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Larriers save coveted top flight status

O'TOOLE'S preserved their Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 status following their 1-10 to 0-8 relegation play-off victory over Fingal Ravens in Rolestown yesterday morning.

With the contest delicately poised at the end of the third quarter, the visitors found another gear in the closing stages to clinch a deserved victory through crucial points by Peadar Carton, the impressive Andrew Morris and Paddy Carton.

The Larriers led by 1-4 to 0-5 at the interval with Collie Farrelly striking the critical goal and although Ravens, driven on by the excellent Darren Daly, levelled matters within ten minutes of the restart, O'Toole's regained the initiative with Richie Walker, Ger O'Meara and Dave Mooney all figuring prominently.

Another club to suffer the cruel fate of relegation was St Mark's who fell to Fingallians by a point in their AFL2 relegation play-off at Springfield Park.

The hosts were reduced to 13 men by the 20th minute but battled superbly to force extra-time against a Fingallians side that was boosted by a goal from Barry Clarke and three points by the influential David Killeen.

Extra-time saw St Mark's return to their full complement but with David Fagan, Ryan Quinlan and midfielder Danny Campion to the fore, Fingallains sneaked through by the narrowest of margins.

At the opposite end of the table, Raheny gained a confidence-boosting victory over already promoted Kilmacud Crokes with goals by the impressive Gavin Ivory and David Carroll confirming a 2-11 to 0-5 win at St Anne's Park.

Darragh Pelly and Shane Harkin excelled in the home full-back line, against an admittedly weakened Crokes selection while Eoin Delaney impressed in attack when introduced for Raheny, who have home advantage against Erin's Isle in their promotion play-off semi-final.

DUBLIN - AFL1: Fingal Ravens 0-8 O'Toole's 1-10. AFL2: St Mark's 1-11 Fingallians 1-12; Raheny 2-11 Kilmacud Crokes (1) 0-5. AHL2: Lucan Sarsfields wo Na Fianna scr; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 2-14 Whitehall Colmcille 0-8.

CASTLEKNOCK found their shooting boots when needed to defeat Meath's Rathoath 3-9 to 1-3 in their Leinster Club JFC semi-final. The Dublin 15 outfit will meet Wexford's St Fintan's in two weeks' time in their provincial decider.

Shane Boland hit a first half goal for 'Knock but Rathoath pressed hard before goals from Matt Griffin and Rory Corcoran goaled to seal victory.