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Crumlin's extra gear fells Na Fianna

CRUMLIN 2-16

NA FIANNA 0-18

Crumlin booked their place in the last four of the Evening Herald Dublin SHC with a cracking victory over Na Fianna at a cold Parnell Park last night.

In what was a scrappy opening half, both sides were guilty of some poor shooting. Crumlin did, however, get off to a dream start when a low Wes O'Brien free was deflected into the net by Shane Martin.

The men in blue looked lively early on and fine scores from O'Brien, Peter Elliot and David Donnelly looked to give them the advantage.

Na Fianna were forced to rely on the free-taking prowess of Michael Brennan, who slotted six placed balls in that first period to stay in touch. A terrific Joey Boland point on 26 minutes was their first score from play.

But Brennan's accuracy, and some superb goalkeeping by Andy Flaherty, ensured they went in at the break on level terms, 1-5 to 0-8.

The sides traded scores after the break as Crumlin's O'Brien and Adam McGreal scored a brace apiece to match similar efforts from Boland and Tomás Brady.



PARITY

A goal from Donnelly with 10 minutes remaining put the south city men in charge again but two points from sub Dáire Ó Maoléidigh and another by Brennan restored parity.

The winners, though, had an extra gear over the final furlong as Martin, O'Brien (two) and Darren Whelan ensured they set up a semi-final tie with Cuala or Craobh Chiaráin.

SCORERS -- Crumlin: W O'Brien 0-7 (0-5f), S Martin 1-1, D Donnelly 1-2, A McGreal 0-3, K Byrne (0-1pen), P Elliott, D Whelan 0-1 each. Na Fianna: M Brennan 0-8 (0-7f), J Boland 0-5 (0-1f), T Brady, D Ó Maoléidigh 0-2 each, D Forde 0-1.

CRUMLIN: B McCormack; C Martin, J Cullen, C Murphy; P Devlin, C Hennebry, P O'Brien; P Elliott, K Byrne; S Cullen, W O'Brien, S Ryan; D Donnelly, S Martin, A McGreal. Subs: S Dunne for S Cullen (38), D Whelan for McGreal (50)

NA FIANNA: A Flaherty; E O'Leary, E Rutledge, N Ó Ceallacháin; W Lyons, T Brady, D Flaherty; J Boland, F Breathnach; P Downes, K Murphy, E Ó Casaide; M Brennan, A Keogh, D Forde. Subs: D Ó Maoléidigh for Keogh (43), M Quinn for O'Leary (50)

REFEREE: P Carr (Round Tower, Clondalkin)


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