Dublin Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Group Two Round Two: Kilmacud Crokes V Craobh Chiarain – The Evening Herald – July 30 2020

Crokes set up to progress after comfortable victory over Craobh

DUBLIN SHC

KILMACUD CROKES 1-22

CRAOBH CHIARAIN 0-13

Daire Walsh

KILMACUD Crokes enhanced their Dublin SHC title credentials with an emphatic win at the expense of Craobh Chiarain in a blustery Clonshaugh last night.

With Mark Howard, Ronan Hayes and Alex Considine all in excellent form, Aodan De Paor’s men look assured their spot in the knock-out rounds.

Being on home soil was a bonus for Ger Ryan’s men but with the elements working against them, they were under pressure from the very early moments of the contest. Fionn O Ceallaigh was deputising in the Crokes attack for the suspended Oisin O Rorke and he got the ball rolling with a first-minute point.

This was swiftly followed by unanswered scores courtesy of Howard, Sean McGrath and Caolan Conway to give the visitors a firm stranglehold on the action.

Howard (three), Fergal Whitely, Conway subsequently found the target to propel the rampant Stillorgan troops into a nine-point cushion. Craobh finally opened their account when Stephen Kelly fired over an 19th-minute and an ensuing water break did present the home team with an opportunity to re-shape their focus.

Stephen Kelly and Cian Derwin did increase the Craobh tally when the action resumed, but Crokes continued to play with the greater urgency in attack. Supplementing O Ceallaigh, Howard (two) and Hayes singles, Considine rattled the back of the net to move Kilmacud into an unassailable 1-13 to 0-13 interval cushion.

They remained the dominant force on the restart, despite a noticeable improvement from a determined Craobh. An outstanding Conor Ryan sideline had raised the spirits of the Chiarain faithful and Stephen Kelly also found the range in a decent spell.

Nevertheless, Crokes were in no mood to let up. Whitely split the posts on the run, while Hayes was on hand to cancel out a similar effort by his opposing number Paul Kelly. Indeed, the table-toppers kicked into maximum overdrive for the remainder of the third-quarter.

O Ceallaigh, Whitely and Hayes were once more amongst the scorers as Kilmacud pulled all of 16 points clear. Craobh displayed a commendable spirit as the final whistle approached – four scores in quick succession via the sticks of Stephen Kelly (three) and Derwin significantly reducing their deficit.

However, with O Ceallaigh, Hayes and substitute Seamie Leahy raising white flags, Crokes wrapped up the two points in fine style.

Scorers – Kilmacud Crokes: M Howard 0-6 (3f), R Hayes, F O Ceallaigh 0-4 each, F Whitely 0-3, A Considine 1-0, C Conway 0-2, N O Riordain, S McGrath, S Leahy 0-1 each. Craobh Chiarain: S Kelly 0-6 (4f, 1 ’65), C Derwin 0-3, J Sammon 0-2, C Ryan (s/line), P Kelly 0-1 each.

KILMACUD CROKES: M Collins; B Sheehy, B O’Carroll, S Clinton; N O Riordain, M Grogan, C Mac Gabhann; F Whitely, D Mulligan; M Howard, S McGrath, C Conway; F O Ceallaigh, R Hayes, A Considine. Subs: E Gibbons for O Riordain (9-13), S Kinsella for Conway (44), R O’Carroll for McGrath (55), S Leahy for Whitely (60).

CRAOBH CHIARAIN: S Chester; S O’Brien, E Farrell, Damien O’Reilly; M Hayes, Derek O’Reilly, G Kelly; C Ryan, C Sammon; R Mahon, D Kelly, C Derwin; J Finn, P Kelly, S Kelly.

Subs: F Usanga for D Kelly (40), A Kenny for Derek O’Reilly (41), D Cullen for Damien O’Reilly, J Sammon for Mahon (both 54), S Finnegan for Hayes (55).

Referee: C Mooney (St Patrick’s, Palmerstown).

