VINNIES TO FEND OFF SYLVESTER'S
Connolly and Quinn hold the key for Marino men
DUBLIN SFC SECOND ROUND
ST SYLVESTER'S v ST VINCENT'S
(Parnell Park, Tonight, 8.15)
IF this game matches last year's quarter-fnal between the pair, there is a treat in store.
Vincent's just got there . . . . by a point. Syls certainly tested their mettle.
It finished 0-14 to 2-7 with the Malahide men finishing strong down the home straight but not for the first time the accuracy of Tomás Quinn helped Vincent's to the winner's enclosure.
However, Syls did open up the Vinnies defence when creating four goal-scoring opportunities, two of which were dispatched by Mark Brennan and Eugene Keating.
The Malahide club have been one of the most consistent in the county over several years, especially in the league.
And in the championship, on the big days, they have been no more than a fnger-nail away against some of the heavyweights.
They are meeting the number one seed here - the Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland champions. That's some three-card trick.
Vincent's overcame St Patrick's of Palmerstown in round one.
Three first half goals established their authority. They came from Diarmuid Connolly, Shane Carthy and Quinn.
New York born Carthy was briefly in the Dublin senior set-up this summer and will no doubt hope to impress Dublin manager Jim Gavin sufficiently to get the call up.
Syls had a stiff exam out in the Naul. In the end, they had a goal to spare over Naomh Maur.
Critical contributions came from Alan Foy, John Coughlan, Ross Hazley and Miceál McCarthy. There won't be much in it tonight in Donnycarney but that attacking axis and understanding between Connolly and Quinn should shade the day for the reigning champions.
VERDICT: St Vincent's