SIX points from Donal Ryan proved crucial as Raheny secured a valuable 1-11 to 0-12 win over Parnells in their Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 encounter at St Anne's Park yesterday morning.
The hosts started in flying form and netted in their first attack through Stephen Swords and with Ryan and Brian Fenton in fine attacking form, Raheny prevailed thanks to the efforts of Sean Byrne and Greg Bennett.
That victory secured Raheny's spot in the top flight for 2014 and it also marked the final game in manager Ciarán Whelan's tenure.
Another side to escape the relegation trapdoor were Fingal Ravens, who registered a 2-6 to 0-9 win over St Finian's Swords in their AFL2 Relegation play-off in Rolestown.
At the opposite end of the table, Skerries Harps confirmed their promotion play-off berth with Harry Dawson, Bryan Cullen and Collie Daly instrumental in their easy win over Erin's Isle.
AFL1: Raheny 1-11 Parnells 0-12.
AFL2: Fingallians 1-14 St Peregrine's 2-8; Fingal Ravens 2-6 St Finian's Swords 0-9.
'HILL BEAT BLUES
MEATH SFC champions Summerhill made a winning trip to Drogheda yesterday where they saw off Louth champs Newtown Blues.
Goals from Adrian Kenny and Paul Rispin helped them claim a 2-13 to 1-13 victory.
Kildare's Moorefield also progressed to the semi-finals courtesy of a facile 2-13 to 0-04 win over St Martin's of Wexford.
The match between Longford Slashers and Portlaoise was postponed due to a bereavement and has been rescheduled for next Sunday.
In Connacht, Castlebar Mitchels were surprise winners over over Corofin in Tuam with a 2-8 to 1-10 shock win. In the Ulster quarter-final replay, Kilcoo saw off Crossmaglen, 3-10 to 1-8 after extra-time.
MCGEENEY'S TIPP TOP
KIERAN McGEENEY is set to become a 'dual star' after the Armagh football selector accepted an invitation to join the backroom team of Tipperary hurling manager Eamon O'Shea.
It's understood that the former Kildare boss will work on the mental aspects of Tipp's preparation, with the majority of his time still spent in Armagh.
O'Shea is an admirer of McGeeney's work, and a speech by the 2002 All-Ireland winning captain was reportedly used on a mental skills DVD distributed to the Tipp players last season.