Fingallians land Inter hurling title

by Aaron Dunne
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Fingallians 4-17

St Vincent’s 3-10

In Parnell Park, the accuracy of Fingallians in front of goal proved telling as the Swords outfit defeated St Vincent’s by 4-17 to 3-10 to secure the Go Ahead Dublin Intermediate Hurling Championship title.

Despite Kevin Lillis netting early on for Vinnies, it was Fins that played the more compelling hurling in the opening-half with two goals in quick succession from Michael Rock and Seán Hickey turning the tide in their favour.

Matters deteriorated for the Marino side as Hickey added his second goal three minutes before the break to leave his side well-placed with a 3-11 to 1-8 interval lead.

Their scoring dried up slightly upon the restart as the teams shared just four points in the third quarter but the final quarter started with Fingallians effectively settling the issue thanks to a 46th minute goal by Oisin Johnston.

St Vincent’s refused to accept their fate however, driven on as they were by their captain Tom Hunter and Rory Finn in midfield, while Rory Pocock and Jack Collins tightened up matters at the back as the contest evolved.

They were rewarded for their perseverance through a goal from a free by minor Ken Ryan while Hunter added a third goal from a goalmouth scramble late on.

However, the damage was done by that stage with Hickey finishing the game with 2-5 to his name while Rock (1-2) and Eoin O’Connor (0-4) also made solid scoring contributions for the winners.

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