Scoil Uí CHONAILL made the difference in league status eventually tell as they defeated Cuala by 2-13 to 0-8 in their Dublin Intermediate Football Championship second round clash at O'Toole Park last Friday.
With three divisions separating the teams, a one-sided affair was perhaps expected but Cuala battled gamely throughout only to succumb to Scoil's greater cohesion in the closing stages.
The contest was delicately poised entering the final ten minutes but the Dublin Adult Football League Division 2 side finished strongly to secure the eleven point victory.
The attacking contribution of Neil O'Flynn was crucial for Scoil with the former Dublin minor chipping in with four points while both Conor Dixon and Eoghan O'Connell netted pivotal goals for the winners.
Others to make valuable offerings over the hour were Alan Cronin, Conor O'Donovan and Conor Coady with Eoin O'Carroll and Donncha Fenton sharing five points for Scoil Uí Chonaill.
That Cuala remained in touch for so long was down to the excellence of Dylan Treacy, Ronan Sweeney, Jake Malone and Ronan Murdoch with Niall Carty and Paul James responsible for the bulk of the Dalkey outfit's scores.
In Cloghran, a brace of goals from the lively Alex Mulvey ensured Kilmacud Crokes got the better of a battling Naomh Fionnbarra by 2-13 to 0-9.
Kilmacud impressed for the duration with defenders Gavin English and Aidan Jones keeping close tabs on the Fionnbarra attack while Andy O'Malley was hugely influential from midfield in addition to amassing four points for Crokes.
Mulvey received great support in attack from the experienced Liam óg Ó hÉineacháin with Ciarán O'Connor, Aidan Jones and Stephen Williams adding vital points for the winners.
The remaining fixture on Friday evening saw Ballyboden St Enda's narrowly defeat St Finian's Swords by by 0-11 to 0-9 in Garristown.
It proved similarly tight in O'Toole Park on Saturday afternoon with St Patrick's Donabate seeing off a determined comeback by Clan na Gael Fontenoy to win by 1-8 to 0-9.
The free-taking excellence of Ricky Joyce ensured Clanns remained in the hunt but it proved insufficient as Pat's kicked an insurance score in injury time.
IFC: Scoil Uí Chonaill 2-13 Cuala 0-8; Ballyboden St Enda's 0-11 St Finian's Swords 0-9; Kilmacud Crokes 2-13 Naomh Fionnbarra 0-9 ; St Patrick's Donabate 1-8 Clan na Gael Fontenoy 0-9.