Thursday 18 January 2018

Vincent's set up final decider with Ballymun

Diarmuid Connolly is surrounded by fans after St Vincent’s booked their place in the Dublin SFC final at Parnell Park. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Diarmuid Connolly is surrounded by fans after St Vincent’s booked their place in the Dublin SFC final at Parnell Park. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Defending champions St Vincent's will face Ballymun Kickhams in the Dublin SFC final after they got the better of 13-man St Jude's at Parnell Park on Saturday.

Although Nathan Mullins claimed a superb solo goal on 20 minutes for Vincent's, four points from Kevin McManamon helped the southside club to level terms (1-4 to 0-7) at the midway point.

Kieran Doherty of St Jude's in action against Cameron Diamond of St Vincent's during the Dublin County Senior Football Championship Semi-Final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kieran Doherty of St Jude's in action against Cameron Diamond of St Vincent's during the Dublin County Senior Football Championship Semi-Final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

However, after Mark Sweeney and goalkeeper Paul Copeland were shown red cards in the 38th and 45th minutes respectively, Jude's had a mountain to climb.

Goals from Tomás Quinn, Shane Carthy and Brendan Egan placed the outcome beyond doubt - before Diarmuid McLoughlin secured a late consolation score for Jude's.

Diarmuid Connolly also ruled out a switch to Dublin's hurlers following the appointment of Pat Gilroy as manager.

"I probably would have been able to do it if I went and picked hurling at 20 or 21 years of age but I went the other way and picked football so I think that ship has sailed," Connolly told eir Sport.

St Vincent's Tomás Quinn in action against Mark Sweeney of St Jude's. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
St Vincent's Tomás Quinn in action against Mark Sweeney of St Jude's. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dean Rock and Paddy Small were excellent for Ballymun Kickhams as they booked their place in the decider with a comfortable victory over Kilmacud Crokes.

A goal from Jason Whelan saw Ballymun develop a 1-8 to 0-3 interval cushion.

A Rock penalty opened up a 12-point gap with 11 minutes remaining, helping Ballymun towards a 2-15 to 1-10 triumph.

Irish Independent

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