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Brady’s boost for the Blues

TOMAS BRADY made a welcome return to action helping Na Fianna narrowly overcome Setanta by 0-13 to 1-9 in their Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 2 encounter at St Mobhi Road on Saturday evening.

Dublin senior hurler Brady, who injured his cruciate in Dublin's Leinster SHC semi-final win over Galway last summer played the full 60 at centre-back as the hosts maintained their unbeaten start through positive contributions from Niall Ó Ceallacháin, Mikey Brennan and Kieran Murphy.

Another team to register their third successive win in AHL2 were Raheny with Eamonn Fitzgerald starring defensively in their 0-14 to 1-8 victory over St Patrick's of Palmerstown in St Anne's Park.


Former Dublin senior footballer and hurler, David Henry, once again impressed with four points from wing-forward while Greg Bennett's five points and strong displays from full-back Conor Gillen and midfielder Ger Coady saw the hosts prevail by three points.

Raheny and Na Fianna are joined at the top by Lucan Sarsfields who are also on six points following their flattering 3-12 to 0-7 win over Naomh Fionnbarra at 12th Lock.

David Quinn looked sharp in goal for the hosts who had impressive defensive performances from Cronan Dooley, Brendan McGarry, Tommy Somers and John Byrne while Aidan Roche's lively showing at corner-forward and Daire Brennan's goal kept Lucan's promotion ambitions on track.

In AHL1, St Vincent's proved far too strong for a youthful O'Toole's, prevailing by 2-16 to 0-3 at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn with Dublin senior footballer, Diarmuid Connolly, giving an encouraging display at centrefield for the hosts.

Cian McBride was another to impress at centre-forward scoring 0-5 over the hour while eight points shared by Mossy McGrane and Stephen Bennett and goals from John Hetherton and Tomás Connolly ensured top spot in the table for Vinnies.

At Marley Park, Ballinteer St John's recorded their first win of the league as goals in either half from Aodhán Clabby and Glenn Whelan helped them overcome Craobh Chiaráin by 2-10 to 1-6.

Oisín Power landed eight points for St John's, seven from placed balls, with the home full-back line of Ronan Collins, Cormac O'Brien and Frank O'Donoghue instrumental in their seven point win.

DUBLIN - AHL1: Ballinteer St John's 2-10 Craobh Chiaráin 1-6; St Vincent's 2-16 O’Toole’s 0-3. AHL2: Clan na Gael 1-11 Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-12; Kilmacud Crokes 0-8 St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER 0-8; Lucan Sarsfields 3-12 Nh Fionnbarra 0-7; Na Fianna 0-13 Setanta 1-9; Nh Barróg 2-12 Whitehall Colmcille 2-8; Raheny 0-14 St Pat’s Palmerstown 1-8.

LEINSTER U15 HURLING: Wexford (1) 1-11, Dublin (1) 0-9; Kilkenny (1) 3-9, Dublin (1) 2-7; Dublin (2) 0-18 Wexford (2) 0-3; Kilkenny (2) 1-15, Dublin (2) 2-9.

LEINSTER U16 HURLING: Dublin (1) 2-9, Wexford North 2-8; Dublin (1) 4-9, Kilkenny North 2-13; Dublin (2) 6-13 Wexford South 1-8; Dublin (2) 4-10 Kilkenny South 1-3.