Monday 20 November 2017

Quinn seals late win for determined Counsel

A dramatic late show from Good Counsel earned them the Dublin U21 Football 'E' title as they edged out St Margaret's by the minimum on Saturday afternoon, 1-8 to 0-10.

Played at St Margaret's, the home side looked to have the game wrapped up when leading by five points entering the final 10 minutes.

But Counsel, managed by former Dublin footballer John O'Brien and blessed with the brilliance of twins Ben and Alex Quinn, outscored their opponents by 0-7 to 0-1 in a whirlwind flourish.

Indeed, Ben Quinn would finish with a personal total of 1-5 and his 40-metre free in the last minute sealed the win.

It was not all about the twin terrors, however, as substitutes PJ Impey and Shane Barry made huge impacts upon their introduction, while Robbie Purcell, Rory Kelly and Shane Whelan all excelled.

For Margaret's it is a tough pill to swallow given that they led for almost the entire game, but they showed enough on the day to give hope for a bright 2012 in north County Dublin.

O'Brien on the other hand was delighted with the outcome: "To win in that style was just brilliant.

"We looked dead but it is credit to the lads for showing that character.

"Between our adult football and hurling teams, there are 26 lads playing under-21.

"That shows you how young we are and it is all about progressing from here."

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