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Evergreen Tomas Quinn on form as St Vincent's book another Leinster final

Quinn scored 1-2 as the Dublin champions sealed a seven-point win in Longford.

Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

St Vincent’s (Dublin) 2-12

Mullinalaghta St Columba’s (Longford) 0-11

Paul Keane reports from Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford

Shane Carthy’s 1-3 haul proved vital at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park where St Vincent’s finished strong to secure an anticipated AIB Leinster club SFC final place.

But the Marino men didn’t have it all their own way by any stretch and maintained their recent form of winning despite playing well within themselves over the 60 minutes.

There was just three points in it approaching the hour mark when Carthy doubled the Dubliners’ advantage with a fine goal and the in-form midfielder added an injury-time point to gloss the overall scoreline.

Vincent’s outscored the small Longford club by 1-5 to 0-2 in the final quarter of the game and ultimately brought their big game experience to bear on the contest when it mattered most.

The 2013 and 2014 provincial winners will contest their third final in four seasons on December 11 when they play Rhode of Offaly, a repeat of the 2014 decider.

Boss Tommy Conroy will feel there’s plenty more in the tank with All-Star Diarmuid Connolly scoring just one point and giving a subdued performance.

Carthy proved the standout performer this time while evergreen attacker Tomas Quinn nailed a first-half goal and 1-2 in total.

There were also strong contributions from the bench with substitutes Joe Feeney and Albert Martin both pointing in those closing minutes when the visitors turned the screw.

Mullinalaghta were seeking to become the first Longford club to reach the final and trailed by just 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time.

Quinn’s 16th minute goal when he palmed in from close range after Enda Varley’s probing run and pass was the difference.

Gary Rogers impressed for the small parish club while Rian Brady looked lively in the inside line, hitting two points.

The third quarter was a bore with just a point registered by each side but Vincent’s came into the game strongly in the closing period and showed a ruthless streak to get the job done with that late flourish.

Mullinalaghta lost midfielder John Keegan to a straight red card four minutes into injury-time.

Scorers for St Vincent’s: Shane Carthy 1-3, Tomas Quinn 1-2 (0-2f), Enda Varley 0-2, Cormac Diamond, Ruairi Trainor, Diarmuid Connolly, Albert Martin and Joe Feeney 0-1 each.
Scorers for Mullinalaghta St Columba’s: David McGivney 0-3 (0-3f), Rian Brady, Jason Matthews and Gary Rogers 0-2 each, James McGivney and Shane Mulligan 0-1 each.

St Vincent’s

1. Michael Savage

2. Michael Concarr
3. Jarlath Curley
4. Craig Wilson

5. Brendan Egan
6. Ger Brennan
7. Cameron Diamond

8. Daithi Murphy
11. Diarmuid Connolly

10. Gavin Burke
9. Shane Carthy
12. Cormac Diamond

13. Ruairi Trainor
14. Enda Varley
15. Tomas Quinn

Subs

25. Joe Feeney for Murphy (41 mins)
26. Albert Martin for Burke (41 mins)
24. Nathan Mullins for Cormac Diamond (49 mins)
27. Kevin Golden for Cameron Diamond (49 mins)
29. Mark Loftus for Varley (61 mins)

Mullinalaghta St Columba’s

1. Patrick Rogers

3. Patrick Fox
2. Simon Cadam
4. James Mooney

6. Shane Mulligan
7. Donal McElligott
5. Conan Brady

8. Ruairi McElligott
9. John Keegan

10. Gary Rogers
11. James McGivney
12. David McGivney

13. Jason Matthews
14. Aidan McElligott
15. Rian Brady

Referee: Davey Moore (Laois).

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