Thursday night saw the beginning of the 2018 Dublin Senior Hurling Championship with a spectacular double header at Parnell Park. Na Fianna and Kilmacud Crokes got their accounts open with wins over Whitehall Colmcille and Naomh Fionnbarra respectively.
Na Fianna 1-28 Whitehall Colmcille 0-20
Na Fianna finished very strong against Whitehall to get their Championship off to winning start. The final score really didn’t give the full story of the game, with Whitehall leading at the break by 0-12 to 0-09.
Whitehall’s Seán Gray, who finished the night on 0-08 (4f), was the star of the opening half after a very mixed opening 30 minutes.
But Na Fianna improved following the break, picking off four points on the bounce from Gavin King, Seán Ryan and Eoghan McHugh (2). McHugh was Na Fianna’s top-scorer with 0-07 from play, six coming in the second half while Donal Burke (0-06, 2f) and Colin Currie (0-05, 3f) helped the Mobhi Road men’s cause adding to the score board.
The only goal of the game came three minutes from time when Peter Feeney was on target as Na Fianna ran out 11-point victors.
Kilmacud Crokes 0-24 Naomh Fionnbarra 1-06
Kilmacud Crokes made light work of their 0-24 to 1-06 win over Naomh Fionnbarra, who had to start without the injured Eamonn Dillon.
Crokes, who this year are managed by former Dublin and Clare manager and two-time All-Ireland SHC winner, Anthony Daly, were 0-16 to 0-05 clear at half time thanks to the accuracy of Fergal Whitely, and the sheer skill of Oisín O’Rorke .
With 15 minutes remaining Dylan Owens scored the only goal of the clash for the Cabra side.
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