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Ryan's goal vital as Brigid's overcome the 'Mun

A FIRST-HALF goal from Philip Ryan proved the pivotal score as St Brigid's overcame Ballymun Kickhams by 1-15 to 0-15 in their Dublin AFL Division 1 top of the table clash at Páirc Ciceam last Saturday evening.

The visitors controlled large parts of the first-half, with their midfield pairing of John O'Loughlin and Cian Mullins exerting a strong influence throughout.

Kickhams, missing all their Dublin senior panellists, rallied somewhat in the second-half but the Brigid's defence held tight with Alan McCarrick, Alan Daly and Colin Freeman ensuring the Blanchardstown club joined Ballymun at the summit of the table.

Both teams are three points clear as their nearest challengers St Maur's and Kilmacud Crokes succumbed to away defeats at Ballyboden St Enda's and St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh respectively.

At Páirc Uí Mhurchú, seven points shared by Ryan Basquel and substitute Seamus Keane helped St Enda's enjoy an impressive 0-16 to 1-10 win over St Maur's.

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Aran Waters, Stephen O'Connor, Seán Gibbons and Sam Molony all featured prominently for the hosts who kicked 15 points from play over the hour through Basquel, Alan Flood, Darren O'Reilly, Andy Kerin, Keane and Conal Keaney.

Raheny's excellent campaign shows no sign of abating as late goals by Rutherson Real, David Shatwell and David Carroll helped them account for Thomas Davis by 3-10 to 2-10 at St Anne's Park.

The hosts looked in trouble as they trailed at the ned of the third quarter despite the best efforts of Brian Fenton, Eoghan Smyth, Donal Ryan, and Darragh Pelly but that late burst of scores inched them closer to the Top 4 shake-up.

Elsewhere, St Vincent's defeated St Patrick's Donabate comfortably by 5-12 to 0-11 while Templeogue Synge Street eased their relegation concerns with a noteworthy 1-11 to 0-11 success over St Jude's in Dolphin Park.

In AFL2, Fingal Ravens confirmed their promotion to the top tier with Cian Ó Scanaill's late point securing a 2-10 to 3-6 win over Skerries Harps.

Ravens have lost just once in the league this season and the excellence of Luke Griffin and captain Ciarán Norton added to by goals from Niall Tormey and Eoin O'Flaherty ensured a memorable evening for the Rolestown club.

AFL1: Ballymun Kickhams 0-15 St Brigid's 1-15; Templeogue Synge Street 1-11 St Jude's 0-11; Raheny 3-10 Thomas Davis 2-10; Ballyboden St Enda's 0-16 St Maur's 1-10; St Vincent's 5-12 St Patrick's Donabate 0-11; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 0-13 Kilmacud Crokes 1-8.

AFL2: Kilmacud Crokes 0-12 St Anne's 3-16; Lucan Sarsfields 0-17 Nh Mearnóg 0-12; Fingallians 1-9 St Peregrine's 1-19; St Patrick's Palmerstown 2-16 Ballinteer St John's 3-22; Castleknock 3-12 Round Tower Clondalkin 3-5; Nh Barróg 2-5 Erin's Isle 1-5; Skerries Harps 3-6 Fingal Ravens 2-10; O'Toole's 1-13 Cuala 2-15.


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