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St Vincent’s pull clear after St Jude’s lose discipline

Defending champions score three second-half goals after two Jude’s players see red

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly gets away from Kevin McManamon of St Jude’s during the Dublin SFC semi-final at Parnell Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

St Vincent’s 4-12 St Jude’s 1-12

Three second-half goals from Tomás Quinn, Shane Carthy and Brendan Egan helped holders St Vincent’s overcome 13-man St Jude’s by 4-12 to 1-12 in their Dublin Senior Football championship semi-final at Parnell Park on Saturday evening.

In doing so, the Marino outfit advanced to their fifth successive decider and while they struggled for fluency in the opening half, they availed of some poor discipline on Jude’s behalf that saw Mark Sweeney and goalkeeper Paul Copeland dismissed after the break.

In a tight, turgid opening half-hour, St Jude’s played with greater control and took an early two-point lead through Ross O’Brien and Kevin McManamon.

Sweeney marshalled Diarmuid Connolly to great effect initially but was powerless to prevent Nathan Mullins for piercing the Jude’s defence for a well-taken goal in the 20th minute.

However, two fine scores from Kieran Doherty and four McManamon points ensured a 1-4 to 0-7 stalemate by the break.

Sweeney’s second booking arrived in the 38th minute with Connolly immediately benefiting with a trademark score from distance and Copeland’s rash challenge on Carthy led to a straight red card at the end of the third quarter.

Quinn’s goal arrived in the 55th minute with Carthy and Egan following suit soon after while Diarmuid McLoughlin netted a consolation goal deep into injury time for St Jude’s.

ST VINCENT’S: M Savage; M Concarr, J Curley, C Wilson; Cameron Diamond, G Brennan, B Egan (1-0); L Galvin, N Mullins (1-0); G Burke, D Connolly (0-1), Cormac Diamond (0-2); E Varley (0-3, one free), S Carthy (1-1), T Quinn (1-3, three frees).

Subs: R Trainor (0-2) for Cormac Diamond (37 mins), D Murphy for Galvin (49 mins), L Sheehy for Cameron Diamond (52 mins), T Diamond for Burke (56 mins), E Fennell for Varley (58 mins), J McCusker for Wilson (60 mins).

ST JUDE’S: P Copeland; C Fitzpatrick, P Cunningham, R Martina; C Guckian, M Sweeney, N O’Shea; P Courtney, C Murphy; R O’Brien (0-1), R Joyce, K Doherty (0-2); D Donnelly, N Coakley (0-4, one free), K McManamon (0-4, three frees).

Subs: D McLoughlin (1-1) for O’Brien (43 mins), JB Carty for Murphy (47 mins), E McLoughlin for Joyce (50 mins), S King for Courtney (51 mins).

Referee: Gary McCormack (Naomh Barróg)