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McCrabbe at double as Craobh pip Saints

TWO late points from substitute Alan McCrabbe helped Craobh Chiaráin maintain top spot in the Dublin Adult Football League Division 5 table following a 0-11 to 0-8 victory over St Brigid's in Clonshaugh on Sunday.

The hosts struggled for much of the opening half but their excellent defence, in which Ben Travers, Mark Ryan and Stephen McDonald excelled, allowed both Kevin Warren and Francis Usanga to kick crucial points en route to victory.

At Marley Park, Round Tower Lusk withstood a brave Ballinteer St John's second-half comeback to record an important 1-10 to 0-10 success, with defenders Seán Brennan and Greg Lewis playing pivotal roles for the visitors.

A goal from Ryan Caul and points by Timmy Doyle, Andy Moore, Conor Brick and Kieran McKittrick handed Towers the initiative, with the points of Niall Dunphy, Ronan Clabby and PJ Foley proving in vain for St John's.

 

Pressure

The other fixtures in AFL5 saw Na Fianna keep the pressure on Craobh with a 0-7 to 0-6 win over St Peregrine's, while Innisfails had an impressive 12-point away win over Naomh Barróg.

In AFL6, Alan 'Nipper' McNally produced two superb clearances to help St Anne's record their first league win of the year with a 1-12 to 1-10 victory over O'Toole's at Blunden Drive.

In a tight contest, the displays of Michael O'Driscoll, Philip Robinson, Stephen Turner and Aidan Brosnan were of huge importance, with Stephen Boylan's 53rd-minute penalty the pivotal socre of the game.

At the opposite end of the table, Clontarf preserved their lead with Neil Arthur's 45th-minute goal helping his side to a 1-10 to 0-8 win over St James' Gaels at St Anne's Park.

Eoin Hickey at full-back and midfielder Ciarán McSharry were prominent throughout for the hosts who confirmed their win through the efforts of substitute Eoin Stanley and points from Tommy O'Connor and John Traynor.

RESULTS

AFL5: Nh Barróg 1-5 Innisfails 3-11; Craobh Chiaráin 0-11 St Brigid's 0-8; Ballinteer St John's 0-10 Round Towers Lusk 1-10; Na Fianna 0-7 St Peregrine's 0-6.

AFL6: Cuala 2-15 St Jude's 3-13; Templeogue SS 0-5 St Vincent's 1-13; Civil Service 1-10 Castleknock 1-6; Kilmacud Crokes 0-10 St Maur's 3-4; Clontarf 1-10 St James' Gaels 0-8; Nh Fionnbarra 3-6 Whitehall Colmcille 1-9; O'Toole's 1-10 St Anne's 1-12; Skerries Harps 0-7 St Sylvester's 3-8.


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