Last year's county finalists CUALA produced an encouraging display when emphatically accounting for NA FIANNA by 4-21 to 0-9 at St Mobhi Road with the goals provided by David Treacy, Barry Connolly, Brian Fitzgerald and Mark Schutte.
Colm Cronin was hugely influential at midfield for the Dalkey men while Oisín Gough, Ross Tierney, Bobby Browne and substitutes John Sheanon and Seán Treacy similarly prominent for the visitors.
Cuala's win proved bad news for both Crumlin and St Brigid's, with their relegation confirmed after home defeats to St Vincent's and Kilmacud Crokes respectively.
KILMACUD'S narrow 0-17 to 0-16 win over ST BRIGID'S at Russell Park was marred by the early dismissal of Ryan O'Dwyer but the hosts failed to take advantage as they succumbed to their eighth league defeat of the year.
At Tymon North, ST JUDE'S pulled clear in the second-half when accounting for a weakened LUCAN SARSFIELDS by 3-17 to 1-12 with Ronán Joyce plundering a hat-trick for the hosts. Joey McManus, Tom Devlin and John Ryan all chipped in with scores for Jude's, who benefited from the defensive displays of Ger McManus, Martin Hartnett and Robert Hardy, while Danny Sutcliffe was especially influential at centrefield.
DUBLIN - AHL1: Na Fianna 0-9 Cuala 4-21; St Brigid's 0-16 Kilmacud Crokes 0-17; O'Toole's OFF Craobh Chiaráin; St Jude's 3-17 Lucan Sarsfields 1-12; Faughs 1-19 Ballyboden St Enda's 3-22; Crumlin 1-12 St Vincent's 4-18. AHL2: St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 3-12 Setanta 2-14; Ballinteer St John's 2-18 Clan na Gael Fontenoy 0-3; Kevins 2-9 Erin's Isle 0-15; Nh Mearnóg 3-9 Raheny 4-11.
AFL1: St Maur's 1-10 Lucan Sarsfields 0-13.