Cuala stay top of the pile in Dublin
Kilmacud Crokes beaten as Cuala win third successive Dublin title
Kilmacud Crokes’ Ross O’Carroll tackles Cuala’s Sean Treacy at Parnell Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho
Cuala 1-13 Kilmacud Crokes 0-13
Cuala claimed their third successive Dublin senior hurling championship title when beating local rivals Kilmacud Crokes at Parnell Park on Saturday afternoon.
The All-Ireland champions rode their luck to a certain degree but two late scores from David Treacy ensured a hard-fought win.
Kilmacud played with the benefit of a strong breeze in the first-half and opened up brightly through scores from Lorcan McMullan and Oisin O’Rorke.
Further scores from Fergal Whitely and Sean McGrath extended their advantage but a Darragh O’Connell goal in the 18th minute proved a massive blow to Kilmacud’s ambitions.
Treacy and Con O’Callaghan added points soon after with late scores from O’Rorke and Whitely trimming Crokes’ deficit to 1-5 to 0-6 at the break.
A brace of O’Rorke frees levelled matters by the 36th minute and Crokes were further buoyed as Eoin Dalton repelled a 38th minute penalty from Treacy.