Mary’s take their points

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ST. MARY’S ROSS­LARE were con­tent at tak­ing their points as they eased into the Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nals with a rou­tine 0-23 to 2-7 vic­tory over Buf­fers Al­ley’s sec­ond-string in Sun­day af­ter­noon’s quar­ter-final played at a windy Farm­leigh Park.

Buf­fers Al­ley’s tried and trusted pol­icy of route-one ball into John Mo­ran yielded im­me­di­ate div­i­dends when he di­verted to the net af­ter only 40 sec­onds, and he also made his pres­ence felt soon af­ter when he fired just over to St. Mary’s re­lief.

But the seasiders reaped their own re­ward with direct ball into their full-for­ward line, as it in­vari­ably led to the con­ces­sion of frees that were con­sis­tently con­verted by Lee Dev­ereux.

He had seven frees to his name alone be­fore the break, while en­ter­pris­ing cap­tain Robert But­ler landed a cou­ple of beau­ti­ful ef­forts from ei­ther flank to help St. Mary’s into a 0-11 to 1-4 half-time ad­vanstage.

But­ler re­sumed his ways with the first score af­ter the restart, be­fore Jim Hughes shipped a nasty blow in the process of re­ply­ing for the Al­ley, which led to the dis­missal of Conal Grant on a straight red card.

But that was the only sour note to what was an oth­er­wise com­fort­able af­ter­noon’s work for the win­ners’, as Tier­nan Ros­siter picked off three long-range points, while Ul­tan Quirke be­came his side’s out­right top-scorer from play with a brace be­fore the end of the game to bring his per­sonal tally to 0-5.

Buf­fers Al­ley had a late goal from Keith Burke when his free ap­peared to sail all the way to the net with Mo­ran lurk­ing, but St. Mary’s pas­sage had al­ready been sealed long be­fore then.

St. Mary’s Ross­lare: Niall Walsh; Conal Grant, Conor Caf­fer­key, Stephen Cog­ley; Ned Power, David Mur­phy, Larry Mor­ris­sey; Naomhan Ros­siter, Tier­nan Ros­siter (0-4); Robert But­ler (capt, 0-3), An­drew Mur­phy, Paul Kin­sella; Lee Dev­ereux (0-11, nine frees), Ul­tan Quirke (0-5), Philip Lam­bert. Subs: Andy Cum­mins for A. Mur­phy, Daire Hef­fer­nan for Lam­bert, Peter Carr for Power, Ja­son El­lard for Dev­ereux, Ian Kennedy for Kin­sella.

Buf­fers Al­ley: Tony Do­ran; Paudie Kin­sella, Alan Doyle, Colm Óg Do­ran; Gearoid O’Con­nor, Thomas Dempsey, Matty Cardiff; Aaron Red­mond, Jim Hughes (0-3, one free); Paul Do­ran, Keith Burke (1-1, 1-0 free), Wal­ter Ga­han; John Fur­long, John Mo­ran (1-2), Jack But­ler. Subs: Kevin O’Leary (0-1) for Kin­sella, Lor­can Pen­der­gast for Ga­han, Lau­rence Ga­han for P. Do­ran.

Ref­eree: Mick Lani­gan (Shel­maliers).

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