The four teams contesting this year’s Dublin Senior 1 Football Semi Finals have been decided after an eventful weekend
Saturday, September 17th
Na Fianna 1-12 Whitehall Colmcille 1-11
Kilmacud Crokes 0-14 Cuala 1-09
Despite losing Jonny Cooper on a second yellow Na Fianna managed to hold off a much determined Whitehall Colmcille to become the first side to advance to this year’s Senior 1 Football Semi Finals. And it was literally by the minimum amount on a 1-12 to 1-11 scoreline. The Mobhi Road men led by 1-05 to 0-04 at the half time break. Conor McHugh palmed the ball into the net after Darragh Cummins saved James Doran’s initial attempt.
As the second half progressed Na Fianna had put themselves into a 5 point advantage. Whitehall managed to close that gap to just 0-03 before some good fortune came their way. Jonny Cooper left proceedings on his second bookable offence, and Cormac Costello calmly converted a penalty from the spot to tied the game in the 50th minute. McHugh and Aaron Byrne shared three scores to put Na Fianna back in the box seat. And despite Costello and Eoghan O’Donnell closing the gap to a single score Na Fianna managed to hold on to secure their last four slot.
In the second of Saturday’s Quarter Finals, reigning champions Kilmacud Crokes used all of their experience to finish winners over Cuala by 2 points. A Niall O’Callaghan goal midway through the second half saw Cuala overtake Crokes. But Crokes accepted the challenge and finished in a style only they know how. Galway star Shane Walsh scored a brace to bring his tally to 0-05. And Dara Mulins and Shane Cunningham made sure the tie stayed in Kilmacud’s favour.
Sunday, September 18th
Ballyboden St. Endas 3-15 Ballinteer St. Johns 3-10
Castleknock 0-05 Thomas Davis 1-12
Four time Senior champions Ballyboden St. Endas booked their place in another Dublin Senior Football semi final seeing off Ballinteer St. John’s in a spirited 3-15 to 3-10 contest. And it’s the fifth consecutive year Boden find themselves in the semi finals of the contest. Despite an early Jack Lundy goal for Ballinteer, Boden took control hitting 1-06 without reply including 3 points from Dublin star Colm Basquel. Their first goal was scored by Warren Egan. At the break Boden held a three score lead on 1-09 to 1-06.
In a seven minute spell in the second half Egan and Darren O’Reilly both hit the net for Ballyboden and they continued to carve out a 3-13 to 1-09 lead. Byt Ballinteer were not lying down. With 5 minutes of normal time on the game clock, Fearghal Duffy and David Devereux hit the net in quick succession. Lundy sent over a point pulling them within 3 points, but Boden legend Conal Keaney kicked over 2 incredible points. It’s worth pointing out Keaney turns 40 next week and can still turn on the charm. it saw the game finish with Boden on a five point lead and leaping back into the semis.
To finish off the action, Thomas Davis find themselves back in the Senior Football Semi Finals dispensing of Castleknock on a 1-12 to 0-05 scoreline. Fionn Murray, Conor Guilfoyle, Eamon Conroy, Sean Farrelly, Cian Murphy and Eoin Kirby all sent scores over to give the Tallaght side a 0-07 to 0-02 half time lead.
Tommy McDaniel, Kevin Stephenson and Eoin O’Brien all sent scores over for Castleknock in an attempt to get themselves back in the tie, but ultimately Thomas Davis were too strong. Ciaran Kilkenny was denied a great goal chance by Davis keeper Robert Crilly. Eamon Conroy coverted for Thomas Davis at the other end in the 42nd minute. Between Conroy, Murray and Gilfoyle they amassed 1-08 of Thomas Davis’s 1-12 and they finished 10 points the better of Castleknock.