There was a thrilling top of the table clash in Drumnigh on Saturday evening as Trinity Gaels edged St Pat’s Donabate by 1-14 to 1-13 to remain in joint top spot of the Go Ahead Dublin Adult Football League Division 3 table.
The hosts were well served at the back by Graham Forde and Daniel Gurien while Jamie Bishop enjoyed a strong hour in the Gaels midfield.
Josh McCann (0-4) and Sean Boylan (0-3) were the pick of the home attack with Joey McCann (1-1), Colin Dempsey (0-2), Jack Rowe (0-2), the lively Liam Glynn (0-1) and Craig Reilly (0-1)also on target for Trinity.
There was little to separate Na Fianna and Ballyboden St Enda’s at St Mobhi Road with the visitors just coming out on top, winning by 2-18 to 2-15.
David Keane (0-9) and Luke Byrne (1-5) were the main marksmen for St Enda’s with newcomer Oisin Byrne at wing-back and old stager Declan O’Mahony at midfield proving highly influential for the winners.
Naomh Fionnbarra were another team to impress up front as they defeated St Sylvester’s by 5-13 to 1-12.
The Cabra outfit were full value for their win with Robbie Callaghan kicking 1-6 from play while substitute Sean Murphy entered the fray to telling effect with 2-1 in the second-half.
Wayne Losty added 1-1 for a Fionnbarra team that dominated matters thanks to strong displays from centre-back Conor Carberry, the roving Ger Dodrill and midfielder Aaron Costello.
In Go Ahead Dublin Adult Football Division 4 , Clann Mhuire continue to lead the way as they proved too strong for Thomas Davis in Naul, winning by 3-22 to 0-15.
The likes of Brian White, Eanna Reynolds, Steven Rogers, James Morgan, Kevin Whyte and Ronan Reilly ensured that the league leaders controlled matters for the large part.
Adam Rogers top scored with 1-5 for a Clann Mhuire side that built an unassailable tally thanks to the scoring returns of Calum McCoy (1-2), Ronan Reilly (1-2), Kevin Whyte (0-4), Steven Rogers (0-3) and Joe Ó Muircheartaigh (0-3).
St Patrick’s Palmerstown remain hot on their heels as they scored goals at critical times to defeat St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh by 2-14 to 0-16 at Martin Savage Park.
Centre-back Peter Keaney and midfielder Garbhán Gallagher were instrumental in providing a platform for the visitors while Dave O’Hanlon and Barry O’Hanlon coped well with the Brogan brothers in the away full-back line.
Graham Kelly scored 2-4 with a lively showing from corner-forward while Alan Griffin and Collie Driver also impressed in an attacking capacity for St Pat’s.
On Thursday night, Castleknock enhanced their promotion prospects when defeating relegation threatened St Vincent’s by 3-15 to 2-12 at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn.
The visitors were struggling at the break as they trailed by 2-5 to 0-7 but second-half goals by the influential Eoin Walsh, Gavin Murphy O’Kane and a penalty by Daniel Murphy turned the tide in Castleknock’s favour.
Wing-forwards Walsh and Murphy O’Kane threatened throughout, scoring 1-3 and 1-2 respectively, and with centre-back Brian Hughes and midfielder Diarmuid Brady also to the fore, ‘Knock pulled away through further points from Kieran Millmore, Aidan Kearney, Mark Connellan, Martin Brady, Sam Ryan and Mikey Galvin.
Go Ahead Dublin AFL3: Erin’s Isle 1-11 St Anne’s 0-13; Na Fianna 2-15 Ballyboden St Enda’s 2-18; Trinity Gaels 1-14 St Patrick’s Donabate 1-13; Naomh Barróg 1-20 Ballymun Kickhams 2-2; Clanna Gael Fontenoy 2-16 Cuala 1-11; St Jude’s 2-14 Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels 1-10; Naomh Fionnbarra 5-13 St Sylvester’s 1-12; O’Toole’s 2-16 St Peregrine’s 2-7.
Go Ahead Dublin AFL4: St Brigid’s 1-6 St Finian’s Newcastle 0-12; St Mark’s 2-7 St Finian’s Swords 2-13; Templeogue Synge Street 0-6 Clontarf 2-27; St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER 0-16 St Patrick’s Palmerstown 2-14; Lucan Sarsfields 5-16 Kilmacud Crokes 1-16; Ballinteer St John’s 0-9 Skerries Harps 1-10; St Vincent’s 2-12 Castleknock 3-15; Clann Mhuire 3-22 Thomas Davis 0-15.