RELIEF in Saggart. St Mary's are still a member of the Dublin club SFC.
In the big relegation duel at St Margaret's yesterday afternoon, they beat Fingallians 1-14 to 1-11.
"It's great to have that burden lifted from us," remarked the Mary's manager, Jimmy Callaghan.
"It was a very demanding, tight game. But our lads showed character, especially after losing to Boden last Wednesday night."
Mick Coyne got the golden goal for Mary's, who led at the interval 1-4 to 0-5. But they still had plenty of work to do.
In the second period, Fingallians went three points up. "We were worried then, but we responded straight away, and that was the turning point," stated Jimmy.
It was Ciaran McLoughin's birthday and he hit 1-5 for Fins, who were without the injured Dub Paul Flynn.
Adam Hanley, Brendan Quigley, Martin Hanley and David Killeen were prominent for the Swords side.
Mary's defending was first class. 'Keeper Richie Redmond, made a critical save near the end, while Denis Carrigan and Blaine Kelly were outstanding.
"Fair play to the lads. They really dug deep. Now we can focus on our last game of the league which is at home to Plunkett's," added Jimmy.