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Vinnies Victory is Diamond cut

A GOLDEN goal came from a dazzling Diamond at Newcastle last night.

It arrived five minutes from time and it swept St Vincent's into the second round of the Dublin SFC.

Young Cormac Diamond got it. He had come off the bench to good effect. He was getting on the ball down the left and using it well.

And he showed sharp reaction and fantastic vision as he seized on a kick-out near the left sideline.

Quick as a flash, Diamond lofted the ball over Paul Copeland and into the far corner of the net at the pavilion end.

It was a wonder strike. Mikey Sheehy was being mentioned on the journey home to Marino.


Five minutes before, Copeland had made the save-of-the-season. A superb pass from Nathan Mullins released Diarmuid Connolly, but Copeland brilliantly saved his close-range rasper.

Those two moments were among the highlights from a gripping hour at the splendid St Finian's venue.

The rain never stopped. There was no shortage of umbrellas in the audience. The ball was flying on the sod.

Jude's, the Division 1 champs, will reflect on 12 wides, three more than Vins. The Templeogue team hit 10 of them in the first half when they were in charge.

Jude's were working very hard. Vincent's could make little impact, especially in attack. There was always a Jude's toe or fingernail blocking the road. On one occasion, as Connolly moved towards the kitchen, Gareth Roche robbed the ball from his pocket.

Yet Ciaran Dorney almost got in for a goal before the tea only to be denied by Copeland. Then Mossy Quinn's low strike whizzed inches past the left-hand post.

Jude's were ahead at the turn, 0-6 to 0-3, their scores coming from Brendan McManamon (2), the impressive Paul Maguire, Enda Dalton, D.A. Donnolly and Collie Murphy.

With the breeze, Vincent's had more of the cake in the second period. A well-worked Quinn point made it seven points each on 48 minutes.

Donnelly's free then nudged the Tymon boys ahead again before Diamond struck in such spectacular style.

Another Donnelly free brought it back to a point. Then, from a tight angle on the right, Connolly curled one over.

In injury-time, Donnelly sent over his third free. Jude's had one more chance, but Vins won back possession. And Ronnie Malone's whistle said it was time for home.

SCORERS -- St Vincent's: T Quinn 0-5 (2f), C Diamond 1-0, D Connolly 0-3 (1f). St Jude's: D.A. Donnelly 0-4 (3f), E Dalton, B McManamon (1f) 0-2 each, C Murphy, P Maguire 0-1 each.

ST VINCENT'S: M Savage; K Bonnie, E Brady, W Lowry; H Gill, G Brennan, M Concarr; E Fennell, N Mullins; M Loftus, T Diamond, S Carthy; C Dorney, D Connolly, T Quinn. Subs: D Russell for Loftus (38); C Diamond for Dorney (41); N Billings for Carthy (55); R Stapleton for Brady (inj, 56); S Byrne for Billings (inj, 61).

ST JUDE'S: P Copeland; C McBride, G Roche, F O'Brien; N Cronin, T McKeon, S Ryan; C Murphy, P Cunningham; R Joyce, E Dalton, P Maguire; D.A. Donnelly, B McManamon, K McManamon. Subs: G McManus for Dalton (47); J Donnelly for Joyce (58).

REFEREE: R Malone (St Mary's).