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Crokes clip Ballyboden

Kilmacud Crokes resurgence from a poor start to their campaign continued last Sunday morning when they overcame Ballyboden St Enda's by 2-13 to 2-5 in their Dublin Minor 'A' Football Championship semi-final in Glencullen.

After losing their first two group games, Crokes have since come through a series of tests to book their final berth despite a shaky enough opening against Boden.

The foundation of their victory lay in defence with wing-back Cillian O'Shea in superb form and he received excellent rearguard support from centre-back Ryan Murphy and corner-back Graeme Fallon.

Kilmacud led by 0-9 to 0-3 at the break with Cian O'Connor their leading light in attack and his goal from a penalty and a further green flag by Tom Fox effectively settled the contest in the second half.

"It was just one of those days were everything that we worked on came together," said Crokes manager Pat Duggan.

In contrast, it was a morning to forget for Ballyboden, as they struggled for the required intensity throughout with the input from their county players a particular disappointment.

Barra McGarry was an exception alongside Brian Bobbett and the hard-working Conor Deane with McGarry accruing 2-3 of his side's tally.

"We just didn't turn up," was the assessment of St Enda's manager Liam Deane. "We lacked intensity but I must say that the tackling and marking of Kilmacud was top class throughout and they were by far the deserving winners."