Adult Football League 1 (AFL1) 2017


Poor result for our lads against Lucan. I arrived about 5 minutes into the match and we were 1-04 to 1 point down. Half time score was 1-06 to 1 point. Conditions not great, but couldnt really use that as an excuse for poor football from both sides. Second half haros started off well on top. I counted 5 chances within the first five minutes for us, but unfortunately 4 of them went wide and one into the keepers hands. Lucan then went up and got another score. Everything Harps tried either dropped short or went wide. Lucan kept tipping away at points and then scored a goal half way through the second half and never looked threatened. I left with 5 to go when the score was 2-11 to 3 points and I see the final score was 2-11 to 4 points so I didnt miss much. Casey was playing for them. Had a decent enough impact. Didnt see Shocko. I think it was Emmet O C playing FF for them. Kicked a few of their scores. We were missing a few, but not loads. Big game against Na Fianna now on Saturday. Still having 9 points after 9 games for our first year in AFL1, I would think the lads are happy enough with that


Murchan started for Na Fianna as well. I somehow forgot about Cooper


Kev Mc, Small and Comerford played…


No, the number 11 was a left footer who kicked over some lovely points for Syls.

Great derby game, couldve gone either way, lots of great scores by both teams and plenty of errors too!
Syls two missed goal chances late on costing them.


Looks like all bar the starting 15 and those injured played. Thankfully some good common sense from Jim


True, he did a good job on Carthy.

I’d forgotten about Murchan


Regarding the intensity, every game i’ve been at intensity and pace of the game has been really good, so much quality in this league, anyone can beat anyone on a given day if opponents are not fully tuned in… League has been fantastic this year…


as it should be.

many here who cut the daylights out of AFL1 haven’t been to many matches and it is great to see players who are lucky enough to be on a county panel playing for their clubs this week


Match report from on the Na Fianna Vins game.

Good to see Dub lads released to clubs last night. People like to dismiss the league but there’s no doubt the players take it very seriously.




There was little to separate the sides throughout the contest, but with substitute Gavin Burke leading by example, St Vincent’s secured a narrow victory over near neighbours Na Fianna in an Adult Football League Division One encounter.

The second-half introduction of Burke - along with Ger Brennan, Daithi Murphy and Lorcan Smyth - helped Vincent’s to create daylight between themselves and the Glasnevin men in the closing moments. Na Fianna did narrow the gap with an injury-time goal from Gus Farrell, but the visitors ultimately held out for a hard-earned win.

Na Fianna secured an impressive triumph against Thomas Davis last Saturday week, and were able to welcome Dublin panellists Eoin Murchan and Conor McHugh back into their starting line-up for this game.

Fresh from his eye-catching cameo appearance in Croke Park on Sunday (when he kicked two points in Dublin’s Leinster SFC semi-final), Shane Carthy was also included by Vincent’s - who defeated Na Fianna in the second round of the county championship last month.

With just over two minutes gone on the clock, Tomas Quinn rattled the Na Fianna woodwork with a fierce drive from a right-hand angle. However, his rebound found its way to full-forward Albert Martin, and his volleyed effort was eventually deflected into the net.

This was an early set-back for the home team, and after getting on the end of a precise pass from the resulting attack, Quinn fired to the roof of the Na Fianna goal in clinical fashion. With four defeats from six heading into this tie, this was the kind of start that the hosts were hoping to avoid.

Yet, Vincent’s netminder Michael Savage was forced to tip over a powerful McHugh strike in the fourth-minute, and thanks to additional points by McHugh (free) and Glen O’Reilly, Na Fianna were beginning to settle into a more familiar stride.

Vincent’s ended this scoring sequence with a point from play by Cormac Diamond, but with the increasingly-prominent McHugh added a brace of frees, Na Fianna were well in contention heading into the second-quarter.

Vincent’s half-back Michael Concarr combined with Craig Wilson for a well-worked point, but by the 26th-minute of the opening period, Na Fianna had moved into the ascendancy for the very first time. O’Reilly (free) and Michael Deegan reduced the deficit to the bare minimum, and following excellent approach work from Odhran O Maoileidigh, McHugh raise a green flag for his team.

