Sunday’s Parnell Park Double Header was as enthralling as Saturday’s as Ballymun Kickhams, St. Brigids, St.Vincents and Na Fianna came head to head in the hope of joining Castleknock, St. Judes, Skerries Harps, Kilmacud Crokes, Raheny and Lucan Sarsfields for remaining two of the Quarter Final Spots in this years Championship.
Ballymun Kickhams v St. Brigids
Dean Rock once again led the charge with a stunning 1-09 tally on Sunday as Ballymun showed their strength against St. Brigids in the opener. Shane Supple showed amazing character in the Brigids goal with some superb shot stopping, but couldn’t keep Rock from netting a superb goal following a generous pass from Kevin Leahy.
The only real down points for Kickhams was losing Ted Furman to a black card and James McCarthy to an injury. Paddy Andrews, Lorcan McCarthy and Kevin Bonner were Brigids marquee players in this game but between them couldn’t stop Rock and co from punishing the open spaces.
Ballymun advance to a Quarter Final clash against Raheny on a score of 1-16 to 0-13 and it’s the end of the road this year for St. Brigids. Here are the highlights from Sunday’s opener.
Na Fianna v St. Vincents
As Dean Rock was Ballymun’s deciding factor in the opening game, many could argue that Diarmuid Connolly’s goal for Vincents on the stroke of half time was the focal point in the second of Sunday’s Double Header. With Na Fianna taking the game to the 2014 champions in the early going it didn’t take long for the boys from Marino to methodically claw back the deficit and regain command.
Enda Varley, along with Connolly and indeed the entire St. Vincents side were showing signs of that dominance again. Michael Savage saw the penalty scored by Aaron Byrne as the only blip in his game as he duly was tested and succeeded on a few occasions, again by Byrne and by Conor McHugh.
The Vincents scorecard included eight names in total, with Nathan Mullins, Tomas Quinn, Ruairi Traynor, Shane Carthy, Cormac Diamond, Gavin Burke and Adam Baxter joining Varley and Connolly.
Na Fianna’s Aaron Byrne was worth the ticket price as he doggedly pressed at any opportunity, ably assisted by Adam Caffrey, Conor McHugh and Alasdar Fitzgerald.
But St. Vincents had too much movement and power to stop and eventually ran out winners on a score of 1-14 to 1-06. And the 2014 Champions will now square off against Lucan Sarsfields in next week’s Quarter Finals. Here are the highlights from a brilliant game this past Sunday.
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