Friday 19 October 2018

O'Callaghan brace kick-starts Cuala

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cuala manager Mattie Kenny. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Dublin hurling champions Cuala kept their ambitions of a third successive county title alive with a hard-earned two-point victory over St Brigid's in their absorbing Dublin SHC quarter-final at O'Toole Park yesterday.

Two goals from Dublin star Con O'Callaghan, making his first ever start in a Dublin SHC game, kept a stuttering Cuala side in the contest early on, but it took a Sean Treacy goal two minutes into injury-time to find some breathing space for Mattie Kenny and his men as the current All-Ireland champions held out to win by 3-14 to 2-15.

Lucan Sarsfields advanced to the semi-finals with their impressive two-point victory over Ballyboden St Enda's in O'Toole Park yesterday.

Despite falling behind 0-6 to no score after seven minutes, Kilmacud Crokes edged out Na Fianna 0-17 to 0-15. Ross O'Carroll fired over a crucial score two minutes from time to put the Stillorgan men in front after Oisín O'Rorke had levelled the scores for Na Fianna. Ronan Hayes added the extra point to seal the deal.

Diarmuid Connolly scored 0-3 as St Vincent's defeated Craobh Chiaráin 2-14 to 1-10.

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