This was a blow for Vincent’s with the interval approaching, but unanswered scores by Quinn and Tiernan Diamond ensured that they were on level terms (2-4 to 1-7) at the midway stage. Another Deegan point edged Na Fianna back in front upon the resumption, and after Quinn converted a 35th-minute free, the former Dublin star was subsequently withdrawn through injury.

His place was taken by the aforementioned Burke (as part of a double substitution that saw Daithi Murphy entering the Vinnies midfield), who cancelled out an Odhran Maoileidigh point with his first touch of the day.

He once again swapped scores with the Na Fianna half-forward in a frantic third-quarter, before remarkably adding his third point in the space of five minutes. A magnificent score under pressure by Westmeath native Smyth edged Vincent’s into a two-point lead, before Na Fianna replied in a confident manner.

Na Fianna’s Aaron Byrne capitalised on a defensive error from the away side to claim a much-needed point, and he repeated the trick with a majestic score from a right-hand angle three minutes from the end of normal time.

Vincent’s discovered an extra gear during this juncture, though, and four points without replay courtesy of Cormac Diamond (two), Carthy and Burke seemed to place the outcome beyond doubt. A neat three-pointer by Farrell (four minutes into time added on) kept them on their toes, and a Ruairi Trainor contribution was needed before the Pairc Naomh Uinsionn could finally be assured of their victory.

Vincent’s will now aim to make it four wins on the bounce when they play host to St Brigid’s on Saturday, while Na Fianna will be looking for a positive response away to Skerries Harps on the same evening.

Scorers - St Vincent’s: Tomas Quinn 1-2 (0-2f), Gavin Burke 0-4, Albert Martin 1-0, Cormac Diamond 0-3, Michael Concarr, Shane Carthy, Tiernan Diamond, Ruairi Trainor, Lorcan Smyth 0-1 each. Na Fianna: Conor McHugh 1-4 (0-2f), Gus Farrell 1-0, Glen O’Reilly (1f), Odhran O Maoileidigh, Michael Deegan, Aaron Byrne 0-2 each.

ST VINCENT’S: Michael Savage; Craig Wilson, Jarlath Curley, William Lowry; Craig Brennan, Fiachra Breathnach, Michael Concarr; Nathan Mullins, Lorcan Garvin; Shane Carthy, Tiernan Diamond, Cormac Diamond; Ruairi Trainor, Albert Martin, Tomas Quinn. Subs: Cameron Diamond for Curley (18), Ger Brennan for Lowry (h-t), Daithi Murphy for Garvin, Gavin Burke for Quinn (both 39), Lorcan Smyth for T Diamond (45), Kevin Bonnie for C Brennan (57).

NA FIANNA: Eoin Butler; Niall Cooper, Niall McGovern, Senan Coughlan; Joey Boland, Eoin Murchan, Darragh Kennedy; Carl O’Connor, Gus Farrell; Odhran O Maoileidigh, Michael Deegan, Glen O’Reilly; Adam Caffrey, Conor McHugh, Tomas Brady. Subs: Jimmy Higgins for Kennedy (27), Killian Deeley for Boland (33), Aaron Byrne for Deegan (46), JJ Martin for O’Connor (53).

Referee: Willy O’Connor (Clontarf).


Have Skerries been in Division 1 before Harper??


Your probably gonna make a fool of me, but not in my lifetime


Ah no, genuine question


Not to my knowledge anyway


Seen some pretty awful AFL games in contrast . Depends on the teams involved .


Seems I was wrong. I’m told we were div 1 in the 60s.


Jeeze your memory is slipping … and you the right full back at the time …


Both sides missing a heap anyway.


I thought Aaron Byrne was away for the summer?


who were both teams missing? not including Connolly and cooper

Brigids came strong in 2nd half and dominated midfield, murray was excellent as mention also supples kick outs were top class, davis could of had 1/2 goals in first half but bad decision cost them, brigids missing Andrews and o’loughlan, davis without sallier, Hudson, Deegan, Thomas davis team were very young that they had out last night. ref was solid enough aswell


Connolly played under an assumed name with a false moustache.

Is Lorcan Garvin the guy who played in the Intermediate Championship for Vins - number 10?