THERE wasn't much riding on the first match of an IFC double header in Stabannon between St Brides and Glen Emmets.
In an Ashes summer, the Glens went into the game knowing they needed to win by a cricket score to have any hope of extending their championship involvement beyond the group stages.
That the Brides exerted an early dominance hardly helped matters, and despite two early wides, Patrick Reilly notched their first point of the day, striding forward from centre half to slot over.
Brides extended their lead before the Emmets managed their first score. Mark Noone was bundled over to win a cheap free and Noel O'Brien slotted over from close range. O'Brien's consistency from kicks was to be a small comfort for the Tullyallen team by the end of this encounter.
By half time, it was 2-6 to 0-3 in favour of the Brides, who pulled away after their oppoents had kept with the pace early on. Those eight scores for the Brides came courtesy of seven different players, and the men in red were a danger from all over.
It was a different story from the Glen Emmets. Insistent on passing the ball short out of defence every time, they're reluctance to look long for their forward line wasn't reaping dividends. Too often too, they found themselves undone by their own intricacy, losing the ball, and with it vital scores. It was their downfall on virtually every score.
The Bride's goals came from Niall Mackin, who volleyed expertly past Liam O'Connor in the Emmets goal and Aaron Hoey, who lashed it into the net. Minutes earlier, Hoey sent over a fine point as Brides crept further ahead.
There was no change in the second half, as the Glen Emmet's forward line were bereft of anything resembling service. They were virtually spectators for the whole game.
A Hoey point was one of the highlights of a poor second half, with Brides understandably taking their foot off the gas and the Emmets all out of ideas, it seemed.
O'Brien added a further two points, including Emmet's only score from open play, to bring his personal haul to four points.
Further goals were plundered by Ross Keogh and Conall Devlin but by then, the game was long over.
For the neutral in Stabannon, at the very least there was plenty of scores to admire in a match that was scarcely competitive.
St. Brides: Darren Breen; Andrew Smyth, Connor Deane, Paul Prendergast; Greg Kehoe, Niall Mackin 1-0, Patrick Reilly 0-1; Stan Kerrigan, Cillian Kirk 0-1; Kevin Hearty 0-3, Ray Kelly 0-1, Ross Keogh 1-2; Aaron Hoey 1-2, Conall Devlin 1-0, David Dunne.
Glen Emmets: Liam O'Connor; Derrick Johnson, Aidan Monahan, Dylan Maguire; Stephen Healy, Danny Whyte, Mark Garvey; Andrew Mooney, Mark Noone 0-1; David Bracken, Keith Lynch, Tom Grimes; Noel O'Brien 0-4, James Butler, Ronan Carr. Subs: Keith Boylan for Danny Whyte.
Referee: Fintan Levins.