Thursday 17 January 2019

WATCH - Ross O'Carroll red-carded for slide tackle on James McCarthy as Ballymun advance to Dublin final


Daire Walsh

Dean Rock and Paddy Small were in excellent form at Parnell Park tonight, when Ballymun Kickhams booked their place in the Dublin Senior Football Championship decider with a comfortable semi-final victory over Kilmacud Crokes.

Small (a brother of Sky Blues senior footballer John) helped himself to three points during a productive first-half, and following a well-worked goal from Jason Whelan, Ballymun developed a commanding 1-8 to 0-3 interval cushion.

Indeed, after centre-back Ross O’Carroll was dismissed for a heavy sliding tackle challenge on Dublin star James McCarthy in the 20th-minute, the northside club also held a numerical advantage.

It looked an extremely harsh call and was a pivotal moment in the game.

An expertly-converted Rock penalty opened up a 12-point gap (2-13 to 0-7) with just 11 minutes remaining in the contest, and even though Crokes attacker Mark Vaughan responded with a three-pointer of his own, additional points from Rock and Whelan helped Ballymun towards a 2-15 to 1-10 triumph.

Scorers - Ballymun Kickhams: D Rock (1-0 pen), J Whelan 1-2 each, P Small 0-5, K Leahy 0-3, C Keeley, J McCarthy, D Byrne 0-1 each.

Kilmacud Crokes: M Vaughan 1-1, P Mannion 0-3 (2f), C Pearson 0-2, S Horan, P Burke, C O’Connor, A Jones 0-1 each.

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