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Clinical Clontarf U15s overpower Na Fianna

Clontarf and St Brigid's advanced to the final following impressive semi-final wins over Na Fianna and St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh on Sunday morning.

In St Anne's Park, first half goals from Tom O'Flaherty and Darragh Ring helped a clinical Clontarf overcome an understrength Na Fianna outfit by 4-8 to 1-5 as the hosts enjoyed a six-point interval lead (2-4 to 0-4).

The home defence was especially tight with 'keeper Neil O'Hanlon excelling and Nathan Doran, Jack Higgins and Conor Doran epitomising their solidity, while Rory Clarke kicked four points for Clontarf as the tie opened up.

The contest was effectively settled as the hosts struck for two goals inside a minute midway through the second half through Conor Byrne and Cian Walsh, with a strong display from centre-back Donal Burke and a last minute goal proving in vain for Na Fianna.

The second semi-final saw last year's Dublin and National Féile winners St Brigid's withstand a late Plunkett's rally to eventually prevail by 2-10 to 1-9 at Martin Savage Park.

Both sides contributed hugely to an entertaining and full-blooded derby as the visitors entered the break ahead by 0-6 to 0-5, having played against the elements.

Seán Bugler, Jamie Caffrey and Fionn Boland were all on target for the hosts in the first half, but the concession of a Kevin O'Callaghan goal early in the second half proved a serious blow for Plunkett's.

A second excellent O'Callaghan goal arrived soon after as St Brigid's seized the initiative, with Darragh McKenna, Malachy Tighe, Michael Courtney, Johnny McGuirk and Tadhg O'Shea all featuring prominently. The hosts battled until the final whistle, with Daragh Carroll, Séamus Ashton, Joe Cassidy and Boland leading the way, but a Bugler goal and further points by Caffrey, Shane Phelan and Diarmuid O'Connell arrived too late to deny Brigid's.


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