A GOAL apiece from David Treacy and Mark Schutte saw Cuala overcome Craobh Chiaráin by four points in their Evening Herald Dublin Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at O’Toole Park on Saturday.
CUALA 2-13CRAOBH CHIARÁIN 1-12
CRAOBH CHIARAN 1-12
Treacy found the net on 13 minutes, while Schutte added his with a rasping shot in the 24th minute. Chiaráins responded well and two points from Ger Ennis and a free by Alan McCrabbe ensured the Donnycarney men trailed by just 2-8 to 0-9 at the interval.
A 43rd-minute goal from David Keane narrowed that deficit even further to two points but Cuala eased over the line.
Scorers – Cuala: D Treacy 1-3, B Connolly 0-5 (2f), M Schutte 1-1, C Waldron 0-2, B Fitzgerald, C Gough 0-1 each. Craobh Chiaráin: A McCrabbe 0-7 (6f, 1 ’65’), D Keane 1-1, G Ennis 0-3, P O’Boyle 0-1.
Cuala: P Brennan; R Reid, P Schutte, S Timlin; C Gough, O Gough, S Kiely; C Moran, B Browne; B Connolly, C Waldron, B Fitzgerald; L Keating, D Treacy, M Schutte. Subs: A Hudson for Kiely (45), S O’Brien for Browne (52).
Craobh Chiaráin: S Chester; S Ennis, E Farrell, C Poole; D Kelly, D O’Reilly, S McDonald; P O’Boyle, G Kelly; R Mahon, A McCrabbe, K Ryan; D Keane, E Conroy, G Ennis. Subs: S Kirwan for Mahon (52), P Purtell for Conroy (56), K Hetherton for G Kelly (58).
Referee: D O’Donovan (St Mark’s)
Kevins, Endas and Olaf win
Kevins, Naomh Olaf and Ballyboden St Enda’s confirmed their progress to the semi-finals of the Dublin Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship after quarter-final victories last Saturday evening.
At Dolphin Park, the hosts required extra-time to finally account for Naomh Barróg with 1-10 from David Reid pivotal to their 14-point win.
A BRIDGE across the River Ryan at O’Toole Park yesterday morning. Midway through the second half of the Evening Herald Dublin SHC quarter-final, the Brigid’s boss, Ger Ryan, ran on with the water bottle.
KILMACUD CROKES 2-13
ST BRIGID’S 2-8
He gave a drink to a few Brigid’s players, but he also paused to oblige Kilmacud’s Ryan O’Dwyer. It was thirsty work out there. A day for shiver the timbers.
Shay Boland was in the audience. A big crowd on the terrace. It was chilly. A grey sky overhead but plenty of colour and excitement down on the sod. The Top Cat, Shiner Brennan, had the whistle.
Crokes will now face Lucan Sarsfields in the semi-final. Their two first-half goals proved telling. It helped them lead at the turn, 2-6 to 0-3.
Brigid’s were more themselves after that, inspired by Aodhan McEnerney, John O’Loughlin and dead-ball specialist, Paddy McAvinue.
With six minutes left, the Russell Park revival brought them within three points, but Crokes got the next, and last, two scores of the contest.
The Kilmacud defence never gave away a sausage in the first half. Brigid’s just couldn’t get on any breaking ball.
And when Crokes attacked down at the road end, scores always looked possible. O’Dwyer knocked in their opening goal in the 7th minute, concluding a move with Conor Clinton.
Dillon Mulligan had a hand, and two feet, in their second goal which came from Sean McGrath in the 21st minute. The Blanchardstown club didn’t register their second point until the 26th minute. Three McAvinue frees without reply within the first five minutes of the second half enabled Brigid’s to get more of a grip. There was now more energy and invention in their play, but they needed a goal. It came in the 42nd minute from Kieran Kellett, who was set up by a majestic catch from a puck-out by O’Loughlin.
The Brigid’s tempo increased even more. The Crokes rearguard was working overtime. But McGrath almost hit his second goal, foiled by a brilliant diving Alan Nolan save.
Kevin O’Loughlin and O’Dwyer produced important scores for Kilmacud. McEnerney’s goal recharged the atmosphere, but McGrath’s free, and a charming Ross O’Carroll strike, ensured Crokes were heading for semi-final Saturday.
SCORERS — Kilmacud Crokes: S Mac Craith 1-5 (0-5f), R O Dubhuir 1-1, R O Cearuill 0-3, B O Ruairc 0-2, R O Lochlain, C O Lochlain 0-1 each. St Brigid’s: P McAvinue 0-7 (6f), K Kellett, A McEnerney 1-0 each, D Smith 0-1.
KILMACUD CROKES: M O Coileain; A de Paor, N O Corcain, S O Duagain; L O Cearuill, Ruairi O Cearuill, R O Lochlain; C Cliontun, D O Maolagain; Ros O Cearuill, D O Ceallaigh, J Mac Suibhne; B O Ruairc, R O Dubhuir, S Mac Craith. Subs: C O Lochlain for Mac Suibhne (23); R Breathnach for De Paor (44); N O Riordain for Cliontun (50); D de Brun for O Ceallaigh (61).
ST BRIGID’S: A Nolan; S Brady, C Kenny, C Woodgate; C Ryan, M Cussen, A O’Leary; C Doyle, A McEnerney; P McAvinue, K Kellett, D Smyth; P Rohan, J O’Loughlin, D Plunkett. Subs: J Winters for Smyth (39); C Lynch for Rohan (43); D Doyle for Kellett (51); C Morris for Cussen (inj, 53).
REFEREE: J Brennan (Thomas Davis)
– Niall Scully
It was a similarly tight affair at Páirc Uí Bhriain as a second-half goal from John McGrath helped Naomh Olaf squeeze past Kilmacud Crokes by 2-12 to 1-13.
