Vins and Craobh storm into semis

by Cóilín Duffy

St Vincent’s and Craobh Chiarain booked their place in the senior A hurling championship semi-finals, but Na Fianna failed to join them in the last-four, following the weekend’s quarter-finals.

John Hetherton fired 19 points for St Vincent’s as they ended reigning champions Ballyboden St Enda’s run, following a 1-29 to 2-15 extra-time win at Parnell Park.

Boden started impressively thanks to a Paul Ryan goal in the opening two minutes and they led by 1-9 to 0-8 at the break.

Vin’s worked hard on the restart, and thanks to the efforts of Hetherton and John Walsh they led by 0-14 to 1-10 after 47 minutes.

However, Ballyboden moved ahead thanks to a Conor Dooley goal.

The sides were well matched in the closing stages of normal-time, with Ryan looking like having grabbed a winner, before a late Hetherton effort forced extra-time.

Vincent’s held Ballyboden to just a single point in extra-time, as they began brightly with a Stephen McCarry goal.

Boden responded as Ryan brought his tally to 1-12, which would subsequently prove to be his sides final score.

Vincent’s led by 1-23 to 2-15 at the interval and continued to impress on the restart to deliver a semi-final against Cuala.

Elsewhere, a first half hat-trick helped Craobh Chiarain to a 3-14 to 2-13 win over Lucan Sarsfields.

Kieran McGouran and Billy Ryan found the net inside the opening two minutes, in a blistering start.

The score stood at 2-3 to 1-1 with just five minutes gone on the clock, with Chris Crummey netting for Sarsfields.

Craobh moved eight points ahead by the end of the first quarter before Lucan rallied thanks to a Chris Crummey penalty goal.

Francis Usanga completed Craobh’s hat-trick, before a Ryan point ensured a 3-9 to 2-3 interval lead.

Unanswered points from Paul Crummey, Ben Coffey and Ciarán Dowling cut the gap to six points on the restart.

However, Craobh held that extra edge and with Ryan, Kelly and McGouran adding to their tally they booked a semi-final date with St. Brigids.

Paul Winters (0-9) led the scoring for Brigids in their 2-19 to 2-16 win over Na Fianna on Sunday.

In an entertaining encounter the sides were tied at 1-9 apiece at half-time, after a frantic start. After just eight minutes, nine scores were produced with Brigids leading 0-5 to 0-4.

A brace of Winters scores pushed Brigids three points clear at the end of the first quarter, before Sean Currie responded to end Na Fianna’s long scoring dead-lock.

However, Kevin Callaghan’s goal pushed Brigids 1-7 to 0-5 ahead.

Andrew Jamieson Murphy and Cian O’Sullivan traded points, before Na Fianna fired 1-2 without reply including a Donal Burke goal. Winters tied matters at the break with a fine injury-time score.

Winters and Eoghan McHugh swapped points on the restart, before Johnny McGuirk netted to hand Brigids a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, despite Jamieson Murphy grabbing Na Fianna’s second goal.

Con O’Callaghan fired two early goals for Cuala in their 3-18 to 1-11 victory against Kilmacud Crokes in the other quarter-final to complete the semi-final line-up.

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