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Dublin Senior One Football Championship Group Two Round One: St Jude’s V Na Fianna – The Tallaght Echo – July 30 2020

DUBLIN SENIOR ONE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP TWO ROUND ONE

ST JUDE’S 1-10

NA FIANNA 0-8

Daire Walsh

The Coakley brothers – Niall and Brian – produced the goods at Parnell Park on Saturday evening to give St Jude’s a 1-10 to 0-8 win at the expense of Na Fianna in Group Two of the Dublin Senior One Football Championship.

The Cork siblings amassed a combined haul of 1-7 for the 2018 finalists, who were playing their first competitive game of the year. There had been little to separate the sides for the majority of the opening period but, thanks to unanswered scores from Tom Lahiff and Niall Coakley, Jude’s brought a 0-6 to 0-4 buffer into the interval.

The Templeogue outfit then increased their lead on the resumption when Niall Coakley fired powerfully to the net for the only goal of the contest. His brother Brian subsequently lifted the scoring burden off his considerable shoulders, contributing four excellent points to round off an accomplished team display from Kevin McManamon and company.

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FAI Youth Challenge Cup Quarter-Final: Crumlin United V Douglas Hall – The Tallaght Echo – July 30 2020

Crumlin despatched by clinical Douglas

By Daire Walsh

THERE was heartbreak for Crumlin United at Pearse Park last Sunday afternoon as they lost out to Cork’s Douglas Hall at the quarter-final stage of the FAI Youth Challenge Cup.

Despite beginning and ending the contest with goals from Ryan Gannon and Stanley Raymond, the hosts ultimately came off second best to the confident Leesiders.

The teams had been deadlocked at 1-1 just past the hour mark, when versatile Douglas star David Debuf went down with a serious-looking knee injury. As a result, the game was delayed for 25 minutes as they awaited the arrival of an ambulance on the scene.

Rather than being demoralised in the absence of Debuf, Douglas responded with three quick-fire goals and left Crumlin with too much of a mountain to climb.

United had been hoping to make home advantage count against a side that embarked on a journey of 250 kilometres wearing mandatory face masks.

When winger Joey Murrey was upended in the box by Douglas defender David Garvin with 14 minutes gone and Gannon stepped up to calmly slot the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.

Crumlin went close to doubling their lead on the first-quarter mark. Zahran Hajji rose to meet a cross, only to see his effort cleared off the line.

Douglas made the most of that reprieve when Roger Timon lofted a set-piece into the Crumlin area, where Stephen Egan inadvertently headed beyond the reach of his team-mate Dara Davey-Kelly.

Crumlin continued to offer an attacking threat of their own and substitute Darren McCormack – who deputised for the injured Hajji – forced a strong save out of netminder Antonio Ancheta.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, Dean Sutcliffe unleashed an inch perfect delivery into the Douglas area and Murrey headed inches past the post.

Douglas sought to counter Sutcliffe’s threat by switching Debuf from outside left to the right-back position.

Unfortunately, his afternoon came to a halt after he went down under a seemingly innocuous tackle. This eventually forced Douglas into an additional alteration and it was striker Brian O’Neill who was thrown into the mix as part of another tactical reshuffle.

It worked a treat for the Munster men as they proved the dominant side in the closing stages of the tie. A succession of corner kicks kept Crumlin on their toes and when the ball broke perfectly into his path, Daly fired clinically to the opposing net.

Crumlin were not out of the reckoning just yet and were prepared to battle with all their might for a crucial second goal. However, Douglas gave themselves considerable leeway when O’Neill fired home at a left-hand angle.

Time was now running out for United and when Agape Malanda was put through 10 minutes from time, he increased the Douglas advantage to three goals.

To their eternal credit, Crumlin fought to the bitter end and Raymond capitalised on an Ancheta error to claw a goal back, but it was not enough to halt the progress of Douglas.

CRUMLIN UNITED: D Davey-Kelly; J Ozhianvuna, S Egan, I Kinsella, B Best; R Gannon (L Longworth 110), E Lisimba (T Kinnear 106); J Murrey (S Raymond 95), Z Hajji (D McCormack 25), D Sutcliffe; A Bennett.

DOUGLAS HALL: A Ancheta; E Kelly (A Malanda 59), J Equaibor, D O’Sullivan, D Garvin; D McCarthy, E Healy; J Daly, E Lee, D Debuf (B O’Neill 86 (C Ogundero 108)); R Timon.

