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'One group is considerably stronger than the other in Round 1'

'One group is considerably stronger than the other in Round 1'

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'One group is considerably stronger than the other in Round 1'

Good Counsel, New Ross, bridged a 16-year gap to their last Leinster Colleges SFC A football title when they got the better of St Mary's Edenderry in Saturday's final at Network Cullen Park.

The merit of this Counsel victory can be put down to their superior ball retention.

The Wexford college had the better of the opening quarter, while St Mary's were on top for the second quarter, with the sides deadlocked 0-6 apiece approaching half-time.

St Mary's swept upfield for centre-forward Aaron Kennedy to kick a wonderful point which put his side into a one-point interval lead.

When midfielders Adam Mahon and David Maloney scored early second-half points from play, it looked as if the Edenderry side might push on for victory. But instead, with Darragh Lyons and Darragh Joyce gaining midfield control, Good Counsel assumed command to go back in front.

Counsel went three points to the good, 0-13 to 0-10, and should really have put the St Mary's challenge away, but they then spurned goal-scoring opportunities.

St Mary's maintained the hope that a late goal would rescue the game, but the 2012 Hogan Cup winners fell down close to goal and Counsel deservedly claimed a fourth Leinster title to go with the successes of 1995, '96 and '99.

Scorers: Good Counsel: J Shiely (3f), T O'Connor (3f) 0-4 each, B Power 0-2, I Carthy, D Lyons, M Dwyer 0-1 each. St Mary's: S Doran 0-3 (3f), J Robinson 0-2, A Mahon, D Maloney, A Kennedy, S McGlynn, A Kearney, C Farrell 0-1 each.

Referee: B Hickey (Kildare).

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