New boy Kearns is top of Faughs class
FAUGHS produced the result of the day in overcoming league holders Kilmacud Crokes by 1-15 to 1-8 in their opening round Dublin AHL Division 1 at Tymon Park yesterday morning.
A Kevin O'Loughlin goal helped the visitors to a wind-assisted 1-8 to 0-5 interval lead but with their half-back line dominant after the break, Faughs pulled clear in emphatic fashion and Fergal Heavey's goal and 0-9 from new recruit Tom Kearns saw Martin McKenna's team home with seven points to spare.
Faughs' neighbours St Jude's also started the league off with a win with first-half goals from Timmy McCarthy and Danny Sutcliffe setting them on the road to a 2-16 to 0-17 win over Cuala.
Fiachra Feore, Robert Hardy and Seán McLoughlin all impressed defensively for the winners while Paul Maguire chipped in with 0-2 with Stephen Larkin accounting for 0-8 of his side's tally.
County champions Ballyboden St Enda's were made to fight all the way by Ballinteer St John's in their 1-12 to 1-10 win at Páirc Uí Mhurchú. The visitors produced an excellent all-round performance with Ronan Collins, Frank O'Donoghue, Oisín Power and Aodhán Clabby all to the fore but their efforts proved in vain as 'Boden claimed the two points with 1-6 from Simon Lambert and the contributions of Dave Sweeney, Dean Curran, Stephen O'Connor and Emmet Carroll crucial to their win.
At O'Toole Park, goals from Shane Martin, Cole Geraghty and Stephen Hyland were instrumental in Crumlin's 3-6 to 0-6 victory over Craobh Chiaráin, with Darren Whelan, Conor Muprhy and full-back John Cullen all starring for the hosts.
DUBLIN - AHL1: Ballyboden St Enda's 1-12 Ballinteer St John's 1-10; Crumlin 3-6 Craobh Chiaráin 0-6; Faughs 1-15 Kilmacud Crokes 1-8; St Jude's 2-16 Cuala 0-17; O'Toole's 1-7 Nh Mearnóg 0-7; St Vincent's 0-12 St Brigid's 0-9. AHL2: Nh Barróg 2-6 Clan na Gael 5-6; Na Fianna 1-16 Ballyboden St Enda's 3-8; Kilmacud Crokes 2-9 Whitehall Colmcille 5-13; Lucan Sarsfields 3-20 Setanta 1-5; St Pat's Palmerstown 2-13 St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 2-12; Raheny 1-11 Nh Fionnbarra 0-6.