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Ivory inspires Raheny

A talented Raheny advanced to the semi-finals of the Dublin Under 21 'A' Football Championship following their impressive 2-14 to 2-6 victory over Lucan Sarsfiedls at St Anne's Park last Saturday afternoon.

Central to the hosts' win was the contribution of Gavin Ivory, with the Dublin Under 21 player chipping in with 2-4 over the hour.

Ivory received strong support throughout from wing-forward Brian Howard while Brian Fenton also featured prominently, accruing four points for the winners.

"We were a bit rusty at times," said Raheny manager Colm McMahon.

"We didn't take enough of our chances early on but we managed to find our range after the break and finished strongly, which was pleasing," he added.

In a solid defensive showing, both Rutherson Real and Liam O'Shea impressed with Paddy O'Higgins exerting his usual influence in the middle third.

For Lucan, it was an encouraging display despite the result with the absence of Emmet Ó Conghaile undermining their chances.

Seán Cleary showed well at full-back showed well and there were positive promptings by Matthew McCaffrey, Philip Smith, Rob Ennis and Conor Gallagher.

Gallagher's goal and another by Daragh Shanahan ensured the visitors remained competitive for the opening three quarters but their challenge wilted in the closing stages with a talented Raheny taking full advantage by the end.


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