cronin and Shane Stapleton edged the Dalkey outfit into an early advantage.

‘Boden soon responded with a brace of Niall McMorrow points, and even though Cian Waldron was in fine form for the visitors, they eventually assumed control of the contest.

With an excellent Conor McCormack goal bolstered by strong scoring returns from Aidan Mellett and James Roche, the hosts led 1-10 to 0-6 at the interval. Although Cronin maintained his attacking threat when the action resumed, Paul Doherty and Mellett helped ‘Boden to create further daylight between the teams.

He boosted his already impressive personal haul with a 1-4 salvo, whereas Doherty contributed two points during a notable purple patch for his side. In addition to their formidable attacking sextet, ‘Boden were also backboned by an organised defensive unit.

Spearheaded by former Wexford hurler Malachy Travers, they managed to keep the likes of Cronin and Nicky Kenny in check as the action progressed. Indeed, courtesy of a third major from substitute Eoghan O’Neill in the closing stages, Ballyboden ultimately claimed a commanding 3-21 to 0-16 win to retain their 100% success rate.

It was also a profitable night for Na Fianna, who finished with eight points to spare (1-19 to 1-11) against the aforementioned Brigid’s at St Mobhi Road. Playing with a strong breeze at their backs, the youthful northsiders produced a dominant display to keep their Russell Park counterparts at arm’s length.

In addition to a powerful performance from midfielder Ciaran Heeney, AJ Murphy and Colin Currie flourished in attack. Courtesy of an excellent goal by the latter, Na Fianna developed a comprehensive 1-12 to 0-5 cushion at the break.

To their credit, Brigid’s battled admirably after the restart and reduced the gap to five points in the closing stages. Eoghan Dunne led the charge for the Navan Road outfit – who recorded back-to-back victories against St Jude’s and Kilmacud prior to this encounter.

However, with Sean Burke, Ciaran Fanning and Conor Kelly excelling in defence, Na Fianna ultimately maintained their unbeaten start. Currie ended the proceedings with an outstanding tally of 1-9, while Murphy also converted two sidelines in an accomplished personal showing.

They narrowly trail ‘Boden on score differential, but will have a chance to overtake the holders when they meet at Mobhi Road on May 30.

Elsewhere, Jude’s kept themselves in contention by recording a third consecutive league win at Tymon North. St Vincent’s provided stiff opposition, before the Wellington Lane men prevailed on a scoreline of 0-16 to 1-10.

As a result of their 0-25 to 2-19 draw with Lucan Sarsfields at Pearse Park, Crumlin join Kilmacud and Brigid’s on four points. This was a positive result for Lucan following opening round defeats to Na Fianna and Ballyboden, while Craobh Chiarain also got up and running with a 3-19 to 1-14 success over local rivals O’Toole’s at Clonshaugh.

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Adult Hurling League Division One: Kilmacud Crokes V Faughs – Dublingaa.ie – May 17 2018

CROKES RETURN TO WINNING WAYS AGAINST FAUGHS – MATCH REPORT

ADULT HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

KILMACUD CROKES 3-24

FAUGHS 3-14

By Daire Walsh

Kilmacud Crokes returned to winning ways at Silver Park on Wednesday evening, defeating southside rivals Faughs with all of 10 points to spare in Division One of the Adult Hurling League.

With nine different scorers over the course of the contest, Crokes bounced back in style from recent reversals against St Jude’s and St Brigid’s. In addition to impressive hauls by Oisin O’Rourke, Caolan Conway and Ronan Hayes – they registered a combined tally of 2-10 – Mark Howard contributed nine points off the bench for the Glenalbyn men.

Fergal Heavey and Chris Bennett led the way in attack for Faughs, while substitute David Croke also made an impact during the second half. Both teams ended the proceedings with 13 players as a result of an incident in the 57th-minute, but Anthony Daly’s hosts had effectively secured the points on offer by that stage.

Following their 0-13 to 1-16 reversal to arch rivals Jude’s on May 5th, Faughs were hoping to make up ground in the top-flight table. Their opening round success over Crumlin (6-11 to 0-13) served notice of their attacking potential and they were well in contention for large stretches of the first half.

