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Fingal Ravens' Dan Cibotar just gets his pass away before being tackled during Saturday's IFC tie against St Margaret's. Picture: Fintan Clarke

Fingal Ravens' Dan Cibotar just gets his pass away before being tackled during Saturday's IFC tie against St Margaret's. Picture: Fintan Clarke

Jack Stynes (St Margaret's) is closely watched by Fingal Ravens' Dan Sammon. Picture: Fintan Clarke

Jack Stynes (St Margaret's) is closely watched by Fingal Ravens' Dan Sammon. Picture: Fintan Clarke

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Fingal Ravens' Dan Cibotar just gets his pass away before being tackled during Saturday's IFC tie against St Margaret's. Picture: Fintan Clarke

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Fingal Ravens are through to the last four of the Intermediate Championship - but only after being pushed all way by St Margaret’s in Saturday’s big north County Dublin derby played in Rolestown.

Trailing by a point, Ravens grabbed their first goal seven minutes from half-time through Conor Foley to lead by three at the break.

And in a game that ebbed and flowed, only a kick of the ball separated the sides for most of the hour, with Leon Daly (1-2) finding the back of the net to keep Margaret’s in touch in the second half.

However, a second Foley goal had Ravens two points clear before Adam Lawless produced a dramatic goal-line save to deny Brian Shanahan at the very death.

Best for Ravens were Callum Monaghan, Dan Sammon, Sean Kinsella and Conor Foley, while Jamie McGuiness and Conor Sutton pitched in with three points each for the visitors, John Colgan got a brace and Shanahan, David Smyth and Conor Hickey added a point each. 

Next up for Ravens is Scoil Ui Chonaill who were easy winners over St Finian’s Newcastle, while the other semi final sees Naomh Barrog take on Naomh Fionnbarra in a repeat of the 2020 decider which Finbars won with the last kick of the game.

In the Junior 1 competition, St Finians Swords were 2-12 to 1-8 winners over Civil Service up in River Valley.

Leading 1-5 to 0-3 at half-time following a goal from Conor Halpin (2-4), Finian’s pushed on after the break, with Halpin grabbing his second off a penalty.

Others to make the scoresheet for Finian’s were Killian Ryan and Lee Kavanagh (0-2 each) and Brandon Caffrey, Ciaran Doyle, Anthony McGonagle and McCabe.

Overall there were good spells of football from the home side, for whom Andy Mallon was strong in defence alongside Jack Dempsey, while Cian McCabe linked up the play well at centre forward.

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In the other quarter final Garristown were 3-22 to 0-7 winners over Ballyfermot De La Salle, their goals from Darragh Shanahan (22 minutes) Shane Kane (44) and Marc O’Connell (50).

O’Dwyer’s received a walkover in their group two play-off against Craobh Chiarain. The game, which was required to determine the make-up of the other two quarter-finals, looks set to put back the competition for another two weeks.

O’Dwyer’s now face St James Gaels An Caislean in two weeks’ time while Craobh Chiarain take on Crumlin in the last of the quarter-finals.

 

All-County FC results

Junior 2: Naomh Mearnog 0-15 St Oliver Plunketts ER 2-11, Round Towers Lusk 0-12  Ballyboden St Endas 3-8, Fingal Ravens 3-22  Lucan Sarsfields 0-7, St Patrick’s D 1-11  Naomh Olaf 3-10

Junior 3: Ballyboughal 2-9 Castleknock 2-13.

Junior 5: Clann Mhuire 5-24 Naomh Barrog 0-3.


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