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Maur's book spot in semis

THE Top 4 play-off pairings in Dublin's AFL Division 1 were decided yesterday morning with St Maur's booking a semi-final clash at Ballymun Kickhams after overcoming Kilmacud Crokes by 1-13 to 0-10 in Rush.

The win confirms the highest-placed position of third for the progressive North County club, who captured the Dublin Senior 'B' title last Monday evening.

Once again, Conor McGuire's contribution in attack proved pivotal for St Maur's with the inside-forward amassing 1-7 over the hour as the hosts fought back from a two-point interval deficit.

Vinny Whelan also chipped in with three superb points for St Maur's, who closed out the win thanks to the positive influence of Chris Carthy, Mikey Reilly, Ciarán Reddin and the outstanding Sam McGuinness.

Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the table, both Parnell's and Templeogue Synge Street booked their places in the top flight for the coming year after respective wins over Ballyboden St Enda's and St Vincent's respectively.

At Dolphin Park, early goals by the impressive Conor McKiernan and Cillian O'Gara helped Synge Street to defeat a heavily understrength St Vincent's by 2-9 to 0-7.

That platform enabled the hosts to retreat with their full-back line of Mark Trainor, Niall O'Sullivan and Robert Power to excel defensively while Alan O'Brien and Niall Scully also featured prominently for the winners.

In AFL2, Cuala confirmed second-spot and a home semi-final when comfortably accounting for Naomh Mearnóg by 1-20 to 2-4 in Portmarnock while Round Tower Clondalkin prolonged their season when beating Skerries Harps by 1-12 to 0-9. .

AFL1: St Maur's 1-13 Kilmacud Crokes 0-10; Ballyboden St Enda's 2-6 Parnell's 3-11; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 2-13 Na Fianna 2-11; Templeogue Synge Street 2-9 St Vincent's 0-7; St Mary's Saggart St Jude's. AFL2: Nh Mearnóg 2-4 Cuala 1-20; Skerries Harps 0-9 Round Tower Clondalkin 1-12; Fingallians 1-9 St Pat's Palmerstown 1-15.

CILLIAN KIELY was the late, late hero for Offaly champions Kilcormac/Killoughey as his crucial extra-time point saw his side defeat Shelmaliers, 2-13 to 0-18, in their Leinster club SHC quarter-final.

The Wexford champions had led by three in injury time at the end of 60 minutes but a late, late James Gorman goal sent the game to extra-time (2-9 to 0-15).

Their opponents in their provincial last-four will be Westmeath's Raharney who enjoyed an eight-point win over Carlow's St Mullin's in Cusack Park, Mullingar. Killian Doyle and John Shaw goaled either side of the break to help Raharney to victory.

TYRONE'S Omagh came with a late surge to defeat Crossmaglen Rangers, 2-8 to 1-9, in their Ulster SFC clash at Healy Park.

Crossmaglen led by seven points at one stage but then faltered as they finished the match with 13 men following the sending off of Callum Cumiskey and Tony Kernan.

KIERAN DONAGHY could captain Kerry in 2015 after his club Austin Stacks claimed their 12th county crown and first since 1994 when they outclassed Mid Kerry, 2-13 to 1-7, in the Kerry SFC replay.

PA BOURKE played a captain's role when scoring 1-3 to help Thurles Sarsfields to the Tipp senior hurling championship for a 33rd time after an 2-22 to 3-11 victory over last year's winners and mid-divisional rivals Loughmore-Castleiney..


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