MORT' POINTS WAY FOR NELLS
PAUL BEALIN'S Parnell's produced a dominant second-half display when deservedly accounting for 13-man O'Toole's by eight points in their Dublin SFC First Round encounter at Parnell Park last night.
There was little commend in the first quarter with far too many misplaced passes a feature of a stop-start opening although Andrew Morris found his range through a fourth-minute free to open the scoring for O'Toole's.
That lead was doubled from the resultant kickout as midfielder Michael Healy and David Mooney combined for the latter to kick a fine score at the church end.
Parnell's were enjoying a fair amount of possession as this stage but were getting a poor return from their inside forward line, with Andrew Shore experiencing a frustrating evening in the company of O'Toole's full-back Michael Cunningham.
The Larriers were proving far more economical and duly stretched their advantage as Conor McStay produced a precise finish from an acute angle in the 10th minute.
Gradually, Parnell's began to show their true form and they eventually opened their account in the 17th minute as Colm Begley pointed from 25-metres, prompting a period of ascendancy for the Coolock men.
Stephen Cluxton converted a long-distance free two minutes later and with Rory Quinlivan impressing at centrefield, points followed through Liam Browne and Conor Mortimer.
Although Morris replied with a free in the 29th minute to restore parity, Shore escaped Cunningham's clutches to seize on a Begley free and rifle a fine finish beyond David Hoare from close range, confirming a 1-4 to 0-4 interval lead for Parnell's.
That goal handed Parnell's some much-needed momentum and the confidence was evident in an impressive resumption with Mortimer kicking a brace of excellent points to further extend his side's lead.
The Mayo man was beginning to enjoy the space that had eluded him in the opening-half and a sublime score in the 38th minute highlighted his influence as the contest evolved.
Their opponents were struggling to make inroads beyond a dominant Parnell's midfield but from an isolated attack, substitute Ciarán McGrath registered their opening score of the half at the end of the third quarter.
It failed to launch a comeback and after Andreas Doyle and John Dignam had increased their arrears, O'Tooles' discipline deserted them in the final five minutes when both Christy Mulligan and Michael Healy were dismissed.
SCORERS – Parnell's: C Mortimer 0-5 (1f), A Shore 1-0, S Cluxton (f), L Browne, C Begley, M Gleeson, A Doyle, J Dignam 0-1 each. O'Toole's: A Morris 0-3 (3f), D Mooney, C McStay, C McGrath 0-1 each.
PARNELL'S: S Cluxton; L Browne, A Hurley, A Mallon; W Henry, A Doyle, M Gleeson; P Keogh, R Quinlivan; A Jameson, J Bealin, C Begley; C Mortimer, A Shore, J Dignam. Subs: D Kelly for Keogh (23), C Talty for Shore (49), J Peyton for Dignam (51).
O'TOOLE'S: D Hoare; C Sexton, M Cunningham, L Fitzgerald; P Carton, G O'Meara, D Concarr; M Healy, D Mooney; C Mulligan, R Walker, A Lynch; P Bradshaw, A Morris, C McStay. Subs: C McGrath for Concarr (ht), G Dinh for Lynch (47), J Bastow for McStay (56).
REF: T Lambe (St Vincent's).