Although they conceded eye-catching scores to Seamie Leahy, Barry O’Rourke and Lorcan McMullen in the early moments, Bennett (two) and Conor O’Shea responded at the opposite end to keep Faughs on level terms.

The first goal of the night then arrived on nine minutes, when Oisin O’Rourke brilliantly fired past Liam Gleeson at a tight right-hand angle. There was little let-up from either side in the first-quarter, as a Conway point for Crokes was sandwiched in between Peter Shaw and Ruairi Crowley singles for their Wellington Lane counterparts.

It was the home team who appeared to possess the goal-scoring touch, though, and Oisin O’Rourke added his second via a neat Ronan Hayes pass. Yet, despite having momentum behind them, Crokes saw their lead wiped out on 19 minutes.

After splitting the posts in effortless style, centre-forward Shaw turned provider for Faughs’ maiden three-pointer. His long-delivery provided the platform for Heavey to raise a green flag for the visitors and Bennett added his third point at the end of a subsequent move.

A brace of frees by Ronan Hayes helped Crokes to settle once more, before Karl O’Mahoney opened his account with a routine place-ball effort. They found themselves increasingly on the back-foot as the half wore on, however, and they ultimately entered the interval trailing by six points (2-11 to 1-8).

Alongside a 0-2 salvo by Conway, Howard also found the target moments after his introduction in place of Barry Horan. This kept Crokes on course to retain their 100% home record in 2018, but they were hit by a sucker punch two minutes after the restart.

When the space opened up for O’Shea deep inside the opposing half, he dispatched an unstoppable shot beyond the reach of youthful netminder Eddie Gibbons. Though this seemed to set-up an intriguing second period battle, the Crokes response to this set-back was emphatic.

Thanks to four points from the deadly accurate Howard in as many minutes, they re-asserted their authority in a big way. This scoring sequence was halted by an O’Mahoney ’65’, only for Howard to once more enhance his side’s buffer with a routine free.

Slowly but surely, Crokes were beginning to pull away from Faughs. Further unanswered scores courtesy of the O’Rourke brothers and Howard (two) gave them an 11-point (2-20 to 2-9) stranglehold on the action on the three-quarter mark.

Croke injected fresh life into the Faughs challenge with a couple of quick-fire points, and he was joined on the scoresheet by midfielder Colin Devane, Crowley and O’Mahoney in a productive spell for the visiting team.

Howard, Conor Hayes and Conway kept Crokes firmly in the ascendancy, but a major flash point in the dying embers of the play subsequently limited their hand.

Along with Faughs duo Stephen Casey and Gavin Kenny, Howard and McMullen receiving straight red cards for their part in an off-the-ball scuffle. This consequently created significant space throughout the field, which both teams managed to exploit in the final minutes.

Complimenting points from Ronan Hayes and Conway, half-back Daragh Jones broke forward for a magnificent goal. The hard-working Heavey added his second goal on the hour mark, but this only acted as a consolation for Faughs in the end.

They will now aim to pick themselves up for an away assignment against St Brigid’s on May 30th, whereas Kilmacud also hit the road on the same evening for a tricky encounter with St Vincent’s at Pairc Naomh Uinsionn.

Scorers – Kilmacud Crokes: Mark Howard 0-9 (5f), Oisin O’Rourke 2-1, Caolan Conway 0-5, Ronan Hayes 0-4 (3f), Daragh Jones 1-0, Barry O’Rourke 0-2, Lorcan McMullen, Conor Hayes, Seamie Leahy 0-1 each. Faughs: Fergal Heavey 2-0, Conor O’Shea 1-1, Karl O’Mahoney (1f, 1 ’65’), Chris Bennett 0-3 each, Peter Shaw, Ruairi Crowley, David Croke 0-2 each, Colin Devane 0-1.

