St Vincent’s have eyes on more title glory

St Vincent’s 0-22 Na Fianna 2-9 (Dublin SFC semi-final): St Vincent’s kept their ambitions of a third successive title firmly intact as they accounted for Na Fianna yesterday afternoon.

St Vincent’s have eyes on more title glory

The holders raced out of the blocks with a Tomás Quinn 45 opening their account in the second minute and it didn’t take long for Diarmuid Connolly to stamp his class with a sumptuous point a minute later.

The ability of St Vincent’s to create chances with such regularity was once again in evidence as Gavin Burke stretched their lead to three points before Na Fianna eventually troubled the umpires thanks to a Tomás Brady score.

Having conceded a number of goal chances in last Sunday’s win against Lucan Sarsfields, St Vincent’s repeated that sloppiness as Aaron Byrne raced through unopposed but from eight yards, his shot crashed into Michael Savage’s side-netting.

Byrne atoned with a fine score at the end of the first quarter but by that stage, the movement of their opponents had led to successive scores by Burke, Ruairi Trainor and Ciaran Dorney.

When Cormac Diamond added another excellent point in the 16th minute, all of the Vinnies attack had scored and their lead stretched to seven points following further scores by Connolly and corner-back Michael Concarr.

However, Na Fianna were handed a lifeline in the 22nd minute when Conor McHugh intelligently found Adam Caffrey at the back post for a palmed goal past the helpless Savage.

But two wonderful scores by Connolly pushed the holders six points (0-12 to 1-3) clear by the interval.

St Vincent’s continued on their merry way in the second-half through early scores from Shane Carthy and Trainor but there was an admirable stickiness to Na Fianna’s challenge as they kept their arrears at a manageable level following frees by Jack Caffrey and Adam Caffrey.

Despite their defensive uncertainties, there was an assuredness in the St Vincent’s forward play with Trainor especially lively and they pushed nine points clear by the 50th minute following scores from Joe Feeney, Trainor and Bernard Egan.

Substitute Odhrán Ó Maoiléidigh offered Na Fianna brief hope with a goal ten minutes from time but it never looked enough as Vinnies had late scores from Feeeny and Quinn.

Scorers for St Vincent’s:

D Connolly (0-5); R Trainor (0-4); J Feeney (0-3); T Quinn ( 1 ‘45’); G Burke, C Dorney (0-2 each); M Concarr, B Egan, Cormac Diamond, S Carthy (0-1 each).

Scorers for Na Fianna:

A Caffrey (1-2, 2 frees), O Ó Maoiléidigh (1-0), A Byrne (0-3, 1 free), N Cooper, J Caffrey (f), G O’Reilly, T Brady (0-1 each).

ST VINCENT’S:

M Savage; H Gill, J Curley, M Concarr; B Egan, G Brennan, N Mullins; D Murphy, S Carthy; G Burke, D Connolly, Cormac Diamond; R Trainor, C Dorney, T Quinn.

Subs:

J Feeney for Dorney (36), Cameron Diamond for Mullins (47), K Golden for Murphy (53), A Baxter for Cormac Diamond (59), M Loftus for Carthy (60).

NA FIANNA:

R O’Flaherty; J Cooper, N Cooper, E Murchan; E Mullan, N McGovern, G O’Reilly; JJ Martin, C O’Connor; T Brady, D Quinn, J Caffrey; C McHugh, A Caffrey, A Byrne.

Subs:

O Ó Maoiléidigh for Quinn (38), E Neville for McHugh (41), N Flannery for J Caffrey and E Connolly for Mullen (50), A Farrell for O’Reilly (57), A Fitzgerald for Brady (59).

Referee:

Darragh Sheppard (Round Tower Lusk)

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