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MISSING HURLEY: Kilmacud Crokes’ Barry O’Rorke gets away from Na Fianna’s Martin Quilty during their Dublin SHC match at Parnell Park.

MISSING HURLEY: Kilmacud Crokes’ Barry O’Rorke gets away from Na Fianna’s Martin Quilty during their Dublin SHC match at Parnell Park.

MISSING HURLEY: Kilmacud Crokes’ Barry O’Rorke gets away from Na Fianna’s Martin Quilty during their Dublin SHC match at Parnell Park.

MEATLOAF playing down the road at the O2. Tasty stuff in the Parnell Parlour. A lovely evening and some lovely hurling. The champions were back in town.

Ger Delaney was the referee. He's from Faughs, the club that has won the most Dublin senior hurling championship titles, 31.

Crokes won their fifth county crown last season, their first since 1985. On their first day back at the desk, they were caught late and drew with Brigid's.

 

CRUMBS

But they made no mistake here. From the off, they were reading every bounce of the ball, pouncing on any loose crumbs.

Aodhan De Paor and Rory O'Carroll were excellent at the back, and there was plenty of pace and craft in attack.

Two early goals helped the champions settle. Oisin O'Rorke got the first of them at the score-board end in the third minute.

He latched onto the sliotar and from a tight angle on the right he found the empty net.

Four minutes later, Sean McGrath raced through to drill in number two from 15 yards.

Yet Na Fianna kept on the Stillorgan coat-tails, thanks, once again, to the heroic efforts of Joey Boland, who was in fine form in their opening defeat to Jude's.

Denis Forde chipped in with three neat points before the tea, but the likes of Kevin O'Loughlin and McGrath were accepting plenty of invitations at the other end.

The holders grew even more comfortable in the boots in the second half as they improved their tally.

The third goal came eight minutes from time. A mini-scramble developed in the Glasnevin kitchen, the sliotar was blocked down and Oisin O' Rorke was loitering with intent.

They concluded their work with some elegant points. The Mobhi men kept at it, but they got little change at the Kilmacud back-door.

And when they did create an opening, Matt Collins, one of the best 'keepers in the business, stood tall.

No bats out of hell in Donnycarney, but for Crokes, one draw and one win ain't half bad.

SCORERS – Kilmacud Crokes: O O'Rorke 2-1, K O'Loughlin 0-7 (4f, 1 65), S McGrath 1-3, Ross O'Carroll 0-4, B O'Carroll, D Kelly, B O'Rorke 0-1 each. Na Fianna: J Boland 0-9 (7f), D Forde 0-3, C McHugh 0-2.

KILMACUD CROKES: M Collins; J Clinton, R O'Loughlin, A De Paor; B O'Carroll, Rory O'Carroll, R Murphy; N ó Riordain, D Kelly; S McGrath,R O'Dwyer, Ross O'Carroll; K O'Loughlin, B Hanamy, O O'Rorke. Subs: T McAllister for De Paor (inj, 43); B O'Rorke for K O'Loughlin (49); J Sweeney for ó Riordain (56); C Clinton for McGrath (60); S McNicholas for Murphy (62).

NA FIANNA: A Flaherty; D Brennan, T Brady, S Burke; W Lyons, M Quilty, D ó Maoileidigh; J Boland, N ó Ceallachain; A Jesson, D McNally, D Forde; F Breathnach, C McHugh, A Keogh. Subs: D Broderick for Keogh (30); M Brennan for ó Ceallachain (ht); A Murphy for McNally (43); D Flaherty for Jesson (46); E Cassidy for Breathnach (48).

REF: G Delaney (Faughs)


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