Naomh Barróg claimed the Féile Division 2 final when outplaying near neighbours Raheny to prevail by 2-11 to 2-3 at a sun-kissed Blakestown Road on Sunday, writes Ronan MacLochlainn.
Most of the damage was done in the first half as the Kilbarrack lads led by 2-6 to 0-0 at the break with captain Jason Byrne scoring 1-7 while full-forward Robbie O'Driscoll chipped in with 1-3.
There were similarly influential displays from Jason Moriarty, goalkeeper Josh Rooney and centre-back Aidan Pepper as Barróg stood firm in the face of a Raheny comeback after the break.
Despite losing to Raheny in their opening fixture, Barróg bounced back superbly with a narrow 3-6 to 2-5 victory over St Jude's before finishing the group on a high with a comprehensive 5-12 to 2-5 success over Faughs.
Raheny, who included promising U12 player Liam Dunne, played some sublime hurling in the group stages on Saturday, topping their group after impressive wins over Barróg, Faughs and St Jude's with nine goals scored over those three matches.
They had strong performers in all sectors, starting with goalkeeper Mitchell Carroll with Glenn Atkins, Brian Doolin and Liam Owens to the fore in the full-back line while half-back Ben McHugh was very prominent in addition to netting in the final.
The midfield pairing of Dylan Robinson and Phelim Kenny were always lively while in attack, Raheny looked threatening largely through the exploits of wing-forward Sean Grenham and Sean O'Flynn and Luke Magnier in the inside-forward line.
Despite the result, Raheny manager Dave Geary was delighted with the application of his panel throughout the weekend with huge enjoyment derived by players and mentors alike.
"It was a tremendous weekend and a tremendous effort from the lads," he said.
For Barróg, who included players from St Fintan's, St Paul's and St Nessan's, it was a memorable conclusion to a great weekend, a fact acknowledged by team manager Dean O'Reilly.
"It was a special day for Naomh Barróg, the club's first Féile win at Division 2 level and made all the more exciting playing our local rivals Raheny in the final," he said.
"This year we have benefitted from a collaboration with Beann Éadair, combining squads at U14 with former Beann Éadair player Jack McGahey having a super weekend at midfield and centre half back."