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Kinsella's late goal seals an Olaf victory

An individual goal from Eoin Kinsella 10 minutes from time helped Naomh Olaf overcome Ballyboughal by 2-7 to 0-11 in their Dublin Adult Football League Division 3 encounter in Ballyboughal on Sunday morning.

The visitors trailed by 0-5 to 0-2 at the break, with David Downey having made three fine saves for the hosts, but a fortuitous goal from new arrival Liam Murphy restored parity for Olafs early in the second half.

They tightened up at the back, with Stephen Mulvaney and Kevin Birrane especially solid and, although they conceded two points towards the end, Kinsella's well-taken goal handed them sufficient breathing space.

At Seán Moore Park, goals in either half by Ricky Joyce propelled Clan na Gael Fontenoy to a comfortable 2-14 to 1-8 victory over St Sylvester's.

Joe Hennessy and Kevin Munnelly gave efficient displays in the home defence and, with David Lyons showing well at centre-field, Howard Long and Ciarán Divney kicked some fine scores to secure the nine-point victory.

In AFL6, Thomas Hayes gave an exceptional display from centre-back when helping Ballymun Kickhams get the better of Man O' War by 6-9 to 0-9 at Páirc Ciceam.

Both Paddy Christie and Ian Robertson gave the hosts some valuable experience and Ballymun took full advantage, with Eddie Christie, David Dunne, Eoin Archbold and Karl Doyle all finding the net.

Meanwhile, in Pearse Park, Stephen Sutton was the pick of the attackers as St Margaret's registered a welcome 0-12 to 0-8 victory over Crumlin.

Kevin Conway, Jamie Sutton, Paul Lumley and Conor Sutton all impressed for the visitors, who secured their win thanks to added scores by Fionn Kane and Darren Newman.

AFL3: Naomh Fionnbarra 0-8 Garda 0-14; Clontarf 0-13 Scoil Uí Chonaill 0-8; Trinity Gaels 0-13 St Brigid's 0-12; St Vincent's 3-9 St Finian's, Swords 0-12; Na Fianna 2-11 Ballyboden St Enda's 0-5; Ballyboughal 0-11 Naomh Olaf 2-7; St Mark's 1-9 Whitehall Colmcille 1-15; Clan na Gael Fontenoy 2-14 St Sylvester's 1-8.

AFL4: Ballymun Kickhams 6-9 Man O' War 0-9; Raheny 0-13 St Brigid's 3-5; Crumlin 0-8 St Margaret's 0-12; St Jude's 1-12 St Monica's 2-12; O'Dwyer's 2-8 St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 2-16; Clann Mhuire 0-6 Lucan Sarsfields 0-8; Round Tower, Clondalkin 0-14 Parnell's 0-9.

CUALA PIP MEARNóG

There were scores aplenty in Hyde Park as Cuala did just enough to see off Naomh Mearnóg by 3-18 to 4-12 in their thrilling Dublin Adult Football League Division 5 encounter on Sunday lunchtime.

Paul James amassed 1-5 from corner-forward for the hosts and he was well supported in attack by Niall Carthy (0-4), Dillon Kennedy and Seán Treacy, while wing-back Colm Brock chipped in with 1-1, benefiting from a solid platform provided by Colman McKenna and Craig Lawlor.

There was a hugely impressive performance at Marley Park as Round Tower, Lusk dismantled an understrength Ballinteer St John's by 2-19 to 0-8.

The hosts started brightly but failed to capitalise on their possession, while Towers were far more economical, with wing-back Dermot Leech and midfielder Brian McEvoy in sparkling form.

As the contest slipped from Ballinteer's grasp, the visitors pulled clear with Geroge Leech, Seán Brennan, Rob McGee and Greg Lewis all making notable contributions.

In AFL6, Conor Mullarkey struck a brace of goals when helping St Sylvester's overcome O'Toole's by 2-17 to 3-7 in Broomfield.

Mullarkey was part of a dominant half-forward line that included Gareth McGrath and Kevin Casey, while Dan McEvoy and Graeme Morris were equally influential for Syls at midfield and full-back respectively.

At Somerton Park, Anto Holley's return to competitive action proved crucial as Whitehall Colmcille enjoyed a noteworthy 2-14 to 1-11 win over Castleknock.

Another of Whitehall's veterans, James Morrissey, amassed 1-2 from wing-forward, while Kevin O'Donoghue, Seán Lawless and Seán Ryan were others to figure prominently for Noel Ellis' charges.

AFL5: St Vincent's 4-17 St Brigid's 0-3; Na Fianna 1-11 Ballyboden St Enda's 2-14; Erin's Isle 0-5 Craobh Chiaráin 3-17; Ballinteer St John's 0-8 Round Tower, Lusk 2-19; Fingal Ravens 1-7 Naomh Barróg 3-16; Innisfails 2-6 Thomas Davis 3-12; Cuala 3-18 Naomh Mearnóg 4-12; Garristown 1-9 Kilmacud Crokes 2-13.

AFL6: Naomh Fionnbarra 0-7 Fingallians 2-7; Clontarf 3-12 Skerries Harps 2-5; St Maur's 0-10 St James' Gaels 1-11; Castleknock 1-11 Whitehall Colmcille 2-14; St Brigid's 0-13 Templeogue Synge Street 2-13; St Sylvester's 2-17 O'Toole's 3-7; St Jude's 2-11 Wanderers 0-10; St Peregrine's 0-9 Civil Service 1-7.

- RóNáN MAC LOCHLAINN


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