Another chilly evening in Donnycarney, but plenty of fantastic football action as the Quarter Finals of this year’s Senior Football Championship came to a close.
St. Judes overcame the challenge of Cuala and Ballymun made it hard work against St. Brigid’s but eventually imposed their strength to see them finish comfortably.
And we now know the pairings for this year’s Semi Finals with the draw made at the end of tonight’s proceedings.
October 14th/15th. Parnell Park. Times to be confirmed
Ballymun Kickhams v Kilmacud Crokes
St. Vincents v St. Judes
But let’s get into tonight’s games first…
St. Judes 0-16 Cuala 1-07
All Ireland Champion Kevin McManamon and his St. Judes team mates made it through tonight’s Quarter Final against Cuala with no major hassles and are now 60 minutes away from only the club’s second county final appearance in history.
Declan Donnelly, who tallied 0-06 in total tonight and even miss a penalty, opened the scoring for Judes, with the team clearly laid out to attack. Dublin star forward Con O’Callaghan levelled things for Cuala with a free, but Judes went 0-5 unanswered from McManamon, Donnelly and Coakley (3) before O’Callaghan scored his second free of the evening leaving them around 12 minutes to close the gap before the break.
Cuala were lucky to only be 0-05 adrift at the break with Michael Fitzsimons denying Kevin McManamon a goal in the early going.
The Dalkey men did get the better start after the break, aided by Judes defender Paul Cunningham blasting a ball over his own bar in desperation. But O’Callaghan was pivotal in the assist for Dara Spillane’s goal in the 3rd minute. Con caught a beautiful long ball and span away from his marker to feed the ball to Spillane, nephew of Pat and son of Mick, who slotted palmed it over the line at the back post.
Unfortunately it would be another 26 minutes before Cuala would score again as McManamon, Donnelly, Ross O’Brien and Kieran Doherty all took their scores and keep the pressure and intensity high enough to see the clock run out for Cuala and ensure their victory.
Scorers for St Jude’s:
Declan Donnelly 0-06 (2f)
Niall Coakley 0-05 (4f)
Kevin McManamon 0-02
Mark Sweeney 0-01
Ross O’Brien 0-01
Kieran Doherty 0-01
Scorers for Cuala:
Con O’Callaghan 0-04 (2f)
Dara Spillane 1-00
Conor Mulally 0-02
Paul Cunningham (Judes) 0-01
Ballymun Kickhams 1-17 St. Brigids 1-09
An absolutely enthralling battle took place in the second of tonight’s games, as Ballymun saw off St. Brigids to clinch the last of the Semi Final spots. No one can be entirely sure if the much changed Brigids line out was their eventual undoing but it made keeping track of the game so much more interesting.
Ballymun fans will still be scratching their heads though as Brigids came flying out of the traps at the start of this game and had scored 1-03 in 7 minutes before Ballymun responded.
Lorcan McCarthy had a free converted to get things going before Philly Ryan hit the net for Brigids. McCarthy added another 0-02 before a Dean Rock free opened Ballymun’s account. But that 1-01 haunted Ballymun for the majority of the first session. Paddy Small (2), Rock (2) and Jason Whelan all tagged on points, But Luke McCarthy, Malachy Tighe and Andrews cancelled each one out.
It was a short ball across the goal mouth from Dean Rock that was met by the hands off Paddy Small to hit the net for Ballymun on 27 minutes that was certainly the turning point in this contest. And at the break a Luke McCarthy free was the only thing separating the sides.
Despite Malachy Tighe opening proceedings in the second half for Brigids, the Ballymun juggernaut had finally arrived in Parnell Park as they started to go through the gears. Paddy Small, who finished on 1-06, continued to annoy the Brigids defence, ably assisted by Rock and James Burke, leading for the first time in the game, with most of the second half still to play.
Frighteningly, Paddy Andrews put Brigids last score of the game over the bar on 9 minutes, as Ballymun took over. James McCarthy and Jason Whelan were too much for Brigids and their cutting runs broke the opposition apart. Rock and Paddy Small were truly on top of their game tonight scoring 0-08 and 1-06 respectively.
All being told, Ballymun took their time to start tonight but clinically they finished much stronger probably being the expected victors.
Scorers for Ballymun:
Dean Rock 0-08 (4f, 1 45)
Paddy Small 1-06
James Burke 0-02
Jason Whelan 0-01
Scorers for St Brigid’s:
Lorcan McCarthy 0-05 (4f)
Philip Ryan 1-00
Malachy Tighe 0-02
Paddy Andrews 0-02