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McAleer strike puts icing on cake for slick and quick Mary's

St Mary's 1-14
Mary Immaculate 0-4

Published 28/01/2010 | 05:00

A balanced St Mary's team had no difficulty in seeing off Mary Immaculate in Mullingar.

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Constant drizzle made for slippery underfoot conditions and the standard of football never reached any great heights. However, all the quality play came from the winners, who led by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break, despite playing against the wind in opening half hour.

Paul McAleer scored the only goal of the game 13 minutes into the second half and the slick-moving Mary's attack -- in which Antrim's Kevin Niblock excelled -- added a string of further points to emerge as comfortable victors.

A measure of St Mary's dominance can be gauged by the fact that they had eight different scorers from play.

SCORERS -- St Mary's: P McAleer 1-1, K Niblock 0-4 (2f), M Murray 0-3, K Mossey 0-2, B Og Maguire, J Kelly, M Pollock, C McGourty 0-1 each. Mary Immaculate: I Ryan (2f), F Keane (2f) 0-2 each.

St Mary's, Belfast -- T Harney; M Slane, C Campbell, M Digan; K O'Boyle, B Canavan, B Og Maguire; J Kelly, M McKenna; M Murray, K Mossey, M Pollock; P McAleer, K Niblock, M Began. Subs: C McGourty for Campbell (35), D Canavan for McAleer (42), O MacIomhair for Began (47), P Carville for Pollock (53), R Dolan for Niblock (55).

Mary Immaculate, Limerick -- A Sullivan; B Fahy, K Enright, E O'Carroll; P O'Dwyer, D Ryan, P O Raghallaigh; I Ryan, R Ahern; E MacGearailt, M Horan, L Costeran; F Keane, R McCann, B Horgan. Subs: S Treacy for Fahy (42), R Fitzgibbon for O Raghallaigh (50), B Reidy for Horan (50), K Sullivan for McCann (55).

Ref -- D Brazil (Offaly).

Irish Independent

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