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Ace O'Brien on hand to seal survival for Mearnóg

A GOAL, early in the second half from Kevin O'Brien, enabled Naomh Mearnóg to beat Clontarf 1-9 to 0-8 in last night's Evening Herald Dublin Senior Football Championship relegation tie at Balgriffin.

The match was a repeat of the AFL Division play-off 3 tussle.

Mearnóg also won that, and they were again deserving winners.

Yet, on a damp evening, 'Tarf enjoyed some excellent passages, and they had noble contributions from Ciaran Johnson, Neil Shanahan and Chris Morrissey.


Mearnóg's forward division worked extremely hard, including Dublin hurler Shane Ryan. Ryan O'Sullivan and Aidan Kenny also put in the miles.

All night, the Mearnóg front men chased down everything high up the field, making it difficult for 'Tarf to build up any attacking moves from the back.

The Portmarnock captain, Francis McGowan, did well in midfield, while Andrew Sheppard and Stephen McHale also did their share.

Up at the Iveagh Grounds, St Mark's also maintained their Senior Championship status as they accounted for Whitehall Colmcille, 1-16 to 1-11.

The Erin's Isle versus Parnells SFC relegation game at St Margaret's was called off due to an unplayable pitch.