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Kilmacud Crokes’ Oisín O’Rorke. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Kilmacud Crokes’ Oisín O’Rorke. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Kilmacud Crokes’ Oisín O’Rorke. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Kilmacud Crokes completed the group stages undefeated as they comfortably overcame Scoil Uí Chonaill by 3-23 to 1-8 at Silver Park on Saturday evening.

Crokes gradually took control of matters as Oisin O'Rorke netted in the first half to leave his side well placed at 1-12 to 1-3 by the interval.

The hosts added to their tally through the free-taking of O'Rorke and pulled away through goals from Fionn Ó Ceallaigh and Stephen Veale.

Kilmacud are joined in the quarter-finals by Ballyboden St Enda's, who dominated the first and third quarters to defeat Craobh Chiaráin by 2-20 to 2-10 at Páirc Uí Mhurchú.

Early points from Niall Ryan, Conal Keaney and Aidan Mellett saw Boden start on the front foot before their momentum was stalled when Cian Derwin netted for Craobh in the 14th minute.

Paul Ryan added three frees as the half progressed and a 27th-minute Pearce Christie goal ensured a 1-11 to 1-6 interval lead for St Enda's.

Paul Ryan added a second goal in the 49th minute to thwart any hopes of a Craobh comeback.

In Parnell Park, Na Fianna delivered a lively attacking display as they accounted for holders Cuala by 3-23 to 2-20, with both teams having already secured their quarter-final spots prior to throw-in.

Sean Baxter set Na Fianna on the road with a fourth-minute goal, while AJ Murphy's strike in added time pushed the Glasnevin outfit 2-11 to 0-12 ahead by half-time.

Donal Burke added a third goal in the 49th minute and while Sean Moran replied with two goals later on, Na Fianna saw the game out in a comfortable manner.

Irish Independent