NAOMH Mearnóg maintained their push for a semi-final play-off spot with back-to-back wins over St Peregrines and Fingallians during the week.
The second win at home to Fingallians on Saturday came courtesy of goals in either half from Ryan O'Sullivan. Mearnóg got off to an explosive start as they led 1-3 to 00 inside the first 10 minutes and they maintained that six point lead at half time. Fingallians attempted to stay in touch courtesy of a David Killeen goal but having got the gap back to two points, they were knocked backed on the seat of their pants when Jamie Walsh sent over a terrific 45.
The young corner forward was in good form on the night as was Aiden Kenny who sent over two terrific points from inside the right hand touchline. And with Micheal Gibbs also impressing, Mearnóg held on to win on a 2-12 to 1-10 scoreline It was Naomh Mearnóg's eighth win from their last nine starts and leaves them well placed to make the play-offs if they win their remaining two matches.
Also in the mix are Skerries Harps, despite being held at home by Cuala in Hyde Park on Wednesday night. In a repeat of last season's championship final which Skerries Harps won courtesy of a dramatic last-gasp free from harry Dawson, Cuala had to come from four points down to secure a point. Traffic congestion on the southside meant that six of the Harps players arrived just in time for the 7pm thrown in.
As a result, the lack of warm up time combined with a very slippery pitch saw Skerries miss two 'sitters' inside the opening five minutes. They then conceded a goal to Cuala in 10th minute after sloppy defending before Graham Cullen pointed. A penalty converted by Donnacha Reilly minutes later saw the sides level at the break at 1-5 apiece. Skerries took over in the second half and were ahead by 1-11 to 1-7 after 55 minutes when Cuala again netted with Harps Alun Cullinan unsighted in goals.
And although Barry Davey and Eoin Ellis pointed, Cuala replied with two quixk points to leave Skerries one ahead with time up. Then came the disputed '45' and the levelling score to leave it 2-10 to 1-13 Cuala were unable to repeat that performance on Saturday as runaway leaders Kilmacud Crokes held them to just the one score, 3-18 to 1-0. Raheny, meanwhile scored an impressive 2-15 to 0-6 win away to Trinity Gaels to take over second spot from Round Towers Clondalkin and if they manage to win their remaining matches they will secure a home draw for the semi-finals.