Saturday 24 March 2018

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.

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