Blues and Jocks cruise into last eight

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

ALL of the big guns pro­gressed to the U-21 quar­ter-fi­nals with­out too much fuss last week.

Se­nior fi­nal­ists New­town Blues and Naomh Mairtin were in par­tic­u­larly men­ac­ing form as they brushed aside the chal­lenges of Naomh Fionnbarra/Lannleire and Dun­dalk Gaels re­spec­tively.

A large number of county fi­nal starters graced both games as hold­ers Blues racked up 5-14 to the com­bi­na­tion side’s 1-1.

The Jocks also clocked five goals en route to a 5-20 to 1-4 win over the Gaels.

2016 cham­pi­ons Coo­ley Kick­hams im­pres­sively ne­go­ti­ated a tricky first hur­dle away to Geraldines as goals from Thomas McGuin­ness, Joe Quinn, Cian McDon­ald and Michael Car­ron earned them a 4-9 to 2-7 vic­tory.

St Fechin’s and St Pa­trick’s en­joyed straight­for­ward wins over Oliver Plun­ketts and Kilk­er­ley/Naomh Malachi re­spec­tively, but the lat­ter will face a much stiffer test against St Bride’s this Tues­day in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

The clos­est game of the week, and per­haps the only sur­prise, came in Col­lon as Hun­ter­stown/Mat­tock Rangers de­feated neigh­bours St Mary’s by 2-9 to 1-9.

The com­bi­na­tion side are a sea­soned out­fit at this grade and were nar­rowly pipped in the fi­nal by New­town Blues 12 months ago.

But with a string of ex­cel­lent mi­nors com­ing through the ranks at Pairc Mhuire the Mary’s should have a big say in this grade over the next few years.

Three of the four quar­ter-fi­nals pro­ceed this Fri­day as St Fechin’s and Mat­tock/ Hun­terst­won clash in Ter­mon­feckin, Na Piar­saigh/Sean O’Ma­hony’s host Coo­ley Kick­hams and Naomh Mairtin visit the win­ners of the St Kevin’s/ Dread­nots clash against Wolfe Tones.

New­town Blues are in se­nior ac­tion this week­end so their clash against the win­ners of the Geraldines and St Bride’s quar­ter-fi­nal is yet to be fixed.

An­drew Smith, Knock­bridge at­tempts to block a shot by John Fitz­patrick, Dunn

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