Stalemate in the battle of the saints
Division 1 Football League: St Brides 0-12 St Mary's 1-9
St Bride's and St Mary's played out an entertaining draw on Friday night at Pairc an Chuinnigh, but in truth, the match could have went either way.
The Ardee men opened proceedings with a pointed free kick from Ronan Carroll on seven minutes and tree more points from the men in blue through Darren Clarke, Cian Commins and Carroll again had the visitors well in control. Their efforts were hampered when they had RJ Callaghan red carded and this allowed The Reds to get back into it, registering their first score on 19 minutes from Sean Marry. St. Brides found their form with three unanswered points from Patrick Reilly, Andrew Smyth and Marry again to level proceedings with 23 minutes played.
Ronan Carroll edged his side in front with another minor, but his effort was cancelled out almost immediately at the opposite end by Kevin Hearty. Against the run of play, St. Mary's found the net on 28 minutes through Cian Commins following a defensive mistake. The sides exchanged points, from Clarke and Sean Brennan, to leave the scoreboard reading 1-6 to 0-6 in favour of the visitors at half time.
After the restart St. Brides reduced the deficit to the minimum with points from Ciaran Deane and Andrew Smyth. However, Darren Clarke steadied the ship for St. Mary's with a pointed free on forty 40 minutes.
Soon after Ciaran Deane scored from a tight angle to leave the minimum between the sides again. Within a minute Cian Commins notched over his second point of the evening and substitute Paudy Clarke restored his side's three point advantage with a point, with his first touch of the match. This, however was the Ardee men's last score of the evening with quarter of hour still to play.
St. Mary's defended well, but full back James Costelloe fired over as did Hearty at the end of normal time, which left the minimum between the teams once more.
There was some time to be added for stoppages and during this period Emmet Kirk calmly slotted over a free kick right on the final whistle to leave the match all square.
ST BRIDES: Frank Noonan; Ronan Bailey, James Costelloe (0-1), Niall Brennan; Philip Tynan, Conor Deane, Liam Molloy; Mark Hoey, Alan Dunne; Neil Thornton, Sean Marry (0-2), Kevin Hearty (0-2), Ciaran Deane (0-2), Patrick Reilly (0-1), Andrew Smyth (0-2). Subs: Sean Brennan (0-1) for N. Brennan, Emmet Kirk (0-1) for Ciaran Deane.
ST MARYS: Gavin Douglas, Niall Eccles, Barry Mc Coy, Conor Keenan; Brendan Matthews, Karl Faulkner, Éimhín Keenan; R.J Callaghan, Robert Leavy; Jamie Rooney, Darren Clarke (0-3), Tom Jackson; Conor Gillespie, Ronan Carroll (0-3), Cian Commins (1-2). Subs: Tiernan Corrigan for B. Matthews, Paudy Clarke (0-1) for J. Rooney, Calum Noade for D. Clarke, Philip Trainor for N. Eccles.