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Na Fianna and Lucan savour away-day joy in the last four

Na Fianna and Lucan Sarsfields will contest the Dublin Minor 'D' Hurling Championship final after they registered impressive away wins over Round Tower Clondalkin and St Finian's Swords respectively last Sunday morning.

Na Fianna were indebted to an excellent second-half display when defeating Towers by 3-9 to 1-5.

"We came back well after the break and when Round Tower came back at us, we kept them out and were then able to clinch the win," said Na Fianna manager Seosamh Ó Maolalaí.

Much of the credit for the victory lay in the defensive solidity of full-back Liam Ó Cearbhaill while corner-back James Leahy was another to emerge with credit from the encounter.

Platform

Trailing by 1-4 to 0-5 at the interval, the visitors pushed thanks to the platform provided at centrefield by Finn McGuinness and Aidan Twomey and Darragh McHugh was another player to gain a wealth of primary possession.

Éanna Ó Donnchadha made the most of that supply to chip in with a brace of goals and with substitute Peter Shanahan chipping in with a vital point upon his introduction, Na Fianna confirmed their success through a goal by the excellent Nghia Tran.

It was similarly straight-forward in Swords as Lucan Sarsfields made the most of the opportunities that came their way as they defeated St Finian's by 4-11 to 0-8.

Mistakes

The final scoreline failed to reflect the tightness of the exchanges with the visitors making fewer mistakes to cement their position of strength.

"It was a good performance from all of the lads," said Lucan manager Tom Flannery.

"We are happy to make the final as it is good reward for the effort that the lads have put in all year," he added.

Sarsfields were especially solid in defence with goalkeeper Adam Finnerty enjoying another clean sheet while midfielder Rory Stapleton exerted a huge influence on proceedings in addition to scoring a vital goal for his side direct from a free.

The other goals were shared by Caomhán Ó Conghaile, Eric Greene and Evan Lombard which ultimately proved too much for the hosts.

"They were certainly stronger than us," conceded St Finian's boss Brendan Lennon. "However, I don't think the final score does justice to the efforts of our team."

Lennon could feel justifiably pleased with the efforts of Conor Halpin, James Sutherland, Seán White and Eoin Murray with their scores arriving through Conor Lennon, Halpin and the impressive Adam O'Shaughnessy.


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