St Sylvester's rally to spring surprise on Oliver Plunketts


DUBLIN SFC LAST 16:IT WAS a weekend of high drama in the last 16 of the Dublin championship with St Sylvester’s producing the shock of the round when knocking out Oliver Plunketts ER on Saturday.

They are due to face the winners of Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyboden St Enda’s who played out a 2-8 to 0-14 draw in O’Toole Park on Saturday. Andrew Kerin had netted both goals for Ballyboden, the second from a penalty which had put the Rathfarnham men up by two points with three minutes remaining. Prior to that Crokes, through Mark Vaughan and Cian O’Sullivan, had showed well and they were to edge a point in front heading into injury time. However a free from 30 metres from Conal Keaney tied the game with no extra time played due to fading light.

The first game involving Templeogue Synge Street and St Pat’s Palmerstown also ended all square after extra time on 2-11 each with Dublin forward Eoghan O’Gara netting for Templeogue.

The real shock of the day however came at Parnell Park with Sylvester’s overcame a six-point deficit to defeat St Oliver Plunketts ER on a 1-13 to 2-6 scoreline.

Missing Alan Brogan and Jason Sherlock, Plunketts had nonetheless opened up a 2-5 to 0-5 lead early in the second half after Garreth Smith had fisted home a pass from Declan Lally.

However the introduction of Louth’s Darren Clarke at the break was to see Sylvesters dominate the rest of the game with Micheal McCarthy’s 56th-minute goal putting the Malahide men in front in a game which saw Dublin All Star nominee, Bernard Brogan held scoreless from play.

St Brigid’s overcame Thomas Davis by 2-12 to 1-8 with Paddy Andrews hitting 1-2 in the closing stages for Gerry McEntee’s side.

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