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Whitehall Spell trouble for Towers

Whitehall Colmcille advanced to the final of the Dublin Under 21 'B' Hurling Championship following their deserved 1-14 to 0-7 success over Round Tower Clondalkin in Cloghran last Sunday morning.

The hosts largely dominated from the opening whistle, proving too strong for a Towers outfit that battled gamely throughout but that struggled to put concerted pressure on their opponents over the sixty minutes.

Whitehall enjoyed a 0-8 to 0-4 interval advantage and the contest was effectively settled when Paddy Spellacy netted for Colmcille midway through the second-half, taking a fine pass by Peter Hunt prior to clinically finishing to the net from close range.

"We had a good start, despite playing against the breeze and that was a big difference between the teams," said Colmcille mentor Martin Troy.

"We'll have a bit of a break before the final against Plunkett's and we know that's going to be a tough match for us," he added.


Whitehall took control of events initially with Hunt, Conor Sheedy and Spellacy to the fore while midfielder Stephen Cassedy was a hugely influential figure at centrefield for the winners.

The defensive solidity of the hosts was epitomised by the contributions of dual player and full-back Eoghan O'Donnell and centre-back Cormac Ryan.

Troy was also very encouraged by the contribution of Cormac Costello, with the Dublin senior footballer chipping in with three points over the hour for Whitehall.

For the visitors, it was a disappointing end to the year but manager John Hoolan was not too downbeat despite his side's exit from the championship.

"Overall, it was a very good team effort by us," said Hoolan.

"However, Whitehall were the better team though," he added.

Hoolan could feel justifiably pleased by the displays of Jack Whelan, Eoin Fitzpatrick and Gary Quinlivan as they struggled in vain to fight their way back into contention after the break.

Spellacy's goal undermined any comeback pretensions they may have had in the second-half but both Aaron Wynne and Adam Doyle lost noting in their efforts over the hour.

Whitehall now face St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh in the decider provisionally arranged for the weekend of the 24th/25th January.