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Gaelic Football: Vincent's fly to finish line

St Vincent's CBS are on the glory trail once more following this impressive five-point victory in Friday's Dublin Schools SF 'C' quarter-final clash in Glasnevin.

Almost three years ago they lifted the Leinster Senior Soccer Schools Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Blackrock College.

In attendance that day were three times All-Star Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton and Shay McGovern -- and the dynamic duo were again manning the line for the famed Glasnevin establishment.

Their opponents Lucan CC showed tremendous spirit after the break with Kevin McBride proving a real handful at full forward.

Conor Gallagher, the youngest of the Gallagher clan who have long been a fixture down at Lucan Sarsfields, was another to shine while the introduction of Darragh Mylod certainly injected new life into the western challenge.

However, Vincent's, having been knocked back with two second-half goals, proved they were no shrinking violets as they finished strongly in the last 10 minutes to book their place in the last four, where they will face St Conleth's.

On what was a fine day for football, Vincent's had got off to a terrific start as they put up six points without reply inside the first 20 minutes.

Conor Pike and Lee Bird, the latter on the Na Fianna team that captured the Leinster minor title with victory over Athy last year, had started the ball rolling with Andy Dixon then curling over a lovely score from the right to move his team further ahead.

A score of equally good quality from the opposing wing by Leon Ashmore saw Vincent's maintain their dominance, with back-to-back frees from Danny Fegan and Bird respectively opening the gap to six points.



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At this stage, Vincent's were well on top as nimble-footed Ashmore teased the Lucan defence with some terrific runs down the right.

But the visitors, after a few unsuccessful efforts, finally discovered their scoring touch through their classy corner forward, Conor Gallagher.

However, Vincent's almost stole in for a goal before the break when Craig Dennan, having taken a feed from Bird, saw his shot skim off the top of the crossbar for a point.

Lucan then registered their third point through Matthew Tuite, before Vincent's drew the half to a close courtesy of a Feegan free to leave it 0-8 to 0-3 at the interval.

Fegan added another score soon after the restart but then began Lucan's incredible comeback. The siege began with successive scores from Mylod and Gallagher and then with 39 minutes gone a free sent in by Bryan Creed was expertly fisted into the back of the net.

Vincent's followed that with a terrific point from Bird who curled in a lovely score from the right with two more scores from Bird and Fegan bringing the gap out to four points.

But Lucan then put the cat among the pigeons when McBride, having taking a ball off Tuite, then expertly turned a defender before shooting low past the keeper with eight minutes to go.

However, Vincent's showed they were the men for the distance when they closed out the game with four consecutive points, including one from full-back Michael Moore to book their place in the last four.

Scorers -- St VIncent's: D Fegan 0-5 (2f), L Bird 0-4, L Ashmore 0-3, C Dennan, M Moore, A Dixon, M Fox. Lucan CC: K McBride 2-0, C Gallagher 0-3, M Tuite, D Mylod 0-1 each.

St Vincent's CBS: Ryan Kinsella; Shane Kearney, Michael Moore, Joe Hennessy; John Ryan, Conor Pike, Gavin Browne; Lee Bird, Gareth Cronin; Andy Dixon, Matty Fox, Leon Ashmore; Seán Geoghegan, Danny Fegan, Craig Dennan. Sub: A Smith for Dennan.

Lucan CC: David Leonard; Niall Kelly, Alan Parsons, Shane Donoghue; Matthew Tuite, Leslie Roche-Condron, Andrew McIntyre; Lorenc Alia, Brian Creed; Liam McCelland, Elvis Kucuk, James Cavanagh; Conor Gallagher, Kevin McBride, Richard Fox. Subs: D Mylod for McIntyre, Craig Carabini for Fox.

Referee: Aidan Fitzsimons (O'Connell Boys).


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