FINGALLIANS’ rapid route through the Dublin intermediate football championship saw them overcome both Kilmacud Crokes and St Pat’s Donabate in quick succession to set up a final date with Naomh Olaf.
With the Leinster championship set to start next weekend, four rounds of the competition have been crammed into a two-week period and Fins have hit form at just the right time.
In both games this week, they have got an early jump on their opposition and held on for narrow victories.
First up was the quarter-final against Kilmacud in which Paul Flynn’s early goal helped them build a 1-1 to no score lead and they were well set at 1-7 to 0-5 with 15 minutes to go.
Crokes rallied with a late penalty inside the last five minutes and eventually got within a point but the Swords men held on for a 1-11 to 1-10 victory.
It set up a semi-final date at St Margaret’s with high-flying St Pat’s, Donabate, the recently crowned AFL division two champions.
Once again, Fins came flying out of the gates and quickly built a 0-10 to no score lead with Gary Donnelly and Danny Campion laying the base and Flynn, Ciaran McLoughlin and Mark Gibson chipping in with the scores.
Pat’s, though, got a foothold in the tie in the closing 10 minutes of the half with four points against the breeze with Dinny Corcoran – who also plays soccer with Bohemians in the League of Ireland – proving a sharp-shooter in front of the posts.
But despite a stirring comeback, closing the gap to three points with 10 minutes to go and getting within two late on, Fins defended well in the closing phases to limit Pat’s attacking intent and hang on for the win, 0-15 to 0-12.
It means a return to the intermediate final in Parnell Park, an event they came up just short in a year ago when they fell to Cuala and they will be hoping to makes amends this time around.