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Clanns pile on points to book 'Bridge battle

A dominant first-half display set Clan na Gael Fontenoy up for a facile 4-18 to 0-6 victory over Sallins (Kildare) in their semi-final at O'Toole Park on Sunday afternoon.

The large crowd that travelled from Irishtown were treated to an exhibition in scoring by the Dublin club with the disappointing Kildare side unable to match their intensity and attacking prowess in the hour.

The template was confirmed from the early stages with Cormac Connolly of Clan na Gael maintaining his fine form from the quarter-final win over Killavilla with Connolly helping himself to six points in the opening half.

That collective tally was boosted by a brace of goals from the clinical Gary O'Connor with Sallins' only riposte a solitary point as they trailed by 2-9 to 0-1 at the interval.

The procession continued after the break with centre-back Marc Campbell ensuring there was no unlikely comeback forthcoming for Sallins while Collie Reynolds and Niall O'Regan tagged on points as the half progressed.



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Jordan Barnes was another player to excel for Clanns and he was ably supported by Declan Campbell and Jason Redmond in a defensive unit that restricted their opponents to five points over the second period.

At the opposite end of the field, Connolly added to his personal tally and the final scoreline was embellished through second-half goals by Ciarán Murphy and Martin Neville as Clanns prevailed by 24 points.

Their reward for this comprehensive victory is a final date with Knockbridge from Louth, scheduled for Sunday week with the Dublin outfit ceding home advantage based on the pre-determined draw by the Leinster Council.

Knockbridge had an equally emphatic semi-final win on Sunday, overcoming St Patrick's Stamullen by 5-12 to 0-5 in Drogheda and will offer a stern test.


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