Thomas Davis confirmed their place in the quarter-finals of the Go-Ahead Dublin Senior 2 Hurling Championship when defeating Kilmacud Crokes by 3-18 to 1-13 at Kiltipper Road on Saturday afternoon.
Having suffered relatively narrow reverses in their previous three group games, Thomas Davis found their form early on with goals in the first quarter from Sean Reilly, Davy Byrne and Eoin Lambert helping them build a crucial 3-9 to 0-8 interval lead.
Kevin Ward helped to keep the home scoreboard ticking over with 0-8 from placed balls with Reilly (1-3), Eanna O’Toole (0-2) and Adam Waddick (0-2) alongside Sean Byrne and Ciaran Kavanagh playing key roles for the winners.
Thomas Davis will join Ballyboden St Enda’s and St Jude’s from Group 2 in the knockout stages as both teams ended the group stages unbeaten following their 0-19 to 1-16 draw at Páirc Uí Mhurchú.
In Group 1, Naomh Barróg and Craobh Chiaráin also finished on seven points from a possible eight after their respective wins against Ballinteer St John’s and Clontarf.
In Páirc Barróg, the hosts confirmed top spot on points difference as they beat Ballinteer by 2-15 to 0-14 with the home goals being scored by Harry Nolan and Séadhna Ryan.
Joe Flanagan ensured that the hosts remained on the front foot with his eight points including three from open play while Sean Gallagher chipped in with two points for the Kilbarrack side.
Meanwhile at St Anne’s Park, Kevin Warren netted twice in helping Craobh overcome Clontarf by 3-15 to 1-16.
Darren Kelly also raised a green flag for the visitors, and with Cian Derwin, Eoin Forbes and Paul Kelly also chipping in with points, Craobh did enough to prevail with Stephen O’Brien excelling at wing-back.
In the Go-Ahead Senior 3 Hurling Championship, Erin’s Isle finished their Group 1 campaign in top spot as they eased past Naomh Olaf by 3-16 to 0-9, claiming top spot in the process.
The foundation for their win lay in strong defensive showings by Tom Fox and Ed King while Mikey Donohue impressed at the opposite end of the field.
Graham King (0-8) and Ollie Gaffney (2-2) top scored for Isles with the remainder of their scores shared by Tadhg Gorman (1-2), Conor Donohoe (0-2), Darragh Casey and Mikey Donohoe.
Setanta finished in second place on points difference as they also finished the group unbeaten when edging St Sylvester’s by 2-18 to 1-17 at Broomfield.
Seán Ó Riain amassed a vital 2-4 for the visitors, including a memorable second goal, and with Fionntán McGibb adding ten 0-10 (5f), Setanta held on through further points by Dean Cullen, Dean Memery, John Casey and Luke Kelly.
In Group 2, Naomh Mearnóg claimed a precious semi-final spot as they defeated Scoil Uí Chonaill by 1-21 to 0-11 at Páirc Mearnóg.
Shane Kavanagh was in fine form from placed balls for the hosts, converting ten frees from eleven chances while Liam Mullins chipped in with three points from play.
Their tally was boosted by an outrageous goal from Joey Kinnane with centre-back Tommy Kinnane, goalkeeper Bobby Smith, wing-back Jack Cottell and Stan Kinnane at midfield all playing key roles for the winners.
After losing to Mearnóg in their opening fixture, Raheny bounced back well to win their remaining three games and claim second place as they defeated Na Fianna by 1-28 to 2-14 in St Pat’s Drumcondra.
The return to action of both Liam Dunne and Greg Bennett after injury was a boost to the visitors with Dunne converting six second-half frees after his introduction.
Ben McHugh (1-3) and Thomas Hurley (0-5) looked sharp throughout while Jack Lyons and Adam McAweeney added four points apiece for a Raheny outfit that dominated through the efforts of Niall McGuirk, Seán Grenham, Ciarán Hartnett and Eamon Fitzgerald.
SHC2 Group 1: Naomh Barróg 2-15 Ballinteer St John’s 0-14; Clontarf 1-16 Craobh Chiaráin 3-15.
SHC2 Group 2: Thomas Davis 3-18 Kilmacud Crokes 1-13; Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-19 St Jude’s 1-16.
SHC3 Group 1: St Sylvester’s 1-17 Setanta 2-18; Erin’s Isle 3-16 Naomh Olaf 0-9.
SHC3 Group 2: Naomh Mearnóg 1-21 Scoil Uí Chonaill 0-11; Na Fianna 2-14 Raheny 1-28.