St Jude's 0-11 St Vincent's 0-4
St Jude’s became the first team to book their place in the Dublin SFC semi-finals at Parnell Park with an authoritative seven-point victory over a hugely disappointing St. Vincent’s in Parnell Park.
Measured and precise with their play throughout, St. Jude's kept Vincent’s to just a single second half point as the 2017 champions faded alarmingly in a game that at one stage, was at risk of being called off due to fading light and a floodlight malfunction.
Vincent’s started by scoring the first two points of the game but repeatedly found a Jude’s defence that was disciplined in their tackling and consistent in their structure.
Had Kevin McManamon calibrated his shooting better, last year’s county finalists could have had the half-time lead their superiority deserved but the Dublin star was still hugely influential.
Less so was Diarmuid Connolly, who cut a frustrated figure, unable to find space and as Vincent’s chased the game desperately late on, surrounded by Jude’s defenders.
At 0-5 to 0-3, Vincent’s required a quick start to the second half but Jude’s got managed as well, kicking the first five points on the spin – four of which came from frees (three from Pádraig Clarke and one from Niall Coakley) as Vincent’s raggedness manifested itself in poor, frustrated tackling.
To compound a miserable night for the Marino club, Vincent’s sub Joe Feeney was sent off for a straight red card for striking as Jude’s made a defiant statement about their potential to win a first Dublin SFC title in their history.
SCORERS – St Jude’s: P Clarke 0-4 (4f), K McManamon 0-3 (1f), R Joyce, T Devlin, D McLoughlin, N Coakley (f) 0-1 each. St Vincent’s: Cameron Diamond, A Baxter, T Quinn, J Feeney 0-1 each.
St Jude's: P Copeland; O Manning, J McGuire, C Fitzpatrick; T Lahiff, C Guckian, R Martina; M Sweeney, R Joyce; T Devlin, D McLoughlin, K Doherty; N Coakley, K McManamon, P Clarke. Subs: D Sheehy for McLoughlin (46), S Ryan for Fitzpatrick (50), P Cunningham for Joyce (53), D Kavanagh for Clarke (60), R Wallace for Devlin (62).
St Vincent's: M Savage; M Concarr, J Curley, J McCusker; S Lambe, G Burke, Cameron Diamond; Cormac Diamond, A Martin, N Mullins, D Connolly, S Lowry; E Varley, A Baxter, T Quinn. Subs: F Breathnach for Martin (36), A Giblin for Martin (39), J Feeney for Lowry (45), E Fennell for Mullins (46), G Murphy for Varley (47), S O’Meara for Cormac Diamond (49)
Referee: J King (Garda/Westmanstown Gaels)
There's no escaping the hype of tomorrow's Waterford SHC final when Kevin Moran is inside the walls of De La Salle College and he has been counting down the hours before hearing the bell to dismiss everyone for the weekend.