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Redemption arrives for St Jude's after win over Kilmacud


Ryan O'Dwyer, Crokes

Ryan O'Dwyer, Crokes

Ryan O'Dwyer, Crokes

St Jude's produced a superb display to get the better of county champions Kilmacud Crokes by 1-13 to 0-13 in their Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 1 final at O'Toole Park yesterday morning.

There was a lively start to proceedings with Kilmacud's Bill O'Carroll receiving his marching orders in the opening minute after a tangle with Danny Sutcliffe.

St Jude's, who finished the league campaign on top of the table, took advantage of their numerical superiority to open up a two-point lead through a brace of frees by Fionn Ó Riain Broin but Crokes responded impressively with Ryan O'Dwyer adding a glorious point from play to two earlier frees.

The contest remained similarly tight in the second quarter with Ó Riain Broin keeping St Jude's in front while Crokes proved largely dependent on O'Dwyer as they levelled matters in the 22nd minute.

However, the goal that proved so elusive in their county final arrived for St Jude's in the 25th minute as John Ryan availed of an error by Jack Doughan to hand his side a 1-5 to 0-6 lead.

However, Kilmacud ended the half in a promising fashion as Barry O'Rorke and Ross O'Carroll landed successive scores to cut their interval arrears to 1-6 to 0-8.

Kilmacud briefly led upon the restart thanks to O'Dwyer's excellence but Sutcliffe, who had played in a largely defensive role in the first-half, began to influence affairs further up the field as he added three superb points after the break.

Despite Niall Corcoran impressing in the Crokes defence, St Jude's began to control affairs and they confirmed their deserved league title thanks to points by Ryan, Ó Riain Broin and Stephen Larkin.

Meanwhile in Bray, Cuala confirmed top-flight football for 2015 as they defeated Lucan Sarsfields by 2-14 to 3-5 in their AFL2 promotion play-off final.

After overcoming Round Tower Clondalkin last weekend, Cuala dominated for the majority of the game despite the concession of a 10th-minute goal to Lucan's full-forward Emmet Ó Conghaile.

The hosts led by 1-7 to 1-2 at the interval with the excellent Luke Keating finding the net and with goalkeeper Darren McBrien, Michael Fitzsimons, James Power and Martin Cahalane hugely influential, the Dalkey outfit pulled clear in the second-half thanks to a Donal Lehmann goal with a brace of majors from substitute Tommy Brennan arriving too late to save Lucan.

AHL1: St Jude's 1-13 Kilmacud Crokes 0-13. SFC Relegation: Trinity Gaels 1-3 Parnell's 1-19. AFL2: Cuala 2-14 Lucan Sarsfields 3-5.