Saints underline vast potential
St. James' have found their feet in the higher ranks in spectacular fashion, a fact underlined by their convincing win over Monageer-Boolavogue - runners-up over the past two years - in Group B of the Top Oil Intermediate 'A' hurling championship in Páirc Charman on Sunday.
St. James' 2-15 Monageer-Boolavogue 0-7
There wasn't much between the teams throughout the opening 15 minutes, but the Ramsgrange outfit gained a decisive edge in the lead-up to half-time and never looked back.
Two goals in five minutes put them on the road to success.
Firstly Matthew O'Hanlon drilled a low shot to the corner of the net, and then Michael O'Grady followed suit to leave the saints with a commanding 2-10 to 0-6 half-time lead.
The New Ross District outfit, already impressive winners over Clongeen, were no less eye-catching on this occasion, restricting the outplayed reds to just one point after the break while always remaining comfortably in control.
Shane and Liam Murphy, Mark Molloy and Matthew O'Hanlon led the way for the victors whose third round clash is against Our Lady's Island, and the Wexford District side will be up against it.
St. James': Simon Murphy; Brian Molloy, Jason Barron, Paul Barron; David Doyle, Liam Murphy, Daniel Keating; Mark Molloy (0-2), Robbie Barron; Mark Myler, Matthew O'Hanlon (1-4), Alan Walsh; Kevin O'Grady (0-2), Shane Murphy (0-7, 4 frees, 1 '65), Michael O'Grady (1-0). Sub. - Andrew Walsh for Alan Walsh.
Monageer-Boolavogue: Seán Murphy; Niall O'Reilly (capt.), Stephen Murphy, Patrick Breen; Dean Fenlon, Chris Daly, Mick Sweeney; Damien Fenlon, Laurence Murphy (0-1); Shane Kehoe, Tommy Breen, Pádraig Flynn (0-5, 1 free); James Gahan, Niall O'Loughlin (0-1 '65), Peter Mernagh. Subs. - Bertie Gahan for J. Gahan, Mark Gahan for T. Breen.
Referee: Billy Dodd (Sarsfields).