CLINICAL CONNOLLY POINTS THE WAY FOR VINS.
St Vincent’s 1-17
Ballyboden St Enda’s 1-10
Inspired by the brilliant Diarmuid Connolly, holders St Vincent’s got the better of Ballyboden St Enda’s in an entertaining Dublin SFC semi-final at Parnell Park this evening.
Connolly put on an exhibition of point-taking in the first-half as the holders built up an 0-8 to 0-6 interval lead.
The gifted half-forward registered five points during the opening 30 minutes and then gave his side the perfect start to the second-half when finishing brilliantly to the Ballyboden net from 20m out.
To their credit, Ballyboden stuck gamely to their task and managed to cut the deficit to two points – 1-9 to 0-10 – by the three quarter hour mark.
The Marino outfit hit back with three unanswered points from Mossy Quinn, Connolly and Shane Carthy but a Conal Keaney goal on 52 minutes set up an exciting finish.
Ruairi Trainor calmed Vin’s nerves with a point and the reigning All-Ireland club champions pulled away in the closing stages.
They now look forward to a final date with St Oliver Plunkett’s on Monday, October 27th at 7.45pm in Parnell Park.
Scorers for St Vincent’s
Diarmuid Connolly 1-6, Tomás Quinn 0-4 (0-3f), Shane Carthy, Mark Loftus, Eamon Fennel 0-2 each, Ruairi Trainor 0-1.
Scorers for Ballyboden St-Enda’s
Conal Keaney 1-1, Sam Molony, Andrew Kerin (0-3f) 0-3 each, Daniel Davy 0-2, Declan O’Mahoney 0-1.
1. Michael Savage
4. Hugh Gill
3. Jarlath Curley
2. Kevin Bonnie
5. Brendan Egan
6. Ger Brennan
7. Mick Concarr
8. Eamon Fennell
9. Daithi Murphy
10. Gavin Burke
11. Diarmuid Connolly
12. Shane Carthy
13. Ruairi Trainor
14. Ciaran Dorney
15. Tomás Quinn
17. Marty Moore for Bonnie (black card) (45)
21. Tiernan Diamond for Dorney (42)
22. Cormac Diamond for Burke (53)
20. Mark Loftus for Murphy (55)
23. Adam Baxter for Quinn (60)
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S
1. Daire Walsh
3. Robbie McDaid
23. Stephen Hiney
4. Stephen O’Connor
6. Bob Dwan
5. Darragh Nelson
7. Cathal Flaherty
8. Aran Waters
9. Declan O’Mahony
12. Sean Gibbons
18. Alan Flood
10. Darren O’Reilly
14. Conal Keaney
15. Andrew Kerin
11. Sam Molony
20. Mark O’Sullivan for Dwan (black card) (14)
17. Kenny Naughton for Flood (23)
19. Daniel Davy for O’Reilly (40)