Adult Football League Div 1 final:  Mobhi men hold Crokes

by Aaron Dunne
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Na Fianna 2-16

Kilmacud Crokes2-12

Na Fianna completed a sensational Division 1 football and hurling double lasst weekend when they defeated Kilmacud Crokes at Parnell Park. 

First-half goals from Conor McHugh and the dynamic James Doran helped the St Mobhi Road men to a 2-6 to 0-8 interval lead against Crokes with Paul Mannion, who tallied 2-7 overall, kicking five points for the Stillorgan side.

By the three-quarter marker a brilliantly taken goal by Mannion had Crokes still giving chase when 2-11 to 1-11 behind, before David Lacey extended Na Fianna’s lead to six points, 2-15 to 1-12, as the game moved into the final minutes.

Mannion gave Crokes late hope with a goal, showing all his experience to pick his spot in the square.

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But Na Fianna were not to be stopped as they added the football league’s top-flight honours to that of their hurlers.

Earlier in the day at the Donnycarney venue Plunkett’s finished the stronger to defeat Raheny in extra-time with Gareth ‘Nesty’ Smith and Seán Bugler leading the scoring.

The Navan Road men kicked the last six points of the contest after Raheny’s Seán Grenham had hit 1-1 early in the first period of extra-time to leave just a point in it with five minutes to play in the opening half of extra-time.

Then Seán Bugler, ‘Nesty’ Smith before the half-time interval in extra-time (the sides were level 1-17 to 3-11), then Bugler again, Craig Dunleavy, Conor Bresnan and Bernard Brogan all found the target, in the second period, to secure the Division 2 title.

Elsewhere, St Marys Saggart claimed the Go Ahead Dublin AFL3 title, with a 3-10 to 0-13 victory over St Patrick’s Donabate.

In the AFL4 Final, Clontarf beat Cuala by 1-11 to 1-8 and Thomas Davis beat St Finian’s of Swords to claim the AFL5 title, while Ballyboden edged out Fingal Ravens in AFL 6.

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