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Free-scoring Whelan takes care of business for Benildus

MIDFIELDER Peter O'Grady and corner-forward Glen Whelan played key roles as St Benildus saw off PBS Newbridge at Belfield.

The Kilmacud school blew away their opponents early on, building a 0-9 to 0-2 advantage in the opening 25 minutes. The Dubliners lost their way somewhat towards the end of the half, however, and Dan Nay's goal helped reduce the half-time deficit, 0-10 to 1-4.

Benildus reorganised during the interval and came out of the traps on fire, scoring 1-2 without reply after sub Paul Mannion set Whelan up to score his side's goal. Benildus kept their lead ticking over thanks to strong running from centre-forward Fearghal Duffy and the accuracy of Whelan, who ended with 1-7 to his name, 1-5 from play.

Scorers -- St Benildus: G Whelan 1-7 (2f), P O'Curry (1f), F Duffy 0-2 each, A Dolan, C Egan 0-1 each. Patrician, Newbridge: D Nay 1-1, M Byrne 0-4 (1f), R Murray, G Malone 0-1.

St Benildus -- M O'Connor; K McGrath, A Clabby, A Carroll; D Quinn, S Fitzsimons, A Dolan; P O'Curry, C Egan; C Butler, F Duffy, A McMahon; G Whelan, B O'Rian, S Butler. Subs: Paul Mannion for Carroll (33), D Butler for Quinn (50), E Barber for McMahon (58).

Patrician, Newbridge -- N Curran; C McLaughlin, B Dempsey, S Hurley; W Kealy, T McDermott, J Murray; M Byrne, C McLaughlin; R Murray, D Nay, J Fox; G Collins, E O'Connor, D King. Subs: A Tyrrell for McDermott (18), G Malone for Fox (36), G Guilfoyle for Collins (47).

Ref -- P Finnegan (Louth).

Irish Independent