THOMAS QUINN SHOT seven points to edge Dublin champions St Vincent’s over the winning line at the end of a marathon week.
The former Dublin star led the line superbly at Cusack Park in today’s AIB Leinster club quarter-final in the absence of two current Dublin players.
All-Ireland winner Diarmuid Connolly was suspended from Wednesday night’s county final replay while Ger Brennan saw red after just eight minutes.
Referee Damian Brazil showed Sam Maguire hero Brennan a straight red card for an off the ball incident that left Kelvin Reilly floored.
It left Vincent’s down to 14 for three quarters of the game, their third match in a week and their fourth in 13 days.
But they battled bravely to lead by 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time thanks to three converted frees by Quinn.
Westmeath ace John Heslin was the key Loman’s man and curled over two frees after the restart to level it up.
A point from Shane Dempsey then put the Westmeath champions ahead at 0-7 to 0-6.
They led again by 0-8 to 0-7 with 10 minutes remaining but were suckered by a strong Vincent’s finish.
Quinn converted two placed balls and then shot a beauty from the right wing to help them secure a two-point victory.
The results secures the 2007 Leinster champions and 2008 All-Ireland winners a semi-final clash with Meath’s Summerhill. But Tommy Conroy’s side will have to do it the hard way without two key players now.
St Vincent’s: M Savage; H Gill, J Curley, M Concarr; Cameron Diamond, G Brennan, B Egan; M Loftus, E Fennell; G Burke (0-1), T Diamond, C Dorney (0-2); R Trainor (0-1), A Baxter, T Quinn (0-7; 5f, 1 45).
Subs: K Bonnie for Pocock 20, S Carthy for Burke 33, K Golden for Loftus 37, D Murphy for Baxter 42, N Mullins for Dorney 57.
St Loman’s: S Gallagher; S Gilmore, S Flynn, J O’Toole; P Dowdall, G Glennon, D Rushe; C Kilmurray, W McGovern (0-1); C Reilly, K Reilly (0-2), E Price; P Sharry, J Heslin (0-4; 2f), S Dempsey (0-2).
Subs: C Cochrane for Rushe 29, A Carroll for Dowdall 50, G Hickey for Reilly 57.
Referee: D Brazil (Offaly).