Dublin AHL 3/4
With Setanta claiming the league title, the focus turned to the push for promotion, with second-place Castleknock succumbing to Naomh Mearnóg by 3-14 to 0-17 in Portmarnock last Sunday morning.
The hosts availed of a high percentage of scoring opportunities that came their way, with full-forward Mark Phelan pouncing for two goals to keep his team on the front foot.
Stan Kinnane chipped in with 1-1, and with midfielder Liam Mullen chipping in with seven points from placed balls, Mearnóg confirmed their six-point win thanks to further points by Tommy Kinnane, Christopher Farrelly, Shane Nangle and Diarmuid Keevey.
Elsewhere, play-off chasing Commercials and Fingallians enjoyed routine home wins against Naomh Olaf and Round Tower Clondalkin, respectively.
AHL3: Commercials 1-25 Naomh Olaf 2-11; Cuala 2-17 Kilmacud Crokes 2-15; Naomh Mearnóg 3-14 Castleknock 0-17; Clontarf 5-24 Kevins 2-13; St Maur’s 2-19 Setanta 4-16; Fingallians 5-20 Round Towers Clondalkin 1-9.
In AHL4, St Brigid’s impressed in a defensive capacity as they edged promotion chasing Na Fianna by 0-16 to 0-15 at St Mobhi Road last Friday night.
After conceding 13 goals in their previous two games, the visitors secured a precious clean sheet thanks to the excellence of goalkeeper Ciaran Cahill and strong displays in the full-back line from Sean Brady and Eoin Leen.
David Fraine was also influential from centre-back as St Brigid’s kept in touch in the first half through the free-taking of Kieran O’Sullivan and a brace of fine scores through Cian McIntyre. Karl Rogers and Dara Doyle kept the pressure on after the break, with the clinical O’Sullivan ensuring a deserved win by the final whistle.
AHL4: Na Fianna 0-15 St Brigid’s 0-16; St Peregrine’s 6-20 St Mark’s 2-7; Ballyboden St Enda’s 1-14 Cuala 1-12; St Jude’s 4-17 Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels 6-8; Ballinteer St John’s 1-7 Clanna Gael Fontenoy 6-19; Bray Emmets 1-6 St Vincent’s 6-22.