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Scorers - Cuala: D Twomey 1-5 (0-3f), E Breathnach 2-1, J Byrne 1-3, A Murphy 0-4, J Malone 0-3 (1f), S O'Brien 0-2, C Sheanon, S Dowling 0-1 each. Craobh Chiaráin: G Leonard 0-6 (4f, 1 '65'), P Kelly, M Hayes, M Ryan, P Purtell 0-1 each.

Cuala: S Butler; M Cahalane, A Browne, N O'Dowd; J Behan, B Browne, C Byrne; J Malone, S O'Brien; S Dowling, E Breathnach, C Sheanon; D Twomey, A Murphy, J Byrne. Subs: C Hayes for Cahalane (39), C Murphy for C Byrne (42), D Ryan for Sheanon (44), J Lahart for Twomey (46), N Kelly for O'Dowd (50).

Craobh Chiaráin: R McGowan; D Cullen, T Smith, L Jackson; C O'Reilly, M Hayes, C McCann; G Warren, S Bennett; A Hetherton, P Purtell, P Kelly; M Ryan, C Leonard, G Leonard. Subs: C Brown for Bennett and S Gallagher for O'Reilly (44).

Mentors: Cuala: Harry Roberts, Timmy Walsh, Brendan Stanley Craobh Chiaráin: Dermot Ryan, Paul O'Rourke, Kevin McDermott, Paul Jackson.

Referee: Chris Mooney (St Patrick's Palmerstown)

Wides: Cuala: 8 (5+3) Craobh Chiaráin: 11 (5+6)

Conditions: A fine summer's evening but pitch rutted in places.

Player of the Game: Jake Malone (Cuala)

Cuala produced an impressive display as they comfortably accounted for a weakened Craobh Chiaráin by 22 points in their one-sided Dublin Junior Hurling Championship quarter-final in Shankill last Wednesday evening.

The hosts dominated from the opening whistle, scoring with great regularity, particularly in the opening half with all of their six starting forwards scoring from play during that period.

Justin Byrne and Dara Twomey were especially lively in the corner-forward positions and it was the latter who served early notice of his intent with a well-taken score inside 20 seconds.

Twomey doubled his own tally within two minutes when converting a close-in free and the hosts pushed three points clear in the 5th minute as Byrne added his first score of the night.

The visitors were struggling for primary possession in the early stages as Jake Malone and Scott O'Brien largely dominated the midfield exchanges but Chiaráins finally opened their account through a seventh minute free by the impressive Graham Leonard.

Any hopes that score would settle the Donnycarney side were quickly dispelled as Cuala struck for their opening goal soon after when Eoghan Breathnach capitalised on a poor defensive clearance to fire unerringly to the corner of the net from ten yards.

It was at this stage that Cuala showed their greatest fluency with O'Brien's superb pass in the 13th minute allowing Andrew Murphy to point before O'Brien also struck following a rampaging run down the heart of the Craobh defence.

An overworked Craobh defence strove manfully to stem the flow with half-backs Ciaran McCann and Mark Hayes featuring prominently while corner-back Luke Jackson worked tirelessly to keep the shackles on Byrne.

There were some bright moments for the visitors as the half progressed with Hayes landing a wonderful point in the 16th minute while corner-forward Mark Ryan made light on a tight angle to added a third score for Chiaráins four minutes later.

ADVANTAGE

However, the momentum belonged to Cuala and despite Leonard adding two frees before the break, the hosts enjoyed a massive 2-14 to 0-5 interval advantage thanks a Twomey goal and late points by Murphy, Sean Dowling and Breathnach.

The second-half was a slightly more even affair despite Cuala increasing their lead early in the second-half following scores by Malone and Murphy. An almost inevitable third goal arrived for Cuala midway through the half as Murphy fed Byrne for a simple finish and a fourth goal almost arrived soon after but Rory McGowan produced an inspired save to deny Twomey from close range.

The contest petered out from that juncture and although some late points by Phillip Purtell and Paul Kelly offered crumbs of consolation for Craobh, their misery was compounded through Breathnach's second goal of the night three minutes from time.


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