St Mary’s from Convoy won their second outing from two in the Junior A Championship Round 2 Group 2 with a six-point win over a Naomh Padraig Muff side that finished their evening with only 12 men.
St Mary’s Convoy 0-11
Naomh Padraig, Muff 0-5
Oliver Prunty’s side had opened the competition in convincing fashion seven days’ beforehand with a 0-15 to 0-5 victory over Naomh Padraig of Lifford and continued that good form on Saturday on home turf.
Naomh Padraig were looking for the points to get their campaign back on track following their 3-9 to 1-6 loss at Letterkenny Gaels a fortnight ago.
However, poor shooting and ill discipline cost the Inishowen team, who saw James Curran, Enda McColgan and Raymond McLaughlin all shown the line in the second half by match referee Andrew Mullan.
Whatever chances there were of an away victory were also greatly reduced when Barry McColgan rammed a 44th minute penalty off the St Mary’s crossbar, approximately halfway through a dearth of scores from the away team, who didn’t score for 29 second half minutes.
St Mary’s opened competently and there was a crisp feel of championship in the air with no inch given by either team.
The stand-out feature in the first half was the prowess of John A Kee from the placed ball, whether judged in terms of distance or accuracy.
The full-back pointed three times, while he was joined on the scoreboard by Peter Blake, who scored twice, and Jack Blake.
Naomh Padraig were never too far away, though, and Damien Diver pointed, as did Aidan Lynch on two occasions.
When Mark Duffy knocked over right on the whistle of half-time for Naomh Padraig, it meant that St Mary’s lead was 0-6 to 0-4 and it appeared, on the surface of things at least, that there was an interesting second half ahead.
St Mary’s almost sat in to contain the waves after the interval but the shooting from Naomh Padraig meant the gearbox was stuck in neutral.
At the other end, St Mary’s gradually extended their lead with Jack Blake and Dean Bonner making it 0-8 to 0-4.
After missed the penalty, which seemed a harsh award for a foul by John Doherty on Mark Duffy, Naomh Padraig fell apart. Curran was given a straight red as tempers flared, while Enda McColgan and McLaughlin picked up second yellows.
In the meantime, another John A Kee free, Laurence McMullan and Jack Blake made the game safe for St Mary’s and a point from Damien Laird in-between, which broke a near half-hour duck for Naomh Padraig, wasn’t a factor at the conclusion.
St Mary’s, Convoy: Conor Cairns; Caolan Gillen, John A Kee (0-4, 3f, 45), Sean Browne; Liam Prunty, John Doherty, Brendan Bonner; Raymond McNamee, Thomas McHugh; Simon McGlynn, Dean Bonner (0-1), Jack Blake (0-3, 3, 2f); Laurence McMullan (0-1), David Shovlin, Peter Blake (0-2, 2f). Subs: James Kee for Prunty (18), Michael Ayton for McGlynn (51, black card).
Naomh Padraig, Muff: Gerard Harkin; Gary McKinney, Cathal McColgan, Oisin McColgan; Ultan Doherty, Raymond McLaughlin, Damien Laird (0-1); Barry McColgan, Colm McColgan; Brian McColgan, Eunan Keaveney, Mark Duffy (0-1); Aidan Lynch (0-2, 1f), Damien Diver (0-1), Enda McColgan. Subs: Dermot Keaveney for E Keaveney (57), Terry McColgan for Diver (59).
Referee: Andrew Mullan (Killybegs).