'Nesty' Smith goals put Plunkett's on road to win
A GOAL inside the opening minute from Gareth 'Nesty' Smith set St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh on course for a comfortable 2-12 to 2-5 victory over Thomas Davis in their Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 encounter at Martin Savage Park yesterday morning.
The hosts enjoyed a five point buffer at the break and eased their way to their second win of the season thanks to 1-2 by Darragh Brogan and positive contributions by full-back James Brogan, James O'Donoghue and Ross McConnell.
Plunkett's are one of just two teams with four points with Ballymun kickhams joining them at the summit following their 1-19 to 0-8 success over Templeogue Synge Street at Páirc Ciceam while St Vincent's opened their campaign with a 3-16 to 1-15 away win over St Sylvester's.
In Bray, newly promoted Cuala registered their first league win of the year with Luke Keating kicking 0-5 from play in their 0-13 to 1-7 victory over Parnell's.
The foundation of their win lay in the influence of their half-back line of Conor Mulally, Adam Hudson and Martin Cahalan while David McMahon and full-back Kevin Killion were equally prominent for the winners.
Scott O'Brien, Mulally and Michael Fitzsimons all pointed for the Dalkey outfit but Parnell's were offered brief hope with a goal five minutes from time before Diarmuid Sexton landed an insurance score for Cuala.
AFL1: St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 2-12 Thomas Davis 2-5; Ballyboden St Enda's 1-10 St Jude's 2-7; St Maur's 2-6 St Brigid's 2-10; Cuala 0-13 Parnells 1-7; Kilmacud Crokes 1-9 Na Fianna 0-12; Ballymun Kickhams 1-19 Templeogue Synge Street 0-8; Fingal Ravens 2-7 Raheny 1-10; St Sylvester's 1-15 St Vincent's 3-16.
AFL2: St Patrick's Donabate 1-11 Erin's Isle 2-8; Castleknock 1-14 St Patrick's Palmerstown 0-4; Nh Barróg 0-5 Scoil Uí Chonaill 2-18; Skerries Harps 2-12 Clontarf 0-8; O'Toole's 0-15 St Peregrine's 0-11; Lucan Sarsfields 2-11 Ballinteer St John's 2-14; Nh Mearnóg 0-6 Round Tower Clondalkin 2-11; St Anne's 1-6 St Mary's Saggart 1-7.