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Pat's to face Na Fianna in Division 3 shootout

St Patrick's Donabate and Na Fianna will contest this year's Dublin Adult Football League Division 3 Promotion Final following semi-final wins over Naomh Olaf and St Sylvester's respectively last Sunday morning.

In Donabate, an excellent individual display from full-back Dara Mahon helped St Pat's, who are managed by former Na Fianna senior goalkeeper Adrian Henchy, overcome a dogged Naomh Olaf by 0-7 to 0-5 with the hosts restricting Olaf's to a solitary score in the second half.

The visitors had much the better of the early exchanges with Kevin Birrane and Darragh Maxwell impressing at midfield, while their full-back line of Darren Egan, Conor Sobolewski and Dublin minor captain David Byrne were especially solid.

At the opposite end of the field, their attack struggled to translate generous amounts of possession into scores but points from Feargal McCann, Brian Begley and Eoin Kinsella ensured they enjoyed a 0-4 to 0-2 interval lead.

Gradually, the hosts began to show greater initiative with Jesse Corcoran roving to telling effect while Niall Collins exerted a telling presence at full-forward for St Pat's in addition to kicking a fine score.

Olaf's attacking struggles continued as the half progressed with St Patrick's centre-back Thomas Murphy increasingly influential and points by Dinny Corcoran, Wayne Knight and Dean Styles confirmed a two-point win for the hosts.



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Na Fianna had a similarly tight progression to the final as they accounted for St Sylvester's by 0-10 to 0-8 at St Mobhi Road.

The hosts led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval with Sylvester's largely reliant on the free-taking of Fionn Cahill for scores while Mark Reilly and Mark Maher more than held their own in the midfield exchanges.

The Malahide men continued to keep things tight in the second half with Ciaran McArdle, Niall Higgins, John Peacock and Alan Morris all impressing but points by Cahill, Kevin Clarke, Morris and Ciaran Byrne proved insufficient as they succumbed by two points.

The final, provisionally arranged for next Sunday, is given added resonance as former Na Fianna clubman Adrian Henchy is now centrally involved in the management of St Pat's after giving years of wonderful service down St Mobhi Road way.

AFL3: St Patrick's Donabate 0-7 Naomh Olaf 0-5; Na Fianna 0-10 St Sylvester's 0-8.


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