This past Saturday, St. Vincents captain Diarmuid got his wish and climbed the steps of the Parnell Park stand to raise the Clery Cup aloft on behalf of his team mates, winning their third county championship in four years.

It was a gallant effort from their challengers, and championship final debutants Castleknock, who’s fairytale story sadly came to a close. the men from the parish though can be very proud of what they’ve over the past few years and indeed this year. It won’t be the last we hear from Castleknock.

But the day belonged to St. Vincents, who will now advance to play Carlow Champions Palatine next Sunday, November 13th in Netwatch Cullen Park.

After a rocky start from Castleknock, they eventually found their feet in this dogfight and by the break were holding Vincents to a tied game. But the 2014 champs had other ideas in the second phase of the game and were too strong for their opposition. Despite Vincent’s losing Ger Brennan to a second yellow for a very high tackle, they never lost their grip on the game, outscoring Castleknock in the half by 0-08 to 0-03.

Mossy Quinn and Enda Varley were again on song for the Marino unit, always ably assisted and orchestrated by their skilful captain Diarmuid Conolly.

Is this to be another successful campaign for St. Vincents? Can they recapture their 2013-14 form, and navigate their way through Leinster and beyond? We’ll find out soon enough.

Video credit (DUBSTV via YouTube)