ERIN'S Isle ensured they remained in contention in the Dublin SFC by overcoming St Mark's in an entertaining losers round game at Newcastle last night.
ERIN'S ISLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
ST MARK'S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
The Finglas men recovered from the worst possible start -- the concession of a goal from Graham Byrne after 30 seconds -- to lead at the interval, 0-7 to 1-3.
Niall Crossan and Luke Sweetman caught the eye in the opening period with fine scores. Mark's found the net for a second time thanks to a stunning effort from John Kelly after six minutes of the restart.
The Isles, however, hit back thanks to a well-worked goal from Adam Whelan and with Crossan adding another four points, hung on for a deserved victory.
SCORERS -- Erin's Isle: N Crossan 0-7 (0-3f), A Whelan 1-0, G O'Connell, L Sweetman 0-2 each, C Pike 0-1.
St Mark's: J Kelly 1-1, G Browne 1-0, P Murphy 0-3 (0-2f), S Tynan 0-2, F Morris 0-1.
ERIN'S ISLE: G Bedford; D Spratt, G Cronin, C Pike; A Browning, G O'Connell, D Kelly; K Nicholson, C Flynn; L Swali, C Mac Aodhaine, D Farrell; N Crossan, L Sweetman, A Whelan. Subs: J Kealy for Spratt (40), J Noonan for Whelan (55)
ST MARK'S: M Kavanagh; T Aderly, K Brereton, S Newman; G Browne, F Morris, G Whelan; S Tynan, D Fitzpatrick; S Galvin, J Kelly, J Bell; D McCann, P Murphy, R Farrell. Subs: C Donoghue for Fitzpatrick (42), R Hudson for Morris (50), A Kenny for Whelan (56).
REF: T Clarke (Lucan Sarsfields).
St Maur's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-13
Clontarf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6
Conor McGuire hit three goals for St Maur's in this back-door clash played in Garristown last night as the Rush men swept aside the challenge of their Division Three opponents.
Their half-backs proved the key on a rainy night as they continually linked up the play with some probing runs. McGuire registered Maur's first goal on 17 minutes, and although Ciaran Johnston replied with back-to-back frees, McGuire then scored a second goal to leave it 2-7 to 0-3 at the break.
Chris Carthy was to prove Maur's star with some exquisite shooting after the break which saw two quick goals from David Carrick ( 38) and Conor McGuire (39) before Cathal Sweetman added their fifth with moments to go.
Scorers -- St Maur's: C McGuire 3-2, C Carthy 0-6 (1f), C Sweetman 1-2, D Carrick 1-1, M McGrath, D Byrne 0-1 each.
Clontarf: C Johnston 0-3 (2f 0'45), P Sylon, C McConnell (f), R McCullough 0-1 each.
Clontarf: R O'Brien; T Craddock, D Fennelly, F Dodd; G Ryan, K Devine, E Cronin; M Murphy, I Smyth; P Curran, M O'Mahony, P Mohan; C Johnston, G Devine, P Sylon. Subs: G Carey for Fennelly (ht), C McConnell for G Devine (45), R McCullough for Sylon (50).
St Maur's: M Butterly; S McGuinness, O McGinty, E Bollard; P Butterly, N Walsh, R McGinty; M Reilly, D Carrick; D Byrne, V Whelan, R McGuire; C Carthy, C McGuire, M McGrath. Subs: S Traynor for Byrne (ht), R Kelly for Reilly (41), C Sweetman for Carthy (45), M O'Malley for McGinty (46) B Horgan for Whelan (50).
Ref: D McKitterick (Fingalllians).