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McCarthy bags brace as Dubs get a Wee lift

DUBLIN 3-10 LOUTH 2-15 - AN experimental Dublin team beat Aidan O'Rourke's new Louth charges by 3-10 to 2-15 in a senior football challenge in Newfoundwell yesterday afternoon to mark the 125th anniversary of the Newtown Blues club.

MICK BOHAN served as manager in the absence of Jim Gavin, who was in Parnell Park alongside backroom staff Mick Deegan and Davy Byrne for yesterday's Evening Herald Dublin SFC semi-finals.

First to make an impression was St Peregrine's Robbie McCarthy - an All-Ireland U-21 winner under Gavin in 2010 - when he struck for two goals in a first half which Dublin won by 2-8 to 1-3, with Ciarán Byrne netting for the hosts.

The Dublin selection - featuring just two players who featured during this year's Allianz League, Michael Savage and Darren Daly - saw strong performances from St Oliver Plunkett's/ER midfielder Craig Dunleavy, Ballinteer's flying defender Nicky Devereux and Harry Dawson of Skerries.

The match also marked a return to action for talismanic Louth attacker Shane Lennon, who missed all of 2011 with an injury known was osteitis pubis.

Louth pinched back two goals through Jim McEneaney and a Brian White penalty in the closing stages but Dublin held on for a narrow victory.

DUBLIN SQUAD: Michael Savage, Jack Smith, Barry O'Hanlon, Michael Concarr, Declan Lally, Darren Daly, Nicky Devereux, Craig Dunleavy, Daithí Ó Murchú, Danny Byrne, Conor Walsh, Ciarán Reddin, Niall Collins, Robbie McCarthy, Harry Dawson, Vinny Whelan, Chris Carthy, Jonathan McDermott, Dean Styles, Luke Sweetman, Hugh Gill.

LOUTH SQUAD: Joe Flanagan, Jamie Carr, Conor McGuinness, Gerry Hoey, Stephen Moonan, Liam Shevlin, Conor Rafferty, Declan Byrne, John Kermode, Cathal Bellew, Jim McEneaney, Jimmy Murray, Ciarán Byrne, Shane Lennon, Pepe Smith, Neil Gallagher, Mick Fanning, Brian White, Ruairí Moore, David McComish, Jason Clarke.

Cuala make Inter cert

Cuala made up for the disappointments of the previous two years in finally claiming the Dublin Intermediate Football championship following a deserved 1-16 to 1-11 victory over Fingallians at Chanel College on Saturday, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.

After losing successive finals to St Brigid's and Skerries Harps, the Dalkey men made it third time lucky with a dominant opening 20 minutes the springboard to their success - leading 1-7 to 0-1 with Niall Carthy grabbing the goal.

A late goal from a close-in free by David Killeen offered Fingallians a glimmer of light but that was snuffed out through an exceptional score by O'Brien in injury time for a five-point win for Cuala.