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Highlights: Wins for St. Vincents and Cuala in Dublin Senior Hurling Championship

By April 7, 2018 No Comments

Another Senior Hurling Double Header showcased more Championship action this evening in Parnell Park. St. Vincents and Cuala left Dublin HQ with victories to get their respective county campaigns up and running.

St. Vincents 3-13
Raheny 0-10

Two Cian McBride goals, one in either half, saw St. Vicnents run out comfortable 3-13 to 0-10 victors over Raheny in their opening fixture of the Championship

Raheny had begun well and led 0-03 to 0-01 early on but McBride’s first goal came during a period of dominance for the Marino side as they hit 1-05 without reply to lead 1-06 to 0-03.

By the break Vincent’s, who lined out without Tomás and Diarmuid Connolly as well as John Hetherton, were 1-08 to 0-04 up following two Conor Burke points, one a free.

Eoin Smith’s dead ball accuracy kept Raheny clinging on and with scores from Seán Dempsey and another from Smith, the Raheny boys trailed 1-12 to 0-9 with ten minutes left on the clock.

But Vincent’s struck for two goals in the 53rd and 60th minute to record a 0-12 victory over their opponents, with Cian McBride firing to the net off his left and substitute Tomás McGrane raised the last green flag as the game moved into added time.

Cuala 1-14
St. Brigids 1-07

Two time All-Ireland champions Cuala opened their 2018 counts campaign with a victory over St Brigid’s in the end and rain this evening in Parnell Park.

The Dalkey men trailed, 1-3 to 0-5, at half time after Derry Murphy found the goal for Brigids in the 27th minute.

Cuala however upped the tempo in the second half and after David Treacy and Johnny McGuirk had traded points, the champs struck for goal 4 minutes in.

A sideline cut from Jake Malone saw Nicky Kenny sweep the ball to the far corner of Alan Nolan’s net to put his side into a 1-6 to 1-4 lead.

Another Treacy free followed by a Colm Cronin point moved Cuala four clear, 1-8 to 1-4, by the 40th minute.

In the final ten minutes Cuala put in another short scoring flurry with Treacy (2), Seán Moran and Con O’Callaghan extending their lead to 1-13 to 1-6. Treacy and McGuirk again traded scores to finish the game and Cuala’s title defence gets off to an excellent start.

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