Saturday 22 October 2016

Moore hits three as Vinnies rout Setanta

Diarmuid ~~Connolly
Diarmuid ~~Connolly

St Vincent's kept their qualification hopes alive when comfortably defeating Setanta by 3-23 to 0-9 in their Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Group 4 clash in Parnell Park last night.

The contest started in an even fashion with early scores by Conor Mullins and Diarmuid Connolly being cancelled out by a brace from Fiontáin McGibb.

However, Vinnies gradually exerted control on affairs through points by Alan Moore, Graham Giblin and Tomás McGrane with Setanta's sole reply a free from Seán Ó Riain.

From that point, it proved a masterclass from Connolly up until the interval with three sumptuous points in quick succession ensuring a healthy 0-14 to 0-5 lead for St Vincent's. Two Alan Moore goals within five minutes of the restart effectively settled the issue and he completed his hat-trick in the 45th minute as Vins eased home by 23 points.

Across the city in O'Toole Park, Cuala secured their progression to the quarter-finals as they finished strongly to account for Lucan Sarsfields by 0-19 to 1-10.

Darragh O'Connell was in fine form for the Dalkey outfit with the Kerryman hitting four points from play as Cuala led by 0-9 to 0-5 at the break.

A Tommy Somers penalty left the tie delicately poised but Cuala held on thanks largely to the defensive efforts of Paul Schutte, Ross Tierney and Oisin Gough.

SHC: St Vincent's 3-23 Setanta 0-9; Cuala 0-19 Lucan Sarsfields 1-10. SHC 'B' St Vincent's 1-16 St Sylvester's 1-13.

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