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Dunne goal helps see off 'Mun

Ballyboden St Enda's will meet Na Fianna in the semi-final of the Dublin Under 21 'A' Football Championship following their deserved 1-9 to 1-6 victory over Ballymun Kickhams at Páirc Ciceam last Saturday afternoon.

The foundation of their victory lay in the disciplined display of their defence, with full-back Graham Heavey and James Kilduff especially influential, while Collie Dunne's sublime goal in the opening-half helped push 'Boden ahead by the interval.

John Small maintained his excellent recent form for the hosts and a Karl Doyle goal breathed fresh life into their challenge with James McCarthy prominent upon the restart. However, St Enda's added points through the powerful Seamus Keane, Darren O'Reilly and Ryan Basquel and a late Dean Rock penalty, which crashed off the crossbar to safety, saw Ballymun bow out by three points.

In the 'B' championship, Thomas Davis will meet Naomh Mearnóg in the 2011 renewal, as they recorded contrasting wins over Fingal Ravens and St Jude's respectively.

At Kiltipper Road, the visitors led by 0-5 to 0-4 at the interval, but only added two points in the second-half as Thomas Davis assumed complete control through the efforts of Adam Fallon, Aaron Delaney, full-back Kevin Burke and Robbie Sharkey.

Points by Dean Nolan, Fallon and Paul Hudson saw the hosts take the lead and Hudson's wonderful goal 10 minutes from time saw the Tallaght men home with eight points to spare.

It was a far tighter affair in Portmarnock as two second-half goals by Sean Kenny proved pivotal in Naomh Mearnóg's 2-5 to 0-8 win over St Jude's.

The visitors looked well placed through scores from Paul Maguire, Danny Sutcliffe and Joseph McManus but Kenny's move from midfield to full-forward, in addition to excellent performances by Collie Fahy, Kevin O'Brien and Morgan O'Reilly were enough to get the hosts over the line.


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