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Fianna and Faughs set for final say

NA FIANNA and Faughs qualified for the final of the Dublin Junior 'A' Hurling Championship following semi-final wins over Clan na Gael Fontenoy and Fingallians respectively at O'Toole Park last Saturday afternoon.

Na Fianna were first to book their final berth as they recovered from an interval deficit of three points to eventually prevail by 3-9 to 1-10 over a disappointing Clan na Gael.

The Ringsend side, backed by a healthy breeze, started brightly with Barry McElligott netting early on and Clans added scores through Martin Neville, Cormac Connolly and McElligott to translate their early dominance on the scoreboard.

However, Na Fianna were buoyed by a 20th-minute opportunistic goal from Daragh Kennedy and began playing to their potential with John McDonald and captain Ciarán Fanning showing great leadership at full-back and centre-back respectively.

Their momentum continued after the break with goals from Kennedy and substitute Marcus O'Brien helping to hand the Glasnevin men a decisive advantage as Aaron Jesson and Shane Dunphy worked tirelessly to attain possession.

Clan na Gael battled gamely through the efforts of Eoin O'Mahony and Marc Campbell but Colm Fanning and Conor Baxter ensured Na Fianna held out without further alarm to finish deserving five-point winners. Faughs will be their opponents in the final as 10 points from the excellent Mikey Ryan proved crucial as the Tymon Park club overcame Fingallians 0-19 to 1-13.

Mikey Gaule produced three outstanding saves for the winners in the opening-half and the win was confirmed with Daragh O'Shea, Eoin Twomey and Traolach Martin all to the fore, much to the delight of Faughs manager Joe Cunningham.

He said: "I thought our work-rate was immense today. After losing last year's semi-final to Parnell's, it is great to have an opportunity to atone for that the next day."

DUBLIN JHC 'A' SEMI-FINALS: Na Fianna 3-9 Clan na Gael Fontenoy 1-10; Fingallians 1-13 Faughs 0-19.


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