KILMACUD CROKES: Eddie Gibbons; Matthew Geraghty, Rob O’Loughlin; Niall Corcoran; Daragh Jones, Cian McGowan, Jim Gibbons; Lorcan McMullen, Conor Hayes; Seamie Leahy, Ronan Hayes, Caolan Conway; Oisin O’Rourke, Barry O’Rourke, Barry Horan. Subs: Mark Howard for Horan (28), Mark O’Loughlin for Geraghty (52).

FAUGHS: Liam Gleeson; Stephen Casey, Gavin Kenny, Lorcan Heavey; Neil Bennett, Emmet McKenna, John Prendergast; Jake Moore, Colin Devane; Conor O’Shea, Peter Shaw, Karl O’Mahoney; Fergal Heavey, Ruairi Crowley, Chris Bennett. Subs: David Croke for Moore (37), Ciaran Nagle for L Heavey (51).

Referee: Thomas Gleeson (Naomh Fionnbarra).

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Dublin Schools Juvenile ‘E’ Football Championship Tier One Final & Preview Of Finals: Luttrellstown CC V Colaiste Mhuire – The Evening Herald – May 17 2018

Dublin JFC E Tier 1 Final

Decos and Lucan to serve up classic

Daire Walsh

O’TOOLE Park, Crumlin will host what should be a well-contested Dublin Schools Junior Football ‘B’ showpiece between favourites St Declan’s College and an in-form Lucan CBS.

While Lucan are hoping to build on an impressive semi-final victory over Colaiste Eanna, Declan’s will be buoyed by their own comprehensive triumph (1-16 to 0-6) against Salesian College in the penultimate round.

Silverware will also be up for grabs at Clanna Gael Fontenoy and Good Counsel GAA clubs over the next couple of days, as the Minor Schools Camogie finals take centre stage.

At 1pm this afternoon in Sean Moore Park, Coláiste ĺosagáin face Dominican College, Griffith Avenue in the Minor ‘A’ Championship final.

This will be preceded by a 10.30am clash between Loreto Beaufort (Rathfarnham) and Castleknock CC in Minor ‘A’ Shield at the same venue, with the Minor ‘B’ Shield meeting of Portmarnock CS and Scoil Chaitríona taking place in Good Counsel (1.30pm).

In the latter venue tomorrow afternoon (1.0) Loreto Swords and Loreto Balbriggan will battle it out for top honours in a Minor ‘C’ Shield encounter.

Meanwhile, Luttrellstown CC were crowned Dublin Schools Juvenile Football ‘E’ Tier One champions with a hard-earned one-point win at the expense of Colaiste Mhuire at the National Games Development Centre, Abbotstown yesterday.

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Dublin Schools Junior Football ‘E’ Tier Two Final: Greenhills College V Kylemore College – The Evening Herald – May 17 2018

GAELIC GAMES: Dublin JFC E Tier 2 Final

Murray the Greenhills hero

Daire Walsh

A STOPPAGE-TIME goal by Calvin Murray helped Greenhills College to edge out Kylemore College in the Dublin Schools Junior Football ‘E’ Tier Two decider at Blanchardstown IT on Tuesday afternoon.

After advancing from a group that pitted them against Killinarden CS, St Aidan’s CS and Rosary College, Greenhills safely negotiated a path to this U16 grade final. Kylemore were paired in Roinn Four alongside Synge Street CBS and Gaelcholaiste An Phiarsaigh, and proved to be tricky opponents for the Walkinstown side.

Thanks in no small part to a coolly-struck Adam Plunkett goal, Greenhills held a slender 1-5 to 0-5 cushion at the end of a tightly-contested opening period. While their Ballyfermot counterparts were also awarded a spot-kick after the break, opposition netminder Chris Farrelly released the pressure on his defence with an outstanding stop. Nevertheless, courtesy of four excellent points on the trot, Kylemore found themselves in the ascendancy on the hour mark. However, determined to secure a first-ever Gaelic Football title for his school, wing-back Murray stepped up to the plate with a magnificent strike two minutes into time added on.

A close-range free presented Kylemore with a late chance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, but Greenhills ultimately sealed a hard-earned 2-5 to 0-9 triumph by clearing the ball to safety.

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