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League Of Ireland Live Streaming Launch: Daire O’Connor (Cork City) – The Evening Echo – July 29 2020

Analysis can give City bit of boost

SOCCER

Daire Walsh

Despite having to wait longer than most for a resumption in League of Ireland action, Cork City midfielder Daire O’Connor can see the advantage of hosting Bohemians next Sunday evening (kick-off 5pm).

By the time the Leesiders and their north Dublin counterparts get up and running at Turner’s Cross, the remaining eight teams in the Premier Division will have already fulfilled their return fixtures. Yet thanks to the introduction of the FAI’s new live streaming service (watchloi.ie), O’Connor and his team-mates will have a firm gauge on how each team in the top-flight has dealt with the lockdown.

“I’m sure it will be an eerie enough affair, behind closed doors. Obviously with the new streaming service and what not, we’ll have seen all the games on the Friday and the Saturday. We’ll know what it’s about,” O’Connor acknowledged.

“We’ll know if teams are up for it more. If it’s more of a lower standard because it’s less of a pre-season. It’ll probably benefit us just being able to analyse everyone else, how they’ve coped with it.

“We’ll be able to take into our game little things that we’ve picked up on. From that point of view, it’s a slight advantage. If you want to look at it that way.”

In a bid to address their disappointing early season form – four defeats in five league games thus far – City boss Neale Fenn has embarked on a recruitment drive in recent weeks.

In addition to Deshane Dalling extending his loan deal from English Championship outfit QPR, Kevin O’Connor and Graham Cummins have been welcomed back to the club.

Cummins’ re-emergence has sparked considerable debate as he is set to line out as a centre-half rather than his old striker position.

While admitting he had initial reservations about his third coming at Turner’s Cross, O’Connor believes the 32 year old is more than capable of shoring up the City defence.

“When I first heard it, I’m not going to lie, I thought it was a joke! That being said, he did say it last year. He didn’t just make it up on the spot a few weeks ago.

“Towards the end of last season, he kept saying that it was his natural position. He grew up playing there.

“He only changed to a striker I think when he was 19 or 20.

“If you’re a striker, you know how they’re going to play so he probably has that advantage on him. He’s looked sharp in pre-season in the last couple of weeks. He hasn’t looked out of place there.

“We lost Joe Redmond back to Birmingham. We needed cover there. Thankfully, and hopefully, Graham will give us that,” O’Connor added.

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Post-Match Reaction: FAI Youth Challenge Cup Quarter-Final – Douglas Hall Manager Michael Nason – The Evening Echo – July 28 2020

Masks on the bus up, a 25-minute injury delay, facing a top Dublin club away… how defiant Douglas Hall upset the odds

DOUGLAS HALL manager Michael Nason hailed the “immense spirit” of his side after they booked their spot in the FAI Youth Challenge Cup semi-final with a 4-2 win over Crumlin United at Pearse Park on Sunday.

Having claimed the scalp of Letterkenny Rovers in the previous round, the Leesiders pulled off another massive result to advance into the final four. The early signs were ominous when a Ryan Gannon penalty gave Crumlin the lead, but Douglas proceeded to take a firm stranglehold on the contest.

“The lads came up from Cork. Travelled up with masks in a bus, which isn’t easy.

“Coming up against a very good Dublin team. 1-0 down and we come back to win the game 4-2 with a couple of injuries. Immense spirit,” Nason acknowledged after the game.

“Our last game was away to Letterkenny. Seven hours journey up and seven hours down. That’s difficult. I’m thrilled, I’m absolutely thrilled. They just respect each other so well and it’s a fantastic result.”

With just over an hour gone, Douglas received a massive setback when David Debuf suffered a suspected broken ankle. When action resumed after 25 minutes, it was Brian O’Neill who took his place.

The striker’s own injury woes had looked set to rule him out of contention, but he repaid the Douglas management with a crucial second-half goal.

“We weren’t going to play him, but he said he was up for it. Said he had about 10 minutes. He felt he could impact the game and went on and did it,” Nason explained.

“Every one of them, when they were asked to go in, moved things around and they did a great job.”

