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Setanta sink Cuala to secure first win in top tier

Setanta registered their first ever win in the top flight as they battled to a hard-earned 1-14 to 0-16 victory over Cuala in their Dublin Minor Hurling League Division 1 encounter in Poppintree on Sunday morning, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.

The win was hugely significant considering the disappointment of their opening day defeat by Na Fianna and the hosts produced a superb team performance in overcoming the talented Dalkey outfit.

CHARACTER

"It was a great win for us," said Setanta manager Liam McGuirk. "We needed to bounce back from our heavy defeat the first day and all the lads showed great character to beat a team of the calibre of Cuala."

The Setanta team was littered with stars starting with goalkeeper Eoin Nicholls, who produced two superb point-blank saves at crucial times to preserve his team's advantage.

In front of him, Seán Mulholland, Scott Phibbs, Eric Swan and Seán Ó Riain gave hugely influential defensive displays, with the latter especially prominent thanks to his prowess from placed balls.

The hosts trailed by five points at the interval but Cian Ó Fallúin's goal and further impressive attacking displays by Ryan Swift, Nathan Whelan, Devin Harte, Luke Kelly, Jordan McMahon, Troy McDaid and Jordan Brady saw Setanta home by the minimum.

SUCCESSIVE

At Tymon North, goals from Peter Feeney, Luke Fenton and Cathal Doyle helped Na Fianna register their second successive win following their 3-22 to 3-12 triumph over St Jude's.

Matthew Oliver and Gavin King were especially lively in the Na Fianna attack and with Shane Barrett to the fore defensively, Colm Hayes' 10 points for the hosts ultimately proved in vain.

Elsewhere, Kilmacud Crokes enjoyed a 2-15 to 2-10 win over neighbours Ballyboden St Enda's while St Vincent's registered a 1-18 to 2-5 win over Naomh Fionnbarra in Cabra on Saturday.

MHL1: St Jude's 3-12 Na Fianna 3-22; Setanta 1-14 Cuala 0-16; Ballyboden St Enda's 2-10 Kilmacud Crokes 2-15; Naomh Fionnbarra 2-5 St Vincent's 1-18.


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