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Curran applies coup de grace in Dungarvan march to victory

A DEVASTATING second half from Dungarvan CBS saw the Waterford school wrest the O'Keefe Cup from defending champions St Mary's CBGS.

Corner-forward Patrick Curran top-scored with 1-6 for the Deise lads but he was ably assisted by midfielder Colin Dunford, who notched 0-6, while full-forward Ryan Donnelly plundered 2-2.

In a strong swirling wind, St Mary's opened the scoring when Conor Johnston fired over after five minutes.

However, Dungarvan got into their stride, with two Dunford points and a Curran free giving them a lead they would not lose.

St Mary's battled and trailed by just two at the break, 0-6 to 0-4, with Johnston, Domhnall Moran and Dara Rocks on target, while Curran's frees kept Dungarvan's noses in front.

The second half was a much different story as the powerful Munster side tagged on three quick scores after the restart before James Connolly replied for St Mary's.

It was one-way traffic from then on in, with Dunford and Criostoir Breathnach pointing before Ryan Donnelly's 40th-minute goal killed the game as a contest.

Dungarvan hit the next five in a row before Donnelly bagged his second goal as the St Mary's heads dropped. Curran applied the coup de grace in the dying minutes with a fine finish, with James Connolly's goal for Mary's a mere consolation.

Scorers – Dungarvan CBS: P Curran 1-6 (0-5fs), R Donnelly 2-2, C Dunford 0-6, A Donnelly 0-2, C Breathnach, C O'Grady 0-1 each. St Mary's CBGS: J Connolly 1-1, C Johnston 0-2, D Moran (1f), D Rocks 0-1 each.

Dungarvan CBS – G Power; C Culloo, K Daly, M Cronin; K Barron, K Looby, C Barry; C Curran, C Dunford; A Donnelly, M Harney, C Breathnach; D Lyons, R Donnelly, P Curran. Subs: M Shine for C Barry (47), J O'Connell for K Looby (49), J Morrissey for A Donnelly (54), C O'Grady for C Breathnach (57), D Kirwin for R Donnelly (59).

St Mary's CBGS – J Darragh; S Gaskin, T O Ciaran, C O'Rawe; C Hanna, D Moran, A Orchin; G Walsh, R Wilson; S Shannon, C McVeigh, J Connolly; C Johnston, L McLarnon, D Rocks. Sub: D Murphy for L McLarnon (36).

Ref – A Stapleton (Laois)

Irish Independent

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