Dublin Schools Juvenile ‘A’ Football Championship Round-Up: The Evening Herald – October 18 2018

DUBLIN JUVENILE FC ‘A’

Fintan’s winning run continues against Ris

Daire Walsh

ST FINTAN’S HS, Sutton continued their winning run in the Dublin Schools Juvenile ‘A’ Football Championship by getting the better of Ardscoil Ris at Alfie Byrne Park last Friday.

Following recent triumphs over St Benildus College and St Aidan’s CBS, Fintan’s had four points to spare (3-15 to 4-8) against the Griffith Ave school.

Courtesy of goals from Ben Grassick and Daniel Sheridan, they developed a healthy lead during the early exchanges in the Clontarf Road venue.

Ardscoil had their own spells of attacking pressure, most notably when midfielder Eric Lambert rattled the Fintan’s net in clinical fashion. Despite being five points adrift (2-10 to 2-5) at the break, they slowly edged closer to the Sutton outfit on the resumption.

Ciaran Stacey’s three-pointer helped to reduce their deficit to the bare minimum, but a well-organised Fintan’s were always able to step up a gear when required. The versatile Alex Dycher brought his final tally to 1-4 with a neat goal in the closing moments, effectively placing the outcome beyond doubt in the process.

Sheridan and Conor Gibney were in fine form throughout for St Fintan’s, while Conor White’s three-point haul also proved crucial to their success. Meanwhile, St Aidan’s CBS suffered a four-point defeat at home to Maynooth PP on Tuesday – bringing the Collins Avenue side’s quest for a spot in the knockout rounds to an end.

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Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling League Round-Up: The Evening Herald – October 18 2018

GAELIC GAMES: LEINSTER SHL

South and North get up and running with impressive openers

Daire Walsh

DUBLIN South and Dublin North produced impressive performances against Wexford opponents in the past few days to make successful starts to their Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling League campaigns.

First up on Monday afternoon, South had a potentially tricky assignment against St Peter’s, Wexford.

With Liam Murphy and midfielder Fergal Ryan showcasing their unerring dead-ball accuracy, Niall Williams’ charges hit the ground running against Peter’s.

Their Slaneyside counterparts caused them a number of problems, though a well-worked goal by half-forward Matthew Dunne ensured South were 1-10 to 1-7 in front during the interval.

In addition to Murphy, Dunne and Aaron O’Toole scores, Ciaran Foley grabbed a second goal to give Dublin South an emphatic 2-24 to 1-14 triumph.

There will be much attention on the aforementioned Dublin North squad this year, as a result of last season’s Leinster Championship final victory.

They recorded a commanding 2-20 to 1-10 win at the expense of Good Counsel, New Ross at the DCU Sportsgrounds yesterday afternoon.

Ian Sherry (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh) and Liam Dunne (Raheny) were star performers on the day for Paul O’Brien’s side, with the latter converting a number of frees for the Sky Blue representatives.

Conor Chawke registered an opening half goal, helping North to establish a 2-9 to 0-4 buffer at the midway stage.

They remained on top after the restart, as Matt Barr – son of former Dublin footballer Keith – started to exert his authority.

Good Counsel had occasional spells of attacking pressure, but this couldn’t prevent the march of the triumphant North.

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Dublin Schools Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Ardscoil Ris V Colaiste Eanna – The Evening Herald – October 18 2018

GAELIC GAMES: DUBLIN SCHOOLS JHC ‘A’ SEMI-FINAL

ARDSCOIL TRIUMPH

Griffith Avenue side produce strong final quarter to prevail

ARDSCOIL RIS 5-19

COLAISTE EANNA 3-8

Daire Walsh

ARDSCOIL Ris produced a scintillating final quarter rally at Alfie Byrne Park on Tuesday afternoon to book their place in the Dublin Schools Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship decider.

Their opponents – Colaiste Eanna – were on level terms thanks to a 43rd minute Hugh O’Sullivan point, only for the Griffith Avenue School to book a final date with reigning champions Colaiste Eoin in confident style.

Eanna were defeated by Ardscoil at the same stage of last year’s competition, but broke the deadlock courtesy of a Rhys McDonnell free.

Ardscoil soon settled through unanswered points from Andrew Keegan, Daniel Peel and Charlie McHugh, before Sam Carty rattled the Eanna net in the 11th minute. Their momentum was immediately halted, however, as O’Sullivan’s rebounded effort raised a green flag for their Ballyroan counterparts.

