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Vins too hot for Raheny down home straight

ST VINCENT'S produced a superb second half to comprehensively account for a battling Raheny by 1-14 to 1-3 in their Dublin MFC 'G' Final at Balgriffin on Sunday morning.

However, St Vincent's winning margin was harsh on Raheny, who were very much in contention prior to the concession of a soft goal midway through the second half, after which their heads dropped as Vincent's took control.

In a tight first half, Raheny, under the stewardship of John Swords, Tadhg Moriarty and John Shatwell, opened the scoring through Dan Moriarty's fine point, but Vinnies hit back to take the lead after scores from Danny Elebert and Cameron Diamond.

With defences on top, scores were becoming increasingly difficult to manufacture with Raheny's full-back line of Matt Bennett, Jack Gill and Seán Snee in superb form, and similarly Luke Reilly and Seán Hayes excelled in the last line of St Vincent's rearguard.


Niall Fitzsimons and Eamon Fitzgerald added crucial points for Raheny as the half progressed, but Niall Brennan's free and another Elebert point helped the Marino men to a one-point (0-4 to 0-3) interval lead.

The second half resumed in a similar vein, but disaster struck for Raheny after 42 minutes when goalkeeper Kevin Richardson could not gather Chris McCarry's delivery and Graham Giblin was on hand to force the ball home from close range.

Raheny continued to battle, with Fitzsimons and wing-back Mark Sullivan very much to the fore, but Vinnies, trained by Dermot Conroy, Frank Doyle, Tommy Conroy and Eamonn Earley, added points from Ben Conroy, Diamond and Andrew Hederman as the game lost some of its competitive edge.

Substitute and team captain Cian McCabe, who was unable to start due to injury, added two further points for the by now rampant St Vincent's and Eoin Gillen's goal for Raheny in the 58th minute was of scant consolation to the Dublin 5 side as they eventually succumbed by 11 points at the final whistle.