Bride’s get off to a flyer
Mary’s edge local derby
ST Brides made an impressive start to the new season when they recorded a comfortable victory over Oliver Plunketts.
The Knockbridge side took a grip on proceedings in an opening half that saw them find the net twice to ensure they went in at the break with a 2-2 to 0-2 lead. Two frees from Cian Brady accounted for the Plunketts scores in that half.
It didn’t get any better for the Drogheda men in the second half as the Brides continued to dominate and they added a further 13 points to their tally to ensure they made their way back down the motorway with victory.
PLUNKETTS: Stephen Beirth; Cillian Matthews, Barry Reynolds, Sean Rice; Josh Cormican, Gary Keogh, Cian Matthews; Robert Brodigan, Ben McKenna; Kevin Keogh, Trevor Walsh, David Lambe; Niall Murtagh, Rory Taaffe 0-1, Cian Brady 0-3 3f. Subs: Andy Morgan for D Lambe, Emmet Kelleher for T Walsh, Adam Brodigan for B McKenna, Alex Shields for Cillian Matthews, Frank Daly for N Murtagh, Adam Swift for J Cormican. ST Marys pipped their neighbours Hunterstown Rovers by a single point to ensure they made a winning start to the new campaign.
There was very little to choose between the teams in the opening half but it was Rovers who had slightly the better of the game and earned their reward with some well taken points from Glen Matthews and Paul Carrie along with an Alan Landy goal. However, the Marys kept in touch with two goals of their own to trail by just 1-7 to 2-2 at the break.
The second half continued to be a close affair but crucially it was St Mayrs who added a third goal to claim a narrow victory. HUNTERSTOWN: Niall Carrie; Brian Matthews, Richard Taaffe, Martin Lennon; David Finn, Patrick Taaffe, Robert McNiece; Tony McKenna, Ryan Ward; Brendan Lennon, Mark Brennan 0-1, Conor Matthews 0-1; Alan Landy 1-3, Paul Carrie 0-2, Glen Matthews 0-6. Subs: Alex Maarmion for R McNiece, David Brennan for R Taaffe, Eddie Burke for B Lennon.
Gerry Malone, Cooley Kickhams is tackled by Robert Mulroy, O’Raghallaighs.