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Connolly produces a masterclass

ST VINCENT’S 4-12 - CASTLEBAR 2-11

When it came to accepting his man of the match award, Diarmuid Connolly went missing for the first time all afternoon.

The task of accepting the trophy and saying a few perfunctory words was instead performed by manager Tommy Conroy as Connolly stuck to the habit of his career and avoided media duties.

It was ironic because out on the field of play, the Dublin forward had given an exhibition in showboating, kicking 2-5.

It was Connolly's second goal with 16 minutes left that everyone was talking about as Vincent's streaked to a third AIB club football title, their second since 2008.

Vincent's were leading by four at that stage. Connolly's solo run looked to have broken down when he dropped the ball.

In an instant, he chipped the ball up into his hands with his right foot before dispatching a left footed shot into the far corner.

"We've actually seen performances like that from him before," said club colleague Ger Brennan. "In 2011, in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Tyrone, he kicked points from all over the park."

St Vincent's: M Savage; K Bonnie, J Curley, H Gill; B Egan, G Brennan, M Concarr (1-0); D Murphy, E Fennell; G Burke, D Connolly (2-5), S Carthy (0-3); R Trainor (0-1), C Dorney (1-0), T Quinn (0-2, 1f). Subs.: T Diamond for Burke 36, C Diamond for Fennell 43, K Golden (0-1, 1f) for Trainor 51, A Baxter for Dorney 58, N Mullins for Carthy 61.

Castlebar Mitchels: C Naughton; T Cunniffe, A Feeney, D Newcombe; P Durcan (0-2), E O'Reilly, R O'Malley; G McDonagh, D Kirby (2-0); N Douglas (0-1), A Walsh (0-1), R Feeney; N Lydon (0-3), B Moran (0-1), T King (0-2, 2f). Subs.: F Durcan (0-1) for Feeney 6 (black card), J Durcan for Douglas 50, D Joyce for O'Malley 55, S Hopkins for McDonagh 58, K Filan for F Durcan 62.

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois).

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