Rosslare best in derby
April is far too early to be making predictions on potential outright winners, but it's fair to say that St. Mary's (Rosslare) are going about their business in a purposeful way in Group B of the Lodgewood Engineering Intermediate football championship.
St Mary's (R'lare) 1-13 Kilmore 1-9
Saturday's second straight victory in Rathangan over south county neighbours Kilmore was a little more emphatic than the final scoreline suggests as the losers tagged on five late points after being generally outplayed for 50 minutes.
Once St. Mary's had first use of the wind blowing towards the church end, Kilmore knew exactly what to expect, but they were still powerless to counteract it. Quick, accurate deliveries to the two-man inside forward line of county regular Tiarnan Rossiter and Lee Devereux had ripped St. Mary's (Maudlintown) apart at the same venue seven days earlier, and it was a similar story this time around.
The only flaw in Rosslare's display before the break was the concession of a goal in the 24th minute, but they still led by a commanding 0-10 to 1-0 as Rossiter and Devereux were assisted by a typically commanding display from veteran midfielder David Murphy.
His eagerly-awaited joust with Paddy Byrne didn't materialise as the Kilmore captain had been ill during the week and spent most of his time closer to goal. And although the younger of the Byrnes, Tom, was one of the losers' better players around the middle third, Murphy still ruled the roost and hit four of those first-half points, two from play.
Rossiter (three, two frees), Devereux (two) and Andrew Murphy also chipped in, with Rosslare's display all the more impressive given the absence through injury for the second week running of their second current county Senior, Naomhan Rossiter.
Kilmore - who missed Daithí Moore's pace up front - grabbed that sole score against the run of play as half-time rapidly approached when Conor Moore set up Denis Kenny who drilled his shot high to the net.
When the Byrne brothers pulled back points on the re-start, Kilmore had hope, but it was extinguished in 30 seconds.
Tiarnan Rossiter pointed a free and the subsequent kick-out was intercepted by Lee Devereux who picked out the former for the game-clinching goal in the 42nd minute.
It was 1-13 to 1-4 with eight minutes left, with Kilmore never looking like pulling the game out of the fire although at least they kept plugging away and hit those five unanswered points from Tom Byrne (three, two frees), substitute Nathan Bates and Aaron Goff.
St. Mary's: Stephen Cogley; Barry Quirke, Emmet Byrne, Gearóid Byrne; Seán Finan, Paul Kinsella, Niall Walsh; David Murphy (capt., 0-5, 3 frees), Robert Butler; Peter Carr, Andrew Murphy (0-1), Shane Sinnott; Lee Devereux (0-3), Tiarnan Rossiter (1-4, 0-3 frees), Conor Murphy. Subs. - Cian Boggan for Carr (49), Daire Heffernan for Butler, inj. (58).
Kilmore: Kevin Casey; William Carley, Stevie Cousins, Peter Shannon; Shane Goff, Alan Jones, Tommy Cousins; Tom Byrne (0-4, 2 frees), Denis Kenny (1-0); Liam Shannon, Noel Casey, Tom White; Aaron Goff (0-1), Paddy Byrne (capt., 0-2), Conor Moore (0-1). Subs. - Nathan Bates (0-1) for S. Cousins, black card (48), Kevin Keating for N. Casey (48).
Referee: Damien Donovan (Volunteers).