Adrian Varley led the way as St Jarlath's of Tuam sent out a clear signal as they romped to success at Loughgeorge yesterday with a ruthless performance, writes John Fallon.
Midfielder Varley scored 2-2 as St Jarlath's, the most prolific winners of the Connacht and All-Ireland colleges football titles, produced a display of stunning quality against the Galway city side.
Mary's had no answer to Jarlath's total dominance and four first-half goals -- from James Moran, Gearoid Armstrong and two from Varley -- decided the issue before the sides turned around as the Connacht kingpins laid down a marker to the rest of their rivals throughout the country.
The impressive Colin McMahon notched Mary's first score of the match to make it 4-5 to 0-1 at the break as Mary's battled on gamely in the face of an inevitable defeat.
However, a fifth goal midway through the second half from Michael McWalters saw Jarlath's go on to lift the Galway colleges title, as they showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in the All-Ireland championships later in the year.
Scorers -- St Jarlath's: A Varley 2-2, M McWalters 1-1, S Walsh 0-3 (0-1f), G Armstrong, J Moran 1-0 each, S Silke, P Varley, S Glynn 0-2 each, C Mulryan, P Glynn, C Slattery, R Rooney 0-1 each. St Mary's: C McMahon, C O Laoi (0-1f) 0-2 each, A O Curraoin (0-1f), C O Connaire 0-1 each.
St Jarlath's -- J Healy; L Silke, C Cunningham, D Collins; P Glynn, A Nolan, P Varley; A Varley, C Mulryan; J Moran, I Burke, M McWalters; S Silke, G Armstrong, S Walsh. Subs: C McNamara for P Varley (42), S Glynn for Burke (42), C Slattery for Mulryan (42), F Tierney for Walsh (50), R Rooney for Glynn (50).
St Mary's -- C Gleeson; J Wynne, B McEntee, D Kerr; S Gallagher, E Walsh, A O Curraoin; J Doran, B Bohan; C McMahon, F O Bearra, M Upton; A McGinty, C O Laoi, C O Connaire. Subs: A O'Toole for Walsh (28), D Higgins for Upton (35), S O Fatharta for McGinty (39).
Ref -- Pat Ferriter.