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O'Loughlin fires Crokes to victory over O'Toole's

KEVIN O'LOUGHLIN continued his prolific form to help KILMACUD CROKES record a comfortable 3-13 to 1-8 victory over 13-man O'TOOLE'S in their Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 1 encounter at Blunden Drive on Saturday evening.

O'Loughlin scored 0-11 in Dublin's U21 win over Offaly last Thursday and helped himself to 2-7 with all bar one point coming from placed balls in Saturday's league encounter.

Dublin senior hurling panellist, Barry O'Rorke chipped in with 1-3 from play for the visitors and further points from Dublin U21 Seán McGrath, Naomhán Ó Riordáin and Dublin senior Ryan O'Dwyer helped Kilmacud to top spot in the table.

At the opposite end of the division, two goals from Dermot Donnellan helped LUCAN SARSFIELDS record their first win of the campaign with a 3-12 to 2-10 win over BALLINTEER ST JOHN'S.

Daire Brennan starred for the hosts at centrefield and there were strong performances from Andrew Duff, full-back Peter Carroll and Brendan McGarry as Sars' capitalised on an understrength St John's selection.

At Tymon North, CRAOBH CHIARáIN produced a storming second-half comeback to pip FAUGHS by four points in a high-scoring encounter.

David Keane, Keith Ryan and Ger Ennis were among the goals for the visitors as Craobh overturned an eight point half-time deficit while Derek O'Reilly exerted a strong influence from centre-back in addition to converting some vital long-range frees, with Peter O'Boyle, Stephen Ennis and Eugene Farrell all to the fore for the Donnycarney men.

On Friday evening, Crumlin continued their fine recent form in recording an impressive 0-11 to 1-6 win over St Vincent's at a wet and windy Páirc Naomh Uinsionn.

Seán Stafford and centre-forward Shane Martin shared 0-6 of their side's tally while Paul O'Brien offered great solidity at corner-back and regular full-back Kevin Byrne shone as replacement goalkeeper for Peter Elliott's charges.

DUBLIN'S minor footballers are expected to be at full strength for this Wednesday night's Leinster MFC semi-final against Kildare in Parnell Park (7.30).

Meath and Louth clash in the other semif-final in Páirc Tailteann, Navan, also on Wednesday night (7.30).

DUBLIN - AHL1: Faughs 2-15 Craobh Chiaráin 4-13; Lucan Sarsfields 3-12 Ballinteer St John's 1-10; Na Fianna off St Brigid's; Nh Mearnóg 0-13 Ballyboden St Enda's 7-9; O'Toole's 1-8 Kilmacud Crokes 3-13; St Vincent's 1-6 Crumlin 0-11. AHL2: Nh Fionnbarra 0-19 Erin's Isle 0-9; Setanta 1-11 Ballyboden St Enda's 1-6; St Jude's 2-12 St Peregrine's 0-9; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-10 Cuala 0-14; St Patrick's Palmerstown 2-7 Raheny 0-9; Whitehall Colmcille 4-11 Nh Barróg 0-9.