St Maur's deliver a dominant final quarter as they eventually beat Ballinteer St John's by five points in their Dublin SFC first round clash at Parnell Park on Saturday, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.
The Rush outfit struggled for large parts against a free-flowing St John's team but as the error count increased for Ballinteer as the contest evolved, St Maur's were clinical enough to take full advantage as they kicked five points without reply in the closing ten minutes to complete the expected win.
With Ciarán Reddin absent through suspension, St Maur's failed to impress initially despite two excellent points from Conor Maguire with St John's creating chances at will as they restored parity by the eighth minute following points by Nicky Deveruex and Robbie Gaughan.
The half continued in a pleasing and attacking manner with both sides committed to attack with the result a host of scores from Chris Carthy and Eoin Fletcher for Maur's while Ballinteer struck back through Aodhán Clabby and Luke Naughton.
St John's should have put distance between the teams in the 16th minute but Ciarán Judge was superbly denied by Mark Butterly in the Maur's goal but Ballinteer enjoyed a deserved 0-10 to 0-8 interval lead following late points from Naughton and Simon O'Reilly.
Butterly was once again called upon in the early stages of the second-half, denying Judge once for the second time but St John's still managed to double their lead by the 38th minute after fine efforts from Sam Tully and O'Reilly.
However, their momentum stalled from that point with McGuire's superbly-taken goal from Carthy's pass in the 48th minute turning the tide in the AFL1 team's favour.
Maur's still required Butterly to thwart Naughton at the opposite end before finishing in style with late points from Carthy, McGuire and the impressive Alan Byrne.