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Mark's caught by Dalkey dash

The Cuala Minor 'A' footballers received the perfect tonic ahead of their showdown with Kilmacud Crokes when their second team emerged from a brilliant battle with St Mark's, 3-14 to 3-12, to qualify for the 'D' Championship final.

St Mark's had home advantage, but could never recover from a slow start after the visitors came out of the traps quickly. The Dalkey boys had the ball in the net inside the opening 10 minutes. A long free deceived everyone and bounced off the cross bar.

Quickest to react was forward Eoghan Ó Naoire, who gathered the ball and hammered home. Shane Bass was the scoring hero for the winners, helping himself to 2-2. Matthew Kiernan, Diarmuid Sexton and Ó Naoire were also to the fore, particularly during the periods when Mark's got on top.

But this was a tough one for the home side, who left every drop of effort on the field. But even goals from Aaron Doyle, Ryan Farrell and Mark O'Leary, as well as outstanding performances from midfielder Eoin Walsh and corner-back Dave Behan, were not enough to get the Tallaght men over the line.

The future is no doubt bright for them, however, as long as they can keep this talented group of players together.

In Ballamastone, St Patrick's, Donabate went down to a physically dominant St Vincent's side, 1-8 to 0-4.

The Pat's men battled hard for the 70 minutes, with top showings from the likes of Shane McGrath, Odhran Keely and Liam Watson, but they just couldn't get the scores on the board to put the Marino boys under pressure.