Published Saturday, 15 February 2014
St Vincent's beat Ballinderry on Saturday at Pairc Esler. (© Presseye)
The Derry side had been tipped to make the St Patrick's Day showpiece at Croke Park, but found themselves up against a determined St Vincent's side.
Tomás Quinn hit 1-8 for the victors in an outstanding individual display, and had a hand in both goals as the Dubliners raced into a 2-2 to 0-2 lead after just 12 minutes.
Quinn netted the first himself with a superb low drive in the seventh minute, before feeding Ciaran Doney for the second just four minutes later.
Ballinderry were stunned by their opponents' quick fire start, but battled back into the contest and scores from James Conway, Ryan Bell, Colin Devlin and Raymond Wilson saw them take control of the contest in the second quarter.
St Vincent's were just one point ahead at the break, but quickly stamped their authority on the game with three unanswered scores.
As the Leinster Champions continued to dictate the play Ballinderry netted somewhat against the run of play when Daniel McKinless squeezed a low shot in off the post.
However St Vincent's were unruffled by the Ballinderry goal and outscored their opponents by four points to two in the final ten minutes to secure victory by 2-14 to 1-13, and set up a meeting with Castlebar Mitchels in the All-Ireland decider.
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