Yet, this only proved to be a temporary speed bump for Ardscoil. In the space of nine minutes, Peel clipped four points in succession to give Ris a firm stranglehold on the play.

While O’Sullivan responded for Eanna with a superb score at a tight-angle, Conor Kenny’s flicked finish on the stroke of half-time offered Ardscoil a commanding 2-7 to 1-2 cushion. Either side of McHugh’s second point on the restart, O’Sullivan and McDonnell (free) found the target for Eanna.

They received a boost four minutes into the half when McDonnell drilled a penalty to the bottom-corner and Davy Keogh offered them further hope with another superbly-taken goal. He subsequently pointed in advanced of McDonnell’s equaliser as the tempo of the game increased ten-fold.

Peel and O’Sullivan traded points within the space of 60 seconds, leaving the final outcome up for discussion.

However, Ardscoil staked their claim with quick-fire efforts via the sticks of Peel, Paddy Gilroy and Kenny – who also capitalised on hesitant defending to kick home on 51 minutes.

This latest goal opened the floodgates for the 2017 finalists – Peel (two) and Carty picking off fine points to bolster their respective tallies. McHugh was a threat all through, and his two-goal salvo was supplemented by Conor Baldwin, Keegan and Aaron Nolan singles in a strong finish for the triumphant Ardscoil Ris.

Scorers – Ardscoil Ris: D Peel 0-10 (0-5f, 0-2 ’65’), C McHugh 2-2, C Kenny 2-1, S Carty 1-1, A Keegan 0-2, A Nolan, P Gilroy, C Baldwin 0-1 each. Colaiste Eanna: R McDonnell 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), H O’Sullivan 1-3, D Kehoe 1-1.

ARDSCOIL RIS: E Maguire; S Spring, L Fox, C Walsh; A Nolan, D Clerkin, C Dolan; S Carty, M Howard; P Gilroy, A Keegan, C Kenny; C Dunne, D Peel, C McHugh. Subs: C Baldwin for Gilroy (56), B Moorehouse Carroll for Walsh (58), A McAweney for Dunne (59), S Ryan for McHugh (60).

COLAISTE EANNA: B Creegan; O Dunne, B McGuire, T Culleton; D Keane, R Power, D Monaghan; K Mullarkey, R McDonnell; J Corcoran, D Kehoe, A Dalton; L Kennedy, H O’Sullivan, J Farrington. Subs: S Doyle for Farrington (43), R Mullarkey for Kennedy (55).

Referee: A Keating (Setanta).

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Dublin Minor ‘A’ Hurling Championship Group Two: St Vincent’s V Whitehall Colmcille – The Evening Herald – October 16 2018

DUBLIN MINOR ‘A’ HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP TWO

ST VINCENT’S………………………….2-19

WHITEHALL COLMCILLE……………..2-13

Daire Walsh

ST Vincent’s qualified for the knockout rounds of the Dublin Minor ‘A’ Hurling Championship with an accomplished group stage victory over Whitehall Colmcille at Collins Avenue on Sunday morning.

Both teams entered this contest with one win from their opening two games in the competition.

While Kilmacud Crokes were already assured of a place in the last-four, this was essentially a shootout to decide who would join the Stillorgan men in extending their respective campaigns.

Ciaran P Murphy and Sean Foran produced strong performances throughout for Whitehall, but courtesy of powerful displays in attack by James Mulcahy, Rory O’Neill and Darach McBride, it was Vincent’s who ultimately prevailed.

Whereas Whitehall edged past Na Fianna at Cloghran two weeks ago (1-17 to 2-13), Vins suffered a 0-20 to 1-13 loss against Crokes in Pairc Naomh Uinsionn on the same day. Reverse results on the opening weekend of Group Two left the sides neck-and-neck in the table, albeit with the Marino men holding a significant scoring advantage over their neighbours.

They stormed into the play with unanswered points by McBride, Mulcahy and O’Neill, before Foran’s long-distance effort got Whitehall up and running. There was little sign of panic within their ranks, even though Vins wing-forward Liam McGovern splits the post on the left-wing.

In the space of 10 minutes either side of the first-quarter mark, Colmcilles registered six points in succession to significantly boost their prospects. Murphy, Cian Boland and underage county star Lee Gannon were on target for the hosts, who grew in stature as the action progressed.

