DESPITE going down by a sizeable margin to St Vincent's in Lawless Park on Thursday, Maurs coach Alan Durnin had high praise for his charges as they now look forward to two crucial league matches in the coming month.With Donegal's Micheal Murphy and DCU room mate Paul Flynn watching on from the behind the goals, Maurs were always playing catch up once Mossy Quinn re-diverted Ruari Trainor's under-hit shot past Mark Butterly on thirteen minutes. It established a two-point lead for Vincents and while a Conor McGuire fisted effort would bring Maurs back into contention on 37 minutes, the Marino side's slick passing and experience saw them through comfortably enough in the end. Nonetheless Durnin believed that the scoreline did not fully reflect Maur's effort on the night. 'I don't think the 12 point margin did us justice. We battled throughout the sixty minutes but Vincent's got the breaks at the important times. That said Vincents were deserving winners and across the field they had that extra yard of pace.' 'Admittedly we had the chances in the second half and if you don't convert them against the quality teams you just won't be in the mix.' Nonetheless Maurs would have been happy with their start with Chris Carthy landing a good score from the right to give the Rush men a two point advantage. However, once Diarmuid Connolly curled in a score off the far post, Vincent's began to build up a nice head of steam. And following Quinn's score, Eamon Fennell pointed from the forty before Quinn slotted over from the right. Butterly then pulled off a terrific save to keep out an effort from Quinn and although Carthy was to end a 20 minute barren spell for Maurs, Vincents finished out the half with a point from Shane Carthy to go in at half time 1-4 to 0-3 in front. And while Vincent's would stretch their lead with successive frees from Quinn and Connolly, Maur's were soon right back in contention. Following a score from Chris Moore, Conor McGuire then fisted home a long ball played in by Mikey Reilly to put two points between the sides. Quinn and Carthy then exchanged points before Butterly produced another terrific save to push an effort by a Vincent's player round the posts. But Maurs who were now missing influential Dublin-under 21 defender Luke Fletcher and the industry of Ronny McGuire, began to lose their way a bit after that with Cormac Diamond dropping deep to put some quality ball into the forwards. The introduction of Kevin Golden and Ciaran Dorney strengthened Vincents hand and following three unanswered points, Connolly popped up with their second goal to effectively put the game to bed with ten minutes to go. - St Maur's second string lost their Junior 'B' final to Jame's Gaels at Parnell Park on Sunday, on a 1-10 to 0-6 scoreline. ST MAUR'S: Mark Butterly, Kieran Sweetman, Oisin McGinty, Sam McGuinness, Niall Walsh, Luke Fletcher, Ronan McGinty, Ciaran Reddin, Barry Horgan, Barry Moore, Mikey Reilly, Ronan McGuire, Chris Carthy 0-4 (0-2f), Conor McGuire 1-0, Danny Byrne. Subs: Chris Moore 0-1 for Ronan McGuire (ht), David Carrick 0-1 for Fletcher (ht), Robbie Kelly 0-1 for Barry Moore (47), Eoin Bollard for Kieran Sweetman (50), Vinny Whelan for Horgan (50).