Kilmore capitalise on vast gulf in class
THE GULF in class between teams in some of the local championships was never more evident than on Sunday last in Piercestown where impressive Kilmore overpowered a disappointing St. Mary's (Maudlintown) side in Intermediate 'A' football with 23 points to spare.
The Mary's only flattered to deceive when Graham Carty and Martin O'Connor combined for their opening point after just 20 seconds.
Kilmore scored the next five, and by half-time had raced into a 2-10 to 0-4 lead as Daithí Moore and Noel Casey grabbed a goal apiece while John Codd, Tommy Cousins, Finbar O'Flaherty and Moore all tapped over points.
County Senior footballer Paddy Byrne provided the engine leading up to many of the Kilmore scores while Shane Cousins was a tower of strength at centre-back.
Kilmore: Kevin Casey; Shane Goff, Stephen Cousins, Denis Kenny; Noel Raftery, Shane Cousins, Tommy Cousins (0-1); Finbar O'Flaherty (0-1), Paddy Byrne (0-2); Daithí Moore (2-3, 0-1 free), Alan Jones (0-1), Tom White (0-2); Aaron Goff (0-3), Noel Casey (2-0), John Codd (0-5, 4 frees). Subs. - John Mernagh for O'Flaherty, Peter Shannon for T. Cousins, Tom Byrne for S. Cousins, Aaron Kielthy for N. Casey, Martin Frayne for Jones.
St. Mary's (Maudlintown): Robert Bradley; Darragh O'Leary, Christy Lane, Ross Lynch; P.J. Bourke, Alan Lynch, Lee Malone; Dermot Flood, Martin O'Connor (0-2, 1 free); Graham Carty, Pádraigh Farrell, Eddie Pitman; Donal O'Leary, Richie Kehoe (0-5, 2 frees) Paul O'Connor. Sub. - Pierce Dooley for Darragh O'Leary.
Referee: Henry Sinnott (Bannow-Ballymitty).
New Ross Standard