Vinnies reign supreme in the capital once more

St Vincent’s defeated Ballymun Kickhams in a tightly contested affair last Monday to retain their Dublin Senior Football title.

The Marino men edged out their rivals by a goal winning on a scoreline of 1-08 to 0-8 in front of a sold out Parnell Park.

The highly anticipated game boasted some of the finest individual talent in the country, however the standard on show was surprisingly lower than expected.

St Vincent’s were by far the better of the two sides in the opening half enjoying far more possession. Tomás Quinn had two chances to find the net but was denied by a goal line deflection and the butt of the post respectively.

Vincent’s did hit the back of the net through talisman Diarmuid Connolly midway through the first half, following an uncharacteristic mistake from Philly McMahon. Lorcan Galvin capitalised and supplied an unmarked Connolly with a pass and the Dublin star slotted a low shot to put his side in the lead.

Ballymun were far from their best in the first period, dropping several shots short or wide and could be considered fortunate to only trail by a goal with the half time scoreline reading 1-04 to 0-04.

The second half was more of the same. St Vincent’s controlled the game very well and were more than happy to hold possession for long periods, keeping Ballymun at arms length at all times.

Ballymun never looked like breaking down Vinnies until a slick hand-passing move saw wing back Carl Keeley go one on one with goalkeeper Michael Savage only to see his shot pushed over the bar. This was crucial as Vincent’s managed to avoid Ballymun gaining momentum as they began to run down the clock.

Ballymun became increasingly desperate with McMahon and Dean Rock both moving to the edge of the square as the game reached its climax, but in truth Vincent’s were never really troubled in what was a very controlled solid defensive effort.

By Eoghan McGrane

GAA round Up

There was lots of club action across Dublin and Ireland over the weekend.  In the Dublin SFC there were wins for St. Jude’s, Ballymun, Ballyboden and St. Vincent’s.

 St Jude’s overcame Parnells on a score line of 1-12 to 1-9

Ballymun-Kickhams advanced to the last four thanks to a Dean Rock inspired 0-15 to 0-7 victory over Raheny.  2011 champions St Brigid’s lost out to Ballyboden St Enda’s by five points, 2-13 to 1-11.

Dean rock will be hoping that Ballymun can go one further this year. credit
Dean rock will be hoping that Ballymun can go one further this year. credit

St Sylvester’s battled valiantly but just fell short to the 2007 All-Ireland Club champion’s St Vincent’s. The Griffith Avenue based side beat Syl’s by 0-14 to 2-07.

In Armagh Crossmaglen made it 17 wins in 18 years following a nine point win over Cullyhanna, 0-17 to 0-8.  Ireland captain Michael Murphy helps his Glenswilly side overcome Killybegs 3-19 to 2-6.
Burren lost out to Kilcoo 0-9 to 0-7 in Down, whilst in the AIB Ulster GAA Club Championship Preliminary Round Ballinderry (Derry) beat Clonoe (Tyrone) by four points 0-14 to 0-10.
Dr. Crokes beat Austin Stacks by 4-16 to 0-12 to claim a historic four in a row whilst in Limerick Monaleen lost by two points to Dromcollgher-Broadford 2-9 to 2-7.

In Waterford Stradbally were hammered by Ballinacourty 0-12 to 0-05.

Colm Cooper has never won a club All-Ireland. credit
Colm Cooper has never won a club All-Ireland. credit

Zach Tuhoy inspired Portlaoise to a 2-8 to 1-8 victory over Arles/Killeen. In Meath Summerhill beat Na Fianna 1-13 to 1-10.

In Hurling Mount Leinster Rangers claimed a 1-20 to 0-11 victory over St Mullins in Carlow whilst in Westmeath Castletown beat Geoghegan 1-12 to 0-11.

Oulart-The Ballagh beat Ferns St Aidan’s by two points, 3-12 to 1-16 whilst in Wicklow Glenealy beat Bray Emmets by 0-17 to 0-14.