Kilmacud Crokes continue to lead the chasing pack in AFL Division One after they recorded a comprehensive 4-14 to 3-9 triumph at the expense of St Sylvester’s at Silver Park.

Both sides had been in action the previous Friday – against Ballinteer St John’s and Ballymun respectively – meaning they had an extended period to prepare for the challenge that lay ahead.

Cian O’Connor has been in fine form for Crokes throughout the present campaign and he finished the night with an impressive haul of 1-5 to his name.

While Syls played with the same attacking edge that helped to overcome the challenge of Ballymun, their Stillorgan counterparts continued to pick off scores as the play developed.

Courtesy of additional three-pointers from Mark Vaughan, dual player Bill O’Carroll and teenage star Jonathan Quinlan, Crokes claimed their eighth league win of 2018 in clinical style.

They are two points adrift of ST Vincent’s with just four matches remaining, but third-place Ballyboden St Enda’s are also expected to have a considerable say in the direction of the Division One trophy.

On a bright summer evening at Páirc Uí Murchú, Anthony Rainbow’s charges were commanding 3-17 to 0-13 victors over St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh.

Ahead of their visit to Somerton Park on Saturday week for a night-time encounter with Castleknock, ‘Boden find themselves a single point behind defending champions Crokes.
Na Fianna returned to winning ways at home to Ballinteer St John’s – which consequently helps them to remain in fourth spot.

Michael Deegan and Sky Blues underage star James Doran found the net for the Glasnevin side – who were searching for their first triumph in four outings.

Goals from David Devereux and Aodhán Clabby offered hope to their opponents, but Na Fianna eventually finished with seven points to spare (2-19 to 2-12).

Naomh Olaf were beaten by leaders Vincent’s 0-17 to 2-8 in Pairc ui Bhriain to fall to their sixth loss in a row since in what is their first season back in the top tier.

Points from Adam Baxter, Enda Varley and Tomás Quinn allowed Vins to create early breathing space, before Dublin U20 attacker Tom Keane forced Olaf’s into the reckoning with a well-taken goal.

Though they led by the bare minimum at the break, Vins remained in the ascendancy after the restart thanks to strong scoring contributions from Varley, Cian O’Brien and Adam Giblin.

However, with Dublin senior panellist David Byrne driving them forward, Olaf’s secured their second goal of the proceedings it set up the final stages nicely but Vincent’s prevailed.