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Vinnies and Chiaráin's to meet in final

St Vincent's continued their excellent recent form as they comfortably accounted for Round Tower Lusk by 1-18 to 0-9 in their Dublin Junior 'A' Football Championship semi-final in Balgriffin on Sunday morning.

The origin of their win lay in a dominant first-half performance in which Vinnies availed of the wind at their backs to open up a healthy 
1-10 to 0-4 interval advantage.

Craig Brennan's first-half goal augmented strong displays from Greg Murphy, Alan Moore, Ollie Cahill and Conor Matthews while Niall Brennan also featured prominently for John Lambe's side.

"We had a good first-half and that helped hugely," said Lambe. "Playing with the breeze worked to our advantage and we managed to pick off some points in the second-half just to keep 
Round Tower's at a distance."

It was a disappointing morning for the Lusk club despite the best efforts of corner-back David Hurley, midfielder Chris Neville and substitute Liam Bohan.

Effectively, their deficit at the break proved insurmountable with points from Adam Caul, Seán Mulhall, Timmy Doyle, Josh Connell and Ciaran Murphy proving of mere consolation value by the final whistle.

The second semi-final 
at Innisfails' home ground proved a far tighter affair as Craobh Chiaráin eked out a narrow 1-12 to 0-14 victory over 
St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh.

Stephen McDonnell's goal in the 10th minute was a massive boost to the Donnycarney outfit, who had strong attacking displays from Ciarán McGouran and McDonnell.

Craobh's midfield pairing of Keith Elliott and Robbie Mahon combined effectively throughout while another dual player, Darren Kelly was especially solid at centre-back for the winners.

Chiaráin's led by six points early in the second-half but Plunkett's staged a comeback driven on by Diarmuid Shiels, Paddy Curtin, Stephen Clifford and Sean O'Connor.

They managed to reduce their arrears through points by Ger McCormack and Jimmy McDonald but their efforts proved in vain as they succumbed by the narrowest of margins.

"We just didn't take our chances and took a few wrong options on the day," was the assessment of Plunkett's manager Declan Kelly.

"We know St Vincent's well and it should be a tight final," said Craobh supremo David Keane.


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