Friday 15 December 2017

Fingal clubs get off to a flyer in league

Rory Kerr

Fingal clubs made a bright start to the hurling leagues with St Sylvesters opening their Division 3 account with a 4-9 to 0-8 win away to Kilmacud Crokes in Silverpark.

A course in strength and conditioning during the close season certainly stood to the Malahide men in the last fifteen minutes as they over-ran the home side.

Sylvesters had enjoyed a 1-4 to 0-3 lead at half time with minor, Mikey Meaney, having a terrific game at wing back on his debut for the club.

The breakthrough goal came when Kevin McLoughney pulled on a square ball to find the back of the net while Martin Ormonde having committed for another year was his usual accurate self from the dead ball.

He also registered the score of the game when having won the ball on the wing he linked up with Nicky Rackard Cup all star Cillian O Flynn to send over a crucial score in the first half.

And with O'Flynn enjoying a formidable partnership with brother and former Fingal captain, Kevin, in midfield, Sylvesters drove on from there to register further goals from Collie Byrne, Andrew Richardson, and Colm Boran.

Meanwhile, in the same division Sylvesters next door neigbours, Naomh Mearnog, fell just short against Round Towers Clondalkin.

The Portmarnock outfit having led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break looked to be in a strong position as they played in to the breeze in the second half.

But two goals against the run of play curbed their momentum at crucial junctures in a game where Cillian Neylon emerged as their top scorer with four points.

Meanwhile it was a good day for the three Fingal teams in Division four with newly promoted St Maurs enjoying a 2-11 to 2-9 win at home to Lucan Sarsfields.

Maurs led by seven points at one stage with Adam Kennedy scoring four points from midfield while Collie Halpin was also in his element there.

Joe Gleeson gave a man of the match display at right half back while centre forward, Olan Kelleher hit two goals in the first half.

Conor Donegan also performed well in the second half alongside Danny Butterly with Sarfields registering a late goal to put a more respectable look on the scoreline.

Meanwhile a terrific comeback by St Finians saw them overrun St Vincents on a 2-12 to 3-8 scoreline. A goal early in the second half saw them trail by eleven points but it was then that they dug in and dominated the closing stages with Barry Kavanagh and James Shelly getting the goals to get them over the line.

Fingallians were also victorious with Mark Smith's goal with a few minutes remaining enough to secure victory on a 1-14 to 1-9 scoreline.

Fingal Independent

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