Gavin gives namesake push for call-up

by James Hendicott

DARREN Gavin scored a wonder goal in the closing stages of the Dub Stars football contest at Parnell Park on New Year’s Day, as the Lucan Sarsfields forward made his case for a place in namesake Jim’s all-conquering Dublin senior football panel.
Gavin’s late goal for the victorious Dublin side turned the contest, as he got the ball midway inside the Dub Stars half, ran to 10 yards from the edge of the Stars penalty area and lashed the ball into the top left corner. Dublin would go on to win the game 3-13 to 4-9.
Both sides were much changed next to the Dublin side that continued their county charge last year and the previously announced Dub Stars side, traditionally made up of the best players from Dublin championship football.
With an All-Ireland semi-final ahead of them, only Mossy Quinn from nearby Vincent’s pulled on the Stars colours, with four of his teammates choosing instead to focus on the forthcoming club battles.
Regular Dublin stars Philly McMahon, Dean Rock, Kevin McManamon, John Small and Diarmuid Connolly also missed the contest, with Quinn taking the chance to shine.
Starting up front for the Stars, Quinn scored a hat-trick in a dominant frontline showing, scoring 3-4 despite his side having a poor first half, including a palmed goal which saw him outmanoeuvre several Dublin defenders to get to a crossed ball first and tap home. Gavin, though, had the final word, with his goal and consistent performances from Conor McHugh and Graham Hannigan standing out for the boys in blue.
Sarsfields’ Chris Crummey captained the Stars hurling side, meanwhile, appearing alongside club teammate John Bellew as Dublin again defeated their club-based opposition.
Donie Fox also impressed, while Crummey had a strong game in the half back line, as the 23-year-old Dublin squad man looked to make a claim on a regular starting place for the boys in blue.
Lucan’s John McCaffrey also made an appearance on the day. The Dublin hurling side won out by a margin of 1-19 to 1-14 in perfect winter conditions, but not before being run close by Crummey’s side, many of whom might expect to be back at Parnell Park for the Walsh Cup.

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