First-half goals from David Treacy, Mark Schutte and Colm Cronin proved pivotal as Cuala comfortably accounted for Craobh Chiaráin by fourteen points in their Dublin SHC quarter-final at Parnell Park last night.
The tone was set early as David Treacy converted a 3rd minute penalty after a foul on Mark Schutte and the latter found the net ten minutes later after fine approach play from Cronin.
Craobh's inability to deal with the pace of the Dalkey outfit was obvious as Shane Stapleton, Paul Schutte and Sean Moran all counter-attacked to telling effect.
Darragh O'Connell tagged on two points from midfield with McCrabbe just about keeping Craobh within touching distance as he struck four first-half points.
The porosity of their defence continued however as Cronin found the net in the 29th minute but a McCrabbe goal in injury time helped trim their arrears to 3-7 to 1-8.
Cronin's second goal of the night within two minutes of the restart restored Cuala's dominance as they eased home after the break with O'Connell to the fore.
Scorers - Cuala: D Treacy 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), D O'Connell 0-7 (3f), C Cronin 2-0 M Schutte 1-0, S Stapleton, P Schutte, S Moran, E Ó Naoire 0-1 each. Craobh Chiaráin: A McCrabbe 1-5 (1-4f), R Mahon, K Ryan (1f) 0-2 each, F Usanga, P Kelly 0-1 each,
Cuala: S Brennan; R Tierney, C O'Callaghan, S Timlin; S Stapleton, P Schutte, S Moran; D O'Connell, J Malone; C Waldron, C Cronin, C Sheanon; D Treacy, M Schutte, S Treacy. Subs: B Connolly for S Treacy (50), J Sheanon for D Treacy (51), S Barron for M Schutte and E Ó Naoire for C Sheanon (56), S Murphy for O'Connell (59).
Craobh Chiaráin: S Chester; S Finnegan, D O'Reilly, E Farrell; M Hayes, D Kelly, S Ennis; K Elliott, R Mahon; P Kelly, A McCrabbe, S Kirwan; K Ryan, F Usanga, G Ennis. Subs: C Ryan for Kirwan (half-time), K Cooling for S Ennis (46), S Kelly for G Ennis (50), K Hetherton for McCrabbe (54), J Ryan for Mahon (59).
Referee: Finbar Gaffney (Na Fianna)