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Graham Macken magic seals tight win for St Pat’s in ‘B’ final

Dublin JHC ‘B’ final

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Commercials' Ciarán Dunne gets a jump on St Pats players in the Go Ahead Junior B Hurling Championship final at Glenauline Park. Pic: Damien Eagers Photography

Commercials' Ciarán Dunne gets a jump on St Pats players in the Go Ahead Junior B Hurling Championship final at Glenauline Park. Pic: Damien Eagers Photography

Commercials' Ciarán Dunne gets a jump on St Pats players in the Go Ahead Junior B Hurling Championship final at Glenauline Park. Pic: Damien Eagers Photography

St Patrick’s Palmerstown were crowned Dublin Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship winners for 2021 after they got the better of 14-man Commercials by 1-8 to 0-10 in their thrilling decider at Glenauline Park last Sunday morning.

The decisive score arrived five minutes from time as strong work from Peter Keaney allowed Graham Macken to fire home a precious goal for the hosts.

“It was quite tense all the way through and really, it could have gone either way,” was the assessment of St Pat’s manager Ken Crowther.

“We came to life in the final quarter and probably snatched it at the end but we’ve had a tough past few years so maybe we deserved that bit of luck on Sunday.

“We dropped down to this level and it has worked out well for us and hopefully, it will be a stepping stone to brighter days ahead,” he added.

Central to their win was the display of Garbhan Gallagher at full-back and with substitute Aidan Glennon stamping his class on proceedings with four points after his introduction, the hosts edged home through fine contributions from Keaney, Kevin Ward and Paul Faughnan.

Commercials will consider themselves unlucky to have lost, given their battling display and numerical disadvantage, but they emerged with great credit nonetheless as they kept in the hunt through the scoring returns of Adam Drewitt, Gearóid Keogh, Cormac Ó Nualláin and Jack Morris while Cormac Cullinan, Michael O’Keeffe, Ciaran Dunne and Adam McGarr all shone for the Rathcoole outfit.

St Patrick’s Palmerstown Panel: P Faughnan, A Galligan, G Gallagher, M O’Leary, B O’Hanlon, P Keaney, B Gilbert, D Rushe, J Kelly, R Kennedy, R Carson, B Mooney, D O’Hanlon, K Ward, J Leonard, G Macken, N Dunne, C Egan, A Glennon, G Kelly, A Treacy, S Treacy, M Dunphy.

Commercials Panel: S Clohessy, L Pouch, D Waters, C Cullinan, C Crookes, M O’Keeffe, C Dunne, J Morris, A McGarr, M O’Leary, R Butler, C Ó Nualláin, A Drewitt, G Keogh, D Dungan, G Dillon, J O’Keeffe.


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