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Johnston helps put Abbey to the sword

St Colmans included eight of last year's All-Ireland winning team in their starting 15 and their experience and composure told against Abbey last night.

Their breakthrough came after 20 minutes when a neat passing movement between Jerome Johnston and Tony McGreevy saw the latter get the opening goal.

And St Colmans grabbed their second in first-half stoppage-time when an Abbey defender lost possession and Shay McArdle took advantage to see them going in at the break leading 2-5 to 0-2. After the break, Ryan Johnston slotted home his side's third goal after good work by McArdle and Johnston.

Scorers -- St Colmans: T McGreevy, S McArdle, R Johnston 1-0 each, C Mooney 0-3 , R Lively, K Haughey, C Gough 0-1 each. Abbey: C Cumiskey 0-3 M Hearty, C Foy 0-1 each.

St Colmans -- M McNeice; C Doyle, N Donnelly, R Lively; D Brannagan, E Magee, K Haughey; R Johnston, C Gough; T Mulholland, P Casey; C Mooney; S McArdle, J Johnston, T McGreevy. Subs: J Haughey for Mulholland (46) M O'Hare for Doyle (58).

Abbey -- C Hanna; D Lynchehaun, G McGovern J Dickson; J Delahunt, D O'Neill, P Burns; P Murdock-McCartan, C Donnelly; C Cumiskey, C Foy, D McGeown; C Gallagher, R Keenan, C O'Neill. Subs: P Carragher for C O'Neill (15), L Quinn for P Burns (48), M Hearty.

Ref -- M McErlane (Derry).

Irish Independent