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Clinical Connolly ignites Vincent's goal-rush


Dublin SFC Semi-Final

Published 29/10/2013 | 01:00

St Vincent's were indebted to three first-half goaIs when accounting for Ballyboden St Enda's by nine points at Parnell Park.

St Vincent's were indebted to three first-half goaIs when accounting for Ballyboden St Enda's by nine points at Parnell Park.

The Vins produced an explosive opening, with Diarmuid Connolly crashing a sublime goal past Darragh Walsh from 14 yards in the third minute following a typically measured pass by Tomás Quinn.

Ballyboden responded through an Andrew Kerin free, but Vincent's looked far more threatening and increased their advantage through Quinn and Gavin Burke.

Gradually, Ballyboden reduced the arrears to a solitary score thanks to a brace of Kerin frees and a Donagh McCabe point. However, just as they began to settle to their task, 'Boden self-destructed with Quinn rounding Mark O'Sullivan in the 17th minute before unselfishly crossing for Ciaran Dorney, who palmed to the net.

Although Kenny Naughton fired a brace of superb scores, St Enda's were again exposed in the 27th minute as Connolly released Kevin Bonnie for a calm finish.

Leading by 3-3 to 0-10 at the break, a fourth goal arrived for Vincent's within four minutes of the restart as Quinn timed his pass to perfection to find Connolly who nonchalantly beat Walsh from 10 yards.

SCORERS – St Vincent's: D Connolly 2-2, C Dorney 1-1, K Bonnie 1-0, T Quinn 0-4 (1f), S Carthy, G Burke 0-2, C Diamond 0-1. Ballyboden St Enda's: A Kerin 0-10 (9fs), K Naughton 0-3, D McCabe, S O'Connor 0-1 each.

ST VINCENT'S – M Savage; K Bonnie, J Curley, H Gill; C Diamond, G Brennan, M Concarr; D Murphy, M Loftus; G Burke, D Connolly, S Carthy; R Treanor, C Dorney, T Quinn. Subs: B Egan for Curley (30), K Golden for Loftus (37), A Baxter for Burke (56), L Bree for Concarr (57), R Pocock for Dorney (60).

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S – D Walsh; P O'Brien, R McDaid, M O'Sullivan; S O'Connor, S Hiney, D Manley; M Macauley, D O'Mahony; D O'Reilly, R Basquel, D McCabe; K Naughton, C Keaney, A Kerin. Subs: C Gibbons for Manley (36), A Flood for Basquel (52), S Durkin for O'Sullivan (56), S Gibbons for McCabe (59).

REF – D Sheppard (St Peregrine's)

Irish Independent

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