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A VIRTUOSO display from Dean Rock helped BALLYMUN KICKHAMS maintain their unbeaten start to the Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 following a 1-14 to 1-6 win over FINGAL RAVENS at Páirc Ciceam yesterday morning.

The Dublin panellist hit 1-9 of his side's tally, converting a first-half penalty as the hosts led by 1-10 to 0-4 at half-time and despite a Fingal revival, Ballymun held out comfortably with Philly McMahon, Paddy Christie and Eoin Dolan instrumental in their win.

Ballymun are joined on eight points from four games by NA FIANNA who dug out a narrow 0-13 to 0-11 away win over BALLYBODEN while county champions ST BRIGID'S produced a dominant first-half display in accounting for LUCAN by 2-16 to 0-15 at the 12th Lock.

Barry Cahill shone for the winners from wing-forward, scoring 1-3, while four points from midfielder John O'Loughlin and notable contributions from Gavin Kane, Graham Norton and Odhran McCann proved sufficient for Brigid's whose second goal came from a Shane Supple penalty.

A towering display from midfielder Seamus Walsh proved instrumental as ST MARY'S, SAGGART recorded an impressive 1-13 to 0-13 away victory over PARNELL'S.

Walsh hit two points to add to other efforts from David Marshall, Blaine Kelly, Eoin Murray and Alan Marshall while Conor Broderick's goal soon after the restart was the pivotal score for the visitors.

At Tymon Park, league holders ST JUDE'S succumbed by 0-11 to 1-10 to ST SYLVESTER'S with Nigel Dunne's 44th minute goal crucial in the their third league win.

Two goals, one from a penalty, by Gareth 'Nesty' Smith were vital as ST OLIVER PLUNKETT'S/ER pipped TEMPLEOGUE SYNGE ST by 2-11 to 1-12.

DUBLIN - AFL1: Ballyboden St Enda's 0-11 Na Fianna 0-13; Lucan 0-15 St Brigid's 2-16; Parnell's 0-13 St Mary's Saggart 1-13; St Jude's 0-11 St Sylvester's 1-10; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 2-11 Templeogue Synge Street 1-12; St Vincent's OFF St Maur's; Thomas Davis 2-15 O'Toole's 1-10; Ballymun Kickhams 1-14 Fingal Ravens 1-6. AFL2: St Mark's 0-5 St Peregrine's 7-17; St Pat's (P) 0-11 St Anne's 0-10; Skerries 0-9 Raheny 0-11; Fingallians 1-13 Cuala 1-13; Kilmacud Crokes (1) 3-16 Erin's Isle 1-6; Nh Mearnóg 0-11 Ballinteer St John's 0-11; Trinity Gaels 0-8 Rd Tower, Clondalkin 1-13.

THE MCG provided a fitting location for a moving Jim Stynes tribute ahead of Melbourne's clash with the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. Members of Stynes family, including his wife Sam, children and Dad as well as his brother Brian formed a guard of honour alongside club legends and friends as the former Brownlow medalist's beloved Demons ran onto the ground for the round four fixture.

Fans at the MCG watched images of Stynes on the big screen as a rendition of 'Danny Boy' was performed making for an emotional scene, with members of the crowd wiping away tears.

Unfortunately though, the tributes ended before game time as the Demons failed to notch up their first win of the season despite a spirited performance. At the final siren they were 21 points adrift of the Bulldogs.


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