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Raheny D-lighted to kill off Kilmacud

TWO early goals set Raheny on their way to a deserved 5-6 to 2-9 victory over a battling Kilmacud Crokes in their Dublin Junior 'D' Hurling Championship final on the pristine surface of Sean Moore Park last Tuesday evening.

The skilful Cian Daly set the ball rolling for the winners with a glorious sideline ball in the opening minutes and minor Danny Reid plundered a fine goal from full-forward to maintain Raheny's early momentum.

That early supremacy was further rewarded as Daly added a second goal soon after, but Crokes finally found their feet when full-forward Neale Martin found the net to open the Division 7 side's account.

Kilmacud began to play their way back into contention with midfielder Donal Keane to the fore while Adrian Crean gave great leadership from centre-back as they whittled their deficit through points from Shane O'Keeffe, who registered 0-6 over the hour.


Trailing by two points at the interval, Kilmacud were left to rue another poor start as they conceded 1-2 inside the opening five minutes of the resumption, with talented Dublin minor panellist Eoghan Smyth netting for Raheny.

Daly and Reid added further goals as the half developed and Raheny were equally impressive in defence with goalkeeper Eamonn Curley, captain Tommy Hamill and Brian Fogarty to the fore, replicating the tireless efforts of John Coughlan and Liam O'Shea in attack.

To their credit, Crokes maintained the fight up until the final whistle with Andy Cullinane and Donal Munnelly making outstanding contributions. But their only reward was a late Ciaran O'Callaghan goal as they eventually succumbed by six points.

Raheny's victory sees them finally succeed at this grade after years of effort and the win was a source of great relief to team manager Kevin Broderick as he assessed his side's efforts over the year.

"We've been struggling to get out of the 'D' championship for a while now so I was delighted that we finally managed it. We had four minors involved and that was very encouraging for us moving forward," said Broderick.