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Wednesday 23 April 2014

St Vincent's secure Leinster title after thrilling decider

8 December 2013; Ciaran Dorney, St.Vincents, beats Portlaoise goalkeeper Michael Nolan and Kieran Lillis to score his side's first goal. AIB Leinster Senior Club Football Championship Final, Portlaoise, Laois v St Vincent's, Dublin, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
8 December 2013; Ciaran Dorney, St.Vincents, beats Portlaoise goalkeeper Michael Nolan and Kieran Lillis to score his side's first goal. AIB Leinster Senior Club Football Championship Final, Portlaoise, Laois v St Vincent's, Dublin, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

In a year marked the death of St Vincent's and Dublin great Kevin Heffernan, the Dublin Champions have secured their sixth Leinster title with a 3-12 to 3-9 win over Portlaoise in Tullamore.

The Marino club qualify to play Ulster champions Ballinderry in an All-Ireland semi-final in February after victory in a pulsating game this afternoon.

Playing with the aid of the breeze, Portlaoise had the early initiative and led by 0-4 to 0-2 before St Vincent’s clicked into gear.

St Vincent’s struck for two goals in quick succession with Ciaran Dorney and Ruairi Trainor the scorers and stretched their lead to six points soon afterwards.

Portlaoise needed something to keep in touch and a brace of goals from Craig Rogers did the trick. The first came from play while the other came from the spot after he was fouled in the area.

Both sides traded points before the break as the sides went in level at 2-5 apiece.

Brian Glynn gave Portlaoise an ideal start to the second half with a brilliantly finished goal and a Rogers free put them four in front.

The Dublin champions came roaring back with a goal from Shane Carty and the sides continued to exchange scores.

Mossie Quinn and Diarmuid Connolly first point of the game pushed Vincents two points in front at the end of normal time and Quinn added another in injury time to seal a three-point win.

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