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O'Gara paves way for Street to topple 'Tarf

A BRACE of first-half goals from Cormac O'Gara proved pivotal as Templeogue Synge Street overcame an understrength Clontarf by 2-14 to 0-9 in their Dublin U21 B Football Championship quarter-final at Dolphin Park on Saturday afternoon.

Niall Scully impressed throughout from centre-forward for the hosts and, with Sean Brew and Robert Power making telling defensive contributions, points from Jake Swaine and Scully proved too much for a 'Tarf outfit without Jack McCaffrey and Matias Mac Donncha.

At Páirc Ciceam, John Small produced a towering display at midfield as Ballymun Kickhams advanced to the semi-finals following their comfortable 3-14 to 1-5 win over St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh.

The remaining ties saw Erin's Isle register a noteworthy 2-9 to 0-13 away win at St Peregrine's, while Paddy O'Higgins and Gavin Ivory were highly influential as Raheny proved far too strong for St Anne's, prevailing by 0-18 to 1-5 in Bohernabreena.

U21 B FC: Ballymun Kickhams 3-14 St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-5; Templeogue, Synge Street 2-14 Clontarf 0-9; St Peregrine's 0-13 Erin's Isle 2-9; St Anne's 1-5 Raheny 0-18.