An excellent Murphy brace was supplemented by another Foran strike – following admirable persistence from Adam McDermott.

Mulcahy second of the day brought Vins’ barren spell to an end and half-back Adam O’Connor cut the gap to a minimum (0-7 to 0-6). Whitehall were playing with real conviction in attack, though, and Gannon set-up Murphy for a clinically-struck goal on 22 minutes.

Momentum appeared to be on their side approaching the break, but instead it was Vins who enjoyed the brighter end to the period. After Mulcahy’s 0-2 salvo got them back on track, O’Neill’s speculative shot crept into the right-hand side of the Whitehall net.

McBride swiftly added to the Vins tally with another point, giving the visitors a 1-9 to 1-7 buffer during the interval. Traded scores between Mark Sweeney and Whitehall’s Sean Finn kept them in the ascendancy when the action resumed and Mulcahy bolstered their cushion at the beginning of a whirlwind third-quarter.

Perhaps unfortunate to find themselves staring into a three-point deficit, Whitehall replied through the reliable duo of Murphy and Gannon. If this was throwing down the gauntlet to Vins, they issued an empathic response.

O’Neill and McBride enhanced their own personal hauls with outstanding individual contributions and it was then the turn of substitute David O’Sullivan to get in on the scoring act. Capitalising on hesitancy in the Whitehall full-back line, the towering attacker flicked past Cathal Hogan for a second Vins goal.

A six-point lead – 2-13 to 1-10 – provided them with substantial breathing space moving into the closing stages of the tie. Murphy (two) and McDermott did their level best to maintain the Whitehall challenge, but with Mulcahy registering three points in addition to an O’Neill single, Vincent’s looked set to ease through.

Foran’s 58th-minute goal – via Ciaran George’s long delivery – offered Whitehall a new lease of life, only for their counterparts to settle with McGovern and McBride points. With netminder Shane O’Leary in fine form, Vincent’s held off a late Colmcilles charge to claim a much-desired triumph.

MATCH FILE

Scorers – St Vincent’s: J Mulcahy 0-8 (4f), R O’Neill 1-3, D McBride 0-4, D O’Sullivan 1-0, L McGovern 0-2, A O’Connor, M Sweeney 0-1 each. Whitehall Colmcille: Ciaran P Murphy 1-6 (0-3f), S Foran 1-2, L Gannon 0-2 (1f), S Finn, A McDermott, C Boland 0-1 each.

ST VINCENT’S: S O’Leary; M Rooney, A Gilroy, S Gormley; M L’Estrange, S Lowry, A O’Connor; C O’Brien, M Sweeney; D McBride, R Finn, L McGovern; J Mulcahy, R O’Neill, C Fogerty. Subs: D O’Sullivan for Fogerty (h-t), D Culligan for Finn (44), S Boggan for O’Neill (59).

WHITEHALL COLMCILLE: C Hogan; C George, J Thorp, S Giles; N Power, Cian Murphy, E Moran; S Foran, A McNally; C Gleeson, L Gannon, Ciaran P Murphy; S Finn, A McDermott, C Boland. Subs: N Carroll for Gleeson (39), P Moloney for Finn (54).

MENTORS – St Vincent’s: Ray O’Connor, Simon McBride, Gearoid Quinn, Ivor O’Connor, Ray O’Neill. Whitehall Colmcille: David Timlin, Diarmuid Murphy, Harry Bodie, Robbie George, Brian Fox.

Referee: Jason Buckley (Setanta).

WIDES – St Vincent’s: 7 (4+3). Whitehall Colmcille: 11 (8+3).

CONDITIONS: Sunny conditions with just a gentle breeze.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: James Mulcahy (St Vincent’s).

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Rory Feely Interview On Waterford European Qualification: The Kildare Nationalist – October 16 2018

AIRTRICITY LEAGUE SOCCER: RORY FEELY INTERVIEW

Feely aiming for third place to crown magnificent debut season with Waterford

By Daire Walsh

HIS current employers made headlines last week by securing European football for the first time since 1986, but as the present campaign moves towards a close, Waterford FC defender Rory Feely is not prepared to take this foot off the gas.

The Athy man has made 28 league appearances to date for the Blues, who are guaranteed at least a top-four finish in this season’s League of Ireland Premier Division. With Dundalk and Cork City once again progressing to the FAI Cup final, an extra Europa League spot was opened up.

