The log-jam at the summit of the Go Ahead Dublin Adult Football League Division 2 table continued with the top eight teams separated by just two points after this weekend’s action.
League leaders St Brigid’s remain just in front after beating Parnells by 2-9 to 1-7 with Whitehall Colmcille and St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh in joint second spot following their wins over St Maur’s and Scoil Uí Chonaill respectively.
Plunkett’s were indented to Ben McSweeney in their 3-12 to 1-11 win away at Scoil with the dual player central to much of their positive play while Conor Tyrell and Gareth Smith accounted for the bulk of their scores.
There was another away success at the Monastery Road as St Mary’s Saggart cemented their mid-table position with a comprehensive 1-19 to 0-10 victory over bottom-placed Round Towers Clondalkin.
The visitors started off on the front foot through early points from Conor Jameson and Jamie McCarville and they pulled away as the half progressed to lead by 0-12 to 0-6 by half-time.
St Mary’s continued to control matters upon the restart with goalkeeper George Kenny, wing-back Jacob Clarke and corner-forward Carl Finn all enjoying influential hours.
Jameson top scored with six points and with midfielder Kyle Butler adding an insurance goal with ten minutes remaining, the visitors eased home thanks to further points by McCarville, Eoin Murray, Adam Druid, Finn, Shane Buckley and Clarke.
It proved far tighter in Ballyboughal as the hosts edged Fingallians by 1-14 to 0-15 with the all-important goal coming through Richie Downey.
At the opposite end, goalkeeper David Downey made two superb interventions to help preserve his team’s narrow advantage while he was well supported at the back by the likes of Diarmuid Finneran and Will Rafter.
Gerry Seaver kicked five vital points for the hosts, who held on to move within two points of the top spot thanks to four points apiece by John Rodgers and Ciaran Wynne.
Scores proved at a premium in Páirc Mearnóg as well as Naomh Mearnóg pipped St Margaret’s by 0-13 to 0-9.
Defences were on top for the large part with Eoin Kelly and Fintan O’Connor excelling for the hosts and with Tommy Cosgrove showing well at midfield, the Portmarnock side prevailed thanks to three points from Aodhán Fee.
On Friday evening, Kilmacud Crokes recorded a much-needed win at the bottom of the table as they edged past Templeogue Synge Street by 1-8 to 0-8 at Silver Park.
A goal from substitute Tomás O’Neill proved the difference between the teams with goalkeeper David Higgins making an excellent stop deep into added time to secure his team’s victory.
The home points arrived through Mark Coughlan (0-3) and points apiece by Tom Doran, Higgins, Conor Kelly, Ben Kelly and Leo Fearon with Ben Kelly and O’Neill making strong impacts from the bench.
Fearon was another to shine from wing-back with Doran and midfielder Ryan Murphy also to the fore for Kilmacud.
Go Ahead Dublin AFL2: St Brigid’s 2-9 Parnells 1-7; Kilmacud Crokes 1-8 Templeogue Synge Street 0-8; Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-11 St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER 3-12; Whitehall Colmcille 3-10 St Maur’s 1-4; Naomh Mearnóg 0-13 St Margaret’s 0-9; Fingal Ravens 2-12 Round Towers Lusk 2-15; Ballyboughal 1-14 Fingallians 0-15; Round Towers Clondalkin 0-10 St Mary’s Saggart 1-19.