After waiting more than four months for this quarter-final encounter, Douglas will have momentum at their disposal as they push forward into the penultimate phase of the competition. The full weight of the Moneygourney club has been behind the team in recent weeks and Nason feels Sunday’s victory wouldn’t have been possible without their support.

“Everyone has been affected by Covid, but we got back to work about six, seven weeks ago. The club has been brilliant. The senior team, junior team, U17s who are in the National Cup next week, all helped us with preparation. Our captain is actually not available to us, Anton [Frank].

“He would make a massive difference. They’ll now be in a semi-final. It’s all to play for.

“You go to Letterkenny and win, you go to Dublin and win, but they’re level headed. No complacency.

“Let’s enjoy today. I’m exhausted! It has been a tough couple of weeks just to get them back in shape,” Nason added.

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Dublin Junior One Club Football Championship Group Two: St James Gaels/An Caislean V Garristown – The Evening Herald – July 28 2020

JONES DRIVES GAELS TO VICTORY

Early goals is crucial in Crumlin as Garristown fail to make the most of their opportunities

DUBLIN JFC ‘A’

ST JAMES GAELS/AN CAISLEAN 1-8

GARRISTOWN 0-8

Daire Walsh

AN early Kevin Jones goal made all the difference at the Iveagh Grounds on Sunday morning as St James’ Gaels/An Caisleán enjoyed a winning start to their Dublin JFC1 group two campaign.

The impressive Jones finished with a personal haul of 1-3 for Gaels, who made full use of home advantage on their return to competitive fare.

Daragh Shanahan and Niall McGloughlin did their level best for Garristown, contributing a combined tally of five points over the course of the hour. They remained in contention throughout, but couldn’t rein in the challenge of their southside opponents to a sufficient degree.

With Civil Service – the only other team in a three-strong group – receiving a bye in the opening round, it was an ideal opportunity for both of these sides to lay down a marker. Whereas James’ Gaels finished 11th in Division Seven last year, Garristown enjoyed an unbeaten march to the Division Eight title.

Nonetheless, the elongated absence of sport owing to the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease ensured the form guide went out the window. As it transpired, it was Gaels who initially found their feet at the Crumlin venue.

Jones was a livewire presence at the base of their attack and posted a fine point with two minutes on the clock. Following a turnover deep inside the Garristown half just four minutes later, he was released on goal and made no mistake with a thunderous three-point finish.

This was supplemented by a Gavin Stakelum point from a distance of 30 metres to give Gaels a firm grip on proceedings. Under the watchful eye of club stalwart Barney Rock, Garristown were struggling to impose themselves on the play.

Full-forward Niall McGloughlin was carrying the fight to the hosts and eventually opened his side’s account with an excellent score out on the right-wing.

A blistering Jack Gormley run got the visitors on the front-foot again and Shanahan rounded off this particular move by splitting the uprights in clinical style.

Shortly after the conclusion of the game’s first water break, tempers started to flare. Garristown centre-forward Adam Carberry and direct marker Alan O’Riordan were issued with yellow cards, before Gaels half-back Shane Cashman was sent to the sin-bin.

During his 10-minute absence, Cuthbert and McGloughlin cancelled out each other with white flag contributions. A Carberry hand-pass then put Shanahan clean through on the target in stoppage-time, but he had to be content with another point.

This meant that Garristown were just two in arrears (1-3 to 0-4) at the break, leaving the tie delicately poised. It took seven minutes for the first score of the second period to arrive, but when it did, Jones was once more the provider.

He displayed his dead-ball prowess off his trusty right boot and repeated the trick from just inside the ’45’ moments later. This offered them precious breathing space on the scoreboard, though Ben O’Brien did break free to kick a Garristown point in the 42nd-minute.

Gaels had earlier introduced Conlon instead of Karl Stakelum and, with his first touch, he forced a superb point-blank stop from opposition netminder Sean Madden. Moving into the final-quarter, he delivered a tantalising ball over the top of the Garristown defence and midfielder Ronan Whyte complimented it with a neat point.