A 2-1 reversal to Dundalk places them three points behind Shamrock Rovers in the race for third, making this Friday’s meeting at the Tallaght Stadium must-win affair for Alan Reynolds’ Munster men.

“The mood was obviously lifted immediately for us. We’re still fighting for third. Rovers won at the weekend, they’re three ahead of us. Our focus is still on trying to finish third rather than sitting back now that we’ve qualified for Europe and just let the season go,” the versatile Feely remarked.

“Friday’s game is our biggest of the season so far. They’ve gotten themselves back up to third, ahead of us after we had a spell there. We’re going to have to go up and play our best game of the season, in order to come away with a win up in Tallaght.”

Waterford had been on an impressive run of form prior to their loss against the newly-crowned champions – winning three times on the bounce against Bray Wanderers, Sligo Rovers and Bohemians.

Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk juggernaut provided a different challenge and Feely acknowledges they were beaten by a better side on the night.

“They’re really showing why they are the top side in the league at the moment. They’ve just won the league, they haven’t let off the throttle at all. When they came down to Waterford we expected a tough game.

“They played a full strength team and they played the football. They were the better on the day and they came out with a deserved win, really.”

In the first half of the season, Waterford were in contention for top honours alongside Dundalk and Cork City – before the big-two inevitably created a gap over the remaining teams in the division.

Nevertheless, the return of top-flight football to the RSC has been an unqualified success for all connected to the club.

“Coming up from the First Division, obviously Waterford’s goal would have been not to get relegated and go straight back down. Come second half of the season, still in the top-four, is a huge boost for both the players, staff and even the fans.

“We’re getting over 2,000 fans to each home game, which is huge. I suppose the reason we’re doing that is because we’re doing so well. Hopefully we can keep success going into the coming seasons.”

Feely is one of a small collection of Kildare natives currently plying their trades in the league. Paul Hunt (Clane), Mark Hughes (also Athy) and Aaron Brilly (Kilcock) are part of the First Division furniture, while Kill’s Sam Byrne enjoyed fleeting cameos at Dundalk before making a loan move to Irish Premiership outfit Glentoran.

Gary Shaw of Newbridge is also an established first-team squad member at Shamrock Rovers and may well have a role to play in this Friday’s clash. In his time with the south Dublin club, Shaw has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Damien Duff, Stephen McPhail and Robbie Keane – who has previously trained at Rovers to maintain his off-season fitness.

Waterford welcomed former Republic of Ireland international Noel Hunt into the club on a player/assistant manager basis back in July – a move that benefited Feely and his team-mates in the second half of the campaign.

“As you’ve seen, Noel has gone out and he’s scored three or four goals off the trot. Unfortunately he’s injured now for the end of the season, but it has been a huge boost and obviously every player has learnt from it.

“Obviously with him not being able to play, he’s going to be more on a coaching level. With the strikers we have, if they can listen to anything he says it’s going to be positive. He’s played internationals, he’s played Premier League.

“Coming up to the Rovers game, he should be able to share enough experience with us that will help us through.”

It has been an eventful 2018 in the Feely household, with older sibling Kevin playing a prominent in Kildare’s summer resurgence under Cian O’Neill. The two brothers have dovetailed effectively between GAA and soccer in the past, so it is comes as little surprise that Rory sees parallels with the way their respective seasons have developed.

“It was kind of a similar situation. They had a great start last year and they had a bit of a rut in the league this year and they finished strong in the Super 8s. It was kind of like our start this season. Great few wins at the start of the season with a few losing streaks in the middle and then we were trying to push on at the end.

“There’s just a big push at the end of the season to try and end the season on a high. Just like Kildare did with the Super 8s. Playing well there, beating Mayo. They kind of ended their season on a high as well.”

In much the same way as the Lilywhites are hoping to build on the encouraging displays of the past few months, Feely believes it is essential for Waterford to remain in the upper echelons of the Premier Division over the next couple of years.

“You don’t want to be a one-hit wonder as they say. Where you come from Division One, you finish fourth and then the next year you’re back seventh and eighth. If you’ve come up to the top-four, everyone is expecting a bit more. Absolutely, the goal is to keep going upwards in the club,” Feely added.

