Martin's run riot
Horeswood challenge demolished
The demolition men of Piercestown and Murrintown were at it again in Taghmon on Friday as they thumped Horeswood for their third double-digits victory in a row in the Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football championship.
St. Martin's 2-18 Horewsood 1-4
St. Martin's are now through to the last eight with a Group B game, against struggling Castletown, still to play and are absolutely loaded to the brim with the confidence that comes from such devastating performances.
Horeswood were caught in their path this time around and the experience can't have done much for players who were already wilting in the ambient summer temperatures before facing the county's most ruthless outfit.
In this form the victors are peerless. The running off the ball, the crispness of the handpasses, the angled darts, they were all evident in a team that must be most people's idea of championship favourites right now.
This excellence is built on pure attacking instinct. Continually on Friday Horeswood took possession deep in their own half and rather than retreat, St. Martin's pressured high up the field, fearlessly left their opponents' forwards two-on-two inside their own half, won the ball back and attacked in waves again.
It was those waves that caught Horeswood cold inside the first five minutes. Daithí Waters latched onto Ciarán Lyng's feed and sauntered through for the opening goal in the third minute, and provider turned goalscorer a minute later after the excellent Jake Firman's initial shot had been saved by Conor Swaine.
St. Martin's racked up the points with some stunning inter-play and led by 2-7 to 0-2 after 20 minutes. The one chink in their armour was exposed by a Dale Flynn goal when Horeswood broke quickly from back to front with Ciarán Deely and Eddie Shiely as instigators.
It's an area that Deely may have exposed more had he not been black carded two minutes later. As it was St. Martin's added a late point through the impressive Ciarán Redmond and went in at the break leading by 2-8 to 1-2.
It was much of the same after the break, except St. Martin's seemed to be able to manufacture even more space.
Ciarán Lyng was called ashore with 19 minutes left having added two second period scores, but the points kept coming though and that's ominous for the other challengers.
St. Martin's: Tomás Hayes; Harry O'Connor, Willie Devereux (capt.), Mark Maloney; Aaron Maddock (0-1), Daithí Hayes, Jack O'Connor (0-1); Daithí Waters (1-1), Stephen Murphy; Joe Coleman, Paudie Kelly (0-1), Jake Firman; Ciarán Redmond (0-7, 3 frees), Ciarán Lyng (1-3), Ryan Murphy (0-3). Subs. - Patrick O'Connor for Murphy (39), Diarmuid Byrne (0-1 free) for Lyng (41), Jamie Carty for Maddock (50), Rory O'Connor for Kelly (54), Conor Firman for Coleman (56), John Coleman for Devereux (58).
Horeswood: Conor Swaine; Gavin Murphy, Barry Hearn (capt.), Seán Stafford; David O'Shea, Leigh O'Brien (0-1 free), Liam Shiely; Shane O'Hanlon, Michael O'Hanlon; Eddie Shiely, Darren Shannon (0-1), Dale Flynn (1-2, 0-2 frees); David Shannon, Declan Murphy, Ciarán Deely. Subs. - Cian Gleeson for Deely, black card (22), Eric Banville for David Shannon (35), Ryan Harris for O'Shea (45).
Referee: David Jenkins (Gusserane).