Bride’s get off to a flyer

Mary’s edge lo­cal derby

The Argus - - SPORT -

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.

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