Thursday 18 July 2019

McManamon points way for St Jude's

St Jude's  0-20 Ballinteer SJ 0-8

STELLAR: Kevin McManamon Pic: Sportsfile
STELLAR: Kevin McManamon Pic: Sportsfile

The grass was cut in O'Toole Park on Saturday. The scent of Championship.

An early treat came from Ballinteer St John's Glenn Whelan at the road end. After he had run all the way from Marlay Park.

Both sides had physiques they didn't get from recording Baywatch.

The passing was quality.

Paul Cunningham struck a gem of a point from way out on the left. Regular full-back Paul had a towering match from wing-back, the former Wicklow senior man scoring three points over the course of the hour.

Cork senior panellist Niall Coakley helped himself to a tidy collection of points. And the dash of Kevin McManamon saw him finish as the chief teller with six points from play - he never lets the side down.

The Templeogue team led by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

The kids were on the pitch at half-time. Hopefully, they'll all grow to love the game like Billy Sheehan.


Current Offaly selector and coach Billy was on the Jude's bench, but he was still 'kicking every ball'.

Jude's had most of the ball. They built up handsome leads in both halves.

But Ballinteer kept chipping away at the plaster. And early in the second period, St John's only trailed by a point - 0-9 to 0-8.

But then Jude's hit a purple patch, scoring next 11 points without reply. And even when they were sailing into harbour, Jude's kept their mind on the job. Cillian O'Reilly's tackle on Fearghal Duffy was the best of the day.


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