We didn’t manage to get back up from the west this evening in time for throw-in at Parnell Park where our local club up here, St. Vincents, were aiming to secure back-to-back Dublin county football titles for the first time in thirty years, while their opponents, St. Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh, were bidding for their first ever county championship crown.
Parnell Park was packed to the gills tonight – we only got in because, with the turnstiles all shut, the gate into the ground swung open at just the right time for us. We eventually found a spot over under the scoreboard at the far side where we got a half-decent view of proceedings, in which Vincents managed to come out on top in the end by just a single point.
Five up with just over ten minutes to play, the champions looked comfortable enough but when Alan Brogan bundled home a goal and Plunketts then added a point to cut the margin to the minimum, a shock result looked very possible. The Marino lads held their nerve and just managed to make it over the line on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-10 to claim their 27th county title.
Next up for the newly crowned Dublin champs is an away clash against Portlaoise on November 9th. It’ll be back on the bus for us for that one, with hopes rising once more in these parts that another rousing club campaign may now be in the offing.