Martin's master close neighbours
The song says 'two out of three ain't bad', and that viewpoint can be applied to the adult hurlers of St. Martin's following a busy weekend.
St. Martin's 1-16 St. Fintan's 0-8
After a fine win for their Seniors and a loss in the Junior 'B' District final, it was left to the Junior 'A' team to end proceedings on a high note when they pulled away comfortably from neighbours St. Fintan's in the Enniscorthy Electrical Wholesale championship quarter-final in sunny Kilmore on Sunday.
The key occurrence arrived in the 19th minute when two separate pushing and shoving bouts broke out in different parts of the field. When the dust settled, referee Dan Crosby showed yellow cards to John Coleman and Shane Sinnott (Mayglass) before flashing the inevitable straight red to Fintan's midfielder Frank Staples for interfering with an opponent's helmet.
While the Ballymore-Mayglass side led by 0-4 to 0-3 at that stage, they had the benefit of the wind and it wasn't looking good for them when the Martin's had sneaked ahead by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.
Centre-forward Richard Devereux had picked off three fine points for the leaders whereas their rivals were mainly reliant on the free-taking of county footballer Jim Rossiter for their scores.
Devereux set the tone on the re-start with his fourth after 43 seconds and, with the experienced Ken Furlong operating as the spare man in defence, St. Martin's completely snuffed out the St. Fintan's attack.
Indeed, the losers managed just two points after the break, both from frees by Rossiter, with the first not arriving until the 50th minute which left them trailing by 0-11 to 0-7.
Substitute Conor Coleman made a big impact in the scoring stakes for St. Martin's who hit ten wides after the interval but still always shaped as likely winners.
St. Fintan's did battle gamely but the concession of 1-2 in added time left the final score with an unkind look from their point of view.
The goal was a fine individual effort from Coleman who had a lot of work to do after latching on to a crossfield Darren Codd pass, but he finished off his left side as St. Martin's now turn their attention to Ballyhogue in the semi-final.
St. Martin's: Phelim O'Connor; Kevin Price, Ken Furlong, Tony Kelly; Adrian Ryan, John Coleman (0-1 '65), Johnny Hamilton; Pádraig Morrissey (0-1), Ciarán Redmond; Ed O'Byrne (0-2), Richard Devereux (0-5), Paddy Curran; Darren Codd, Micheál Lyng, Michael Kearney (0-2). Subs. - Conor Coleman (1-5, 0-4 frees) for Lyng (30+2), Mikey Coleman for Curran (40), David Higgins for Morrissey (50), Nicky Greene for Ryan (58).
St. Fintan's: Richard Kelly; Brendan Hughes, Niall Murphy, Richie Rowe; Adrian Murphy, John William Rowe, Kevin Day; Martin Goggin, Frank Staples; Jim Rossiter (0-7, 5 frees), Paddy Keane, Robert Coakley; Shane Sinnott (Sigginstown), Donal Shanley (0-1), Shane Sinnott (Mayglass). Subs. - Niall Moore for Coakley (38), Jason Pettit for Sinnott (Sigginstown, 41), Cian Wright for Sinnott (Mayglass, 53).
Referee: Dan Crosby (Kilmore).