Monday 5 December 2016

St Vincent's overcome early Diarmuid Connolly black card to ease into Leinster semi-finals

David Smith

Published 13/11/2016 | 15:43

St Vincents comfortably saw off Carlow champions Palatine in the Leinster SFC quarter-final this afternoon by 0-16 to 0-8 despite losing Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly to a black card after just 18 minutes.

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St. Vincent's pulled away in the second period after a cagey first half, which went without a score for 20 minutes. However, the Dublin champions took charge of proceedings in the second half, and were comfortable winners in the end after.

Cormac Diamond kicked a number of impressive scores from play throughout, while veteran Tomas Quinn also chipped in with some vital second half points.

It was a day to forget for the O'Rourke family as Simonstown lost by 1-12 to 1-09 in the Leinster SFC quarter-final against Rhode.

Colm O'Rourke was sent to the stands in the first half, and his son Shane was dismissed in the second after he picked up his second yellow.

Conor McNamee scored a goal for the Offaly champions, who held on despite a late Simonstown fightback, which included a goal by Eanna Donoghue from the penalty spot.

The Meath champions were without star Conor Nash, who was on the bench ahead of his move to the AFL on Tuesday, and only came on in the dying minutes.

Louth champions Sean O'Mahonys also moved into the final four after they narrowly beat 14-man Sarsfields by 1-8 to 0-8, with Stephen Fisher netting the only goal of the game against the Kildare champions.

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