ST MARK'S produced a superb all-round performance in accounting for Fingallians by four points in their Dublin Senior Football Championship Relegation play-off at O'Toole Park yesterday morning.
Danny McCann produced a tour de force at centrefield for the winners with the defensive plaudits taken by Tadhg Adderley, who gave an immense display at corner-back.
Former Dublin hurler John Kelly pitched in with 1-3 from corner-forward and the remaining scoring honours were shared by Patrick Murphy who hit three points from play and player manager Wayne Daly, who struck two crucial goals for the Springfield Park men to preserve their SFC status for 2012 while Fingallians will play in the IFC next year.
With their championship concerns eased, St Mark's will hope to preserve their AFL2 status after Skerries Harps confirmed their safety with a hard-earned 0-13 to 2-6 win over St Anne's in Skerries.
Mark Kirwan and Ross McGarry starred for the hosts in defence and the attack was led by Harry Dawson, who hit 0-4 over the hour with other points from Kevin Cashman, Mark Oliver and Collie Daly's sublime late score ensuring a nervy win for Charlie Redmond's men.
The loss for St Anne's meant they miss out on a Top 4 play-off spot with Fingallians, Cuala, O'Toole's and Raheny fighting it out to see who joins league winners St Maur's at the top table next year.
In AFL1, St Jude's kept alive their feint Top Four ambitions with an 0-11 to 0-6 win over an understrength St Brigid's at Russell Park.
Brendan McManamon continued his rehabilitation from injury with five points from play for the Templeogue men who pushed to a deserved victory thanks to three points from Shane Gallagher and a dominant midfield display by Tom McKeown.
In AHL1, Crumlin will meet Kilmacud Crokes in the league final after the former registered a 1-11 to 0-9 win over Faughs in Pearse Park.
Daniel Hanks, full-back Kevin Byrne and midfielder Shane Ryan all featured strongly for the winners as did full-forward Shane Martin, with David Donnelly's second-half goal proving crucial in a five point victory.
KILMACUD CROKES captured the Dublin MHC 'A' crown for the third year in-a-row when they defeated Ballyboden St Enda's 4-5 to 2-6 in yesterday's decider at Parnell Park.
DUBLIN - SFC Relegation play-off: St Mark's 3-8 Fingallians 1-10. AFL1: St Brigid's 0-6 St Jude's 0-11. AFL2: Skerries Harps 0-13 St Anne's 2-6. AHL1: Crumlin 1-11 Faughs 0-9