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Rugby Column Number 128: The Kildare Nationalist – October 16 2018

RUGBY

Wasps stung by Leinster demolition

By Daire Walsh

LEINSTER sent out a warning to all and sundry at the RDS on Friday evening – registering a stunning 52-3 triumph over Wasps in their opening game of the new Heineken Champions Cup season.

This is a world away from Leo Cullen’s first campaign as Blues’ supremo, when they suffered home and away losses to the English men on an aggregate score of 84-16.

While the final scoreline might suggest that the hosts were always in line for a routine win, Wasps were well in the frame until they lost fly-half Lima Sopoaga to the sin-bin on the stroke of 40 minutes.

Leinster ruthlessly exploited their numerical advantage either side of the interval, and the deflated visitors had no answer to the adrenaline-fuelled champions – who completed an eighth-try rout in fine style.

After featuring on the right-wing in the province’s PRO14 success against Munster six days earlier, Suncroft’s Fergus McFadden made way for the returning Jordan Larmour. Kill native James Tracy was a second period replacement for Sean Cronin, but it was the starting hooker who got the ball rolling for Leinster with a sixth-minute try.

A Sexton conversion extended their lead to seven, before Sopoaga responded for their opponents via a routine place-kick. They made life difficult for Leinster without necessarily threatening to break over the whitewash – and Dai Young’s charges looked set to remain in the reckoning at the mid-way point.

Sopoaga’s deliberate knock-on left Wasps hamstrung, however, and Luke McGrath touched down to give Leinster a 14-3 cushion heading into the dressing rooms. Before Sopoaga could return to the field of play, the outstanding James Lowe sprinted over for a magnificent try.

This placed the eastern province within range of a bonus point, which inevitably arrived in the shape of Luke McGrath’s second try in the 52nd-minute. There was little Wasps could do to halt Leinster’s relentless pursuit of scores and it proved to be a final-quarter to forget for the Ricoh Arena outfit.

Lowe, Larmour, Robbie Henshaw and Jack McGrath (in the final act of the game) added tries for the rampant Blues, who will embark on an away trip to Toulouse this weekend in a perfect frame of mind.

This encounter came hot on the heels of a Celtic Cup clash between Leinster ‘A’ and Munster ‘A’ at nearby Donnybrook. Kildare men Adam Byrne (Kill) and Jimmy O’Brien (Eadestown) both crossed over, as Leinster booked a spot in the competition’s inaugural decider with a comprehensive 46-25 success.

Meanwhile, another Eadestown native – Tadhg Beirne – joined Athy’s Joey Carbery in the Munster side for their 10-10 draw with Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Carbery’s penalty on 31 minutes broke the deadlock in a fiercely-competitive affair, but Luke Cowan-Dickie’s converted effort gave their English counterparts a 10-3 half-time lead.

Carbery was on hand to convert CJ Stander’s five-pointer on the resumption and this was enough to give Munster two vital points on their journey back to Limerick.

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Dublin Senior Football Championship Semi-Final: St Jude’s V St Vincent’s – The Irish Daily Star – October 15 2018

JUDE’S HIT BACK TO REACH FINAL

ST JUDE’S……………………………2-11

ST VINCENT’S……………………….0-8

DUBLIN SFC SEMI-FINAL

ST JUDE’S produced a stunning performance at Parnell Park yesterday to eliminate St Vincent’s from the Dublin Senior Football Championship.

The Templeogue men (who are still searching for their maiden success at this grade) will now face Kilmacud Crokes in the upcoming decider on October 29.

They recovered from a difficult start to register 1-5 without reply in the second-quarter of the contest and Jude’s manager Padraic Monaghan acknowledged this was a crucial juncture in the contest.

“Not the best start, but they really dug deep. At half-time we were back in the game again through a huge amount of hard work and effort.

“Throughout the second half then they pushed on,” Monaghan remarked afterwards.

“After the start we got it was a fantastic second-quarter for us where we came back into the game. We were so well in it at half-time. Fantastic work-rate out of them.”

Shape

While the much-discussed Diarmuid Connolly was once again held in reserve, Vincent’s stormed into a four-point lead courtesy of points from Nathan Mullins, Eamonn Fennell, Gavin Burke and the evergreen Tomas Quinn.

The Jude’s game plan started to take shape as the half progressed, however, and they produced an extraordinary purple patch to leave Vins reeling at the break.

After unanswered scores courtesy of Niall Coakley, Padraic Clarke (two) and Seamus Ryan cancelled out their deficit, the impressive Clarke flicked over the advancing Michael Savage for a 27th-minute goal.

