First-half fireworks ignite Marist charge
Marist Athlone 3-9 Ardscoil na Trionoide 0-4
Athlone's Marist College swept to victory over Ardscoil na Trionoide of Athy in yesterday's Leinster PP Schools SFC A first round clash in Athy.
Three first-half goals proved vital, as the visitors led by 3-5 to 0-0 at the interval and never looked back, despite the sides sharing eight points on the restart.
Athy dominated early on, but fired wides from Kildare minor Niall Brennan and defender Shane Webb.
At the opposite end Marist won a penalty after Brian Derwin was fouled, with Daniel Reid slotting to the net in the seventh minute, ensuring a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Two minutes later, Michael McGloin finished soccer-style to the net, despite the efforts of Donal McGrath for Athy.
Ardscoil could have been further behind, but for the heroics of Marc Prior between the posts, denying Derwin a goal after 10 minutes with a double save.
Marist added points from McGloin, Derwin (2) and Daniel Reid, before Derwin bagged Athlone's third goal.
Prior once again denied Daniel Reid of a goal chance in injury-time, and with the Roscommon minor bringing his tally to 1-2, Marist took a 3-5 to 0-0 interval lead.
A Peter Kealy pointed free was Athy's first score, but Marist maintained dominance with a trio of points to lead 3-8 to 0-1 by the 38th minute. Two Prior frees, either side of Kealy's second point, were mere consolation for Athy.
Scorers - Marist Athlone: B Derwin 1-4 (1f); D Reid 1-2 (1-0 pen); M McGloin 1-1; C McCormack 0-2 (0-2f). Ardscoil na Trionoide: M Prior, P Kealy 0-2 (2f) each.
MARIST ATHLONE - C Devaney; D Carroll, E Nally, S Furey; F Dowd, J Curley, E Mulvihill; M McGloin, D Reid; R Gaffey, C Reid, C Mannion; C McCormack, B Derwin, K Rigney. Subs: M Egan for D Reid (50); T Prendergast for Gaffey (58); S Dowd for Derwin (60); E Egan for Mannion (60).
ARDSCOIL NA TRIONOIDE - M Prior; D Kelly, C McBride, D McGrath; J Keegan, A Webb, D Considine; P Kealy, N Brennan; A Ryan, D Byrne, F Scully; F Lawlor, J Hickey, R Lovett. Subs: J Fitzgerald for Webb (inj) (14); F Murphy for Byrne (BC, 29); C McGovern for Lovett (h-t).
REF - P Kehoe (Carlow)