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Maur's boost survival chances

ST MAUR'S all but confirmed their top-flight status by accounting for Na Fianna by 2-11 to 0-14 in their Dublin AFL1 encounter at Rush on Saturday.

THE hosts were indebted to Chris Carthy, who kicked five crucial points while Conor Maguire also impressed for the North County men, amassing 1-2 over the hour.

Na Fianna were restricted by the excellent defensive play of St Maur's Ronan McGinty, Niall Walsh and Oisín McGinty while Eoin Fletcher and Kevin Watson gave impressive showings in their first senior starts.

With the visitors piling on the pressure after the break, Dublin U-21 Ciarán Reddin began to gain valuable primary possession and his goal was ultimately the difference between the sides.

Another team to ensure they remain in Division 1 were Lucan, whose 1-11 to 0-11 victory over Templeogue Synge Street confirmed the hosts' relegation.

DUBLIN - AFL1: St Maur's 2-11 Na Fianna 0-14; Templeogue SS 0-11 Lucan 1-11. AFL2: Erin's Isle 0-15 Nh Mearnóg 1-11; St Mark's 5-15 St Pat's Palmerstown 0-8; Kilmacud Crokes (2) 1-18 Trinity Gaels 0-13.

Plunkett's prevail

ST Oliver Plunkett's/ER advanced to the final of the Dublin SHC 'B' following a hard earned 3-18 to 3-11 victory over 14-man Kevin's at O'Toole Park last Saturday afternoon.

Their reward is a final berth against Ballyboden St Enda's in addition to Senior 'A' status next year. There was much to admire in the manner they pulled away after the interval with the concession of two late goals to Chris Byrne of mere nuisance value by the final whistle.

In an even first-half, Kevin Sexton's goal on the stroke of half-time handed Plunkett's a much-needed boost and a goal within moments of the restart by Oisin Boland helped maintain that momentum.

Kevin's remained in the hunt through Gareth Cully, Brian O Flannery, Alan Nagle and David Reid, but their endeavours were undermined by the excellence of Plunkett's captain Stuart Mullen, who hit seven points.


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