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Seánie stars as Saints survive

THIS was hardly how Seánie Johnston planned his All-Ireland final weekend when he finally became a Kildare footballer -- banging over points in a setting far removed from Croke Park.

But the former Cavan star has certainly earned the gratitude of his adopted St Kevin's, as his 0-5 haul helped the club retain their senior status in Kildare at the expense of Round Towers.

Kevin's emerged on the right side of a 0-10 to 0-9 scoreline with the ex-Cavan Gaels clubman in brilliant form.

It's a staggering fall from grace for Towers, who contested a Leinster senior club final as recently as 2003 but now find themselves relegated to the intermediate grade.

Reigning champions Athy marched onto the semi-final on Saturday after they overcame Moorefield to set up a clash with Carbury.

On the other side of the draw, Sarsfields face St Laurence's.

In Carlow, Palatine brought Old Leighlin's two-year SFC reign to a halt with a goal in each half seeing the challengers into a semi-final with Rathvilly on Saturday (5.0).

Baltinglass set up a Wicklow SFC final with St Patrick's after they got the better of Bray Emmets by seven points in their semi-final replay.

In Wexford hurling, reigning champions Oulart-The Ballagh remain on course for four in a row after they saw off semi-final rivals Shelmaliers, 1-19 to 2-11. They will face Faythe Harriers, who stunned last year's beaten finalists Rathnure by 0-19 to 2-9.