The Garristown management also looked to examine their reserve points, with Michael Battersby indirectly replacing centre-fielder Shane Darcy. This move had the desired effect as Battersby capitalised on outstanding approach work by Shanahan with a tap over score.

The Garristown challenge was beginning to rise and Shane Kane cut the deficit back down to two (1-6 to 0-7) with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Gaels didn’t panic, though, and Cuthbert added his second with a magnificent strike off the outside of his right foot.

There was nine minutes of added on time at the end of the contest, raising the possibility of a dramatic Garristown fightback. Ultimately, the only score they mustered in this period was a third Shanahan point.

Jones had rattled the crossbar off a 65th-minute penalty but with Shane Wright claiming a point off the ensuing rebound, Gaels had done enough to come out on top.

MATCH FILE

Scorers – St James Gaels/An Caisleán: K Jones 1-3 (0-2f), B Cuthbert 0-2, R Whyte, S Wright, G Stakelum 0-1 each. Garristown: D Shanahan 0-3 each, N McGloughlin 0-2 (1f), S Kane, B O’Brien, M Battersby 0-1 each.

ST JAMES GAELS/AN CAISLEAN: S Dunne; D Maguire, C Weir, C Hannigan; S McKeever, A O’Riordan, S Cashman; C Wood, R Whyte; D Byrne, S Wright, B Cuthbert; G Stakelum, K Jones, K Stakelum.

Subs: K Conlon for K Stakelum (40), D Aughey for Maguire (56).

GARRISTOWN: S Madden; J O’Connor, B Quinn, D Sheridan; J Gormley, G Glennon, S Gormley; S Ennis, S Darcy; S Kane, A Carberry, B O’Brien; E Andrews, N McGloughlin, D Shanahan.

Subs: J Brown for Andrews (30+1), D Markey for McGloughlin (48), M Battersby for Darcy (51).

MENTORS – St James Gaels/An Caisleán: Darragh Kenny, Richie Britton. Garristown: Dave Synnott, Martin O’Brien, Mark Kinsella.

Referee: Gerard Delaney (Faughs).

WIDES – St James Gaels/An Caisleán: 4 (1+3). Garristown: 7 (5+2).

CONDITIONS: Breezy at times but dry throughout.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Kevin Jones (St James Gaels/An Caisleán).

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Women’s National League Build-Up Piece: Maria O’Sullivan (Cork City WFC) – The Evening Echo – July 27 2020

Revived City ready for Tolka opener

SOCCER

Daire Walsh

FOLLOWING a delay of just under five months, Cork City captain Maria O’Sullivan is relieved that the Women’s National League finally has an imminent return date.

The Leesiders most recently saw competitive action last October when they suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of league champions Peamount United.

Their 2020 campaign gets underway with an away trip to Shelbourne on August 8 and O’Sullivan is anticipating a tough encounter at Tolka Park.

“The break was good for us, because we took advantage of the time we had off. We worked a lot on our fitness and physicality side of the game. They’re a tough test, but we’re ready for the challenge and we’re just going to take each game as it comes. Try to take as many points as we can,” the Ballincollig woman remarked.

While O’Sullivan will be the youngest skipper in the league at just 19 years of age, she is one of many in the Cork squad to progress from the underage ranks of the club in recent years.

The Republic of Ireland U19 goalkeeper credits City boss Rónán Collins and his coaching staff for the role they’ve played in nurturing these players.

“In the off-season they’ve made contact with us daily. To make sure we were doing what we should be doing. It really stood to us when we came back training.

“A lot of the younger players from the U17s, he [Collins] gives them time to train with us. He focuses on development so that in a couple of years they’ll be ready to step up to the Women’s National League. That will really stand to us.”

Because of the delayed start to the term, a new format has been introduced for the restart of the Women’s National League. Each team will play each other once in Phase One of the campaign, before clubs are split into separate sections for Phase Two.

If the Leesiders are to find themselves amongst the big hitters in the latter half of the season, they will need to come out firing on all cylinders. With this in mind, the continued presence of attacking fulcrum Saoirse Noonan – despite her commitments to the Cork and Nemo Rangers ladies football panels – comes a massive boost to O’Sullivan and her team-mates.

