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All-Ireland champions St Vincent's blast past Portlaoise and into Leinster semis

Shane Carthy scored two second-half goals as the Marino men ran out 10-point winners.

Mossy Quinn finished with 1-3 as Vincent's ran out
Mossy Quinn finished with 1-3 as Vincent's ran out
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

St Vincent’s 3-11

Portlaoise 0-10

ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS St Vincent’s maintained their winning championship run as their superior cutting edge ensured they accounted for a gutsy Portlaoise at O’Moore Park.

St Vincent’s had a lightening start and led by five points after five minutes. Diarmuid Connolly was being marked by Cahir Healy but the Laois star could not get to grips with his Dublin opponent at all early on.

Connolly was involved in all three opening scores and when he put Tomás Quinn through for the simplest of goals, it was 1-2 to 0-0.

Portlaoise looked in real trouble at this juncture and Vincent’s spurned a couple of more good opportunities to goal through over-elaboration.

Tommy Conroy brought Zach Tuohy further out though, while Craig Rogers also began drifting and Portlaoise gradually earned a foothold. That had the dual effect of setting up more opportunities for the likes of the dangerous Paul Cahillane, while also stemming the flow in Connolly’s direction.

Eamon Fennell and Kieran Lillis Vincent's Eamon Fennell and Kieran Lillis of Portlaoise. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Cahillane scored three points and Tuohy an absolute peach after two dummy solos and at half time, Vincent’s led by just a point, 1-4 to 0-6.

They resumed in almost identical fashion to how they started though and a 33rd-minute goal from the excellent Carthy settled them down once more.

The polished attacker bagged his second goal nine minutes later to extinguish the home team’s aspirations, finishing to an empty net after Mickey Nolan failed to get a strong enough fist to Connolly’s free.

It was plain sailing from there to the end, with Portlaoise never threatening even one of the goals they desperately needed to give themselves a chance of overturning the deficit.

Scorers for St Vincent’s: S Carthy 2-2; T Quinn 1-3 (0-2fs); D Connolly (1f), R Treanor, Cormac Diamond 0-2 each

Scorers for Portlaoise: P Cahillane 0-6(4fs); C Rogers 0-2(1f); Z Tuohy, B McCormack 0-1 each

ST VINCENT’S: M Savage, K Bonnie, J Curley, H Gill, B Egan, G Brennan, M Conarr, E Fennell, D Murphy, G Burke, D Connolly, S Carthy, R Treanor, C Dorney, T Quinn.

Subs: Cameron Diamond for Murphy (43), Cormac Diamond for Dorney (47), T Diamond for Burke (55).

PORTLAOISE: M Nolan, P Cotter, B Mulligan, D Seale, E Whelan, C Healy, C Boyle, K Lillis, S Nerney, G Dillon, B McCormack, B Glynn, P Cahillane, Z Tuohy, C Rogers.

Subs: A Kelly for Nerney (35), E Feane for Boyle (35), M McNulty for Whelan (42), M Rogers for Lillis BC (49), G Brody for Dillon (55).

REFEREE: A Nolan (Wicklow)

– First published 16.14

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