Way cleared for semi-finals

Lucan Sarsfields, Cuala, Crumlin and Kilmacud Crokes all advanced to the last four of the Dublin SHC over the weekend.

At O’Toole Park on Saturday, Kevin O’Reilly’s accuracy from play and placed balls proved crucial in Lucan’s impressive 1-16 to 1-7 win over O’Toole’s — the corner-forward landed 1-8 in an excellent individual display.

Trailing 0-8 to 0-4 at the interval, O’Toole’s rallied briefly through a Peadar Carton goal midway through the second-half but O’Reilly’s clinically dispatched penalty after a foul on Chris Crummy effectively settled the contest in the 51st minute.

A goal apiece from David Treacy and Paul Schutte helped Cuala record a deserved 2-13 to 1-2 win over Craobh Chiaráin.

Barry Connolly, son of former Galway legend Joe, hit five points for the Dalkey outfit and although Dotsie Keane’s goal and seven points from Alan McCrabbe kept Craobh in the hunt, late points from Treacy and Conor Cough saw Cuala home comfortably.

Yesterday, early goals by Sean McGrath and Ryan O’Dwyer helped Kilmacud Crokes account for St Brigid’s 2-13 to 2-8.

The Blanchardstown men fought back in the second-half through goals by Kieran Kellett and Aodhán McEnerney but Crokes prevailed thanks to late points from Ross O’Carroll and Barry O’Rorke.

The first quarter-final saw Crumlin produce a surprise in defeating Na Fianna in Parnell Park on Friday evening with goals from David Donnelly and Shane Martin pivotal in their 2-16 to 0-18 victory.

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