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St Vincent's two-goal rush ensures end of Boden challenge

Second-half goals from Seán Ó Cuanacháin and Eoghan McGrane helped St Vincent's overcome Ballyboden St Enda's by 2-10 to 0-11 in their Dublin Minor Hurling League Division 1 encounter at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn on Sunday morning.

In an even opening-half, defences were largely on top with James Madden impressing at centre-back for the visitors, while Gavin Downes excelled at full-back for the hosts alongside Aidan Nickerson.

With the sides level at 0-6 by the interval, 'Boden continued to impress through the efforts of Morgan Ryan and Fionn Maguire, while eight points over the hour from Dublin minor panellist Colm O'Neill ensured they remained in touch.

However, with Ryan McBride introduced at half-time, the hosts resumed in fine fashion and the aforementioned two goals allied to further points from David Nealon, Ó Cuanacháin and Greg Murphy sealed a deserved five-point win for Vinnies.

Foundation

At Somerton Park, a strong defensive performance helped Whitehall Colmcille record a hard-earned 0-13 to 1-6 victory over Castleknock.

The foundation for their win was based in their last line of defence as full-back Johnny Barry and corner-back Conor Nolan nullified the home threat while Kevin Nangle put in a typically tireless shift at centrefield alongside wing-forward Jimmy Murtagh and centre-back Kevin Savage.

In attack, Conor Sheedy produced his best game in a while, hitting 0-5 from play and his tally was mirrored by that of Dublin minor Seán Gray, with the goalkeeping heroics of Colin Lynch proving in vain for Castleknock.

At Silver Park, Naomh Fionnbarra battled gamely before succumbing to Kilmacud Crokes by 2-7 to 0-6 with goals by Donal Keane and Ronan Horgan proving the visitors' downfall.

In a scrappy encounter, Donnacha Ó Murchú and Odhran Ó Siochrú impressed for the hosts, who confirmed the two points through 0-3 from Dara Ó Galachóir and a brace of scores by Mark O'Loughlin.

MHL1: Castleknock 1-6 Whitehall Colmcille 0-13; Kilmacud Crokes 2-7 Naomh Fionnbarra 0-6; St Vincent's 2-10 Ballyboden St Enda's 0-11.


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