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Smith hits the spot as Plunkett's stay on top

A 25TH-MINUTE penalty from Gareth Smith proved crucial as St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh retained top spot as they overcame St Brigid's by 1-9 to 1-7 in their Dublin AFL1 tie at Martin Savage Park last night.

The visitors started brightly, leading by 0-5 to 0-1 after twenty minutes but Smith's penalty settled the hosts and they finished strongly to record their fifth successive league win.

At Páirc Naomh Uinsionn, Tomás Quinn gave an exceptional individual performance, with his 2-5 helping St Vincent's prevail by 4-17 to 2-14 over St Mary's Saggart.

At the bottom end of the table, Parnells produced a minor surprise as they registered their first league win of the campaign, beating county champions Ballymun Kickhams by 1-14 to 0-12.

In AFL2, Ballinteer St John's maintained their grip on the table thanks to an impressive 0-12 to 1-5 win over Erin's Isle in Finglas, while Cuala overturned a ten-point interval deficit when accounting for Templeogue Synge Street by 2-12 to 1-13 at Dolphin Park.

AFL1: St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-9 St Brigid's 1-7; St Vincent's 4-17 St Mary's Saggart 2-14; Thomas Davis 0-14 St Sylvester's 0-11; Lucan Sarsfields 0-14 Ballyboden St Enda's 2-17; O'Toole's 2-11 Raheny 1-16; Parnells 1-14 Ballymun Kickhams 0-12; St Maur's 1-12 Kilmacud Crokes 1-10; St Jude's 0-13 Na Fianna 1-8.

AFL2: Trinity Gaels 2-8 St Peregrine's 3-11; Temple-ogue Synge Street 1-13 Cuala 2-12; St Patrick's Palmerstown 0-16 St Patrick's Donabate 4-13; Erin's Isle 1-5 Ballinteer St John's 0-12; St Finian's Swords 0-7 Skerries Harps 0-14; St Anne's 1-11 Fingal Ravens 1-10; Round Towers Clondalkin 1-9 Nh Mearnóg 2-7; Kilmacud Crokes 1-11 Fingallians 0-13.