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County Championship round-up: O'Callaghan knocks out Crokes on his small-ball return



Con O'Callaghan in action for Cuala. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Con O'Callaghan in action for Cuala. Photo: SPORTSFILE


Con O'Callaghan in action for Cuala. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Con O'Callaghan announced his return to the small-ball code with a bang when scoring 2-3, all from play, as Cuala defeated southside rivals Kilmacud Crokes 3-18 to 1-11 in yesterday's Dublin SHC 'A' quarter-final in Parnell Park.

Dublin's All-Ireland SFC hero scored his goals within two minutes of each other when he combined power and precision to fire to the net for his opener in the fourth minute.

After leading 2-8 to 1-6 at the interval the back-to-back All-Ireland champions of 2017 and '18 brushed aside the challenge of Anthony Daly's men with ease in the second half as David Treacy brought his tally to 0-9 (6f, 1 '65'), with Jake Malone grabbing their third goal.

In the curtain-raiser, goals from Kevin Callaghan and Johnny McGuirk saw St Brigid's defeat Na Fianna 2-19 to 2-16.

John Hetherton was the St Vincent's hero in their quarter-final on Saturday when his tally of 0-19 (16f) saw his side dethrone Dublin champions of last year, Ballyboden St Enda's, 1-29 to 2-15 after extra-time at the Donnycarney venue.

In Saturday's curtain-raiser Craobh Chiaráin maintained their impressive form when defeating Lucan Sarsfields 3-14 to 2-13, with goals from Kieran McGouran and Billy Ryan inside the opening two minutes paving the way for victory.

Reigning Wexford champions Naomh Éanna were also knocked out of their county championhip following a 1-21 to 0-12 loss to Ferns St Aidan's, who will meet St Martin's in the decider after a 2-19 to 1-19 semi-final win against Glynn-Barntown.

In Cork, Patrick Horgan (who hit 0-6 overall) missed a second-half penalty but Glen Rovers held on to beat Newtownshandrum by 1-12 to 0-14 in the semi-final in Páirc Uí Rinn. The Cork star now faces Imokilly after a 1-17 to 0-10 win over Sarsfields.

The three-in-a-row chasing Na Piarsaigh will face Patrickswell in the Limerick SHC final after a 0-23 to 0-18 win over Kilmallock, despite missing Shane Dowling and Peter Casey from their attack. In the other semi-final Patrickswell enjoyed a 2-14 to 0-15 victory over Doon.

Meanwhile, All-Ireland champions Corofin extended their unbeaten run in the Galway SFC to 42 games as they marched into the semi-finals with an impressive 1-16 to 1-10 win over Mountbellew/Moylough at Tuam Stadium. They will now meet Salthill/Knocknacarra in the semi-finals, with Tuam Stars taking on Maigh Cuilinn in the other semi-final.

Irish Independent