Skerries Harps secured their Senior 1 status in Saturday’s double header in Naul, Terry McGinnis’ side defeating neighbours Round Towers Lusk, on a 4-12 to 1-8 scoreline.
Harps were able to welcome back Tailteann Cup winner and Westmeath defender Jack Smith for this relegation clash, while Cormac Howley was restored to the Lusk side having missed their last outing against Castleknock as he performed best man duties at his brother’s wedding.
It was Lusk who got off to the better start with points from Howley and Liam Bohan as Lusk opened up a narrow lead seven minutes into the game, but Skerries then found the back the net when a fast-breaking move started by Killian McGinnis ended with Eoin Wilde firing to the back of the net.
With Ethan Dunne and McGinnis dominating in midfield, Skerries raised the green flag for a second time when the former finished well past the keeper.
And while Lusk briefly got back into the game, a third goal from Smith left Lusk facing an uphill battle before Howley threw his team a lifeline to leave it 3-6 to 1-5 at the break.
However any chances of a comeback evaporated soon after half-time, with Skerries out-scoring Lusk by four points to none in the opening 10 minutes, two of them coming from half backs Adam Fearon and Greg McEneaney.
And while Lusk countered with a number of points, a Stephen Smith goal with five minutes to go drove the final nail in the coffin.
Following that match, St Sylvester’s took on Fingallians in the Senior 2 quarter-final in what was a repeat of last season’s highly contested group encounter up at Broomfield.
And while missing the four Hazley brothers due to family commitments, Syls opened up a two point lead by half-time with the help of three scores from Sean Guiden.
Fingallians endeavoured to stay in touch through Paul Flynn = who scored all but one of their points - but they fell away after the break, with the Sylvester’s midfield of Stephen Cunningham and Josh Bannon dominating.
Others to impress were Dan O’Leary and Alex Wright in attack, while James Cotter performed well in defence as Sylvester’s prevailed on a 0-14 to 0-7 scoreline.
St Sylvester’s will now face St Brigid’s in the semi-finals after the Navan Road outfit overcame St Maur’s on an 8-11 to 3-6 scoreline in Garristown.
Already without the suspended Ciaran Archer, Maur’s suffered a number of further setbacks in the first half, losing both Conor McGuire and Vinny Whelan, while Dan Redmond picked up a black card 15 minutes in.
Brigids were leading 3-6 to 1-3 at the break, one of their goals coming from a penalty, and they were never in trouble after that on a day when Kevin Callaghan, Jack O’Neill, Sean Egan and Mal Tighe impressed for the victors.
The other semi-final will see St Vincent’s take on St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh, the latter overcoming the loss of former Player of the Year Bernard Brogan to defeat St Mary’s Saggart on a 2-13 to 2-7 scoreline.