Marist College, Athlone proved far too good for a weak Colaiste Mhuire, Mullingar outfit in an all-Westmeath clash in the second round of the Leinster colleges senior football 'A' championship in Ballynacargy.
On a surface that was scarcely playable, the Athlone lads coped far better with the appalling conditions.
They were already 0-4 to 0-0 ahead when Niall Neary rounded off a fine move with a goal midway through the first half and they went on to lead by 1-5 to 0-1 at the break.
Colaiste Mhuire took to the field in the second half in a changed strip but the pattern of the game continued as it had been in the opening half an hour – with Marist dominating throughout the pitch.
Any lingering doubts about the outcome were ended when the Athlone lads pounced for a quickfire brace of goals at the start of the fourth quarter via substitute Aidan Byrne and a second strike of the contest from Neary.
Scorers – Marist College: N Neary 2-2 (0-2f), N Kelly 0-4 (3f), A Byrne 1-0, S Omokuro, M Monaghan, A O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Colaiste Mhuire: D Lyons 0-2f, Nathan Gavin 0-1.
Marist College – M Finnerty; M McArdle, E Quigley, B O'Donoghue; J Marchment, C Marlowe, F Farrell; S Omokuro, A Curley; A O'Sullivan, N Neary, M Monaghan; C Gleeson, N McInerney, N Kelly. Subs: R Ashe for Farrell (21), A Byrne for Gleeson (h-t), P Ryan for Neary (51), P Fagan for Kelly (57), S McBrearty for O'Donoghue (57).
ColAiste Mhuire – B McCabe; R Briody, G Flanagan, N Kevin; P Murray, T Gallagher, Niall Gavin; C Glennon, J Halligan; S Reville, D Lyons, C Shanley; D Keena, D Loughrey, S Mullarkey. Subs: B O'Sullivan for Loughrey (27), M Kelly for Kevin (27), Nathan Gavin for Mullarkey (h-t), M Murray for Halligan (52).
Ref – B Gavin (Offaly)