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Hot-shot Perry burns Counsel

There was much more at stake than silverware in the Division 6 Féile football final played at Blakestown on Sunday afternoon between St Anne's and Good Counsel.

For the first time, it was decided at board level that the winners of this tie would go on to represent Dublin at the national finals to be hosted by Derry in June.

And with this added incentive, it was St Anne's who kicked on and emerged victorious, 0-16 to 0-3. A strong second-half breeze was a huge factor, as the Boharnabreena outfit showed their ruthless streak in front of goal as they put on an exhibition of point taking after the interval having led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the break.

Centre-forward and captain Grant Perry was in scintillating form as he finished with a personal tally of nine points while Declan King chipped in with a further four points in another fine individual display.

In a well-balanced operation, midfielder Owen Afamson and full-back Ben Donnelly were others to catch the eye for the winners.

It wasn't all one way traffic, however, as Counsel, particularly in the first half, proved dogged opponents.

Cian Reilly and Adam Quinn fought to the bitter end while the full-back line of Matthew Potts, Eoin Kelly and Eoin Lightfoot were tenacious despite coming under huge pressure.

St Anne's team manager Pat Kind was delighted with the win.

"I only found out last night (that the winners would be going to the national finals), so I kept it to myself as I didn't want to distract the lads.

"But it is a huge honour and privilege to be representing Dublin and something we will be really looking forward to," added the Anne's man.