Adult Hurling League Round-up – Round 2
With pitches still in recovery mode after the bad weather and Cuala in the All-Ireland final this Saturday, we had only three games in the Division1 hurling league.
Na Fianna’s early season form has thus far replicated their early league form of last year, opening up with back to back wins once again. A 2-15 to 0-10 victory over Lucan Sarsfield’s sees them on maximum points after two games.
They’re joined at the top of the table by Ballyboden/St Enda’s who had an even more impressive victory, at home, against O’Toole’s. A 4-19 to 0-15 victory leaves them joint top with Na Fianna, on a plus 21 score difference, after two games. It leaves O’Toole’s at the foot of the table without a point on the board after the opening two rounds.
Meanwhile, Vincent’s and Crumlin each gained their first point of the season after they shared the spoils in Pearse Park.
Neither Craobh Chiaráin against Faughs, nor Kilmacud Croke’s against St Jude’s went ahead.
Naomh Barróg’s impressive start continued as they brushed aside the challenge of Setanta. A 2-14 to 0-8 victory sees them top the table after two games with a one hundred percent record from two.
An unusual run of results in the opening two games sees them stand alone on the top as table leaders, as none of the other sides who won on the opening day recorded victories.
Naomh Fionbarra failed to capitalise on an impressive opening round victory, as they were heavily beaten by Balinteer St John’s.
Scoil Uí Chonail and St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER each followed up opening day losses with wins over Parnell’s and Erins Isle. Goals won the day for Scoil as they netted twice to win by two, keeping a clean sheet at the other end. Meanwhile, Plunkett’s narrowly out-pointed Isle’s, with Stewy Mullins scorer in chief for the Navan Road men to leave Isles at the foot of the table, without a point after two games.
Raheny got their first win of the campaign, coming out on top of a dog fight against Crokes. Despite the five goals, three for Raheny and two for Croke’s, it could hardly have been described as a classic. The win for Raheny leaves them amongst the posse of teams on two points after two rounds.
Whitehall Colmcille’s against St Olaf’s didn’t go ahead.
A big win for Naomh Mearnóg at home to St Pat’s Palmerstowm leaves them topping the table on score difference after the opening two games. A comprehensive 3-15 to 1-6 win leaves them in pole position on score difference, with an impressive plus 22 points after just two games.
Just on their tail are Round Towers Clondalkin who continued an impressive opening to the season with a home win against Fingallians. This result leaves them second in the table with an impressive plus seventeen score difference after two games. Despite conceding three goals to the swords men, they managed to run out five point winners, 1-17 to 3-6, leaving Fins without a point after two games.
The rise and rise of Castleknock GAA has continued on the front foot as they racked up an impressive 1-21 to see off the challenge of St Sylvester’s by five points at Somerton, also leaving them with maximum points after the opening two games.
Mearnóg, Knock and Towers are joined on maximum points by Ballyboden’s second team, who withstood a four goal onslaught from Commercials to gain their second victory from two, bagging two goals themselves, to run out 2-15 to 4-6 winners.
After a heavy opening day defeat, Clontarf got their first points on the board with an impressive seven point victory over St Peregrine’s. Scoring just 1-6 will presumably be of concern to the Clonsilla men who only managed eleven points in their opening day defeat. You’d have to assume they’ll need to start putting more scores on the board if they’re going to move up the table.
If Thomas Davis’ had hoped to put their opening day defeat behind them, they could hardly have done so more emphatically, as they put up an eighteen point winning margin against Kevin’s, at home. Points alone would have won the day, but four goals put a massive margin between the sides, with Davis running out 4-16 to 0-12 winners. The result leaves Kevin’s sitting as one of four sides at the bottom with no points from two.
With the earlier National Leagues this year, the opening two rounds are all we’ll see of the leagues until May as the club scene will give way to championship for the month of April.
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