ST SYLVESTER'S recorded the first victory of their Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 campaign with a 1-14 to 1-6 win over St Vincent's in Broomfield yesterday.
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The hosts were largely dominant from the first whistle with Ross Hazely and Shane O'Connor patrolling midfield effectively, while Gavin McArdle personified a strong defensive showing for Syls from full-back.
In attack, Micheal McCarthy kicked six points, three from play, while 1-3 from Conor Daly and a brace of points apiece by Gary Sweeney and Eoin Fanning helped the Malahide side home with a fair degree of comfort.
There was another home win at Russell Park as St Brigid's recorded their second successive victory with a dogged 0-8 to 0-5 victory over St Jude's.
Alan Creagh, Alan Daly and Conor Moran provided the defensive solidity for the hosts and with Eoin Maguire featuring well at centre-forward, Brigid's eked out the win with two points from Gavin McIntyre and three scores from midfielder Sean Murray especially crucial.
Another team to enjoy a perfect start is St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh who were indebted to Paddy McNulty's first-half goal when overcoming St Mary's by 1-7 to 0-5 in Saggart.
Paddy Bergin gave an exceptional display at corner-back for the visitors and in a low-scoring affair, the free-taking capabilities of Garreth 'Nesty' Smith and Lee Herron proved telling.
The displays of James O'Hara and Danny O'Reilly, in addition to Andrew Kerin's goal, allowed Ballyboden St Enda's to maintain their unbeaten start following a 1-11 apiece draw with Kilmacud Crokes in Bray.
Dublin U-21 and senior, Paul Mannion, was top scorer for Crokes when tallying 1-7.
On Friday evening, Ballymun Kickhams warmed up for their All-Ireland Club final next weekend with goals by Kevin Leahy and Dean Rock helping them to a facile victory over Lucan Sarsfields.
It was a far from complete display by the county and provincial champions, however, with their profligacy in attack a cause of concern to manager Paul Curran, although Rock's return after injury and the display of Jason Whelan were positives on the night.
DUBLIN - AFL1: St Mary's Saggart 0-5 St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-7; Raheny v Thomas Davis OFF; St Brigid's 0-8 St Jude's 0-5; Na Fianna v Parnells OFF; Kilmacud Crokes 1-11 Ballyboden St Enda's 1-11; St Sylvester's 1-14 St Vincent's 1-6; St Maur's v O'Toole's OFF; Ballymun Kickhams 2-15 Lucan Sarsfields 0-9. AFL2: Skerries Harps 0-11 St Anne's 1-6; St Patrick's Donabate v St Finian's Swords OFF; St Peregrine's 2-6 Ballinteer St John's 1-9; Trinity Gaels v St Patrick's Palmerstown OFF; Fingallians 0-6 Templeogue Synge St 1-11; Cuala v Erin's Isle OFF; Nh Mearnog 0-5 Kilmacud Crokes 1-7; Fingal Ravens v Round Tower Clondalkin OFF.