Tuesday 23 July 2019

Brogans and Flynn draw a big Fins crowd

GAA Adult Football League: Divisions 1 & 2

Rory Kerr

The return to action of four times all star Paul Flynn along with the appearance his two former Dublin teammates Alan and Bernard Brogan insured a big crowd at Lawless Park on Saturday evening as Fingallians prevailed on a 3-12 to 1-15 scoreline over St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh.

The GPA boss hit 1-3 as the home side picked up much-needed points in this Division 1 clash, with an well taken penalty from Oisin Lynch sending Fingallians on their way in the first half.

However, a goal from the the Plunketts centre forward would leave it all square at the break at 1-7 apiece, and with Bernard Brogan proving prolific off the dead ball it was still anyone's game heading into the final quarter.

However, Fingallians would strike for two crucial goals from Donall Keane and Flynn, with Lynch also landing two crucial frees to seal the win for Mark Gibson's team.

Also victorious were Skerries Harps who picked up two valuable points away on their travels with a 1-9 to 0-10 win away to St Brigids.

Nonetheless, they had to wait until five minutes from the end to seal the victory when wing back Robbie Clinton beat the keeper with a powerful strike.

Still, with nine minutes of additional time added, Skerries were made to sweat, but with former All-Ireland-winning captain Bryan Cullen marshalling them well, Harps held out for victory.

Skerries had the advantage of the elements in the first half, with Stephen Smith kicking three points to fire them into a 0-7 to 0-4 lead, although some over-elaboration up front cost them three possible goals in that period.

Collie Daly would stretch their lead to four points, but against a strong wind Skerries were pinned back from most of the second half and with eight minutes to go St Brigids had moved two points clear with successive frees before Clinton coame to the visitors' rescue.

Meanwhile, it was a busy afternoon for Ciaran Archer who, having registered 0-7 for the Dublin Under-20s against Kerry earlier on in the day, managed to play the last 15 minutes for St Maur's in their away clash to Na Fianna.

Archer would register another 2-1, his second goal a free that came off the inside of the post, but it still wasn't enough as Na Fianna prevailed on a 2-18 to 3-8 scoreline.

In Divison two the top three spots are occupied by north county teams.

Naomh Mearnog moved to second behind leaders and next door neigbours St Sylvester's with a 1-18 to 0-12 win over St Mary's Saggart, with Oisin Taylor hitting 1-5 for the home side.

Ritchie Downey, fresh from his wedding on Thursday, put in a good shift for Ballyboughal as they defeated Na Fianna 1-18 to 1-12, with Eoghan McPhilbin registering their goal.

Round Towers Lusk's worrying form continued as they fell to a heavy 6-16 to 3-7 defeat against Kilmacud Crokes despite goals from Darragh Kelly (2-0) and Cormac Howley (1-3) in a game where Klmacud Crokes hit two early goals.

Fingal Independent