Athenry stroll to title
PRES ATHENRY 4-8
mERCY COLLEGES 1-7
Presentation College Athenry hit a brace of goals in either half to retain their crown at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe yesterday.
The champions led by 2-3 to 1-3 at the break and pulled away in the second half to secure a comprehensive victory.
The opening period was thrilling with three goals inside nine minutes -- Dara Cooney netted for the holders in less than two minutes.
Mercy Colleges briefly hit the front when when Shane Caulfield pointed and Jason Flynn fired home a goal.
But Presentation College replied with a first-time strike from top scorer Michael Mullins.
They then wrapped up the issue when Cathal Keane blasted home a 43rd-minute penalty. Christopher Bannon put the icing on the cake with their fourth goal 10 minutes from time.
SCORERS -- Pres Athenry: M Mullins 1-5 (3f), C Keane 1-2 (1-0 pen, 1f), C Bannon, D Cooney 1-0 each J Carr 0-1. Mercy Colleges: J Flynn 1-2, S Caulfield 0-2, P Hoban (1f),K Cormican, S Keon 0-1 each.
PRES ATHENRY -- K Kavanagh; M Lawless, J Gibbons, S Hickey; S Hynes, D Concannon, D Healy; C Keane, C Hardiman; B Moran, B Lane, C Bannon; M Mullins, J Carr, D Cooney.
Mercy Colleges -- L Uniacke; S Moloney, G Rooney, D McManus; D Sweeney, P Hoban, D Morgan; A Moran, S Caulfield; C Quinn, P English, K Cormican; D Madden, J Flynn, S Keon. Subs: S Hannon for Moran (44); K Comer for Morgan (58).
Ref -- P Fahy.