Slick St Mary’s show they mean business

Homeland Senior Football championship

HIS game on Sunday afternoon in Tubbercurry didn’t really have much on the line with Mark Breheny’s St Mary’s unbeaten in their Homeland Senior Football championship campaign and guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.

Both sides made a number of changes before referee Gus Chapman signaled the start and it was a lively opening half from the town side who led by 10 points at the interval.

Curry were without sharpshooters Adrian Marren and Alan Reilly which didn’t help their cause while St Mary’s started as they meant to go on, good points from midfielder Paul Kilcoyne and a fantastic score from Emlyn Mulligan getting them off the mark.

Curry’s Oisín Murphy got his first of five of the afternoon from a placed ball as Michael Munnelly opened his tally for St Mary’s.

Jason Marren set up Brian Byrne to slot over Curry’s second as it was a one point game ten minutes in. St Mary’s then hit another gear, points from Jay Cox, captain Nathan Rooney (free) and two more from Munnelly seeing them go 6 in front, Murphy tapping over another Curry free.

St Mary’s went even further in front after Patrick Maher blasted their opening goal as they led by eight.

Curry’s Michael Gordon saw his goal chance saved by Jack Teape in the St Mary’s goals as further scores arrived from Munnelly, Mulligan and joint captain Luke Nicholson to push them into an 11 point advantage.

Jason Marren did well winning a mark which he duly pointed as half-time was approaching.

Teape came out of his goals to send over a brilliant free for St Mary’s as Brian Byrne slotted over the last score of the half from a free as St Mary’s led by 1-12 to 0-5 at the interval.

St Mary’s started to introduce their bench after the resumption.

Murphy reduced the Curry deficit with a point from play and a free on Byrne.

St Mary’s edged further in front with Stephen Henry, Rooney (2), full-back David Phillips and Munnelly again all on target.

The St Mary’s lead was insurmountable as the game entered the closing stages, points from David McDonagh and Cathal Brennan adding to Curry’s tally however their opponents kept their scoreboard ticking over, the excellent Rooney leading the charge with a late Cox goalchance gliding over the bar.

St Mary’s into the semi-finals where they take on North Sligo’s Drumcliffe/Rosses Point.

CURRY; Sean Marren, Michael Jennings, Craig Gallagher, Dylan McLoughlin, Keith Feeley, Michael Gordon (0-1), James Walsh, David McDonagh (0-1), Brian Byrne (0-2 1f), Jack Duffy, Cathal Brennan (0 -1), Oisín Higgins, Jason Marren (0-1 1m), Tommy Henry, Oisín Murphy (0-5 3f)

Substitutes used; Eoghan Sweeney for Henry (inj), Stephen Donoghue for Duffy, Tommy Stenson (JC), for Jennings, Dennis Coffey for Marren.

ST MARY’S; Jack Teape (0-3 3f), Ryan Feehily, David Phillips (0-1), Fionn O’Hehir, Jay Cox (0-2), Luke Nicholson (0-1) (JC), Conor Darcy, Paul Kilcoyne ( 0-1), Tony O’Kelly-Lynch, Michael Munnelly (0-5), Emlyn Mulligan (0-2), Patrick Maher (1-0), David McGovern, Nathan Rooney (JC) (0-8 4f) , Johnny Martyn.

Substitutes used; Stephen Henry (0-1) for Mulligan, Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch for McGovern, Seán Clifford for Martyn, Ryan Madden (0-1) for Nicholson, Adam Lynch.

REFEREE; Gus Chapman.

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