McCarthy and Clarke star as Syls impress
ST SYLVESTER'S continued their impressive start to the league as goals in either half from Gavin McArdle and Nigel Dunne helped them overcome KILMACUD CROKES by five points, 2-15 to 0-16, in their AFL1 encounter at Broomfield last night.
Darren Clarke and Micheal McCarthy shared 0-12 for the Malahide side who also had strong displays from McArdle, Brian Sexton, John Coughlan and Fionn Carney as Crokes, despite 0-4 from Ray Cosgrove and 0-6 from Barry O'Rorke, fell short in the end.
At Páirc Naomh Uinsionn, FINGAL RAVENS produced a great team effort to account for ST VINCENT'S by four points, 2-12 to 1-11, with their miserly defence instrumental in claiming the two points.
Corner-back Jason Boland did a superb marshalling job on Tomás Quinn, particularly in the opening half, and despite losing influential midfielder Martin Flanagan to injury on 25 minutes, they sealed the points with goals from Niall Tormey and substitute Derek Daly.
Ravens led by seven points at one stage in the opening half but the Marino men rallied in the second half with Quinn's well-taken goal edging them in front before Daly raised a game winning green flag at the other end shortly afterwards.
There was another away victory at Druimnigh as BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S recorded a vital ten point win over TRINITY GAELS with Andrew Kerin once again proving his scoring prowess with 2-7 over the hour.
Boden owed much of their win to their full-back line of Paul O'Brien, Brian Devlin and Mark Fitzgerald while wing-back Daniel Davey joined the attack to telling effect, scoring three points from play.
At Russell Park, goals from Paddy Andrews, Philly Ryan and Eoin Maguire saw ST BRIGID'S ease to a facile 3-14 to 0-9 win over an understrength THOMAS DAVIS. Andrews hit an impressive 1-6 in total and Davis found it tough to register scores against a strong home rearguard in which Graham Norton, Martin Cahill, Alan Daly and Gavin Kane all impressed.
THE Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U21HC semi-final between Dublin and Offaly has been moved back 24 hours and will be played next Thursday at Parnell Park (7.30).
DUBLIN - AFL1: St Brigid's 3-14 Thomas Davis 0-9; St Jude's 2-14 Parnells 0-13; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 0-20 Lucan Sarsfields 2-11; St Sylvester's 2-15 Kilmacud Crokes 0-16; St Vincent's 1-11 Fingal Ravens 2-12; Templeogue Synge St 1-10 Ballymun Kickhams 0-16; Trinity Gaels 0-11 Ballyboden St Enda's 2-15. AFL2: Raheny off St Pat's Palmerstown; Round Tower Clondalkin 2-12 O'Toole's 2-9; Skerries Harps 2-11 Nh Mearnóg 0-11; St Anne's 0-17 Nh Fionnbarra 1-8; St Brigid's 0-7 Fingallians 1-12; St Mark's 3-9 Erin's Isle 4-14; St Maur's 4-15 Cuala 1-7; St Peregrine's 1-10 Ballinteer St John's 1-12.