Syl’s in three-way tie at top of table

by Gazette Reporter
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ST SYLVESTER’S are in a three-way tie at the top of AFL Division 1 thanks to a pair of impressive wins in the past week, making it four wins out of five to start the 2017 campaign.
The first of those was a comprehensive 3-15 to 0-5 win over Clontarf, newcomers to the top tier, in Broomfield.
The visitors started brightly with two quick points but once out Syl’s got into their stride, it was all one way traffic. The Malahide side got two goals either side if half time through Alan Foy and Gary Sweeney that put a real gap between the teams that Clontarf were never able to come close to reducing the deficit significantly.
The third goal came late on when Gavin McArdle sent a long ball into box and the bounce deceived everybody, including the Clontarf goalkeeper, with the ball ending up in the net with Jack Hazley in the mix, claiming a possible touch.
There were solid performances from the whole defensive unit while up front they all worked hard to close Clontarf down and force turnovers.
They followed up with a significant win against one of their rivals in the upper echelons of the division.
Ballymun Kickhams were level on points with St Sylvester’s heading into their Saturday meeting at Broomfield.
Ballymun trailed by a single score – 0-6 to 1-2 – at the midway stage in the contest but ultimately suffered a 0-17 to 2-5 loss against Jack Sheedy’s men.
This means that Thomas Davis, St Jude’s and Syls remain at the summit of the table with eight points apiece and, following a 2-11 to 0-9 success over Na Fianna in Russell Park, St Brigid’s have moved into fourth place in the table.
Elsewhere, despite facing into a three-point deficit in the latter stages of their away clash with Skerries Harps, a successful stoppage-time free from Chris Carthy helped Naomh Maur to claim their second consecutive league draw.

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