McCabe sparks Joseph's goal rush
St Joseph's 4-9 ardscoil Athy 0-8
It took St Joseph's 20 minutes to get off the mark in Annalough, but that didn't derail the Westmeath side's progress to the quarter-finals.
Luke Dempsey's side started slowly, but all Ardscoil na Trionoide had to show for a near monopoly of possession in the opening quarter was a brilliant third-minute point from Barry Daly.
They were to rue their wastefulness. St Joseph's led 1-4 to 0-4 at the break thanks to Niall McCabe's goal, and the Rochfortbridge boys wasted no time in driving home their advantage on the restart, bagging 1-4 in the first seven minutes. The goal came from Finbarr Coyne and Ardscoil 'keeper, Marc Prior, also made two very good saves in that period.
Substitutes Fergal McGillis and Dylan Rahilly managed to beat Prior again in the final five minutes though as the Westmeath side advanced with some comfort.
Scorers – St Joseph's: J Gorman 0-3, N McCabe, F Coyne, D Rahilly, F McGillis 1-0 each, I Kilcoyne, D Giles (1f) 0-2 each, D Conroy, C Doyle 0-1. Ardscoil na Trionoide: Tadhg Foley 0-3, B Daly (1f) 0-2, A Baldwin, D Fennelly, T Martin 0-1 each
ST JOSEPH'S – J Hyland; J Murphy, M Hegarty, P Lawler; B Gonoud, K Doyle, S Quinn; D Giles, S Corcoran; J Gorman, C Doyle, F Coyne; I Kilcoyne, N McCabe, D Conroy Subs: D Rahilly for Conroy (47), F McGillis for McCabe (51).
ARDSCOIL NA TRIONOIDE – M Prior; S May, B Flood, N Foley; N Brennan, C Behan, Tomas Foley; Tadhg Foley, M Hyland; J Baldwin, D Conway, A Baldwin; C Kealy, B Kelly, B Daly. Subs: D Fennelly for Tomás Foley (23), T Martin for Conway (36), J Moran for Kealy (46), S Miley for J Baldwin (56), A Talbot for May (58)
REF – P Moran (Carlow)