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Bernard Brogan goal eases Plunketts into Dublin senior club final

The northside outfit had 10 points to spare.

Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

St Oliver Plunkett 1-11
St Judes 0-4

BERNARD BROGAN FIRED home the late goal that capped off a dominant display by St Oliver Plunkett as they breezed to victory in today’s Dublin senior football semi-final in Parnell Park.

Brogan got clear in the 59th minute of the St Judes defence before dispatching a left-foot shot to the net to help seal a ten-point win for the Navan Road based club.

The success follows up their quarter-final win over Ballymun Kickhams and sees them still on track for a first ever county senior football title. After suffering final defeats in 2008 and 2011, they’ll have a chance on October 27th to finally claim glory.

On a perfect afternoon for football, a sluggish game unfolded with St Oliver Plunkett edging 0-5 to 0-3 ahead at the break. They upped the ante considerably in the second-half with corner-forward Gareth ‘Nesty’ Smith excelling as he finished up with 0-4.

Paul McGuire and Conor Walsh Conor Walsh leaps over Paul McGuire. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

By the close of the third quarter, St Oliver Plunkett had extended their lead to 0-9 to 0-4 and they closed out the game successfully from there. In a strong defensive display, Shane Lyons and James Brogan anchored their defence while Craig Dunleavy put in a good shift at midfield and Niall Walsh foraged well up front.

St Judes never got going in the second-half and only managed to register a single point in that period, a 44th minute Ronan Joyce score. They competed well in the opening period and saw plenty possession but couldn’t translate it into scores. Joey and Declan Donnelly hit quality in the opening period but an overall return of 0-4 ultimately cost the Templeogue based club.

St Judes danger man Kevin McManamon didn’t get on the scoresheet and was closely watched by the St Oliver Plunkett rearguard throughout. St Judes had edge 0-3 to 0-2 ahead by the 21st minute but then conceded three points on the bounce before half-time. In the second-half, there was only one team in control and Brogan netted in the dying moments to cap off a fine afternoon’s work for St Oliver Plunkett.

Scorers for St Oliver Plunkett: Bernard Brogan 1-2 (0-1f), Gareth Smith 0-4 (0-2f), Niall Walsh, Shane Lyons, James Brogan, Craig Dunleavy, Conor Walsh 0-1 each.
Scorers for St Judes: Rob Finnegan, Joey Donnelly, Declan Donnelly, Ronan Joyce 0-1 each.

Paul Cunningham tackles Bernard Brogan Paul Cunningham tackles Bernard Brogan. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

ST OLIVER PLUNKETT EOGHAN RUADH
1. Alan O’Mara

4. Eamonn Clarke
2. Rory O’Connor
7. David Kelly

5. Declan Lally
6. James Brogan
3. Shane Lyons

8. Craig Dunleavy
10. Paddy McNulty

11. Conor Walsh
12. Alan Brogan
25. Darragh Brogan

15. Gareth Smith
14. Bernard Brogan
15. Niall Walsh

Subs
29. Paul Brogan for Darragh Brogan (half-time)
9. Ross McConnell for McNulty (36)
21. Paraic Lee for Niall Walsh (53)
24. Sean O’Connor for Paul Brogan (58)
19. David Matthews for Dunleavy (61)

Kevin McManamon under pressure from the Plunkett's defence. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

ST JUDES

1. John Brian Carthy

4. Rob Finnegan
3. Paul Cunningham
2. Oisin Manning

5. Mark Sweeney
6. Tom McKeown
7. Chris Guckian

8. Colm Murphy
9. Kieran Doherty

10. Ronan Joyce
11. Brendan McManamon
12. Joey Donnelly

13. Declan Donnelly
14. Kevin McManamon
15. Paul McGuire

Subs
19. Niall Cronin for Guckian (half-time)
20. Eoin McLoughlin for Joey Donnelly (inj) (38)
22. Shay Ryan for McKeown (47)
24. Enda Dalton for McGuire (50)
21. Paul Courtney for Doherty (53)

Referee: Mike Blissett (Whitehall Colmcille)

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