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Service and Syls advance to showpiece

Civil Service advanced to the 
final of the Dublin Junior 'B' Football Championship following their well-deserved 0-13 to 0-6 success over 
Bank of Ireland in Islandbridge on Sunday morning.

On the day that was in it, it was fitting that the winners should include nine players from either Mayo or Kerry as they comfortably overcame a Bank of Ireland outfit that struggled to match the quality of their Parson Cup final success seven days previously.

The tightness of the Civil Service defence was epitomised by the contributions of Barry Canning and Keith Caffrey, while James Flynn chipped in with five points over the hour.

However, the foundation for their win lay in the midfield control exerted by James Flavin and Declan McNicholas, who allowed the likes of Neil Corkery, substitute Pádraig Murray and Derek Tansey to shine.

"It was a very good performance by our lads," said Civil Service manager John Gaffney. "We have been lucky enough to have a settled side this year and that had helped us a lot."

Bank of Ireland were best served by goalkeeper Daragh Gilmartin, Gary Clarke, Diarmuid Walsh, Tadhg Lyne and Gerard Doogan, but their efforts proved insufficient by the final whistle.

"We were missing key players which didn't help but Civil Service were definitely the better team and deserved their win," said Bank of Ireland selector Finny O'Shea.

Civil Service will now meet 
St Sylvester's in the final after the Malahide outfit overcame 
a battling Robert Emmets by 1-11 to 0-10 at Broomfield.

The visitors controlled the early stages and were deservedly leading by 0-4 to 0-2 thanks largely to the noteworthy contributions of Stephen Flanagan, Daragh Dixon and Sean Dixon.

However, a goal from dual player Kevin O'Flynn turned the game irrevocably in St Sylvester's favour as did the introduction of substitute David Bannigan.

The hosts built on their 1-4 to 0-4 interval advantage after the break with Graham Morris and Andrew Cunningham excelling in their defensive duties as they built a six-point lead.

Emmets fought back with Johnny Parsons landing some fine scores but points from Kevin Casey and Gareth McGrath saw Syls home with four points to spare.

"We just didn't perform on the day," said Emmets manager Larry Quinn.


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