O Croinin class sinks Dublin North
COLAISTE EOIN 1-11
DUBLIN NORTH 1-4
LEINSTER COLS SH 'A' 2ND RD
Colm O Croinin was the star of the show in Belfield yesterday, as his tour de force from the middle of the field gave Colaiste Eoin an impressive victory over an under-strength Dublin North side.
Dublin North, who are still short of star players Ciaran Kilkenny and Cormac Costello, were playing against a blustery wind in the opening half, and a 1-1 salvo from O Croinin saw them trailing 1-8 to 0-1 at the interval.
With the breeze behind them after the break, there was still a chance that Dublin North could force their way back into the contest. However, despite a 59th-minute goal from Kieran Smyth, Colaiste Eoin always had too much and ran out comfortable victors.
SCORERS -- Colaiste Eoin: C O Croinin 1-4, F Motherway 0-4 (3f, 1 '65'), C O Seanain, C O Conbhain, Conal O Neill 0-1 each. Dublin North: K Smyth 1-0, P Winters 0-2 (2f), A Jesson, E Smyth 0-1 each.
COLAISTE EOIN -- C MacGabhann; C O Fainin, R O Murchu, C O Dulachain; J Clintuin, E O Dochertaigh, C O Fearghail; J O Faolain, C O Croinin; C O Seanain, C O Conbhain, Conal O Neill; F Motherway, S O Dubhghaill, O O Ruairc. Subs: E O Ceadaigh for O Conbhain (45), Colm O Neill for O Faolain.
DUBLIN NORTH -- N Stagg; C Dolan, G Burke, C Concarr; C Memery, C McHugh, E Howard; M Kavanagh, A Jesson; K Rogers, C Boland, P Winters; AJ Murphy, K Hetherton, G Williams. Subs: C McDonald for Concarr (20), J Brennan for Stagg (h-t), E Smyth for Williams (34), K Smyth for Hetherton (45), J Collins for Jesson (54).
REF -- F McGreevy (Dublin).