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Sheehan leads way as Mary's march on

St Mary's 2-20 Ratoath 1-5

Published 25/01/2016 | 02:30

Bryan Sheehan lead St Mary’s to an unexpected demolition job of Ratoath at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Bryan Sheehan lead St Mary’s to an unexpected demolition job of Ratoath at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Kerry captain Bryan Sheehan (right) has a date in Croke Park on February 6 after leading St Mary's to an unexpected demolition job of Ratoath at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

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St Mary's performed to their optimum and the Meath men were simply brushed aside.

Two goals in the opening half by the Munster champions - the first a punched effort by captain Sean Cournane in the 17th minute, the second by Niall O'Driscoll ten minutes later - killed off any hopes that Ratoath had.

On paper there was little to choose between the sides. In fact Ratoath stole the throw-in and Bryan McMahon pointed within 15 seconds.

But St Mary's clicked into gear and opened up a five-point gap by the end of the first quarter.

The two goals before half time left Ratoath facing a 2-10 to 0-4 half-time deficit.

The loss of captain Bobby O'Brien in the opening moments of the second half on a second yellow finished them off as St Mary's cruised to their second Croke Park final, having won the junior title in 2011.

Scorers - St Mary's: B Sheehan 0-7fs, S Cournane 1-4 (0-3fs), P O'Donoghue 0-4, N O'Driscoll 1-0, Daniel Daly 0-3, C O'Shea 0-2. Ratoath: B McMahon 0-4 (3fs), C O'Brien 1-0, E Wallace 0-1.

ST MARY'S - A Constable, I Casey, B Curran, L Sheehan, D O'Sullivan, C O'Shea, C Quirke, B Sheehan, Denis Daly, A Walsh, N O'Driscoll, P O'Donoghue, Sean Cournane, Daniel Daly, A Cournane. Subs: D Casey for O'Donoghue (49), L O'Connell for L Sheehan (56), D Keating for N O'Driscoll (56), P Cournane for S Cournane (59), D O'Sullivan for D O'Sullivan (59).

RATOATH - S Duffy, D McGill, G McGowan, P Flaherty, B O'Connor, B Power, E Boyle, C O'Brien, K McCabe, G Rooney, B O'Brien, B McMahon, C Rooney, E Wallace, J Wallace. Subs: G Brennan for Flaherty (14), D Kelly for G Rooney (27), F Coyne for C Rooney (39), D Casey for McCabe (49), J McGowan for B O'Connor (54).

Ref - L Devenney (Mayo)l

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