Templeogue Synge St 1-13
St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 2-6
stylish Templeogue Synge Street continued with their 100pc start to the 2012 MFL 2 campaign by seeing off the challenge of St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh at Dolphin Park on Sunday morning.
Fresh from his involvement with the Dublin minor side's Leinster championship victory over Carlow on Saturday evening, Niall Scully provided the inspiration for a deserved victory.
Indeed, not even the concession of two second-half goals, both scored by Plunkett's Dublin minor, Niall Walsh, could deter the home team, who were on top for the majority of the game.
The platform for their winning performance was built on a solid defensive unit in which Liam Hayes and Brendan Bentley were particularly impressive. The winners got off to the perfect start and hit 1-1 within the opening seven minutes. The first score came from a free by Scully after the referee Philip Fitzsimons spotted some off-the-ball fouling. The midfielder then turned provider when Andy Donoghue expertly flicked his long delivery to the net.
Plunkett's were finding chances hard to come by and relied heavily on frees in the first period. Darragh Brogan split the posts from distance before Walsh did similar from the opposite side to bring the visitors within striking distance.
Scully then sent over a superb '45' that was immediately cancelled out by another Brogan dead ball.
But Synger would finish the half strongly. Scully again showed his deadball expertise by sending over his second '45' just after he raised the white flag with a free from what looked an impossible angle.
His midfield partner, Dean Clarke, then got in on the act with a fine individual effort. Mick Murphy then benefited from some excellent work by Niall O'Sullivan to get his name on the score sheet.
Walsh responded with another free for the Navan Road boys, but they faced an uphill battle at the turnaround as they trailed 1-7 to 0-4.
Templeogue started the second half where they left off as Killian O'Gara, brother of Dublin senior Eoghan, found the target inside 15 seconds of the restart.
Jake Swaine pushed them further ahead with another well-taken point as Plunkett's appeared to be running out of ideas.
They refused to lie down, however, and suddenly found themselves right back in the tie with a superbly executed goal. Stephen Flanagan made a fine catch in the middle of the field and drove through the centre of the Templeogue defence.
He found Brogan, whose quick lay-off put Walsh in the clear and the number 12 made no mistake with a low shot to the corner.
The southside lads responded well, though, and kicked the next four points thanks to O'Gara, Swaine, Scully and sub Eoin Fahy.
The gap stood at seven points entering injury-time but Plunkett's continued to battle and they were rewarded when Walsh found the net with a penalty. It would prove to be little more than consolation however as Templeogue Synge St saw out the remaining minutes with little fuss and can take many positives from their showing as they prepare for a top-of-the-table clash with Naomh Barróg in two weeks time.