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Holders point way with another show of strength

Pettitt's Senior Hurling Championship second round: St Martin's 0-23 Cloughbawn 0-15

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Rory O’Connor on the move, with Connal Flood and Alan Carton in hot pursuit

Rory O’Connor on the move, with Connal Flood and Alan Carton in hot pursuit

Rory O’Connor on the move, with Connal Flood and Alan Carton in hot pursuit

It may still be early days in this shortened Pettitt's Senior hurling championship, but already it's looking like St. Martin's are better placed than ever before to accomplish something that has eluded the club thus far: retaining this prestigious title.

While several teams may have other ideas and harbour genuine ambitions, the evidence is there in abundance to suggest that John Meyler's charges have more strength in depth than any of the remaining contenders.

Their quarter-final passage was booked safely in this second Group A tie in Bellefield on Friday, although Intermediate holders Cloughbawn will take encouragement from several aspects of their performance as they now gear up to meet Oulart-The Ballagh in a winner-takes-all clash at the same venue in three days' time.