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Ports and SKBs turn on the style

The passion and commitment still burns as bright as ever and the quality on display from both sides was right out of the top drawer.

It was hardly surprising given that the protagonists in yesterday's SmartPly Senior Division 1 encounter could look to approximately 150 international caps within the combined ranks, and, despite the bitterly cold conditions, Portmarnock and St Kevin's Boys 'Golden Oldies' still managed to serve up a sumptuous feast of football.

Portmarnock had former record Junior International cap holder Barry Flynn still pulling the strings in the middle of the park and still putting in pitbull-strength tackles to break up so many of St Kevin's forays.

Dave Mooney -- an oasis of calm -- still showed his class with a rock-solid showing in the Ports defence while the talented Craig Bolton effortlessly cruised through the match purring with ability.

Anto Canavan, came off the bench to make a telling impact, causing havoc with his pace and eye for goal and capped a fine display by getting his name on the scoresheet with a brave shot from close in.

Flynn's cap total is a remarkable 59, Anto Canavan has 29 caps, Mooney's tally is 19, Craig Bolton also donned the green for his country on four occasions while camera-shy team-mate Johnny Doran also can claim to have lined out at junior level for his country on several occasions.

"They're a brilliant bunch," said manager Gar Dunne. "We haven't had a match since October but all of the squad show a huge appetite for the game still. It's like they're going through a second childhood despite the fact they're all past their mid-thirties. They've been great servants to the game and we're very proud of each and every one of them"

St Kevin's could also lay claim to international recognition at junior level in their ranks with the legendary John 'Trapper' Treacy and Dougie Dolan having had the proud distinction of pulling on the green jersey.