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Fianna battle back for win

Na Fianna produced a strong second-half display to account for battling Ballinteer St John's by five points in their Evening Herald Dublin SFC tie at O'Toole Park on Saturday.

The Mobhi Road men trailed by 0-6 to 0-5 at the break with Jamie O'Connor, Fionán Clabby and Dublin minors Fearghal Duffy and Peter O'Curry impressing for St John's, while Paddy Quinn looked sharp in a generally lacklustre Na Fianna attack.

They pulled away through fine scores from Senan Connell, Quinn, Brain Downes and Davy Quinn to prevail against a youthful Ballinteer outfit, who put on a brave show.

SCORERS - Na Fianna: S Connell 0-4 (1f), P Quinn 0-3, T Brady, C O'Connor 0-2, C Duignan, B Downes, D Quinn 0-1 each. Ballinteer St John's: P O'Connor 0-3, F Duffy (1f) 0-2, P O'Curry, C Gormley, J McNally ('45'), S O'Connor 0-1 each.

NA FIANNA: R O'Flaherty; J Harte, E Rutledge, J Kelly; E Connolly, A Downes, N Cooper; J McGuirk, J Dolan; C O'Connor, P Quinn, B Downes; S Connell, T Brady, C Duignan. Subs: D Quinn for Dolan (h-t), S Cloherty for Rutledge (44), O Ó Maoléadaigh for Duignan (50).

BALLINTEER ST JOHN'S: J Tunney; J O'Connor, N Devereux, D Kennedy; C McCabe, N O'Connor, F Clabby; P O'Curry, C Gormley; S O'Connor, J Gillick, J McNally; F Duffy, P O'Connor, D Devereux. Subs: M Kavanagh for D Devereux (39), S McCann for S O'Connor (45), F Ward for Gillick (47), S O'Reilly for Kennedy (52), C O'Donnell for Gormley (58).

REFeree: Tony Lambe (St Vincent's).


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