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From the opening whistle, Vincent’s used the midfield trio of Paddy O’Connor, Peter Kelly and John Cosgrove to boss possession and establish a hold on the game. The pressure paid off when Ronan Murray finished smartly from a driven corner to open the scoring and then added a second from close range a short while later, following good work from Gavin Kane. John Cosgrove volleyed home a third from 25-yards, a stunning strike that ended the game as a contest. Ronan completed his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time, rising above the helpless defenders to power home a header from a corner. A fantastic half of football filled with aggressive defending, sharp interplay and ruthless finishing.
The scoring cooled off in the second-half, though there was time for one more. University College Dublin (UCD) medical student Paul Carroll played Fionn Nally in down the right and the Vincent’s intern applied a finish off the outstretched leg of a desperate defender. Trinity got a consolation with a late penalty to make the final score 5-1. Andrew Delaney was a rock in central defense, while Darren McMahon bombed up and down the line from left back.
Unbeaten in 11 league games, the team are in a rich vein of form coming into the closing stage of the season.
Vincent’s key performer
No surprise to see Ronan Murray named man of the match. Along with a trinity of goals, the Tallaght GP expertly linked play between midfield and the front three. He is a master at taking the ball to feet with a defender at his back and consistently found teammates in dangerous areas.
Match day squad
Sean Keane, Gavin Kane, Darren McMahon, Dean Huggard, Andrew Delaney, Peter Kelly, Paddy O’Connor, John Cosgrove, Fionn Nally, Barra Neary, Ronan Murray, Luke Harrington, Tommy Fitzgerald, Paul Carroll, Alex McDaid, and Nathan Wall.
St Vincent’s played Skerries Town in an away fixture on Monday 16 April and won the match 0-3.