Dublin star Kevin McManamon was becoming more influential and he converted a 50-metre free to give Jude’s a surprise 1-6 to 0-5 interval advantage.

The introduction of Connolly and former Mayo footballer Enda Varley looked set to spark Vins back into life on the resumption, but their expected surge never materialised. A Simon King point extended the Jude’s cushion, before McManamon released the raiding Ryan for a composed finish to the Vincent’s net.

Quinn’s free on the third-quarter mark was a timely boost for the Marino outfit, but Jude’s quickly responded with back-to-back efforts by Tom Devlin and Coakley.

Following Ger Brennan’s agonising miss from close-range, a brace of Varley frees briefly raised the possibility of a late Vincent’s fightback. However, with Connolly struggling to make an impact, late points from Coakley and Chris Guckian sealed a magnificent nine-point triumph for a jubilant St Jude’s.

There will be little time for the Tymon Park side to rest on their laurels as southside rivals Crokes await in a forthcoming showpiece affair.

Monaghan was already beginning to focus on their final date with the Stillorgan men – who defeated Ballyboden St Enda’s 2-9 to 0-9 at the same venue on Saturday.

“They [Kilmacud] are a very, very good bunch of players. They’ve great experience. Good county players. I’m looking forward to the next two weeks and the preparation into the match itself,” Monaghan added.

ST JUDE’S: L Mailey; O Manning, C Fitzpatrick, C O’Reilly; T Lahiff, N O’Shea, C Guckian (0-1); M Sweeney, S Ryan (1-1); R Joyce, S King (0-1), K Doherty; N Coakley (0-3, 1f), K McManamon (0-2, 1f), P Clarke (1-2, 0-1f). Subs: T Devlin (0-1) for Joyce (38), N Mangan for King (52), A Sweeney for M Sweeney, B Sheehan for O’Shea (both 60), D Donnelly for Clarke (61).

ST VINCENT’S: M Savage; M Concarr, F Breathnach, J McCusker; B Egan, G Brennan, G Burke (0-1); E Fennell (0-1), N Mullins (0-1); L Galvin, L Smyth (0-1), C Diamond; A Baxter, S Carthy, T Quinn (0-2, 2f). Subs: D Connolly for Diamond, E Varley (0-2, 2f) for Baxter (both h-t), J Feeney for Smyth (48 mins), R McBride for Mullins (56 mins), S Lambe for Burke (59 mins).

Referee: D O’Connor (Naomh Mearnog).

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Dublin Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals Round-Up: The Irish Examiner – October 15 2018

St Jude’s stun Vincent’s to set up showdown with Kilmacud Crokes

By Daire Walsh

St Jude’s manager Padraic Monaghan pinpointed a powerful second-quarter showing as a crucial factor in his side’s stunning success over St Vincent’s in the Dublin SFC at Parnell Park yesterday.

The three-in-a-row chasing Vins were hot favourites to reach the decider on October 29 and they stormed into a four-point lead courtesy of points by Gavin Burke, Nathan Mullins, Eamonn Fennell and Tomás Quinn.

However, Jude’s hit 1-5 without reply to leave the Marino men reeling at the break and they never looked back after Seamus Ryan goaled on 42 minutes.

“It was not the best start but the lads really dug deep. At half-time they were back in the game again through a huge amount of hard work and effort. “Throughout the second half then they pushed on,” Monaghan acknowledged.”

While Diarmuid Connolly was once again held in reserve, Jude’s were able to call upon their own inter-county star in the shape of Kevin McManamon. He finally opened his side’s account in response to that early Vins blitz and an improving Jude’s found themselves on level terms with the interval in sight. They subsequently hit the front when Pádraic Clarke flicked to the net on 27 minutes and a long-distance McManamon free ensured the underdogs led 1-6 to 0-5 at the break

The introduction of Connolly and former Mayo footballer Enda Varley looked set to spark St Vincents back into life on the resumption, but their expected surge never materialised. A Simon King point extended the Jude’s cushion, before McManamon released the raiding Ryan for a composed finish to the Vincent’s net.

With Connolly struggling to make an impact, Vincent’s relied on frees from Quinn and Varley (two) to kept themselves within reach. Yet, thanks to late points by Niall Coakley and Chris Guckian, Jude’s comfortably sealed a nine-point triumph.

