Thursday 22 August 2019

St Vincent's to face Slaughtneil after securing record-equalling seventh Leinster title

St Vincent's captain Diarmuid Connolly lifts the cup after winning the AIB GAA Football Senior Club Championship Final match between Rhode and St Vincent's at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
St Vincent's captain Diarmuid Connolly lifts the cup after winning the AIB GAA Football Senior Club Championship Final match between Rhode and St Vincent's at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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St Vincent's are Leinster football champions for the seventh time in their history after a 1-16 to 0-12 victory over Rhode today in Portlaoise.

The Marino men condemned the Offaly champions to their fifth defeat in a Leinster decider.

Diarmuid Connolly found the net early on for the winners and they led 1-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

It could and should have been a lot closer after Ger Brennan was black-carded for taking Niall McNamee down in the square but Ruairi McNamee's injury-time penalty was saved by Michael Savage.

To rub salt into the wounds, the Dublin side broke from the penalty miss to score from Gavin Burke for a four-point swing.

A run of four unanswered points in the second half for Vincent's settled matters and they never looked like surrendering their advantage.

Vincent's will face Ulster champions Slaughtneil in the All-Ireland semi-finals after they made light work of London side St Kiernan's in Greenford.

Christopher Bradley and Meehaul McGrath goalled for the Derry side who ran out comfortable 2-11 to 0-5 winners.

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