Galway star Walsh makes his debut as Kilmacud rout Syngers

by Aaron Dunne
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Shane Walsh of Kilmacud Crokes

The debut of Galway superstar Shane Walsh, the Man of the Match in the Tribesmen’s  All-Ireland SFC final defeat to Kerry, was the main talking point as Leinster champions Kilmacud Crokes booked their place in  the last eight of the Dublin SFC.

Walsh came off the bench in what turned out to be a facile victory for last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists, but just as notable was the starting berth of seven-time All-Ireland winner Paul Mannion who had just returned from his travels abroad.

Former Sky Blues ace Mannion kicked three excellent points in the early exchanges, but it was a brace of goals from the raiding Rory O’Carroll that fired Crokes victory.

4 September 2022; Shane Walsh of Kilmacud Crokes in action against Kevin Hughes of Templeogue Synge Street during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Group 1 match between Kilmacud Crokes and Templeogue Synge Street at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Ger Vickery’s 16th-minute finish to the net breathed fresh life into the Synger challenge, but Crokes proceeded to knock over eight points on the bounce to lead 2-12 to 1-2 at the interval.

Mannion bagged an outstanding haul of 0-7 in the opening 30 minutes, including five scores from open play. Lorcan O’Dell added to earlier TSS points from his inter-county colleague Niall Scully and Killian O’Gara on the resumption, only for Hugh Kenny, Shane Cunningham and Cillian O’Shea to all find the range at the opposite end.

Walsh was introduced for his Crokes debut in the 42nd-minute and posted a trademark point in the middle of a powerful scoring blitz that also featured a palmed goal from full-forward Dara Mullin.

Even though Mannion emerged as Crokes’ scorer-in-chief with a final haul of 0-9, he was ably-assisted by the aforementioned triumvirate of O’Carroll (2-0), Mullin (1-3) and Cunningham (0-4). It wasn’t to be for TSS on the day, but earlier draws with Ballinteer St John’s and Raheny have nevertheless secured their Senior One status for 2023.

The latter two clubs clashed on the same day at O’Toole Park, where a 1-13 to 1-8 victory was enough to help Ballinteer advance into the next phase of the competition.

Kilmacud’s Shane Walsh is interviewed by TG4 after his side’s victory over Templeogue at Parnell Park.

Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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