Standing in the way of their maiden success at this level will be Kilmacud Crokes, who were 2-9 to 0-9 victors over Ballyboden St Enda’s in Saturday’s first semi-final. This game was a precursor to next weekend’s hurling decider between the clubs and the Stillorgan men kept their double dreams alive with the help of first-half goals by Craig Dias and Shane Horan. Crokes’ joint-manager Johnny Magee was pleased to see his side displaying a ruthless streak when it mattered most.

“We took the goals well. The opportunities arose and we took them, which is great. The start of the second half we were sloppy in relation to our execution of getting scores and we could have pulled away a little bit more,” said Magee, who shares bainisteoir duties with Robbie Brennan.

“We’ve got work to do for the next day. We won’t get away with that. We were lucky in that sense.”

Dublin forward Paul Mannion is hoping to add a club crown to his ever-expanding list of honours and he converted three frees for Crokes over the hour. Staring into a five-point deficit (2-4 to 0-5) at the break, a combined tally of 0-8 by the Basquel brothers – Colm and Ryan – ensured Anthony Rainbow’s ‘Boden remained in contention on the restart. However, unanswered points via the boots of Mannion, Cian O’Connor and Andy McGowan eventually eased Crokes over the line. With a number of their squad still trying to get the measure of life at this grade, Magee felt the presence of a fit-again Cian O’Sullivan was pivotal in securing a first final berth since 2012.

“It’s our first year with the lads. It’s about us playing the way we want to play. We’ve got a couple of young lads in there,” Magee said. “Those lads haven’t experienced being in knockout football before. Having Cian O’Sullivan back today was a plus.”

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Ulster Bank League Division 1A: Dublin University V UCD – Irishrugby.ie – October 14 2018

DUBLIN UNIVERSITY 23 UCD 23, College Park
Scorers: Dublin University: Tries: Colm Hogan, Bart Vermeulen; Cons: James Fennelly 2; Pens: James Fennelly 3
UCD: Tries: Tom Treacy, Ronan Foley; Cons: Cillian Burke 2; Pens: Cillian Burke 3

HT: Dublin University 13 UCD 10

Full-back Cillian Burke’s injury-time penalty earned UCD a share of the spoils in a 23-all draw with arch rivals Dublin University at a rain-soaked College Park.

Trinity’s new-look team, who impressed many by running Garryowen very close last week, were on the cusp of victory having built up a 23-13 lead after 69 minutes. However, UCD stormed back with a levelling 10 points and were hugely relieved when Burke’s opposite number Robert Russell missed a huge penalty effort right at the death.

The heavy downpour ensured it was an attritional contest, although the hosts admirably sought to bring wingers Hugh Twomey and Colm Hogan into play as much as possible. Twomey was squeezed out on the right before out-half James Fennelly kicked Trinity in front with a seventh-minute penalty. He soon added a second successful kick from a tight angle.

Despite struggling early on for possession, UCD grew into the first half and grabbed the game’s first try in the 28th minute. Following a series of drives, lock Tom Treacy dotted down for a Burke-converted score, but Trinity responded just past the half hour mark when captain Hogan chased down his own kick and gathered it on the hoof, beating the cover to run in an excellent solo try which Fennelly converted.

Burke’s first penalty of the afternoon closed the gap to 13-0 for half-time, only for Trinity to steal a march on the resumption with a 55th minute try from powerful prop Bart Vermeulen, who crossed to the left of the posts following a Russell break from deep. Vermeulen saw yellow 15 minutes from the end, and although Burke nailed the resulting penalty, Fennelly replied soon after to increase his haul to 13 points.

Crucially, UCD made their numerical advantage count with a second try from the forwards, a spell of relentless pressure ending with Leinster ‘A’ number 8 Ronan Foley touching down for the second week running.

Burke converted and landed the second of two penalty attempts – Trinity were pinged for failing to release the ball in their 22 – to bring the Belfield side level. That is how it stayed despite Russell’s booming strike which fell just short of the posts.

DUBLIN UNIVERSITY: Robert Russell; Hugh Twomey, James Hickey, Philip Murphy, Colm Hogan (capt); James Fennelly, Rowan Osborne; Bart Vermeulen, Joe Horan, Dylan Doyle, Alex MacDonald, Arthur Greene, Paddy Nulty, Max Kearney, Niall O’Riordan.

