Tuesday 23 January 2018

Martin's demolish the Starlights

Dean Goodison

St Martin's demolished a shell-shocked Starlights in the Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football championship Group B in Taghmon on Sunday.

St martin's 1-17 Starlights 1-2

The Piercestown-based club needed a win after their opening loss to Gusserane and they got it in style. Every area of the field was on form in what was close to a flawless performance for the first 45 minutes.

At the three-quarter mark St. Martin's had scored 1-17, with 13 of those points coming from play from their starting forwards. The defence had conceded just a solitary point in that time and were at their smothering, tacky best. The midfield saw Stephen Murphy and Daithí Waters in superb form.

It's difficult to know what to make of Starlights. They didn't start with any less intensity than they did in their previous outing but, as the points flew over, gaps that Castletown were too reserved in their formation to take advantage of were eaten up by a positive St. Martin's side.

The victors never deviated from their three-up full-forward line and they got their rewards. They hit the front in the fourth minute when Daithí Waters played a one-two from a line ball with Ciarán Lyng, drove in from the right wing and planted an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net.

Stephen Murphy scored in the sixth minute, a point that was countered by a Mel Doyle effort. From that point on the first-half belonged to St. Martin's. Lyng pointed a pair of dead balls before scoring from play after a feed from Paudie Kelly (1-4 to 0-1).

Lyng managed another brace in what was left of the first-half, while Ciarán Redmond and Jamie Carty got their first points. The only negative for St. Martin's was an injury to Daithí Hayes just before they went in at the break leading by 1-8 to 0-1.

Redmond started the second-half with a point and would add another score along with minors from Lyng (four), Carty (two) and Paudie Kelly as the 2013 champions scored nine times in the third quarter.

Starlights did prevent any further damage in the final 15 minutes and added a quickly-taken free-kick goal from Anthony Russell and an Anthony Roche point in that spell, but it was scant consolation on a torrid outing for the Bellefield boys.

St. Martin's: Tomás Hayes; Mark Maloney, Willie Devereux (capt.), Joe O'Connor; Aaron Maddock, Daithí Hayes, Jake Firman; Daithí Waters (1-0), Stephen Murphy (0-1); Paudie Kelly (0-1), Jamie Carty (0-3), Joe Coleman; Ciarán Redmond (0-3), Ciarán Lyng (0-9, 3 frees), Diarmuid Byrne. Subs. - Richard Devereux for D. Hayes, inj. (30), Ed O'Byrne for Coleman (36), Harry O'Connor for Maddock (44), Ryan Murphy for J. O'Connor (44), Coleman for Redmond (54).

Starlights: Pa Doyle; Mel Doyle (0-1), Tom Wall, Rory O'Connor; Jack Kelly, Kevin Courtney, Mikey Dempsey; Jason Russell (capt.), Liam Ryan; Alan Tobin, Kevin Foley, Ricky Fox; Ryan Mahon, Lee Murphy, Tommy Foley. Subs. - Anthony Russell (1-0 free) for J. Russell (31), James Carty for Murphy (31), Conor Farrell for Tobin (35), Anthony Roche (0-1) for Dempsey (45).

Referee: Pat Kehoe (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown).

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