Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sherlock hits decisive goal to maintain Plunkett's title charge

Dublin SFC

JASON Sherlock's goal set up an Evening Herald Dublin SFC semi-final between St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh and Lucan Sarsfields after the Navan Road side overcame St Vincent's at Parnell Park on Saturday.

The former Dublin star raced on to Bernard Brogan's pass for the crucial score in a 2-9 to 1-9 win over the 2008 All-Ireland club champions.

Ruairi Trainor's first-half goal gave St Vincent's the advantage at the break, but David Matthews brought Plunkett's back into it before Sherlock booked his side's place and goalkeeper Philip Brogan denied Kevin Golden and Diarmuid Connolly at the death.

Substitute Stephen Garbutt was the goalscorer for Lucan, who booked their place in the semi-finals with a 1-12 to 0-10 win over Thomas Davis at O'Toole Park.

The other semi-final will be between St Brigid's and Ballymun Kickhams after they overcame Ballyboden St Enda's and Parnells respectively.

Barry Cahill was the driving force for Blanchardstown side Brigid's who blitzed 2009 champions 'Boden in a powerful opening half and held out to win comfortably by 1-17 to 1-7.

Ballymun booked their place with a 1-9 to 0-7 victory over 14-man Parnells who lost Conor Talty to a first-half second yellow but hung in until the final throes after the Coolock side reduced the gap to two points.

But two points from Eddie Christie and one from James Burke saw Ballymun into the semi-final.

Both games will take place as a double-header at Parnell Park on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Peter Canavan has stepped down as Errigal Ciaran manager after three years in the job.

Tyrone's six-time All Star and double All-Ireland winner had already informed his players that he would not be returning for a fourth term in charge of his home-town club.

And Errigal's season came to an end at the weekend when they lost the Division One league semi-final by 0-12 to 0-9 to arch-rivals Carrickmore.

Under Canavan's watch, Errigal Ciaran were the county's most consistent team, winning two Division One titles, but they failed in their primary objective of winning a championship title.

Irish Independent

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