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Knockbeg far too strong for very depleted Benildus side

There was disappointment for St Benildus College at Dr Cullen Park yesterday afternoon, when the Kilmacud school were on the receiving end of a 3-18 to 1-4 defeat to an impressive Knockbeg College outfit in the opening round of the Leinster Senior Football 'A' Championship.

With a number of players missing from their squad - including Dublin minor star Andrew McGowan - Benildus were under-strength for this encounter against formidable provincial opposition.

Additionally, following their reversal to St Aidan's CBS (after extra-time) at the penultimate stage of the Dublin SF 'A' Championship last Thursday, Benildus had a very short time span to prepare for this clash.

Their cause wasn't helped when Callum Pearson was issued with a contentious black-card just two minutes into the contest, but thanks to strong work in defence by the likes of Stephen McEntee and captain Nathan Nolan, as well a neatly-constructed goal from Keith Noonan, they had reduced their deficit to five points in the early stages of the second period.

However, owing to a brace of well-worked goals, along with a series of excellent points, Knockbeg (who are coached by former Laois footballer Chris Conway) ultimately progressed in comprehensive fashion.