Monday 20 November 2017

Reddin keeps Saints solid start alive

St Maur's 3-6

St Judes 0-14

DUBLIN forward Ciaran Reddin popped up with a late point for Maur's as they made it two wins from two at Rush on Sunday morning.

Reddin, although playing a full half for Dublin at the weekend, still had the legs to take a pass off Mikey Reilly with a minute to go, and having beaten a couple of defenders, he slotted over a terrific score to avenge last season's defeat to the same side.

Reddin's inclusion was a welcome one for Maur's who were down a number of first-team regulars.

Nonetheless, they showed great fortitude to get back into the game after the Tymon Park men had built up a handy lead at the end of the first half. With Stephen and David Carthy joining older brother Chris for the last 20 minutes, Maur's had the momentum to secure the victory.

Judes, while missing in-form Dublin forward Kevin McManamon, brought a strong team down with them and one of the key duels of the game was between Kevin's brother and Padraig Butterly. The Maur's man would win that duel and overall the home side's full back line acquitted themselves well on the day.

They had their work out cut out containing the visitors, but a penalty on five minutes from Chris Carthy after Conor McGuire had been dragged down inside the box was to draw Alan Durnin's men level.

Judes found another gear to lead by 0-9 to 1-1 at half-time and they looked comfortable until great combination play between McGuire and Carthy saw the former finish past the keeper. That brought Maur's back to within a point, but the introduction of Gareth Weldon was to prove a turning point for the home side.

With Vinny Whelan introduced at full forward to give Maur's a bit of height inside the square, they were to open Judes for a second time. The former Dublin under-21 offloaded to McGuire and he duly fed to Weldon who showed great composure to finish past the keeper.

That put Maur's a point up, and while McManamon was to level off a free, Reddin then struck for the winning score of the game.

Best for Maur's was David Carrick who gave arguably his best game ever for Maur's at left half back.

ST MAUR'S: Mark Butterly, Ciaran Sweetman, Niall Walsh, Padraig Butterly, Eoin Fletcher, Barry Moore, David Carrick, Mikey Reilly, Ciaran Reddin 0-2, Barry Cronin, Chris Carthy 1-0 penalty, David O Donnell 0-1, Cathal Sweetman, Kevin Watson, Conor McGuire 1-3 (0-2f). Subs: David Carthy for Barry Moore, Gareth Weldon 1-0 for Barry Cronin, Vinny Sweetman for for Cathal Sweetman (black card), Stephen Carthy for Kevin Watson.

St Pats Donabate 4-8

Ballymun Kickhams 2-14

ST PATRICK'S Donabate showed great spirit to rescue a point against 2013 All-Ireland Club champions Ballymun Kickhams on Sunday morning.

While missing some notable players in Jude O'Sullivan, Colin Murphy and the two Corcorans, Donabate dug deep into their resources to pull the game out of the bag, with Dean Styles landing a late free to earn the draw.

Certainly, after losing by the narrowest of margins to Parnells, this was a big result for Pats given the opposition.

While missing their Dublin stars on the stay, Ballymun still had plenty of quality on the pitch, with Ted Furman, Kevin Leahy and Jason Whelan all featuring up front for last year's beaten county finalists.

Donabate, after conceding two early points, were to edge in front on five minutes when Niall Collins coolly slotted past the keeper after an infringement on Paul Knight inside the square. Knight was the star performer for Pats and in the absence of Dinny Corcoran has certainly flourished in the full forward position.

The former Newcastle United apprentice produced some brilliant flashes during the game and on 12 minutes collected a long ball before drilling past the keeper to double his team's advantage - 2-2 to 0-4

John Lynders was another to stand out, although his influence diminished somewhat under some heavy hits from a well-drilled Ballymun defence and by half-time Kickhams had turned the screw to lead 2-3 to 1-7 and added two more points to their tally after the break.

Again, though, it was Knight who came to Donabate's rescue when, having collected a long ball, he raced clear of his marker before shooting past the keeper.

A terrific team move was then to see Conor Dowling raise the white flag, but mid-way through the half Ballymun still held a three-point lead before Lynders showed great athleticism to fist the ball past the keeper after a long ball had been played into the square - 2-10 to 4-4.

Ballymun attempted to pull away once more, but points from Ciaran Stone, Knight and Collins were to keep Donabate on an even keel with full-time approaching.

Kickhams were then to edge back in front, albeit off a harshly conceded free, and it looked at that stage that they might get the win, but underlining his team's great determination, Knight won back possession on the end line and engineered a free on the right-hand side.

And while faced with a difficult angle, Styles hit the ball perfectly between posts to cap off a terrific performance from Pats.

St Pat's Donabate: James Foran, Adam Darby, Darragh Mahon, Michael Lynders, Thomas Murphy, Joey Collins, Conor Dowling 0-1, Dean Styles 0-1(f), John Lynders 0-1, Sean Keogh, Niall Collins 1-3 (1-0 pen), Shane McGrath, Wayne Knight, Paul Knight 2-2, Ciaran Stone 0-1. Subs: Colin Riordan for Dowling, Liam Watson for McGrath, Brian Keegan for Stone.

Raheny 0-10

St Sylvester's 1-5

ST SYLVESTER'S boss Robbie Brennan believes that youth is the way forward for his team, despite seeing them slip up at home to Raheny at Broomfield on Sunday morning.

The former Kilmacud Crokes man handed starts to Under-21s John Peacock and Jack Hazely, but it was to prove a frustrating morning for the Malahide men.

A late Micael McCarthy penalty gave the home side some hope, but Raheny held on to maintain top spot in the division.

With two months to go before their big championship clash with St Maur's, Brennan insists that everyone will be given the chance to prove themselves.

'You look at that team, they have been involved in the Dublin underage panels and at some stage you have to start looking to introduce some young lads and get a nice blend into the panel.

'We are still in the same process of trying to give everyone the chance to stake their claim for a place in the championship and I thought it was good to see the likes of Jack Hazley properly exposed at that level for the first time.

'But it just didn't happen for him or the other guys on the day, which is disappointing after our display against Raheny.

'We were missing a few lads, but we have David Galvin and Aidan Relihan to come back and John Coughlan is back doing a bit of running, so we are slowly but surely getting back towards our full squad.'

Brennan is certainly relishing the prospect of taking on Maur's for the first time as manager.

'It will be my first experience of playing Maur's and I suppose if there were two teams you wanted to avoid in the first round, one was Maur's and the other was Crokes who drew Plunketts.

'But overall we are delighted with the draw. There is a huge history there, so it's going to be a nice humdinger.

ST SYLVESTER'S: Stephen Finnegan, John Peacock, Fionn Carney, Barry Ryan, Glen Hazley, Liam Murphy, Ciaran McArdle, Ross Hazley, Shane O Connor, Conor Meaney 0-1, Gary Sweeney, Jack Hazley, Ciaran Roche 0-1, Michael McCarthy 1-2(1-0 pen, 0-1f), Eoin Fanning 0-1. Subs: Colm McIntyre for McArdle, Ronan Palmer for Conor Meaney, Alan Foy for Jack Hazely, Stephen Cunningham for Ciaran Roche.

Fingal Independent

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