Paul Mannion once again shot the lights out for Kilmacud this afternoon in Navan

Kilmacud Crokes - Paul mannion

Kilmacud Crokes 2-17
St. Peters, Dunboyne 0-07

Paul Mannion once again lead his Kilmacud Crokes team one step closer to adding a Leinster title to their 2018 County Football Championship. Two goals early in the second-half saw Crokes easily see of St. Peter’s of Dunboyne at Páirc Tailteann.

For their efforts, Crokes will face a stronger challenge in Laois champions, Portlaoise, in two weeks’ time. But they’ll have the comfort of Parnell Park as a back drop for the Semi Final.

The Dublin Champions were five scores clear at half time and within 12 minutes of the second half they had all but killed the game off for Peter’s. Mannion’s first goal came from the penalty spot in the 38th, after he was fouled himself. But when he added his second, only four minutes later Crokes were streets ahead on 2-10 to 0-05.

The Crokes backroom team left nothing to chance removing Mannion from the action with ten minutes to go due to his on-going hamstring strain. But by then he had scored 2-06 of his sides’ 2-17 tally.

Crokes registered and maintained a quick lead

St. Peters started the game with the opening score, but unfortunately went another 20 minutes before adding their second. And during that period, Crokes built the foundations for their first provincial win. Dara Mullin and Pat Burke scored two each to give their side a 0-04 to 0-01 before the halfway point of the first session.

It was no surprise that Mannion would be under the microscope after his performance in the Dublin Senior Final. And as such was fouled more than a few times, picking up valuable frees along the way. The Dublin star converted two and Andrew McGowan added another to stretch the lead to 0-07 to -0-01

Former Dublin U21 All-Ireland winner, Robbie McCarthy, got a point from the Meath champions in the 28th minute to make it 0-8 to 0-3. And Peter’s did make some progress to raise two more white flags. But before the interval Burke had converted two more frees to give his side a five-point interval cushion.

Mannion put the game to bed with the first two scores of the second-half. He despatched a penalty to the net in clinical fashion in the 40th minute after being fouled himself before finishing with aplomb from play three minutes later after a Dunboyne passing move broke down in defence. And in front by 2-10 to 0-06 at the last quarter mark, Crokes emptied their bench, removing Mannion, Horan, Burke and Cunningham.

Kilmacud still managed to outscore their opponents seven to one in the last quarter including scores from defence by Cian O’Connor and Cillian O’Shea.

Kilmacud Crokes Scorers:

Paul Mannion 2-06 (1-00 pen, 5f)
Pat Burke 0-04 (4f)
Dara Mullin 0-02
Andrew McGowan 0-01
Callum Pearson 0-01
Cian O’Connor 0-01
Stephen Williams 0-01
Cillian O’Shea 0-01

Dunboyne Scorers:

Stuart Lowndes 0-02
Cathal Finn 0-01
David McEntee 0-01 (1f)
Robert McCarthy 0-01
Seamus Lavin 0-01
Craig Lowndes 0-01

Kilmacud Crokes

1. David Nestor
2. Liam Flatman
3. Andrew McGowan
17. Aidan Jones
5. Cian O’Connor
6. Ross McGowan
7. Cillian O’Shea
8. Craig Dias
9. Conor Casey
12. Shane Horan
11. Paul Mannion
10. Shane Cunningham
13. Pat Burke
14. Dara Mullin
15. Callum Pearson

Kilmacud Crokes Substitutes:

20. Ronan Ryan for Aidan Jones (40)
27. Kevin Dyas for Shane Horan (44)
24. Tom Fox for Shane Cunningham (53)
25. Stephen Williams for Paul Mannion (53)
26. Mark Vaughan for Pat Burke (53)
22. Nathan Nolan for Craig Dias (57)

St Peter’s

1. Cian Flynn
3. Shane McEntee
12. Liam Byrne
29. Cian O’Dwyer
5. Cathal Finn
7. Seamus Lavin
19. Craig Lowndes
18. Jack Donnelly
9. Niall Jones
6. Gavin McCoy
10. Stuart Lowndes
2. Seán Ryan
11. David McEntee
30. Ronan Jones
13. Robert McCarthy

St. Peters Substitutes:

17. Conor Doran for Sean Ryan (black card) (24)
4. Jack Scannell for Jack Donnelly (42)
8. David Gallagher for Niall Jones (46)
23. Shane Comiskey for Robert McCarthy (54)
14. Michael Dunne for David McEntee (54)
27. Steven Moran for Cian O’Dwyer (57)