Dazzling Kelly runs show as Brigid's thrash limp St Mary's
ST BRIGID'S 5-15 ST MARY'S 1-5
CONNACHT CLUB SFC SEMI-FINAL
All-Ireland champions St Brigid's easily disposed of a poor St Mary's in a one-sided encounter in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Afterwards, St Brigid's manager Benny O'Brien said that he was surprised at the one-sided nature of the game, but had praise for his side, especially those who had come in to replace several injured players.
Leitrim champions St Mary's started in purposeful mood, with their best player Raymond Mulvey scoring a long-range free within a minute of the start, but that was about as good as it got for them as Roscommon outfit St Brigid's scored three points in quick succession through Karol Mannion, Senan Kilbride and Frankie Dolan.
The three St Brigid's men combined in the eighth minute when Mannion found Kilbride in space and his inch-perfect pass to Dolan was finished to the net from close in.
Niall McInerney's 10th-minute score was the start of an eight-point sequence that killed off the game, with the scores coming from Kilbride (2), Dolan (2), Garvan Dolan (2) and the outstanding Padraig Kelly.
The half-time score of 1-11 to 0-1 was an accurate reflection of St Brigid's dominance and left St Mary's with a mountain to climb.
To their credit, St Mary's did try to make a game of it in the third quarter, with Alan Doherty scoring the opening point of the second half and a fisted effort by Michael McWeeney going narrowly wide after 35 minutes.
Raymond Mulvey reduced the arrears further with a point from play two minutes later, but normal service was resumed in the 39th minute when man of the match Kelly scored Brigid's second goal.
And more was to follow when Robbie Lowe fouled Garvan Dolan in the square and Mannion converted penalty.
Mulvey responded with a point from play in the 46th minute, but two minutes later Ritchie Blaine scored Brigid's fourth goal.
St Mary's did manage to salvage some pride with a well-taken goal by Mulvey in the 55th minute. from a quickly taken free by James Glancy.
But David O'Connor put the icing on the cake for St Brigid's with his side's fifth goal to put them into their seventh Connacht final against Castlebar Mitchel's.
SCORERS – St Brigid's: F Dolan 1-3, R Blaine 1-2, P Kelly, K Mannion 1-1 each, D O'Connor 1-0, S Kilbride 0-4 (2fs), G Dolan 0-3, N McInerney 0-1. St Mary's: R Mulvey 1-3, A Doherty, N McWeeney 0-1 each.
ST BRIGID'S – S Curran; R Stack, D Donnelly, J Murray; N McInerney, G Cunniffe, N Grehan (capt); K Mannion, G Ahern; A McInerney, D Dolan, P Kelly; F Dolan, S Kilbride, A Gleeson.
Subs: D Dolan for G Dolan, R Blaine for A McInerney, R Kelly for Cunniffe, I Kilbride for Ahern, D O'Connor for F Dolan.
ST MARY'S – B Flynn; J Cassidy, J Glancy (capt), R Kennedy; J De Lacy, C Farrell, N McWeeney; N Commerton, D Lowe; C Cunniffe, B O'Donnell, R Mulvey; A Doherty, R Lowe, M McWeeney. Subs: Conor McWeeney for De Lacy, D Turley for O'Donnell, Colin McWeeney for Doherty, D Crowe for Farrell.
REF – J Henry (Mayo).