Connolly triggers St Mary's goal blitz
Reigning All-Ireland champions St Mary's made it safely through the second round of the Leinster competition with a comfortable victory over Portmarnock CS.
The Dublin youngsters began the brighter, with captain Shane Carthy firing over from a tight angle. And after a long-range shot from Eoin Shiels found the back of the net, Portmarnock CS raced into a four-point lead.
However, St Mary's immediately responded and three goals in a 10-minute spell – from Peter Connolly, Oran Lawton and Daniel Pyke – gave the visitors a commanding lead.
St Mary's took a five-point lead into the second half and the result never looked in any doubt.
Portmarnock struggled to break through and could only add two points in the second period – one of which was a fine score by Shiels.
Sean Moriarity added a point from long range before substitute Glen Doran sealed the victory.
SCORERS – St Mary's: P Connolly, O Lawton (0-1f) 1-1 each, D Pyke 1-0, C McMonagle (1f), S Moriarity, G Doran 0-1 each; Portmarnock CS: E Shiels 1-2, S Carthy 0-2 (1f).
ST MARY'S – C Hurley; A Mahon, R Caffrey, D Leech; S Moriarity, M Kearney, S Doran; L Flynn, P Connolly; I McKeown, C McMonagle, M Clear; O Lawton, D Pyke, R McNamee. Subs: Mulraney for Doran (25), G Doran for Pyke (63) Mangan for Lawton (63), Farrell for McKeown (69), Kennedy for Leech (69).
Portmarnock CS – L Kavanagh; G Jolliffe-Byrne, C Grant, H Bradshaw; L Dowd, J Briggs, E Shiels; J Mullins, D Scanlon; P Rusk, S Carthy, S Nangle; D Redmond, L Nangle, A Mulvey. Subs: Stuart for Redmond (28), Deasy for Mulvey (57).
REF – A Lagrue (Kildare).