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St Enda's and Mun march on to semis

Ballymun Kickhams and Ballyboden St Enda's advanced to the semi-finals of the Dublin U16 'A' Football Championship following home wins over Castleknock and Naomh Olaf respectively last Saturday afternoon.

At Páirc Ciceam, the hosts recovered from a difficult opening to eventually secure a 3-13 to 1-8 success over an unlucky Castleknock.

The visitors enjoyed an early 1-2 to 0-4 lead but Kickhams responded well through the efforts of centre-back Ray McManus, Conor Fox at midfield and centre-forward Shane Leahy.

With Castleknock spurning a number of presentable opportunities, Ballymun took full advantage and secured their last four berth through goals by the impressive Ken Kelly, Brian Ashton and Jordan Byrne.

WORKMANLIKE

"It was a workmanlike performance from us," said Kickhams' manager Anto McCaul.

"I think we got a lot of breaks on the day and the final scoreline was definitely not as convincing as it would suggest," he added.

Ballyboden St Enda's benefitted from a positive opening when accounting for near neighbours Naomh Olaf by 3-15 to 0-12 at Páirc Uí Mhurchú.

Aidan Mellett produced an exceptional display from wing-back for the hosts and he was ably supported by wing-forward Karl Weldon and corner-forward Mikey Dunne, who helped build a sizeable interval lead for the Firhouse Road lads.

Naomh Olaf were far more competitive upon the restart with Tom Keane, who scored eight points, at full-forward leading a spirited comeback but the damage was already done by the concession of goals to Conor Barton, Weldon and Cian Lynch.

The remaining semi-final place will be contested by last year's Dublin U15 'A' football champions, Clontarf, and northside rivals Na Fianna, who meet tomorrow evening with the winner to face St Enda's.

DUBLIN U16 'A' FC: Ballymun Kickhams 3-13 Castleknock 1-8; Ballyboden St Enda's 3-15 Naomh Olaf 0-12.


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