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Monday 22 April 2019

Mossy rolls back years

St Vincent's 1-14 St Brigid's 1-6

NEW ROLE: St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly bursts away from St Brigid’s Mark Donnelly during Dublin SFC Group 4 match at Lawless Park, Swords. Picture: Caroline Quinn
NEW ROLE: St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly bursts away from St Brigid’s Mark Donnelly during Dublin SFC Group 4 match at Lawless Park, Swords. Picture: Caroline Quinn

They came to see Diarmuid Connolly in what was the Mercurial One's first Championship start in over a year but left with renewed admiration for Mossie Quinn.

The almost-38 year-old scored 1-8 last night in a masterclass of finishing while Connolly toiled in a new centre-back role with mixed but mostly positive results.

Vincent's won by eight points here to put them in control of Group 4 of this year's Dublin SFC and last night in Lawless Park in Swords, they controlled the game to a predictable conclusion.

Quinn's was a performance of incredible economy though.

Floated

He had ten shots on goal and scored with all but one.

His penalty, awarded for a foot block from St. Brigid's goalkeeper Eoin Lynsaght on Enda Varley early in the second half was immaculately dispatched.

Each of his four points from play meanwhile, were floated delicately over the black spot while Quinn also won two of the four frees he scored himself and his penultimate kick, a 45 metre free, landed neatly on top of the Brigid's crossbar after starting out five yards wide of the post.

Brigid's, without the considerable presence of Paddy Andrews, didn't have anything like the same attacking luxury.

Keith Barr's team were well organised.

They attempted to stifle Connolly by playing Niall Davey as a marking centre-forward but there was enough creativity in the rest of the Vincent's team to make the move largely redundant.

Mostly, Connolly was content to sit deep, inject pace into Vincent's counter-attacks and knit running moves together.

Twice in the second half he had long range shots that trailed wide but he also won a free that Quinn scored while the pair almost combined for a sumptuous goal late on.

Having been fouled 60 metres from goal, Connolly spotted Quinn at a yard's remove from his marker.

The pass was struck with such power and at a low enough trajectory that Quinn had gathered, turned and snapped off a shot before anyone else in Lawless Park had time to react, although the ball struck the bottom of the Brigid's post and went wide.

Brigid's improved in the second half though and they were rewarded when they won a penalty dispatched by Philly Ryan that put just four points between the teams with 10 minutes to go, though they had three different free-takers on the night and managed just four points from play.

Vincent's got impetus from their bench though.

Joe Feeney, Lorcan Smyth and Adam Baxter each chipped in with a point apiece while Quinn kicked three in a row to put Vincent's in control of their group.

They play Castleknock next while St. Brigid's will meet Ballinteer St. John's in the second round games in a two week's time.

SCORERS - St Vincent's: T Quinn 1-8 (1-0 pen, 0-4f), S Lowry, E Varley, J Feeney, L Smyth, A Baxter, Cormac Diamond 0-1 each. St Brigid's: P Ryan 1-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), M Donnell 0-3 (1f), M Tighe, C Carr 0-1 each.

ST. VINCENT'S: M Savage; S Lambe, J Curley, M Concarr; Cameron Diamond, D Connolly, G Burke; A Martin, N Mullins; J McCusker, S Lowry, Cormac Diamond; A Varley, A Giblin, T Quinn. Subs: T Diamond for Giblin (h-t), L Smyth for Martin (h-t), S O'Meara for Varley (44), J Feeney for Mullins (48), A Baxter for Connolly (59).

ST BRIGID'S: E Lysaght; J Kelly, S Clarke, A Daly; C Doyle, J Mullins, M Cahill; J O'Loughlin, J Troy; M Tighe, N Davey, S Egan; P Ryan, C Carr, M Donnelly. Subs: L McCarthy for Carr (38), D Timoney for Cahill (45), E Devitt for Clarke (50 inj).

REF: B Tiernan (Ballyboughal)

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