Vincent's set up a tasty 'Mun tie
Champions in control from start against spirited Saints
JOB done for St Vincent's. Now a second round Dublin SFC clash to savour against the mighty 'Mun.
The champs booked their ticket in the Chanel sunshine on Saturday evening.
They were the hottest of pre-match favourites. But Olaf's had much to be pleased about.
They campaign in Division 3. They have an eye on promotion. They only trailed by two points when Ruairi Trainor got Vincent's goal in first-half-injury-time.
It was Mossy Quinn who scored the second goal for the Marino men from the penalty spot in the 51st minute.
Another Championship season rolls along for Mossy, a wonder of his age.
How many points has the great man scored? Maybe it will be a question on next year's Leaving Cert Maths paper. Higher level.
There was a decent crowd at the home of Parnell's. Christy Sweets had the ear-phones in. The Tullamore tidings were grim. The swirling Coolock breeze played a few tricks with the O'Neill's ball here.
Vincent's attacked the score-board end in the first period.
They were three points up inside the opening 13 minutes. Trainor got the first of them, followed by two frees from Mossy Quinn.
Brian Begley was impressing in the Sandyford attack. So was Fergal McCann, who looked like he could have run the Epsom Derby.
On 31 minutes, Trainor found the sack, with a scissors kick from the turf.
Mossy's penalty was perfect after Shane Carthy was fouled.
Just before that, the Balally boys had come close to a goal of their own.
David Byrne cut in from the left and cracked in a blistering shot. His county colleague, Michael Savage, made a magnificent stop.
The ball fell to Darragh Byrne, whose fierce strike was also blocked before he got a point out of it.
Darragh Byrne had come off the bench to make a telling impact. He had sent over an earlier point.
Olaf's manager Shane Smith could be proud of his side. And Shane had to reorganise the furniture as early as the fourth minute when Pádraig Hanly had to retire injured.
Vincent's added to their bank balance with some nice scores late on. One of the best came from Trainor.
Carthy showed bravery to win the ball wide right. He passed to Adam Baxter who found Trainor, and the ball nudged over off the post.
Centre half-back Brendan Egan also struck a measured point, judging the wind as if he had a compass on his boot.
Late on, Darragh Maxwell came off the Olaf's bench. Like Mossy, he has seen many Championship summers.
SCORERS: St Vincent's: R Trainor 1-3, T Quinn 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), G Burke 0-4, Cormac Diamond 0-2, B Egan, E Fennell, N Mullins 0-1 each. Naomh Olaf: B Begley (1f), Darragh Byrne 0-2 each, F McCann, M Doyle 0-1 each.
St Vincent's: M Savage; C Wilson, J Curley, H Gill; Cameron Diamond, B Egan, M Concarr; E Fennell, N Mullins; G Burke, Tiernan Diamond, S Carthy; R Trainor, A Baxter, T Quinn. Subs: Cormac Diamond for T Diamond; Turlough Diamond for Egan; M Loftus for Fennell; B Quigley for Turlough Diamond (inj); C Dorney for Carthy.
Naomh Olaf: B Redmond; C Waters, R Miley, P O'Connor;G Wilkins, C Doyle, S White; C Haskins, P Hanly; David Byrne, B Begley, T O'Donoghue; F McCann, K Noonan, M McDonagh. Subs: M Doyle for Hanly (inj); Darragh Byrne for Begley; D Maxwell for Noonan; K Birrane for McDonagh.
Referee: F Shanahan (St Margaret's)
dublin sfc: st vincent's 2-14 st olaf's 0-6