Shels hit for six by holders
St. Martin's arrived in Hollymount on Thursday with the Wexford District Junior 'B' football championship cup in tow and took it home with them in emphatic fashion as four Darragh Rossiter goals in the first-half scalded Shelmaliers.
St Martin's 6-13 Shelmaliers 0-10
Rossiter was one of seven from this team involved in the Minor football semi-final victory over Glynn-Barntown less than 24 hours earlier, but they showed no ill-effects of those exertions as they ran the Over The Water side ragged.
A more experienced Shelmaliers side just couldn't handle the pace of the young guns, especially Rossiter, who was particularly adept at collecting possession around the '45 and bursting past as many defenders as he needed to in order to get a shot away.
It was already 0-3 to 0-1 to the visitors when Johnny Hamilton, another of the Minor stars, fed the ball down the left to Micheál Lyng. His delivery into the danger area broke perfectly for the onrushing Rossiter who calmly side-footed past Aodhán Foley.
Shelmaliers had no sooner settled and picked off a few scores (1-5 to 0-4) when Rossiter cut inside from 40 yards out on the left and smashed high to the hosts' net.
There was still just the two goals in it with 27 minutes gone but St. Martin's ended the contest before half-time.
Tony Kelly provided the assist for Rossiter's third that owed as much to persistence as anything else.
Lyng got in on the scoring act seconds later after Leo Burke intercepted in the Shels defence, and Rossiter grabbed his fourth just before the break after strong play by Conor Coleman.
The game was up at half-time (5-6 to 0-7) but the home side did go looking for goals after the break.
They had a couple of half-chances with James Shiggins and Terry Gainfort going close, but St. Martin's added another late major through Mark Hayes to go into the county semi-final full of confidence.
St. Martin's: Nicky Greene; Páuric Rossiter, Kevin Price (capt.), Thomas Coleman; Tony Kelly, David Higgins, Johnny Hamilton (0-1); Barry O'Connor (0-5), Leo Burke (0-1); Mikey Coleman, Darragh Rossiter (4-0), Darren Codd (0-1); Conor Coleman (0-3), Micheál Lyng (1-1), Eoin Rackard (0-1). Subs. - Evan Dunbar for Codd (47), Darren Jordan for Hamilton (47), Mark Hayes (1-0) for C. Coleman (47), Michael Kearney for O'Connor (52), Stephen Doyle for D. Rossiter (55), Pádraig Fitzmaurice for P. Rossiter (56), also Derek Howlin, Pádraig Morrissey, Seán Stafford, Brad Cohen, Adrian Ryan, Martin Whelan, Luke White, Alan Kehoe.
Shelmaliers: Aodhán Foley; Robbie Staples, Donal Power, Micheál Redmond; Paul McCleane, Paddy Doyle, Darren Doyle; Liam Rockett (0-2), Chris Kehoe; Stephen Rossiter (0-1), Terry Gainfort (0-3 frees), Stephen McGuire; Jack Murphy, James Shiggins (capt., 0-1), Steven Carr (0-2). Subs. - Ryan Donnelly for Redmond (21), Evan Devereux for Carr, inj. (31), Bobby Delaney for D. Doyle (38), Barry Redmond for McGuire (40), Lar Roche (0-1) for Murphy (45), also David Kehoe, Mark Mythen, Aidan Clarke, Adam Whitmore, Darragh Cloake, Marc Walsh, Nathan Ferguson.
Referee: Fintan O'Reilly (Kilmore).