“She does really well to balance the both of them. She puts as much effort into both. It’s great to have her because she’s an incredible athlete and an incredible forward. A lot of the younger players learn from her, because she has so much to teach the young players.

“She’s great to have on the team because of her experience as well. Just her presence there is amazing. She’s an all-round unreal player,” O’Sullivan added.

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Dublin Senior One Football Championship Group Two: St Jude’s V Na Fianna – The Evening Herald – July 27 2020

Jude’s joy as Saints cruise thanks to the ice-cool Coakley brothers

DUBLIN SFC1 GROUP 2

ST JUDE’S 1-10

NA FIANNA 0-8

Daire Walsh

THE Coakley brothers – Niall and Brian – produced the goods at Parnell Park on Saturday evening to give St Jude’s a winning start to their Dublin SFC1 Group 2 campaign.

The Cork siblings amassed a combined haul of 1-7 for the 2018 finalists, who were playing their first competitive game of the year. Na Fianna had strong performers in Dean Ryan, Aaron Byrne and Glenn O’Reilly, but ultimately fell short to their southside counterparts.

One of just two survivors from their maiden final appearance of 2009 – goalkeeper Paul Copeland was the other – seven-time Celtic Cross winner Kevin McManamon lined out on the edge of the square for Jude’s. Eoin O’Dea was his designated marker for the duration and acquitted himself admirably under difficult circumstances.

Unlike Jude’s, Na Fianna had played one league game prior to the lockdown – a 3-10 to 0-14 defeat at the hands of Ballyboden St Enda’s. They fell behind to a Tom Devlin point in their latest encounter, only for Byrne to superbly split the posts off a long-distance free.

Niall Coakley eventually restored the Jude’s lead with a routine free, before Byrne was denied an 11th-minute goal by Copeland at the opposite end.

Niall Coakley provided a constant threat to the Na Fianna rearguard and after finding room to shoot off his reliable left foot, he edged Jude’s into a two-point advantage (0-3 to 0-1).

The first water break of the tie offered Na Fianna a chance to re-assess and they subsequently worked their way back into contention. Following swapped efforts from Paddy Quinn and Devlin, Byrne and David Quinn found the target to bring the teams back on level terms.

Yet Jude’s remained calm and had the more productive end to the opening period. Half-back Tom Lahiff pointed a mark from 35 metres and Niall Coakley added another free to leave the Wellington Lane outfit 0-6 to 0-4 in front at the break.

As a result, momentum was now with St Jude’s and they struck a decisive blow straight from the restart. Niall Coakley was presented with a clear path to goal and he unleashed a powerful strike to the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Na Fianna were now facing into an uphill task, with the Jude’s defence offering their attack precious little leeway at the opposite end of the Donnycarney venue. Nevertheless, McHugh (free) and Ryan pointed either side of a Brian Coakley mark to keep them within touching distance.

Try as they might, however, the five-time champions simply couldn’t put a run of scores together. Having watched his brother turn on the style either side of the interval, Brian Coakley slowly came into his own.

After showcasing his dead-ball prowess on 42 minutes, he latched onto a delicate McManamon pass to add another fine point on the third-quarter mark. A Glenn O’Reilly single was sandwiched in between these efforts as Na Fianna fought to keep themselves in the reckoning.

Byrne’s third free of the game reduced their deficit, only for Brian Coakley to immediately respond with his fourth point. Corner-back Ciarán Fitzpatrick was forced to turn away a goal-bound Byrne strike in the closing moments, but St Jude’s emerged as deserving victors in the end.

Next up for Gareth Roche’s charges is an away trip to Ballinteer St John’s on August 5, while Na Fianna entertain Lucan Sarsfields on the same night.

Scorers – St Jude’s: N Coakley 1-3 (0-2f), B Coakley 0-4 (1 mark, 1 ’45’), T Devlin 0-2, T Lahiff 0-1 (mark). Na Fianna: A Byrne 0-3 (3f), C McHugh (f), D Ryan, P Quinn, G O’Reilly, D Quinn 0-1 each.

