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Lehmann points way as fitter Cuala progress

Cuala produced a powerful second-half display when overcoming Round Tower Clondalkin by 0-16 to 0-7 in their Dublin Adult Football League Division 2 promotion play-off semi-final in Bray yesterday morning.

Cuala led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break but their superior strength and conditioning proved decisive upon the restart with their greater options from the bench allowing them to pull away from Tower.

Donal Lehmann once again delivered a telling showing from centre-forward in addition to kicking two points from play and Cuala also received three points from the dead-ball prowess of Darren McBrien.

Luke Keating and Ryan Scollard were also among the points for the Dalkey outfit and the impact of substitutes Fergus Spillane, Colm Sheanon and the lively Jack McKenna proved telling with the latter pair sharing four points upon their introduction.

Tower worked gamely after the break but the goal required to ignite their comeback failed to materialise with Kevin Killion producing an exceptional display from full-back for the winners.

Cuala will now meet the winners of Castleknock and Lucan Sarsfields for a place in the top flight for 2015.

At Druimnigh, Naomh Mearnóg preserved their SFC status for next year as they completely outclassed a disappointing Trinity Gaels by 6-18 to 1-2.

Matthew Gibbs and Matthew Shortall excelled in the away defence and with Shane Carthy heavily influential at centre-forward, the Portmarnock club built on their 2-9 to 0-2 interval lead to pull away thanks to goals shared by David Stewart, Shane Nangle, Alan Doyle and Carthy.

SFC Relegation semi-final: Trinity Gaels 1-2 Naomh Mearnóg 6-18. AFL2: Cuala 0-16 Round Tower Clondalkin 0-7.


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