CLONTARF proved much the stronger in their MFC 'B' semi-final with St Maur's, running out convincing 4-16 to 2-5 winners at St Anne's Park on Sunday morning.
The winners raced into an early lead but were pegged back by a Danny Butterly goal. 'Tarf would go through the gears before the break, however, as three goals from Maitias Mac Donncha (penalty), Conor McAffery and Ronan McDyer helped them to a 3-6 to 1-2 interval lead.
And from there it was all one-way traffic with Clontarf putting in the ultimate team performance in the second period, scoring 1-12.
Paul Adamson got their fourth goal while scores from Morgan Walsh and Cian Manley were the pick of the rest. Conor Mullins, Thomas Craddock and 16-year-old midfielder Andy Foley also gave fine performances.
The Rush side tried to the bitter end and a second goal after half-time by Kevin Watson gave them some consolation. They can take heart from their showing, however. Coming from Division three and making a semi-final is a fine achievement in its own right.
Dublin minor Eoin Fletcher was, as always, to the fore. While others such as Andre Berg, Conor McGuinness, Butterly and Jamie Farrelly were prominent. Captain Graham Martin was another to shine, like he has done all year.
But this was Clontarf's day, and they now deservedly march forward to a clash with O'Toole's in the decider.