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Monday 23 October 2017

McCarthy stars for 'Rock

Aidan Murphy's magnificent goal sent Blackrock on their way to a comfortable triumph at Croke Park on Saturday.

The Limerick side controlled the game throughout, after rifling over three points in the opening eight minutes.

Blackrock grabbed the only goal of the contest after 13 minutes to take a commanding seven-point lead.

Brian Moloney's sweet sideline cut located Murphy, who smashed a blistering shot past Paul Maguire.

Blackrock continued to inflict further damage and they went in at the break 1-9 to 0-4 ahead.

Naomh Colum Cille required something special, but Blackrock, with Ritchie McCarthy outstanding, were not going to be denied.

McCarthy was sharp from play and from frees, accumulating seven points as his side hurled with real conviction. Naomh Colum Cille kept plugging away admirably, but the Rockies were worthy winners.

Scorers -- Blackrock: R McCarthy 0-7 (0-3fs), A Murphy 1-2, K Palmer, R O'Shaughnessy, R Murphy (0-2fs) 0-2 each, N Moloney, B Moloney, S Hennessy 0-1 each. Naomh Colum Cille: N O'Neill 0-4 (0-2fs, 1 '65), J O'Neill, Ryan O'Neill, S McKiver, Rory O'Neill, S O'Hagan 0-1 each.

Blackrock -- P Heffernan; N Hosford, T Ryan, T Clifford; R Murphy, D Moloney, N Moloney; B Moloney, S Hennessy; K Palmer, B Hennessy, R McCarthy; R O'Shaughnessy, P McGrath, A Murphy. Subs: B O'Shaughnessy for Hennessy (42), V Herbert for N Moloney (47), D Danaher for B Hennessy (51-54), K Douglas for A Murphy (54), D Danaher for Ryan (57), A Fitzgerald for Heffernan (57).

Naomh Colum Cille: P Maguire; Ryan O'Neill, R O'Neill (Mor), P Corr; D Murphy, W Lyons, A Taggart; S O'Neill, J O'Neill; Ryan O'Neill, N O'Neill, S McKiver; R O'Neill, S McKiver; Rory O'Neill, P O'Neill, S O'Hagan. Subs: T O'Hagan for Murphy (35), K Corrigan for R O'Neill (43), B Taggart for N O'Neill (48), S McKee for P O'Neill (56), E Kirwan for S O'Hagan (58).

Ref: G Duffy (Antrim).

Irish Independent

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