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Nerveless Na Fianna take their chances to sink plucky Mary's

Na Fianna are the 2011 Dublin minor football 'D' champions after they recorded a 2-14 to 0-11 victory over St Mary's Saggart on Sunday morning, writes Diarmuid Geraghty.

It was the winner's efficiency in front of goal which proved key, as home side Mary's were left to rue a host of missed chances throughout the game.

Indeed, eight first-half wides to Na Fianna's two told a tale in the opening period, after which the hosts trailed by 0-9 to 0-4.

The Caffrey name has been synonymous with the Glasnevin club over the past number of years, and it was Eric, son of Pillar, who revealed his skill with a number of fine scores, while Seán Griffin also showed his class.

Craig Kearney kept Mary's in touch with some well-taken frees, while Jack Maguire, Matthew Kenny and Luke Brady all performed heroically.

But Na Fianna moved through the gears and found the net twice within 10 minutes of the restart. The first was one to savour.

Centre-back Shane Kelly gathered the ball inside his own half before carrying the ball well into opposition territory and applying a tremendous finish. Full forward Andy Quinn then put the icing on the cake with a neat finish that all but ended the game.


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