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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Worth the wait as Mairtin's retain their Division 1 status

Published 20/11/2013 | 05:28

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A LENGTHY lay-off had no adverse effect on Naomh Mairtin as they held onto their Division 1 status with an eight-point victory over St Mary's at Kilkerley on Wednesday night.

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With St Mary's having to come through two games at the end of the League proper, the Jocks were kicking their heels a bit after being dragged into a play-off on the final day of the Division 1 season.

With so much at stake it was no surprise that the first quarter was a cagey affair, with the Mairtin's opening the scoring on 12 minutes through Francis McCullough.

A Nicky McDonnell (pictured right) goal on 20 minutes proved the difference between the sides at the interval as the Monatserboice men retired with a 1-3 to 0-4 lead.

Promotion started to slip from Mary's grasp immediately after the re-start when former Louth star McDonnell netted his second goal, fisting a JP Rooney free to the net.

Stephen Campbell added a point to extend the Mairtin's lead to six soon afterwards.

St Mary's didn't manage a second-half score until the 52nd minute as the Mairtin's kept a tight grip on proceedings, and Colm Nally's men ran out comfortable and deserving winners.

NAOMH MAIRTIN: Jamie Mulholland; Eoin Wright, David Delaney, Eamon McQuillian; Patrick Sullivan, Barry Sullivan, Benny Reilly; Gavin Mooney, Brian Howell; Stephen Campbell 0-01, Nicky McDonnell 2-1, Paul Berrill,; Brian McQuillian, JP Rooney 0-3 (0-1f), Francis McCullough 0-3 (0-2f).Subs: Thomas Sullivan for B Sullivan.

ST MARYS: Duane Crosbie; David Rooney, Brian Keenan, Wayne Matthews; Eamonn Callaghan, Niall Carroll, Dean Matthews 0-5; Robbie Keenan, Donal Matthews; Fergal Diamond, Robbie Leavy, Shane McCoy; Cian Moran, Ronan Carroll, Paudy Clarke. Subs: Mark Fay for W Matthews, Barney McCoy for F Diamond, Alan Kirk for C Moran.

Referee: Kevin Carroll.

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