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Fingal Ravens' Alan Manning is closed down by Matthew Farrell of Ballyboughal.

Fingal Ravens' Alan Manning is closed down by Matthew Farrell of Ballyboughal.

Cormac Howley's goal helped Round Towers Lusk secure victory over Scoil UI Chonaill.

Cormac Howley's goal helped Round Towers Lusk secure victory over Scoil UI Chonaill.

Fingal Ravens' Conor Foley gets a shot away under pressure from a Ballyboughal defender during their AFL2 clash in Rolestown on Saturday evening. Picture: Fintan Clarke

Fingal Ravens' Conor Foley gets a shot away under pressure from a Ballyboughal defender during their AFL2 clash in Rolestown on Saturday evening. Picture: Fintan Clarke

Ballyboughal’s Gerry Seaver gets his kick away despite this attempted block by Fingal Ravens' Dan Sammon.

Ballyboughal’s Gerry Seaver gets his kick away despite this attempted block by Fingal Ravens' Dan Sammon.

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Fingal Ravens' Alan Manning is closed down by Matthew Farrell of Ballyboughal.

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St SYLVESTER’S maintained their slender lead at the top of the table with a 3-18 to 1-4 win over Na Fianna, their goals coming from Jack Hazley, Mark Hazley and Dylan Connolly.

The big north County Dublin clash in Rolestown produced plenty of thrills and spills as Fingal Ravens ended Ballyboughal’s impressive winning streak with a 2-9 to 2-7 win.

Despite losing Ross Begg to a black card, Ravens edged a point in front courtesy of a Dan Cibotar free and then Alan Manning made a storming run from midfield to find the back of the net six minutes before the break.

The half-time score was 1-4 to 0-5, but Ravens’ lead might have been greater had it not been for a terrific intercept by David Downey.

Ballyboughal, however, got the second period off to a cracking start, and after back-to-back points from Matthew Farrell and John Rodgers they went three up when Gerry Seaver found the back of the net eight minutes into the half.

Moments later he played a diagonal ball into Ben Callinan who beat the Ravens keeper with a close-in finish.

However, after Ciarán Wynn picked up a black card for Ballyboughal mid-way through the half, the pendulum swung back in Ravens’ favour.

With Cibotar registering frees each side of a Manning effort, the gap was now down to the bare minimum.

Then Ravens turned over Ballyboughal as they attempted to break out of their defence and following a quick exchange of passes between James O’Donnell and Shane McDonagh, Seán Kinsella fired home to leave Ravens two points up.

In a frantic finish to the game Ballyboughal sub Ritchie Downey saw an effort cleared off the line before having a goal disallowed – much to Ballyboughal’s dismay – after he was deemed by the match official to have been inside the square.

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Elsewhere, Round Towers Lusk were 1-13 to 0-12 winners at home to Scoil Uí Chonaill, the crucial score of the game coming just before half-time when a brilliant long ball played over the top released Cormac Howley (1-4) for a goal chance which he converted.

The home side added two more points to lead by seven, a cushion they preserved for the rest of the game.

Fingallians suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as Whitehall Colmcille maintained their push for promotion with a resounding 5-13 to 0-11 win in Lawless Park.


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