Cahill and Griffin return to action following injuries
IT wasn't just in Croker on Sunday that there was good news for Pat Gilroy's Dubs as two of his wounded soldiers - Barry Cahill and Paul Griffin - returned to action on Saturday afternoon.
At Tymon Park, St Brigid's recorded a narrow 0-14 to 0-13 win over Dublin AFL Division 1 holders St Jude's with Lorcan McCarthy, Odhran McCann, Graham Norton, Mark Cahill and Cian Mullins all featuring prominently for the county champions as All-Ireland winner, Cahill, made a winning return following his recent hand injury.
A goal apiece from Gavin McArdle and senior debutant Fionn Cahill helped St Sylvester's record a deserved 2-9 to 1-8 victory over St Vincent's at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn.
Cahill's fellow debutant Eoin Boyne impressed from wing-back with the visitors seeing off a late rally by Vincent's thanks to the positive attacking contributions from Eoin Fanning, Gary Sweeney and Dublin senior panellist, full-forward Micheál McCarthy.
There was another away victory at the 12th Lock with Dublin U21 panellist Seán George giving a performance described as "outstanding" by team manager Paul Curran as Ballymun Kickhams defeated Lucan Sarsfields by 1-7 to 0-6.
It was Ted Furman who struck the crucial goal ten minutes from time as Ballymun maintained their unbeaten start to the league after two series of matches.
St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh also made it two wins from two with Adrian Darcy, Dublin U21 Conor Walsh and Rory O'Connor to the fore while 1-2 from Bernard Brogan was pivotal in their three-point win over St Mary's Saggart in Martin Savage Park.
In AFL2, Raheny continued their fine start to the season with Eoin Delaney and Gavin Ivory scoring heavily in their 0-19 to 1-7 win over Fingallians while Glenn Whelan's penalty and three points from minor Robbie Gaughan helped Ballinteer St John's to victory over St Peregrine's.
Promotion favourites Kilmacud Crokes (1), despite fielding a half-back line of Cian O'Sullivan, Paul Griffin and Kevin Nolan, dropped their first points of the campaign after a draw with Round Tower Clondalkin, with the return of Darren Magee to club action a welcome boost to Crokes, who had Mark Vaughan red carded in the second-half.
DUBLIN - AFL1: Ballyboden St Enda's 0-11 Fingal Ravens 0-5; Lucan Sarsfields 0-6 Ballymun Kickhams 1-7; O'Toole's 0-11 St Maur's 0-11; Parnell's 0-12 Na Fianna 1-13; St Jude's 0-13 St Brigid's 0-14; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-13 St Mary's 2-7; St Vincent's 1-8 St Sylvester's 2-9; Thomas Davis 0-13 Templeogue/SS 2-6. AFL2: Ballinteer St John's 1-12 St Peregrine's 1-8; Erin's Isle 2-7 Cuala 1-9; Kilmacud Crokes (2) 1-11 Nh Mearnóg 1-9; Raheny 0-19 Fingallians 1-7; Rd Tower Clondalkin 0-13 Kilmacud Crokes (1) 1-10; St Anne's 0-10 Skerries Harps 1-8; St Mark's 2-10 Nh Barróg 2-10; St Pat's Palmerstown 3-10 Trinity Gaels 0-8.