Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Never say die attitude serves St Mary’s well

St Mary's 1-13 Monaghan 1-10

St Mary's College bounced back from defeat on the opening day last week to record a thoroughly deserved three points victory over a somewhat lethargic Monaghan in Emyvale yesterday.

St Mary's dominated this game for the large part with Monaghan enjoying their best spell in the opening minutes when they opened a three points lead before St Mary's got off the mark.

That was as good as it got for the home side though with St Mary's taking the lead for the first time with goal by Conor McGourty in the ninth minute and the best Monaghan could do thereafter was to fight back to parity on the half-hour mark, a goal from a penalty by Conor McManus bringing them briefly back into contention.

The early minutes of the second half saw St Mary's extend their lead to four points and Monaghan struggling to make any inroads into the students dominance that was based on strong performance by Sean O'Neill and Justin McMahon in the halfback line.

St. Mary's: B Mullan, M Digney, C McElhone, K O'Boyle, S O'Neill 0-2, J McMahon 0-1, B Og Maguire, G O'Neill, M McKenna 0-1, N McSherry, K Niblock, B McGoldrick 0-2, C McGourty 1-5 (3f), J Kelly, M Pollock 0-2. Subs: M Murray for M Digney, J Cunningham for N McSherry, P Carvill for K Niblock.

Monaghan: P McBennett, G McQuaid, JP Mone, Edmund Lennon, D Mone, D Clerkin, K Hughes, B McKenna, Eoin Lennon 0-1, M McNally 0-1, M Downey 0-1, C McManus 1-1(1-0p), R Woods, S Smith 0-1, P Meegan 0-1. Subs: P Finlay 0-2 (1f) for R Woods (yc), J Conlon for D Mone (yc), T Freeman 0-1 for M McNally, S Gollogly for P Meegan, M McNally for JP Mone (yc).

Referee: F Cleary (Fermanagh).

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