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South's Roche is simply Birr-illiant

Dublin South 4-21; St Brendan's Birr 5-10

There were goals galore at O'Toole Park yesterday. Terenure College's James Roche starred for the hosts with 3-7 in a game which saw 14 players hit the target, seven from each side, writes Cóilín Duffy.

Dublin minor Roche was on fire in a game that was competitive throughout. The visitors led by 0-2 to 0-0 after four minutes, with Conor Doughan and Conor Freeman scoring. However, the hosts suddenly took control and once Mark O'Loughlin fired a ninth-minute goal, they never trailed thereafter. The half-forward's major came in a seven-minute spell which saw South register 1-4 without reply. Birr bounced back with a goal from Doughan while both he and Freeman added points to tie the game at 1-4 a piece after 14 minutes.

And Dublin South bagged five unanswered points to take a 1-9 to 1-4 lead by the 22nd minute.

The hosts added another 2-5 before the break, with Roche snatching goals in the 26th and 27th minutes to ensure a 3-14 to 1-5 interval lead.

Birr bounced back with an unanswered 2-2 inside four minutes of the restart, with Shane Ryan taking both goals.

However, once Roche completed his hat-trick in the 36th minute, Dublin South dominated.

SCORERS - Dub South: J Roche 3-7 (3f, 1 '65); M O'Loughlin 1-4; G Quinlivan 0-3 (3f); S Gibbons, D McLoughlin, N Gorry 0-2 each; E Murphy 0-1. St Brendan's Birr: C Doughan 2-3; S Ryan 2-0; S Dunne 1-0; C Freeman (1f), K Bergin 0-2; B Loughnane, E Nolan, J Carroll 0-1 each.

Dub South: K Robinson; K Treacy, K Wigglesworth, K Ward; D O'Shea, G Quinlivan, J Behan; M Geraghty, S Treacy; A Murphy, S Gibbons, M O'Loughlin; D McLoughlin, N Gorry, J Roche. Subs: H McVeigh for Ward (19); E Murphy for A Murphy (43); C Bergin for Behan (43).

St Brendan's Birr: B Hogan; S Feenane, C Taylor, N Bergin; B Loughnane, B Donnelly, P Mulrooney; S Dunne, P Guinan; C Freeman, K Bergin, J Carroll; C Doughan, S Ryan, E Nolan. Subs: O Regan for 9 (38); R O'Donoghue for 7 (42); A McCormack for 15 (53).