Na Fianna are the Dublin minor hurling ‘A’ champions for the fourth year in-a-row following their 5-15 to 3-9 victory over Lucan Sarsfields in Sunday’s decider at O’Toole Park.
Towering full-forward Paddy Gleeson was the scoring hero for the St Mobhi Road side as his first half hat-trick, all three goals coming in a six-minute spell, propelled them to victory.
The first of the trio of goals was from a goalmouth scramble while the other two came from overhead flicks to the net from long deliveries by Dublin minor Kevin Burke, younger brother of Dublin senior Donal.
Those goals paved the way for a 3-11 to 1-6 interval lead with Alan Murphy scoring the Lucan goal in the early stages of the half.
A dominant Na Fianna went on a scoring sequence when they tallied 3-7 without reply with sub Liam Gaughran hitting the St Mobhi Road side’s fourth goal.
Lucan kept battling to the finish but they left themselves with far too much to do as Na Fianna celebrated being crowned Dublin MHC 'A' champions for the fourth time in succession.
SCORERS - Na Fianna: P Gleeson 3-0, M Murphy 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 ‘65’), D Bergin 1-2 (0-1 sline), L Gaughran 1-1, S Currie 0-3, D Lacey 0-2, J Tierney, E O’Dea 0-1 each. Lucan Sarsfields: E Allen 1-5 (1-2f), B Coffey 1-1 (0-1f), A Murphy 1-0, H Ladd 0-2, C McHugh 0-1.
NA FIANNA: C McHugh; R Mackey, D Ryan, S Fraughen; C Berigan, K Burke, A Buggy; D Bergin, M Murphy; A Berigan, J Tierney, D Lacey; E O’Dea, P Gleeson, S Currie. Subs: L Gaughran for Berigan (ht), A Rafter for Mackey (34), P Skelly for O’Dea (57), N Brennan for Currie (58), N King for Tierney (59).
LUCAN SARSFIELDS: C Murray; E O’Connor, E Reynolds, E Seery; G Milea, L Walsh, R Ward; A McNulty, H Sviglinskas; A Carroll, C McHugh, B Coffey; A Murphy, H Ladd, E Allen. Subs: E Higgins for Sviglinskas (40), O O’Brien for McHugh (46), C Keane for Carroll (51), I Crowley for Milea (52), K Boylan for Ladd (55).
REF: T Gleeson (Naomh Fionnbarra).