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Boland's goal puts Na Fianna on right road

NA FIANNA produced a storming last 20 minutes to account for Raheny (1-14 to 0-11) in their Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 2 encounter at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn last night.

In doing so, the Glasnevin men earned promotion to the top flight with a slightly fortunate goal from Dublin senior Joey Boland the catalyst for their crucial victory, enabling Na Fianna to leapfrog their crestfallen opponents into second spot in the process.


Raheny led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the interval with former Dublin senior Greg Bennett notching 0-4 and there were strong displays throughout from Simon Deignan, John Heffernan, Dublin minor of this year Eoghan Smyth and Bennett with David Henry and Eoin Keogh adding valuable scores.

However, once Boland had fortuitously found the net, Na Fianna pulled away thanks to the efforts of Billy Shanahan, Fergal Breathnach, Dennis Forde, Willie Lyons and Boland with Mikey Brennan saving a late penalty to confirm his side's six-point win.

Dubs hold on to Rathcoole land

DUBLIN GAA chairman Andy Kettle has insisted that the county board will be "hanging on" to their grounds in Rathcoole, although the chances of any building work taking place at the one-time intended site for a centre of excellence are now extremely remote.

GAA Director General Páraic Duffy outlined the Association's intentions to have a presence at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown this week, with Dublin the suitable tenants and likely to meet some of the costs of building gaelic games facilities at the centre.

And Kettle explained that it would cost somewhere in the region of €4m to develop Rathcoole to the point at which Abbotstown is already built.

"Abbotstown isn't soley a Dublin initiative," Kettle explained.

"It's a national centre of excellence but because of the location, Dublin would be the biggest user."

On the subject of Rathcoole, Kettle explained: "We'll definitely be hanging onto it but realistically, it will take anything up to around 10 years before we're in a position to do anything with it.

"It was bought for a good price so there's no point trying to sell it in today's market. Abbotsown is ready to walk in and develop."