Sutcliffe leads Jude’s past Vin’s

by Aaron Dunne
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St Jude’s0-22 / St Vincent’s 3-11

St Jude’s, inspired by Danny Sutcliffe, came with a scoring surge at the finish to defeat St Vincent’s in their Group 2 clash at Parnell Park on Saturday evening.

A John Hetherton point edged Vincent’s ahead with two minutes of normal time to play but the Tymon North men rallied to get the last three scores.

Ger McManus, who was influential in the Jude’s defence as was Eoin McLoughlin, got their first of this crucial trio of scores with Danny Sutcliffe (free) and sub Manus Malone, following good work by Sutcliffe, saw Jude’s seal the deal.

The sides were level six times in the second half including at the three-quarter marker but in the 55th minute a Darach McBride goal, when he whipped on the sliotar to the net, put Vincent’s 3-10 to 0-17 ahead.

But Jude’s replied with points from Sutcliffe (right), who scored 0-11 (0-9f) in total, and Diarmuid McLoughlin to bring the sides level just before John Hetherton’s point temporarily nosed Vinnies in front.

St Vincent’s led 2-6 to 0-10 at half-time despite a slow opening ten minutes.

Their first goal came in the 11th minute when James Mulcahy applied the finish at the end of some great interplay involving the McBride brothers, Darach and Rian, before Thomas Connolly joined the attack and released the sliotar to Mulcahy.

St Jude’s though had been the more economical up to that point and scored the opening four points of the contest to lead 0-4 to 0-0 inside seven minutes.

Vincent’s improved on the restart beginning with a great Eoghan O’Neill point from 65 metres, Danny Sutcliffe replied with a free but Darach McBride and James Mulcahy (free) edged the Marino side ahead for the first time in the 26th minute.

Eoin McLoughlin drove over from halfway for Jude’s but then came Vincent’s second goal.

Jude’s face Lucan next up, who had a comfortable win over Setanta.

Caption: Danny Sutcliffe

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