Replacements: Dan Sheahan, Thomas Clarkson, Cian O’Dwyer, Tomas Killeen, James Moriarty, Giuseppe Coyne, Conor Dunne.

UCD: Cillian Burke; Tim Carroll, Andy Marks, Paul Kiernan, Rob Keenan; Matthew Gilsenan, Nick Peters, Sam Griffin, Sean McNulty, Liam Hyland, Brian Cawley, Tom Treacy, Stephen McVeigh, Alex Penny (capt), Ronan Foley.

Replacements: Richie Bergin, Evin Coyle, Jonny Guy, Tom Foley, Ian O’Kelly.

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Dublin Senior Football Championship Semi-Final: St Jude’s V St Vincent’s – The Irish Times (Online) – October 14 2018

Dublin SFC: St Jude’s shock Vincent’s to set up Crokes decider

Diarmuid Connolly comes off the bench but underdogs cruise home with plenty in hand

Daire Walsh 

St Jude’s 2-11 St Vincent’s 0-8

St Jude’s produced a stunning performance at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon to spectacularly eliminate St Vincent’s from the Dublin senior football championship.

The Templeogue men were rank outsiders for this semi-final encounter against the three in-a-row chasing Vins, but in spite of a difficult start to the contest, they will now face southside rivals Kilmacud Crokes in the upcoming county decider.

Dublin star Kevin McManamon was a star attraction in the Jude’s line-up, but it was Seamus Ryan and Padraic Clarke goals in each half that truly gave flight to their title credentials.

While the much-discussed Diarmuid Connolly was once again held in reserve, Vincent’s nevertheless enjoyed a blistering start to the action. In addition to long-distance efforts by the centre-field pairing of Nathan Mullins and Eamonn Fennell, Gavin Burke and the evergreen Tomas Quinn were also on target for Vins.

Jude’s finally opened their account through ace marksman McManamon, only for Westmeath’s Lorcan Smyth to respond at the opposite end. The game plan of Padraic Monaghan’s charges started to take shape as the half progressed and they produced an extraordinary purple patch to leave Vins reeling at the break.

After unanswered points courtesy of Niall Coakley, Clarke (two) and Ryan cancelled out their deficit, the impressive Clarke flicked over the advancing Vins goalkeeper Michael Savage for a 27th-minute goal.

McManamon’s influence was also growing and he converted a 50-metre free to give Jude’s a surprise 1-6 to 0-5 interval advantage.

The introduction of Connolly and former Mayo footballer Enda Varley looked set to spark Vins back into life on the resumption, but their expected surge never materialised.

Instead, it was Jude’s who continued to play the more expressive football. A Simon King point extended their cushion, before McManamon released the raiding Ryan for a composed finish to the Vincent’s net.

With the clock running against them, Quinn’s converted free on the third-quarter mark was a timely boost for the Marino outfit. This was their first score since the 15th-minute of the opening period, but Jude’s quickly responded with back-to-back efforts by Tom Devlin and Coakley.

Following Ger Brennan’s agonising miss from close-range, a brace of Varley frees briefly raised the possibility of a late Vincent’s fightback. However, with Connolly struggling to make an impact, late points from Coakley and Chris Guckian sealed a magnificent nine-point triumph for a jubilant St Jude’s.

St Jude’s: L Mailey; O Manning, C Fitzpatrick, C O’Reilly; T Lahiff, N O’Shea, C Guckian (0-1); M Sweeney, S Ryan (1-1); R Joyce, S King (0-1), K Doherty; N Coakley (0-3, 1f), K McManamon (0-2, 1f), P Clarke (1-2, 0-1f). Subs: T Devlin (0-1) for Joyce (38), N Mangan for King (52), A Sweeney for M Sweeney, B Sheehan for O’Shea (both 60), D Donnelly for Clarke (61).

St Vincent’s: M Savage; M Concarr, F Breathnach, J McCusker; B Egan, G Brennan, G Burke (0-1); E Fennell (0-1), N Mullins (0-1); L Galvin, L Smyth (0-1), C Diamond; A Baxter, S Carthy, T Quinn (0-2, 2f). Subs: D Connolly for Diamond, E Varley (0-2, 2f) for Baxter (both h-t), J Feeney for Smyth (48 mins), R McBride for Mullins (56 mins), S Lambe for Burke (59 mins).

Referee: D O’Connor (Naomh Mearnog).

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