ST JUDE’S: P Copeland; O Manning, J McGuire, C Fitzpatrick; T Lahiff, M Sweeney, A Hassett; C Murphy, K Doherty; T Devlin, D McLoughlin, B Coakley; N Coakley, K McManamon, S King. Subs: P Cunningham for Sweeney (30+1), C Guckian for Doherty (38), R Martina for King (48), D Sheehy for McLoughlin (54), C McLoughlin for Manning (61).

NA FIANNA: S Murray; J Cooper, E O’Dea, A Rafter; D Kennedy, D Ryan, N Cooper; E McHugh, P Quinn; G O’Reilly, A Byrne, D Quinn; D Lacey, C McHugh, B O’Leary. Subs: S Caffrey for P Quinn (44), E Connolly for D Quinn (60).

Referee: S McCarthy (St Vincent’s).

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FAI Youth Challenge Cup Quarter-Final: Crumlin United V Douglas Hall – The Evening Echo – July 27 2020

Late goal blitz gets Douglas into last four of FAI Youth Cup

Crumlin United 2 Douglas Hall 4

DOUGLAS Hall overcame considerable adversity at Pearse Park on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the last four of the FAI Youth Challenge Cup.

After initially falling behind to their Metropolitan hosts – only to restore parity in a timely fashion – the Leesiders lost David Debuf to a suspected broken ankle just past the hour mark.

In his absence, Douglas displayed remarkable character.

With James Daly, Brian O’Neill and Agape Malanda all finding the net, the Moneygourney men stormed to a memorable victory over their much-vaunted south Dublin counterparts.

It had been a difficult opening to the proceedings for Michael Nason’s charges, who found themselves one goal adrift in the 15th-minute.

Left-back David Garvin was adjudged to have fouled Crumlin’s Joey Murray inside the area and Ryan Gannon made no mistake from the resulting penalty. Yet, Douglas eventually settled into the contest and were back on level terms when Roger Timon’s enticing set-piece was inadvertently headed home by Crumlin’s Stephen Egan.

This added fresh impetus to the Douglas challenge and the further the action progressed, the more confident they became.

The sides ultimately remained inseparable at the break, however, and Douglas breathed a sigh of relief when Crumlin winger Murrey missed a gilt-edged opportunity on 58 minutes. Just moments after being switched into the right-back position, Debuf went down under a relatively innocuous tackle.

The play was delayed for all of 25 minutes until a medical team arrived on site to carefully remove the versatile Douglas footballer from the field. This could have had a demoralising effect on the visitors, but instead they re-emerged as a galvanised outfit.

When a corner from the left-wing broke into his path, Daly drilled an unstoppable right-footed drive beyond the reach of Crumlin netminder Dara Davey-Kelly. Having deputised for Debuf in another tactical re-shuffle, Brian O’Neill doubled the Douglas lead with a clinical finish at a left-hand angle.

Douglas were suddenly attacking in waves and with 10 minutes left to play, Malanda placed the outcome beyond doubt with a close-range finish. Crumlin substitute Stanley Raymond narrowed the gap at the opposite end, but it wasn’t enough to deny Douglas a semi-final spot.

CRUMLIN UNITED: Dara Davey-Kelly; Junior Ozhianvuna, Stephen Egan, Ian Kinsella, Ben Best; Ryan Gannon (Lee Longworth 110), Ephraim Lisimba (Tomas Kinnear 106); Joey Murrey (Stanley Raymond 95), Zahran Hajji (Darren McCormack 25), Dean Sutcliffe; Adam Bennett.

DOUGLAS HALL: Antonio Ancheta; Ewan Kelly (Agape Malanda 59), Justin Equaibor, David O’Sullivan, David Garvin; Dean McCarthy, Eoin Healy; James Daly, Ewan Lee, David Debuf (Brian O’Neill 86 (Clinton Ogundero 108)); Roger Timon.

Referee: John McDonnell.

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Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Group Three: Faughs V St Jude’s – The Tallaght Echo – July 23 2020

Jude’s and Faughs end all square

Sutcliffe’s late point earns St Jude’s a share with neighbours Faughs

FAUGHS…………………………………..1-18

ST JUDE’S………………………………..1-18

Daire Walsh

DANNY Sutcliffe came to the rescue of St Jude’s in a pulsating Dublin Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Group Three showdown with arch rivals Faughs at O’Toole Park last Saturday afternoon.

