Vincent’s Quinn and tonic

St Vincent’s (Dublin)1-12 Seneschalstown (Meath)0-10

For the second Sunday in-a-row the Dublin and Meath champions were neck and neck at the death, with Vins leading by just one point after 60 minutes.

But a cool 1-1 in injury-time from the Dublin champions — with county man Quinn heavily involved in both scores — sealed a flattering five-point replay win in Navan. First Quinn kicked a sideline kick that got the slightest of touches from Kevin Golden before somehow bouncing over the Seneschalstown crossbar. Then, three minutes into injury-time, he slotted a left footed kick expertly over the head of Seneschalstown ‘keeper David Lyons to raise a green flag.

It looked a clear case of a fluke goal that had broken the Meath champions’ resolve but Quinn insisted that he was going for goal.

“I was going for it for definite,” smiled Quinn of his looping left-wing strike. With any games, teams have different periods of dominance and we started very well but slowly let them back into it.

“It came down to the last five minutes in the end and luckily we were the ones that finished on top.”

Quinn gave the post-match interview in the absence of Vins boss Mickey Whelan who was away in America collecting a collegiate coaching award.

After the previous weekend’s draw there was a suggestion Quinn himself might not make the replay, having already heavily altered his holiday plans.

“Once it went to the replay there was no question I’d be there for it,” said Quinn. “I stayed at home all week and put in some hard sessions with the rest of the lads. I’ll be available for as long as the club need me. Holidays are finished for the moment and we’ve enough to worry about with Portlaoise in the semi-finals.”

Vincent’s will have to raise their game against the former Leinster champions because, like the drawn game, they failed to kill Seneschalstown off after a bright start.

Kevin Golden and Diarmuid Connolly kicked a brace of points each to put Vins 0-5 to 0-1 up but Seneschalstown were level at 0-5 apiece by the 24th minute and it was 0-6 apiece at half-time.

Brian Sheridan kicked four of the hosts six points with brother Joe and corner-forward Brian Clarke notching the others.

Once again Vins reopened the brighter after the restart, and three points in a row from Quinn put them 0-11 to 0-7 ahead after 55 minutes.

From here they should have kicked on for a comfortable win but they leaked three points on the trot, two of which fell to Brian Sheridan, to lead by one entering injury-time.

Gary Conlon got the last of Seneschalstown’s points and pumped the air in anticipation of an expected equaliser soon after. But it never arrived, as Golden’s slight touch to Quinn’s sideline kick put Vins back into a two point lead.

With holes now evident in a flagging Seneschalstown defence, a chance fell to Quinn to put them three up but his looping kick from the left of goal, intentionally or not, landed just below the crossbar for a timely goal.

“It was all to play for with three or four minutes to go and if we’d stuck a goal away, instead of them, it would have changed things hugely,” said Seneschalstown manager Damien Sheridan.

“I think overall we just needed to use the ball a little better. Even when we got back to a point late on we panicked and were too eager to try to get the equaliser.”

ST VINCENT’S: M Savage; P Conlon, E Brady, H Gill; T Doyle, G Brennan, P Kelly; H Coughlan, M O’Shea; K Golden (0-3), T Diamond (0-2), N Billings (0-1); B Maloney (0-1), D Connolly (0-2), T Quinn (1-3; 1f, 1 45, 1 s/l).

Subs: P Gilroy for Billings (38), C Brady for Connolly (51), R Traynor for Golden (64).

SENESCHALSTOWN: D Lyons; S Sheridan, A Collins, J Byrne; M Carey, C Quinn, C Gleeson; R Ruddy, D Sheridan; D Byrne, C Macken, J Cowley; B Clarke (0-2; 1f), J Sheridan (0-1), B Sheridan (0-6; 5f).

Subs: G Conlon (0-1) for D Byrne (42), G Sheridan for Gleeson (52), S Clarke for Cowley (58), W Smith for J Byrne (63).

Referee: J Bannon (Longford).

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