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ROUND-UP: Go-Ahead AFL 1 & AFL 2- May 22nd

ROUND-UP: Go-Ahead AFL 1 & AFL 2- May 22nd

Thu, 23rd May 2024

Darragh Dempsey kicked 1-3 in helping Kilmacud Crokes past 14-man Castleknock by 1-16 to 2-6 in their Go Ahead Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 clash at Somerton Park on Wednesday night.

Shane Cunningham (0-5) and Tom Fox (0-3) were also amongst the scores for Crokes, who maintained control of matters thanks to strong individual performances by Anthony Quinn, Luke O’Kelly and Liam Flatman.

There was another comfortable away win in Lusk as Ballyboden St Enda’s defeated Round Towers by 3-12 to 0-5.

The Boden goals were scored by Ryan O’Dwyer, James Holland and Donagh McCabe and with Ciaran Duggan adding three points from wing-back, the visitors eased home with Alex Gavin impressing at centrefield.

Na Fianna and Cuala also enjoyed their travels as they recorded contrasting away wins at Skerries Harps and Ballymun Kickhams respectively.

On Tuesday night, Ballinteer St John’s made a fruitful journey to Tymon Park as they edged St Jude’s by 0-14 to 1-9, completing their seventh win from nine games in the process.

The visitors lined out without a number of key regulars but that didn’t prevent them from making a bright start courtesy of early points from Oisin Grady, Mark McNally, Jack Lundy and Sean Parker.

However, a goal from St Jude’s full-back Sean Kavanagh kept the hosts in contention with points by Stephen Coen, Alan Connolly and Eoin Kenny enhancing their prospects but a brace of Grady frees and points by Dave Devereux, Ben Millist and McNally pushed Ballinteer 0-9 to 1-4 clear by the break.

St Jude’s levelled matters in the early stages of the second-half but with Iain Ó hEithir, Millist, David Murray, Eoghan Fitzpatrick, Lundy and debutant John Clair showing well, St John’s pushed on through scores from Lundy, Murray, Fitzpatrick and Parker.

That win ensures St John’s continue to lead the table by a single point from Na Fianna and Clontarf, who maintained their fine recent form when beating St Mary’s Saggart by 3-13 to 0-8 in St Anne’s Park.

In Division 2 of the Go-Ahead AFL, just two points separate the top eight teams in the table in what is turning out to be a hugely competitive league.

Fingal Ravens moved into joint top spot courtesy of their 1-15 to 1-11 win against Scoil Uí Chonaill with leaders St Brigid’s suffering their third straight reverse as they fell to Naomh Mearnóg by 1-10 to 0-11.

Parnell’s moved to within a point of top spot as an excellent second-half performance saw them account for Fingallians by 1-11 to 1-9 at Lawless Park.

Centre-back Graeme George and wing-forward Jamie Sammon were hugely influential for the visitors as they overcame a 1-6 to 0-5 interval deficit.

Sammon kicked three points over the hour and with substitute Cillian Hunt adding four second-half frees, Parnell’s held on through a Conor McGrath goal and points by Alex Carolan, Sean McHugh, Adam Doyle and Thomas Davis.

St Patrick’s Donabate are also hot on the heels of the leaders as they pushed on after the break to beat Kilmacud Crokes by 3-14 to 1-10 at Silver Park.

The likes of Darren Maher, Sean Walsh, Stephen Dempsey, Luke Sweetman and Dan Ryan all ensured that St Pat’s were more than a match for their opponents in the opening three-quarters.

Dempsey scored 1-2 in total while corner-back Maher chipped in with 0-2 as the visitors took control upon the restart thanks to goals by Evan Brooks and Padraig McGill.

Ollie Brooks added three points to keep Donabate on top with Ruairi Whelan and Ciaran Shields also to the fore with two points apiece.

St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh proved too strong for a weakened Ballyboughal, winning by 3-11 to 0-6.

Ted Furman and Paul Brogan kept the Plunkett’s scoreboard ticking over while at the opposite end, both Adam Tyrell at corner-back and Tom Cullen at centre-back excelled in their roles.

GO-AHEAD AFL1 RESULTS: St Jude’s 1-9 Ballinteer St John’s 0-14; Skerries Harps 0-7 Na Fianna 2-15; Ballymun Kickhams 0-15 Cuala 0-16; Lucan Sarsfields 2-12 Whitehall Colmcille 0-7; Clontarf 3-13 St Mary’s Saggart 0-8; Castleknock 2-6 Kilmacud Crokes 1-16; Thomas Davis 0-14 St Sylvester’s 2-8; Round Towers Lusk 0-5 Ballyboden St Enda’s 3-12.

GO-AHEAD AFL2 RESULTS: St Vincent’s 1-17 Erin’s Isle 1-8; Raheny 2-12 Naomh Olaf 1-9; Naomh Mearnóg 1-10 St Brigid’s 0-11; Kilmacud Crokes 1-10 St Patrick’s Donabate 3-14; Fingal Ravens 1-15 Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-11; Round Towers Clondalkin 1-7 Naomh Barróg 0-8; Ballyboughal 0-6 St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER 3-11; Fingallians 1-9 Parnell’s 1-11.

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