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O'Shaughnessy drives Trinity Gaels over the edge

TRINITY GAELS' relegation from Dublin's Adult Football League Division 1 was confirmed as they succumbed by 4-19 to 0-10 to Lucan Sarsfields at Druimnigh yesterday morning.

The visitors, driven on by the exceptional Stephen O'Shaughnessy at centre-back were boosted by a superb Tommy Brennan goal in the opening half with Brendan Gallagher and James O'Neill adding points for Sars.

Craig Reilly, Ryan Monaghan and Mark Leonard strove to get the hosts back into contention but their efforts were in vain as Brendan Gallagher and his brother Dermot shared three goals to claim victory and ensure a relegation play-off date with Kilmacud Crokes.

At the opposite end of the table, St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh ensured their Top 4 play-off spot as two goals from Jason Sherlock helped them to a 3-13 to 2-11 win over St Mary's in Saggart.

With the sides level at 0-7 apiece at the break, Plunkett's availed of strong displays from Rory O'Connor, Shane Lyons, David Kelly and David Sweeney to pull clear, with Alan Brogan hitting eight points over the hour while David Matthews struck the insurance goal.

In AFL2, Fingallians were another team to confirm play-off spots as three points apiece from Ciarán McLoughlin and David Killeen in addition to a brace from the impressive Donal Farrell were enough to see of Naomh Fionnbarra by three points at Lawless Park. Meanwhile in AHL1, Craobh Chiaráin moved above Crumlin into second spot as the efforts of Gerry Ennis, Robbie Mahon, Darren Kelly, Gary Kelly, Stephen McDonnell and Alan McCrabbe proved too much for a youthful O'Toole's with Craobh finishing ahead, 0-22 to 2-14, at Blunden Drive.

DUBLIN - AFL1: St Mary's Saggart 2-11 St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 3-13; Trinity Gaels 0-10 Lucan Sarsfields 4-19. AFL2: Cuala 0-13 St Peregrine's 1-10; Fingallians 0-9 Nh Fionnbarra 0-6.

AHL1: O'Toole's 2-12 Craobh Chiaráin 0-20.