Faughs looked set to claim the spoils when full-forward Chris Bennett’s superb strike rattled the net deep into stoppage-time. There was enough time for Jude’s to salvage something from the contest, however, and Sutcliffe’s 12th point secured what could yet prove to be a valuable draw for John McCarthy’s side.

This was the first competitive game of hurling within the county in more than four months and it produced an abundance of thrills and spills throughout. Due to issues over crowd restriction, this mouthwatering fixture was moved from the original venue of Tymon Park – the home turf for both of these teams.

It was Faughs who initially adapted to the neutral surroundings with corner-forward Carl O’Mahony clipping a brace of points for Johnny Greville’s outfit. Jude’s issued a swift response through the dependable Sutcliffe, only for their fired-up opponents to once again flex their muscles.

Centre-back Conor O’Shea and ace marksman O’Mahony (free) restored Faughs’ two-point cushion. While John Carty narrowed the gap with a fine score on the run, Jude’s fell further adrift as the action progressed.

David Croke, O’Mahony and Ciaran Brennan all found the target in quick succession to keep the 31-time champions in the driving seat. Following Sutcliffe’s third of the tie, Shane Doherty unleashed a two-point salvo to propel Faughs into a 0-9 to 0-4 buffer on 18 minutes.

It was at this juncture in the play that referee Paul Faughnan opted to give both teams a water break. This offered Jude’s a much-needed opportunity to realign and they were a completely different team for the remainder of the half.

The increasingly-influential Sutcliffe got his side back in the mix with two points in quick succession and he was later on hand to cancel out a Bennett effort. An O’Mahony ’65’ kept Faughs firmly in the ascendancy, but it was Jude’s who enjoyed the stronger finish to the opening period.

Sutcliffe (two) and half-back Aidan O’Donovan registered unanswered scores to leave the bare minimum between the teams at the break (0-11 to 0-10). Although momentum appeared to be with Jude’s, O’Mahony found the range either side of a Sutcliffe free to ensure Faughs remained in front.

Substitute Fionn O’Riain Broin and Sutcliffe wiped out this advantage with successive points and though Fergal Heavey later raised a white flag for Faughs, Jude’s were in pole position by the time the second water break arrived. After the ball was transferred out to the right-hand side, the elusive Diarmuid McLoughlin fired clinically beyond the reach of opposition netminder Liam Gleeson.

The pendulum had swung significantly in the favour of Jude’s and they subsequently found themselves three points to the good (1-17 to 0-17) at the end of normal time. O’Mahony bolstered his already substantial tally with three converted frees – he finished with 0-11 to his name – but Manus Malone, Sutcliffe (two) and Ciaran Mangan were also accurate at the opposite end.

Nevertheless, another O’Mahony point kept Faughs in the hunt and when Bennett grabbed a dramatic goal with 64 minutes on the clock, they looked set to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Sutcliffe had other ideas, though, as he split the posts in magnificent fashion on the right-wing.

Faughs will now seek to build on this positive performance when they face Whitehall Colmcille at Cloghran on July 29. Whitehall suffered a comprehensive defeat on Saturday evening against St Brigid’s – who play St Jude’s at O’Toole Park in the second round of the group.

FAUGHS: L Gleeson; S Casey, E McKenna, J Kenny; C Brady, C O’Shea, J McVeigh; J Moore, C Nagle; C Brennan, D Croke, F Heavey; C O’Mahony, C Bennett, S Doherty. Subs: C Leahy for Moore (35), G Kenny for J Kenny (44), N Bennett for Croke, R Doyle for Doherty (both 49), R Hennessy for Brady (52).

ST JUDE’S: G Hogan; E McLoughlin, E Grant, C O’Keefe; A O’Donovan, M Maguire, C Managan; D Kiernan, A Connolly; S O’Brien, D Sutcliffe, C Nolan; D McLoughlin, M Malone, J Carty. Subs: B Moran for O’Keefe (20), F O Riain Broin for Nolan (h-t), K Lahiff for Carty (37), D O’Callaghan for Moran (53), L Hayes for Malone (57).

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