A goal in either half by James O'Connor and Shane McGrath proved pivotal as Thomas Davis secured a deserved five-point victory over Ballyboden St Enda's in their Evening Herald Senior Football Championship first round tie at O'Toole Park last night.
The Tallaght side raced into an early three-point lead and O'Connor took advantage in first-half injury time to hand his side a 1-8 to 0-5 interval advantage.
Boden began eating into their deficit after the break but their momentum was stalled by the concession of a soft second goal to McGrath in the 52nd minute.
Scorers - Thomas Davis: J O'Connor 1-0, S McGrath 1-1, P Hudson 0-4 (0-1 free), S Smith, E Kirby 0-2, D Shanahan, S Reilly, C Farrelly 0-1 each. Ballyboden St Enda's: A Kerin 0-6 (0-4f), K Naughton 0-3 (0-2f), S Gibbons 0-2, D Davey, P Galvin, D O'Mahony 0-1 each.
THOMAS DAVIS: D Hennessy; A Fallon, Brian Kirby, P Boland; E Behan, Brendan Kirby, S Payne; J O'Connor, E Kirby; S McGrath, C Farrelly, S Reilly; P Hudson, D Shanahan, S Smith. Subs: J O'Reilly for Smith (44), S McKeown for Shanahan (48), G Carruth for Brendan Kirby (55).
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: D Walsh; M O'Sullivan, I Clarke, B Devlin; J O'Hara, D Kiernan, D Nelson; D O'Mahony, MD Macauley; S Gibbons, D Davey, D O'Reilly, C Hiney, K Naughton, A Kerin. Subs: C Smyth for Hiney (26), P Galvin for Davey and D Manley for Nelson (41), R Duane for O'Reilly (54), M McCabe for Gibbons (57).
Referee: Keith Tighe (St Anne's).
McCarthy stars for Peregrine's
ST PEREGRINE'S 1-18
LUCAN SARSFIELDS 1-12
ST PEREGRINE'S overcame Lucan Sarsfields thanks to an outstanding performance from their corner forward Robbie McCarthy in last night's Evening Herald Dublin Senior Football Championship first round clash at Russell Park.
McCarthy, who scored 0-9, was unstoppable throughout.
Peregrine's took a 0-9 to 0-8 lead into the interval, and four unanswered scores gave them a 0-16 to 0-10 advantage in the final quarter. Sarsfields looked for goals but Peregrine's put things beyond doubt when Craig Lowndes grabbed an injury-time goal.
SCORERS - St Peregrine's: R McCarthy 0-9 (3f), C Lowndes 1-2, S Lowndes 0-3, C McGuiness 0-2, E Jennings 0-1 (1f), C Foley 0-1. Lucan Sarsfields: J O'Neill 0-5, S Gorbutt 1-0, T Brennan 0-3 (1f), B Gallagher 0-2, B O'Neill, D Quinn 0-1 each.
ST PEREGRINE'S: K Walsh; D Carroll, E Ryan, D Lynch; S McGuinness, N McCarthy, S Sweeney; D McGovern, D Byrne; B Hughes, S Lowndes, C Lowndes; R McCarthy, C McGuinness, E Jennings. Subs: T Reilly for Hughes (49), C Foley for S Lowndes (54), J McNaw for Byrne (60).
LUCAN SARSFIELDS: A Elliot; B O'Neill, P Casey, C McHugh; A Kirwan, S O'Shaughnessy, C O'Neill; K Moran, M Carey; B Gallagher, D Quinn, D Gallagher; T Brennan, F O'Hare, J O'Neill. Subs: J McCormack for D Gallagher (46), B Collopy for Moran (49), S Gorbutt for Quinn (60+2), C Larkin for McHugh (60+6).
Referee: S Kavanagh (St Brigid's).