TWO early goals from the impressive Seán Reilly proved crucial as Thomas Davis withstood a late Ballinteer comeback to prevail 2-9 to 0-13 in their entertaining Dublin SFC second round losers section encounter at O'Toole Park last night.
Reilly crashed to the net after a driving run in the third minute and 60 seconds later he raced in from the endline before firing a clinical left footed finish beyond former Dublin forward, Johnny McNally, in the Ballinteer goal.
St John's responded impressively with a brace of scores from both Dublin minor Robbie Gaughan and Pauric O'Connor while sub Peter O'Curry kicked two sublime points as his side trailed 2-4 to 0-8 at the interval.
Thomas Davis kicked on after the break, opening up a six-point lead but the Marlay men replied through Fergal Duffy, Shane McCann and Nicky Devereux prior to sub Declan Cawley kicking an excellent insurance score in injury-time for the winners.
SCORERS - Thomas Davis: S Reilly 2-2, P Hudson 0-2 (1f), J O'Reilly, P Boland, E Kirby, C Farrelly, D Cawley 0-1 each. Ballinteer St John's: P O'Curry 0-3, P O'Connor, G Whelan (1f), R Gaughan, F Duffy 0-2, S McCann, N Devereux 0-1 each.
THOMAS DAVIS: D Hennessy; S Payne, D Shanahan, A Fallon; S O'Connor, P Boland, E Behan; E Kirby, J O'Connor; S McGrath, C Farrelly, S Reilly; P Hudson, P O'Connor, J O'Reilly. Subs: S McKeown for P O'Connor (34), D Cawley for O'Reilly (40), O'Reilly for Reilly (57).
BALLINTEER ST JOHN'S: J McNally; C McCabe, N Devereux, S Fitzsimons; A Tuite, C O'Brien, C Parker McCabe; P O'Connor, M Kavanagh; G Whelan, J Gilligan, R Gaughan; C Judge, J Gillick, F Duffy. Subs: P O'Curry for Kavanagh (18), K Power for Tuite (38), S McCann for Gillick (41), S Tully for Gilligan (44).
REF: James King (Garda).
NAOMH MEARNóG ...................... 1-10
FINGAL RAVENS ....................... 0-12
CONOR DEEGAN'S Nh Mearnóg pulled off a notable win in this Dublin SFC second round losers section at the Naul last night.
Mearnóg made a dream start when Ryan O'Sullivan finished to the net in the third minute and by the 20th minute the Portmarnock men led by five points, with Aidan Kenny particularly influential.
But after trailing, 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval, Ravens rallied on the restart with three unanswered points from Dara Kavanagh, Micko White and Niall Tormey to draw level. However, Mearnóg who introduced recently retired Dublin hurler Shane Ryan edged to victory when O'Sullivan angled over the winner late on.
SCORERS - Nh Mearnóg: R O'Sullivan 1-3, S Carthy 0-4 (2f), A Kenny 0-2, J Madden 0-1. Fingal Ravens: N Tormey, A Casey (2f) 0-3 each, I Kavanagh, C McGrath, M White, D Daly, I Kavanagh, D Flanagan 0-1 each.
NH MEARNóG: M Fitzmaurice; R Colreavy, M Doyle, E Byrne; K O'Brien, R Fitzmaurice, B Doyle; B Colreavy, F McGowan; S Carthy, A Kenny, R O'Sullivan; D White, B Fitzmaurice, J Madden. Sub: S Ryan for B Fitzmaurice (39).
FINGAL RAVENS: D Mitchell; J Morris, C Scannell, R Glynn; C Prendeville, C McGrath, R Norton; M Flanagan, D Kavanagh; D Flanagan, S Madigan, A Casey; N Tormey, D Daly, I Kavanagh. Sub: M White for Madigan (38).
REF: F Shanahan (St Margaret's).