Croke hat-trick fires Joseph's to glory
The Dublin Cumann na mBunscol hurling season reached its climax at Croke Park yesterday afternoon as the last seven finals were up for decision.
As always, it was a feast of high-quality action as the stars of the future got to show off their skills at GAA headquarters.
The Corn Marino was the final game and it threw up two of the finest individual performances, as Jack McVeigh and David Croke inspired St Joseph's of Terenure to an emphatic victory over Johnstown.
Playing at midfield and centre-forward respectively, McVeigh and Croke hit 4-4 between them. Croke showed his prowess in front of goal with a hat-trick.
But it was by no means a two-man operation. The final score perhaps flattered the winners given their goalkeeper John Quirke pulled off a string of point-blank saves, while Simon Clear's clever off-the-ball running made the space for the twin terrors to do their thing.
Johnstown will be disappointed, but there was enough evidence to suggest they will be back better than ever. In Finn McGowan they have a huge prospect in their ranks, while Greg Sheehan scored two fantastic points in the second period.
Scoil Olaf, Balally had goals to thank for their hard-fought victory over St Brigid's, Killester in Corn Johnston Mooney & O'Brien. The feature of the game was the intense midfield battle between the winners' Eoin Foley, and Conor Ryan.
Both had the perfect combination of skill and power, but it was Foley's individual tally of 1-6 that inspired Scoil Olaf to reach the promised land.
At the Hill 16 end, the Corn Ui Neill was a thriller. Gavin Poole-Flanagan hit the winning goal for Donnycarney's Scoil Chiarain in a dramatic finish.
Cian Derwin and Billy Ryan also impressed. Ryan Farnan and Johnathan McGuirk excelled for Mary Mother of Hope.
The girls also got their chance to shine. Goals from Jade Ni Mhaitiu and captain Caoimhe Ni Ghormain won the Sciath Haughey for Ballymun as they just edged of Scoil Moibhi, Glasnevin.
Gaelscoil Knocklyon captured silverware in Corn Mhic Phiaris, despite Scoil Mologa netminder Padraig O Cuinnegain scoring 1-2.
There were also wins for Scoil Assaim, Raheny and Scoil Maelruain, Tallaght.