Sunday 23 October 2016

Vincent's to take another step on road

St Vincent's Tomás Quinn
St Vincent's Tomás Quinn

On paper, this looks the most one-sided of the four quarter-final ties as St Vincent's look impregnable as they seek a three-in-a-row of Dublin senior football championships.

Although Ballymun Kickhams ran them close during the first-half a fortnight ago, the manner in which Vinnies assumed complete control in the third quarter was an ominous sign for any potential pretender to their title.

That there was little or no reliance on Diarmuid Connolly on that occasion is even more disheartening for opponents as the depth in the St Vincent's panel was reflected in compelling contributions by wing-back Nathan Mullins, substitute Kevin Golden, who slotted two fine points from play, and the returning Ger Brennan.

Lucan Sarsfields have shown their abilities in successive wins over Castleknock and St Patrick's of Palmerstown with the 4-15 to 0-7 success against St Pat's highlighting the score-getting talent of Brendan Gallagher and Declan O'Shaughnessy.

However, it is highly unlikely that they will encounter such shambolic defending tomorrow given the excellence of the Marino defence and it could prove a tough evening for a Lucan team that will look to the experienced Stephen O'Shaughnessy and Paul Casey for leadership.

Despite their obvious qualities and Emmett Ó Conghaile's compelling form, an exercise in damage limitation appears on the agenda in Donnycarney against a Tomás Quinn-inspired Vins.

VERDICT: St Vincent's

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