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First half goals fire St Mary’s through

Sean Doyle, St Mary's breaks away from his marker against Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy in the Leinster Colleges SFC 'A' quarter-final at Edenderry. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

Sean Doyle, St Mary's breaks away from his marker against Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy in the Leinster Colleges SFC 'A' quarter-final at Edenderry. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

A brace of first-half goals from Ryan Caffrey and Mark Nolan were the key scores as St Mary’s advanced to the quarter-finals of the Leinster Championship last Wednesday.

St Mary’s, Edenderry 2-6

Ard Scoil na Tríonóide 0-4

Wearing Rhode’s jersies in a game played in dreadful conditions in Edenderry, the home side were nine points to the good by the break and while they only added one point to their total in the second-half, the result was never in doubt.

On the heavy surface, both sides were determined to make a mark early and referee Sean Carroll dished out four yellow cards before the ball was even thrown in.

Both managers were asked to calm down their respective sides before the game got underway but just four minutes after the restart Ard Scoil na Trionoide were reduced to 14 men when centre-forward David O’Toole was dismissed after a challenge on St Mary’s captain Conor McNamee.

The numbers were balanaced late in the game when Philip Foy was sent off after receiving a second yellow card but by that point the game was well and truly won.

St Mary, Leinster Champions and beaten finalists in 2009, now go on to play in the quarter-final as they continue their impressive run in the provincial competition in recent years.

They had some luck on their side on the day but over the hour they were good value for their win. They will have to improve again in the next round but Emmet McDonald’s side are still in the hunt and they have the experience at Junior and Senior level whihc they can draw on in the week’s ahead.

See this week’s Offaly Express (February 1) for full report

 

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