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Larriers take shield in hard-fought win

O'Toole's claimed the Dublin U16 'B' Football Championship Shield title following a hard-earned 2-11 to 1-12 victory over Cú Chulainn at Streamville Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

There was very little to separate the sides throughout the absorbing 60 minutes with Glen Lynch's superb individual goal early in the second half the pivotal score in an excellent encounter.

The visitors, an amalgamation of Round Tower Lusk and Man O' War, started brightly and were unlucky not to get a goal in the second minute when a lively attack ended with them hitting the crossbar on two occasions.

IMPRESSING

However, with Liam Bohan impressing at midfield, Cú Chulainn continued to show well and they were rewarded for their enterprise with some fine scores by the excellent Cillian Healy and full-forward Cormac Howley.

The Larriers were equally bright from the opening whistle with Liam Smith and Daniel Murphy particularly influential from the half-back line and Dean Hannigan's goal maintained the tightness of the match.

The ebb and flow continued with Daniel Bentley netting for the North County side and Howley's redeployment to midfield helped secure some vital primary possession.

With O'Toole's finishing the half strongly, they enjoyed a 1-7 to 1-5 interval lead thanks to points from twins Luke and Brandon Myers in addition to scores from the raiding Smith and Murphy.

Cillian Kiernan had an exceptional start to the second-half for the visitors, kicking four frees and with David Weir impressing defensively, Cú Chulainn looked primed to kick on from that point.

However, Lynch's goal gave the hosts the required impetus and with Adam Kinnear and Aidan Ryan tightening up their defence, they clinched a merited win with Karl Gibbons kicking three excellent points from centre-forward.


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