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Focused Na Fianna to leave Isles all at sea

ISLES impressed against Peregrine's the last day. Collie Flynn and Kevin Nicholson were full of purpose at midfield. Aaron Browning and Daniel Farrell were wing commanders in the half-back positions.

In the previous round, the Finglas men had defeated St Mark's following their opening-day reverse by their neighbours, Ballymun Kickhams.

Na Fianna are also just across the hedge. They earned their championship stripes with a first-round success against Fingal Ravens where they had goals from Brian Downes, David Quinn and Adam Caffrey.

Then they brought the boot polish out to the North County where they overcame Trinity Gaels, 2-17 to 1-8, in a very commanding display.

The powerful running of former Dublin under-21 David Quinn caused problems for the Gaels. The fielding of Paddy Quinn earned the plaudits.

Farnham Drive still purrs at the class of Niall Crossan, one of the sweetest finishers in the business. Like Andy Williams' Moon River, he just keeps on rolling along.

Johnny Noonan is also in the master-class, while Isles can depend on worthy donations from Gary O'Connell, Adam Whelan and Luke Sweetman.

Against Trinity Gaels, former Dublin minor JJ Martin and David Quinn got the Glasnevin goals. It was a display that was laced with pace and precision.

Niall and Johnny Cooper contributed to the Mobhi mix. Na Fianna hit 1-3 within four minutes of the second period as a strong signal of their intent.

They'll be striving to find the same zest against the pride of the parish. The winners play Jude's in the quarters.

VERDICT: Na Fianna


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