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Saturday 22 September 2018

Magic Mossy is still dancing

Age no barrier for Quinn as he aims to dethrone Ballymun kingpins

Tomas Quinn, St Vincent's, in action against Mark O'Sullivan, Ballyboden St Enda's. Photo: Daire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Tomas Quinn, St Vincent's, in action against Mark O'Sullivan, Ballyboden St Enda's. Photo: Daire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

MAGICAL Mossy ... he just keeps on rolling along. He has one Dublin Senior Football Championship winner's medal. He'd love to have another.

On Sunday, he'll lace up the trusty boots and wear the number 15 jersey in the Dublin SFC final against the champions Ballymun Kickhams.

Parnell Park should be rocking. Tomás Quinn knows all about the razzle-dazzle of the big stage.

This season, he has settled fully back into the club circuit. He waved goodbye to the Hill with a tear in his eye, and with a sackful of scores.

"It was good being back with the club. I did all the training, the gym work, et cetera. With no Dublin commitments, I was fully able to focus on that," he said.

"I played through the Dublin league and I have been looking forward to the championship all season. When you get to my stage of career, you try to make the best of it."

It was in 2007 that Mossy tasted champagne.

"When you win one championship, you want to win more. I have played senior football for a number of years and we have lost a couple of finals," he added.

"We probably left a couple of opportunities behind us. You might have regrets, but the positive thing is that we now have another opportunity. The nature of sport means that every year you start off being optimistic. You are always trying to get to a county final.

"When I was starting off, I didn't think it would take me till 2007 to finally win one, but sometimes sport has a funny way of dealing with expectation."

The Marino men made the most of their possession against Ballyboden St Enda's in the semi-final. Boden had beaten the big two – Crokes and Brigid's.

Vins produced a carnival of goals against Boden.

"Yet, in the quarter-final against Sylvester's, we didn't create one goal chance," Quinn said.

"Like any other forward line, we go out with the intention of scoring goals. Thankfully, against Boden, we got into good positions. The lads were very clinical in taking them.

"That was very pleasing, but the challenge now is to repeat that again. It's the old cliché, but semi-finals are there to be won. It's not really about performance or anything like that. We knew that Boden would be a big challenge."

All in Páirc Naomh Uinsionn are praying that Diarmuid Connolly can again bring along the ballet shoes.

"He gave one of the finest exhibitions of football the doyens of Donnycarney had seen for many a long day," Quinn said.

"Everyone knows the talent Diarmuid has. It is no surprise to anybody in our dressing-room.

"He has had an outstanding year for the county and he has been brilliant since he came back to us."

Mossy himself is still dancing with the Gods. No better forward to escape the clutches of the clampers.

Growing up, he was a big fan of Barney Rock, and today he places Deano and his orchestra at the top of the charts.

"They showed what a really good side they were last year. They probably should have won the All-Ireland, and I know they are gunning for another crack at it.

"But winning back-to-back titles in Dublin is an extremely hard thing to do.

"That is the challenge they now face.

Close

"They beat us last year in the quarter-final. It was close. It all came down to the last few minutes. They were the better team in the last 10 minutes. Hopefully we'll be there or thereabouts this time and maybe get the chance to over-turn that result."

Tommy Conroy, Seán Brady and Neil Curran will plot the Vincent's game plan.

"It would mean so much to us to win it. There's 35 fellas in the dressing-room who know the work we have put in.

"Eamonn Fennell didn't start the last day because of injury, but I felt our midfield did well against two of the best midfielders around in Michael Darragh Macauley and Declan O'Mahony. And that's why you need a strong squad."

Over the years, nobody has put in more than Mossy. Still the gentleman and still finding the green from the tee and fairway

He'll always remain one of Dublin's favourite sons. An icon of his age. And a footballing master craftsman.

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