Martin's goal-fest stuns inconsistent Shels
THREE second-half goals inspired St. Martin's to a comprehensive 13-point victory over a disappointing Shelmaliers side in their SFC Group A clash at Kilmore.
Two goals apiece from Ciarán Redmond and James Boggan helped to snuff out a disappointing Shelmaliers challenge in a game that seldom rose above the mediocre.
Once Redmond capitalised on his goal chances, coupled with the dominance of Daithí Waters in midfield, there was only going to be one result as St. Martin's proved the superior outfit in their bid to salvage a quarter-final spot.
St. Martin's showed their intent early on, opening with three unanswered points by the fifth minute with three from Ciarán Lyng (two frees). Shelmaliers opened their account in the seventh minute with a Barry O'Connor pointed free after Alan Griffith was fouled.
Daithí Waters showed his intent with a huge point from midfield, with Stephen Banville and Ciarán Lyng going on to exchange points, and Waters then kicking over another superb 50-metre effort from play. Approaching the break the ever-alert James Boggan found the net from close range, leaving his side with a comfortable 1-8 to 0-4 interval lead as the Shels finished the half with two Derek Walsh pointed frees.
On the 39th minute Ciarán Redmond bagged his side's second goal which really put the issue beyond doubt. When James Boggan added their third goal at the three-quarter stage there was no way back for the Shels who were struggling for scores, so much so that they had their opening second-half score, a Liam Donnelly point, five minutes from the end.
While Brian Malone and Donnelly added further points they were mere consolation scores. Approaching the finish, just to show their dominance, Ciarán Redmond found the net from close range to give his side the most comprehensive of victories.
St. Martin's: Tomás Hayes; Willie Devereux, Kevin Price, Mark Maloney; Edward O'Byrne, Paudie Kelly, Calum Frankis; Daithí Waters (0-3), Patrick O'Connor; James Boggan (2-0), Ryan Murphy, Brian Berney; Ciarán Lyng (0-5, 2 frees), Jamie Carty, Ciarán Redmond (2-0). Subs. - Richard Devereux for Murphy, Phelim Crotty for Carty.
Shelmaliers: Graham Lawler; Cathal Gaule, Darren Malone, Eoin Doyle; Andre O'Brien, Brian Malone (0-1), Tommy Barron; Barry O'Connor (0-1 free), Ibar Murphy; Alan Griffith, Aidan Murphy, Eoghan Nolan; A.J. Lehane, Stephen Banville (0-1), Derek Walsh (0-2 frees). Sub. - Liam Donnelly (0-2) for A. Murphy, inj.
Referee: David Jenkins (Gusserane).