There was another home success at Páirc Uí Mhurchú with two goals from wing-forward Gavin Corrigan ensuring Ballyboden St Enda’s claimed a comfortable 3-15 to 0-9 win over Thomas Davis.
The remaining semi-finalist is yet to be confirmed after the Parnells v St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh tie was abandoned with Parnells leading by 0-12 to 0-6 at the time of its premature curtailment.
RESULTS: Nh Olaf 2-12 Kilmacud Crokes 1-13; Parnells ABANDONED St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER; Ballyboden St Enda’s 3-15 Thomas Davis 0-9; Kevins 3-20 Nh Barróg 4-3.
– Rnn Mac LochlainnSHC ‘B’ Quarter-Finals
LUCAN Sarsfields produced a dominant second-half display to overcome O’Toole’s by nine points in their Evening Herald Dublin SHC quarter-final at O’Toole Park on Saturday.
LUCAN SARSFIELDS 1-16
Leading by four points at the break, Lucan shot five unanswered points upon the restart and Kevin O’Reilly’s 51st-minute penalty effectively settled the contest.
The first half was a far tighter affair with a brace of O’Reilly frees being negated by scores from Michael Carton and Philip Brennan. Mick May, Trevor Lee and Chris Crummy all tagged on points for Sars and despite an excellent point from Carton, O’Reilly tagged on two scores to leave Lucan 0-8 to 0-4 ahead at the interval.
An excellent score by O’Reilly within seconds of the restart was added to by Lee soon after and the gap soon became a chasm as May, O’Reilly and John McCaffrey tagged on points.
However, their advantage was whittled down by a a poacher’s goal from Peadar Carton, with Liam Ryan’s classy score reducing the margin to four by the 47th minute.
A foul on Crummy punctured that momentum however with O’Reilly converting the penalty and late scores from Alan Whyte and O’Reilly confirmed Lucan’s progress.
Scorers – Lucan Sarsfields: K O’Reilly 1-8 (1-0 pen, 0-6f), T Lee, M May 0-2, C Crummy, J McCaffrey, A Roche, A Whyte 0-1 each. O’Toole’s: M Carton 0-4 (1f, 1 ’65’), P Carton 1-0, P Brennan, L Ryan, G O’Meara 0-1 each.
Lucan Sarsfields: K Roche; C Dooley, P Kelly, B McGarry; M McCaffrey, D Clarke, T Somers; K Fitzgerald, J McCaffrey; P Carroll, M May, C Crummy; K O’Reilly, P Brennan, T Lee. Subs: A Roche for Brennan (half-time), D Quinn for Lee (47), E Ó Conghaile for May and A Whyte for Carroll (57), R Lambert for Clarke (60).
O’Toole’s: B McLoughlin; R Walker, M Healy, G O’Meara; C Carton, K ryan, P Brennan; M Carton, A Morris; P Carton, G Morris, D Farrelly; M Cunningham, L Ryan, C Mulligan. Subs: P Bradshaw for Cunningham (half-time), S Leonard for Farrelly (39).
Referee: G McGrath (Setanta)
– Rnn Mac Lochlainn
NA FIANNA 0-18
Crumlin booked their place in the last four of the Evening Herald Dublin SHC with a cracking victory over Na Fianna at a cold Parnell Park last night.
In what was a scrappy opening half, both sides were guilty of some poor shooting. Crumlin did, however, get off to a dream start when a low Wes O’Brien free was deflected into the net by Shane Martin.
The men in blue looked lively early on and fine scores from O’Brien, Peter Elliot and David Donnelly looked to give them the advantage.
Na Fianna were forced to rely on the free-taking prowess of Michael Brennan, who slotted six placed balls in that first period to stay in touch. A terrific Joey Boland point on 26 minutes was their first score from play.
But Brennan’s accuracy, and some superb goalkeeping by Andy Flaherty, ensured they went in at the break on level terms, 1-5 to 0-8.
The sides traded scores after the break as Crumlin’s O’Brien and Adam McGreal scored a brace apiece to match similar efforts from Boland and Tomás Brady.
A goal from Donnelly with 10 minutes remaining put the south city men in charge again but two points from sub Dáire Ó Maoléidigh and another by Brennan restored parity.
The winners, though, had an extra gear over the final furlong as Martin, O’Brien (two) and Darren Whelan ensured they set up a semi-final tie with Cuala or Craobh Chiaráin.
SCORERS — Crumlin: W O’Brien 0-7 (0-5f), S Martin 1-1, D Donnelly 1-2, A McGreal 0-3, K Byrne (0-1pen), P Elliott, D Whelan 0-1 each. Na Fianna: M Brennan 0-8 (0-7f), J Boland 0-5 (0-1f), T Brady, D Ó Maoléidigh 0-2 each, D Forde 0-1.
CRUMLIN: B McCormack; C Martin, J Cullen, C Murphy; P Devlin, C Hennebry, P O’Brien; P Elliott, K Byrne; S Cullen, W O’Brien, S Ryan; D Donnelly, S Martin, A McGreal. Subs: S Dunne for S Cullen (38), D Whelan for McGreal (50)
NA FIANNA: A Flaherty; E O’Leary, E Rutledge, N Ó Ceallacháin; W Lyons, T Brady, D Flaherty; J Boland, F Breathnach; P Downes, K Murphy, E Ó Casaide; M Brennan, A Keogh, D Forde. Subs: D Ó Maoléidigh for Keogh (43), M Quinn for O’Leary (50)
REFEREE: P Carr (Round Tower, Clondalkin)
– Diarmuid Geraghty
Evening Herald 24 September 2012