Ballymun Kickhams registered their first league win of the year as they defeated near neighbours Na Fianna by 2-11 to 0-7 in their one-sided Go Ahead Ireland Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 clash at Páirc Ciceam last Thursday evening.
Having suffered reverses at the hands of both Thomas Davis and St Jude’s in the opening two rounds, Ballymun produced a more consistent display in beating a Na Fianna that remain pointless and rooted at the bottom of the table.
Davy Byrne and Dean Robertson looked particularly sharp for the winners, scoring 1-2 and 1-4 respectively, and with Robbie Bolger adding three points, Kickhams cruised home with Leon Young and Ciaran McManus to the fore.
At St Anne’s Park, Ballyboden St Enda’s pulled clear in the second-half when accounting for Clontarf by 3-13 to 1-8.
The visitors led by just a point at the break (0-9 to 1-5) but kicked on upon the resumption thanks to goals from Daire Sweeney, Warren Egan and Mikey Dunne.
Sweeney finished the game with 1-5 to his name and received valuable support up front from Ciaran O’Reilly (0-2) and Dunne (1-1), while James Holland at midfield and wing-back Eoghan Gannon, who was making his first senior start, also played key roles for St Enda’s.
On Sunday morning, St Sylvester’s made it three wins on the bounce as they defeated Kilmacud Crokes by 3-10 to 0-10 at Broomfield.
Dylan Connolly netted twice for the hosts and with Sean Guiden contributing 1-6, Syls pulled away through further points by Mark Hazley, Dan Brennan, Jack Whelan and Andrew Cunningham.
In Division 2 of the Go Ahead Adult Football League, Whitehall Colmcille picked up their second league win as they edged St Brigid’s by 0-13 to 1-9 at Collins Avenue on Wednesday night.
The foundation for their win lay in a strong defensive showing in which both Sean Giles and Darragh Scanlon excelled while John Bridgeman showed great leadership throughout.
Sean Foran (0-3) and James O’Donoghue (0-2) were the pick of the home attack while Keith Campbell, Rory Kerins, Conor Keane, Scanlon, Matt Moran and Bridgeman also kicked valuable scores over the hour.
It was similarly tight at Abbotstown on Thursday night as Naomh Mearnóg maintained their excellent start with a narrow 1-12 to 1-11 win over St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh.
Mearnóg entered the game in top spot and confidence enhanced following wins over St Mary’s Saggart and St Maur’s and started brightly as a result through the efforts of Aodhán Fee, Shane Carthy, Cian Madden and Michael Gibbs.
Their influence ensured the visitors a four point lead entering the final quarter and while Plunkett’s levelled matters through a Garreth Smith-inspired comeback, the Portmarnock side prevailed with Bernard Deay kicking a match-winning 1-5.
GO AHEAD AFL1 RESULTS: Ballymun Kickhams 2-11 Na Fianna 0-7; Clontarf 1-8 Ballyboden St Enda’s 3-13; St Jude’s v Cuala OFF; St Sylvester’s 3-10 Kilmacud Crokes 0-10; Lucan Sarsfields 2-10 Skerries Harps 2-7; Naomh Olaf 0-11 St Vincent’s 1-11; Raheny 1-10 Ballinteer St John’s 1-8; Thomas Davis 1-11 Castleknock 1-12.
GO AHEAD AFL2 RESULTS: Whitehall Colmcille 0-13 St Brigid’s 1-9; St Maur’s 4-11 Fingal Ravens 0-19; St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER 1-11 Naomh Mearnóg 1-12; Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-10 Kilmacud Crokes 0-13; Fingallians 2-8 Round Towers Clondalkin 1-7; Parnell’s 1-13 Round Towers Lusk 1-15; St Mary’s Saggart v Ballyboughal OFF; Templeogue Synge Street v St Margaret’s OFF.