Wicklow’s Rathnew stun St Vincent’s and Diarmuid Connolly

James Stafford’s late goal ends Dublin champions’ hopes of eighth Leinster title

James Stafford’s late goal helped Rathnew to a surprise victory over St Vincent’s. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

James Stafford’s late goal helped Rathnew to a surprise victory over St Vincent’s. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

 

Rathnew 1-13 St Vincent’s 1-9

It’s not a million miles from Marino to Aughrim, but it’s another world nonetheless, as Dublin and reigning Leinster club football champions St Vincent’s have just discovered.

Wicklow champions Rathnew, the rank outsiders, have ended their hopes of winning back another provincial title, thanks mainly to a brilliantly finished goal in the last five minutes by midfielder James Stafford.

It was a deserving win all round, the Wicklow champions going man on man with St Vincent’s: they were a point up at half time, and went three clear not long into the second half.

Club veteran Mossy Quinn looked to have given St Vincent’s the advantage with his goal on 45 minutes, but that turned out to be their last score of the game, as Wicklow dominated the last quarter.

There was nothing St Vincent’s captain Diarmuid Connolly could do to save the Dublin champions, who had won third Dublin title in the last four years.

Instead it’s Rathnew who waltz on to play Kildare champions Moorefield on Sunday week

RATHNEW (WICKLOW): P Dignam; P Merrigan (0-1), D Power, J Snell; W Kavanagh, R O’Brien (0-1), E Glynn; J Stafford (1-2), T Smith; G Merrigan, L Glynn (Capt) (0-2), D Staunton; S Byrne, M Doyle (0-4,three frees), E Doyle (0-3, one free). Subs: J Manley for Staunton (50 mins), G Byrne for Byrne (57 mins).

ST VINCENT’S (DUBLIN): M Savage; M Concarr, J Curley, C Wilson; F Breathnach, G Brennan, K Sheehy; L Galvin, D Murphy; G Burke (0-1), D Connolly (capt) (0-1, a free), C Diamond; E Varley (0-2), S Carty (0-1), T Quinn (1-3, two frees, one 45). Subs: E Fennel foor Galvin (36 mins), R Trainor (0-1) for Diamond (39 mins), J McCusker for Brennan (44 mins), J Feeney for Murphy (50).

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