Jude’s and Ballyboden advance

St Jude’s and Ballyboden St Enda’s progressed to the Dublin SHC semi-finals after overcoming Faughs and Cuala, respectively, at O’Toole Park yesterday.

Jude’s and Ballyboden advance

The first fixture was a disappointing affair as St Jude’s proved far too strong for their near neighbours Faughs, prevailing 0-21 to 0-7.

Faughs were on the back foot when Pat Robinson was sent off after 12 minutes and St Jude’s took complete control through scores from Danny Sutcliffe, Neal Mangan and Fionn Ó Riain Broin as they enjoyed a 0-11 to 0-3 interval lead.

It proved a procession after the break with Ó Riain Broin taking his personal tally to 0-10 by the final whistle.

The second quarter-final was a far tighter affair with Finn McGarry’s point five minutes from time helping Ballyboden to inch past Cuala 0-15 to 0-14.

The holders were in the ascendancy in the opening half as seven points by Paul Ryan propelled them to a 0-12 to 0-6 advantage at the break.

Cuala dominated upon the restart and received their reward through scores by Barry Connolly, Paul Butler, Cian Waldron and the impressive Sean Moran.

However, with Shane Durkin excelling defensively, St Enda’s held on by the narrowest of margins with Ryan adding two pivotal frees in the second-half.

On Friday evening, O’Toole’s and Kilmacud Crokes advanced to the last four following their respective quarter-final wins over Lucan Sarsfields and St Vincent’s at Parnell Park.

O’Toole’s delivered a superb second-half display as they overcame a disappointing Lucan outfit 1-20 to 0-13, with Christy Mulligan plundering the only goal in the 48th minute.

The second fixture saw championship favourites Kilmacud eventually get the better of St Vincent’s 2-15 to 0-12.

St Vincent’s trailed 0-7 to 0-6 at the break but after they had Davy Garland dismissed in the 38th minute, Kilmacud pulled clear through goals by Ryan O’Dwyer and Ross O’Carroll.

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