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Mortimer leads Parnell's party as Synger bow out

IT might make the headlines in the Mayo News. Conor Mortimer had a Parnell Park party last Saturday afternoon.



It was like he had brought along his own ball. His left foot was pulling more strings than the good folks down at the Lambert Puppet Theatre.

Synger didn't feel much like smiling before the off. Their dressing room resembled a rehearsal studio for Casualty. Out were Denis Bastick, Eoghan O'Gara, goalkeeper, Philip Collie, and full-back, Ronan O'Donnell.

In such circumstances, dimming the polish of Parnell's in the Donnycarney sunshine was always going to be difficult. Bealo's boys played with purpose, pace and no little panache.

Up in the gantry, a voice declared at half-time that "it was all over". There was nobody to disagree. The Coolock club were ahead by 0-11 to 0-3.

Mortimer had seven of that tally (four frees) as Parnell's attacked the scoreboard end. His fourth point was the pick of the bunch. With a neat body-swerve, he made a yard of space before the left peg again found the chimney pot.

His goal came 11 minutes into the second period, courtesy of a quick flick to the basket. Two of the Templeogue points came from play, two excellent efforts from Mark Hiney and Mark Swaine.

Templeogue have had some memorable championship wins in recent years, and now they will focus all their energy on trying to get back to Division 1.Niall Scully often came deep to try to create promise. There is always such elegance in his boots. Conor O'Reilly, Mark Hiney and Cathal Morley grafted for the dirty ball.

The Hoops would have had a more generous return only for nine wides, two less than their opponents, who maintained their impressive tempo until the last bell.

Parnell's pressed hard at all times. There are championship quarter-final places at stake.

Paul Bealin's son, Jonathan, put in an honest shift in the engine room. Himself and Colm Begley struck some nuggets, while Stephen Cluxton and John Dignam converted two brilliant long-range placed-ball efforts following the oranges.

Centre half-back, Aaron Hurley, began many a forward move with clever reading of the play and neat distribution. He marked his contribution with a fabulous first half point. The two last offerings belonged to the magician, Mortimer. Maybe someday soon the Mortimer mobile will ring and James Horan will be on the other end of the line.

SCORERS – Parnell's: C Mortimer 1-9 (0-4f), J Bealin, J Dignam (1f), C Begley 0-3 each, A Hurley, S Cluxton (45), A Jameson, A Shore 0-1 each. Templeogue Synge Street: T Coyne 0-3 (3f), M Hiney, M Swaine 0-1 each.

PARNELL'S: S Cluxton; A Mallon, D Rooney, L Browne; M Gleeson, A Hurley, A Jameson; J Bealin, R Quinlivan; C Begley, D Joyce, R Mills; J Dignam, C Mortimer, D Curley. Subs: M Lynch for Gleeson; D Kelly for Curley; A Shore for Quinlivan; G Murray for Mallon; C Oonan for Jameson.

TEMPLEOGUE SYNGE ST: C O'Gara; B Fitzgerald, N O'Sullivan, M Treanor; B Bentley, C McKiernan, M Swaine; A O'Brien, C O'Reilly; G Vickery, N Scully, T Coyne; M Hiney, C Morley, J Swaine. Subs: M Cannon for Fitzgerald; E McKiernan for Vickery; J Hiney for Coyne; C Tuite for O'Reilly.

REF: S McCarthy (St Vincent's).