IT wasn't the scoreline some folk had expected but as the saying goes, you can only beat what's in front of you.Nonetheless the decision by the Raheny management to excuse two of their 2011 Dublin minors (both Gavan Ivory and Rutherson Reale were attending their debs) in last Thursday evening's championship clash in Parnell Park was something that baffled some including Syls manager, Gabriel Bannigan. 'It was something that had gone on in previous years at our club and I would like to think things have changed now. 'For me unless there is a death in the family, nothing should come between a player and a championship.' Raheny who are chasing a Division 1 spot for next season had troubled Syls to a certain extent early on with their full back line impressing most notably Sean Swords. A touch of class from Conor Daly on 13 minutes, the former Plunketts man ghosting in from the right before beating the goalkeeper with a sublime finish was to however prove a defining moment in the game as Syls opened up a 1-4 to 0-4 lead at the break 'The first goal was hugely significant because it came at a time when we playing against wind and struggling to break them down' continued Bannigan 'Overall I'm happy to be in the hat for tomorrow night, happy with our second half display and thirdly very happy with the way our squad approached the game. 'And the lads who came in got into it straight away. 'I was particularly happy with Alan Foy. It was first championship game and I think everyone now knows why he brought him on after that display. He brought real energy to his play' Sylvesters had started with their captain, Darren Clarke, who had been forced to take a place on the bench having suffered from Appendicitis. But from the start of the second half, Sylvesters were clearly on the game and following two successive points from Shane O'Connor, a break from Russell Cleere was to set up Nigel Dunne for the first of three goals. Dunne doubled his tally on 47 minutes when he peeled away to the right before the beating the keeper with a sublime finish 3-8 to 0-4 And with David Galvin impressing on his introduction and Ross Hazely impressing in the middle, Syls pulled away to register two further goals through Dunne (53) and Daly again on 57 minutes. And six points from Miceal McCarthy (the Dublin panellist slotted over one terrific point in the first) made it a good return from the inside line. Nonetheless it was the middle third which Bannigan felt was where the game was won and lost on the night. 'The middle third was important sector for us and thought we dominated all the way through. 'And I thought our half back line was outstanding' 'In midfield Padraig Bracken went through a mountain of work and I was particularly pleased for David Galvin as he worked so hard to get himself back fit.'