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Keating leads Kickhams into semis as Crokes oust Brigid's

Ballymun Kickhams and Kilmacud Crokes advanced to the final of the Dublin U16 'A' Football Championship following semi-final wins over Ballyboden St Enda's and St Brigid's respectively last Saturday afternoon.

At Páirc Ciceam, Ballymun proved far too strong for the visitors with two goals from inside-forward Dillon Keating helping the hosts to an emphatic 5-13 to 1-3 victory.

Last year's under-15 champions opted to play against the elements in the opening half but soon opened up a nine-point lead with Keating converting a penalty while Paddy Small wreaked havoc from both open play and placed balls.

Boden responded admirably, however, with James Holland striking an excellent goal, but Keating's second goal ensured Kickhams enjoyed a comprehensive 2-6 to 1-2 interval advantage.

With the wind at their backs, Ballymun assumed complete control upon the restart and Glenn Doyle's redeployment to full-forward from midfield reaped instant dividends as he plundered a fine goal in addition to creating numerous chances.

St Enda's battled gamely with Jack Mahon, Mark McGee, Cian Kelly and James O'Connor featuring prominently, but their efforts proved in vain as Ballymun eased to a conclusive win with substitute James Talbot, Conor Kavanagh, Ryan Swift, Seán Brennan, Dean O'Brien and Leon Young all to the fore.

At Silver Park, a second-half penalty from Callem Pearson proved pivotal as Kilmacud Crokes deservedly overcame a youthful St Brigid's selection by 1-8 to 0-6.

Ben Shovlin provided a wealth of possession with a superb display at centrefield while wing-forward Michael Frawley was equally influential in addition to kicking five points from frees.

The visitors battled gamely throughout with Malachy Tighe, Kevin Callaghan, Dillon Farrell, Oisín Finnerty, Mark Donnelly, Donal Timony and Darren Jackson working tirelessly, but it proved insufficient as the hosts defended superbly through the nous of Dan O'Brien, Eoin Sheehy and Harry Kelly.


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