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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Recovery key for Brennan in Mullingar clash

ST VINCENT'S went for a swim on Wednesday night. Not much time to soak in the glory. They are off to Mullingar on Sunday in the AIB Leinster Senior Club Football Championship.

St Loman's will have fresh legs, and a book full of notes. St Vincent's have the Clery Cup. And they don't want the journey to end just yet.

Ger Brennan is the Vincent's captain. He admits thoughts of the Leinster road have been far in the distance ... until now.

Trying to beat Ballymun Kickhams is enough work for one day ... even two. "Yes, they were two very tough games," said Brennan, the genial club and county centre half-back.

"We were very fortunate to come out on the right side of the result. There was very little between the teams. It was a real war of attrition.

"We were just lucky that Cameron (Diamond) sent the ball over the bar. It was the first time we had led all during the match," he added, looking back on Wednesday's replay victory over the holders.

"Ballymun have a very talented forward line. We went 1-2 down very early on. But in the second half we were more calm and patient in our build-up.

"We didn't turn over possession as much, which meant that we had more opportunities to take our points." And how well Diamond took his.

"He got another brilliant point against Ballyboden in the semi-final," said Brennan.

Two massive crowds saw two compelling contests. Over two and a half hours of breath-taking drama.

Now Vins will strive to lift the spirits ahead of what will be another testing afternoon. "We'll focus in on Loman's now. Our build-up will be all about recovery," he said.

The gifted Diarmuid Connolly will be suspended.

"Diarmuid will be a big loss. Anytime you don't have a player of his calibre available, it's tough.

 

Depth

"But Tommy (Conroy) and his management team have built a good squad. There are guys there that will step up to the plate.

"You could see the depth of the panel with the subs we made last Wednesday night, and in the first game on Sunday. They all made a massive impact. There are a lot of talented guys in the panel."

That fact was underlined by the contribution of Kevin Golden off the bench. Last Sunday, he scored the crucial late goal that brought Vincent's off the floor.

And on Wednesday, after being called on, his delicious left peg lofted over the equaliser in the 56th minute.

"Cameron did so well to kick the winner, but such is the quality in our group that I'd back any of our fellas to do the same," said Brennan.

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