Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sheehan and Tobin goals sink St Mary's

John the Baptist CS 2-14 St Mary's CBGS 1-8

John The Baptist CS captain Paudie Maher lifts the Paddy Buggy Cup. Photo: Sportsfile
John The Baptist CS captain Paudie Maher lifts the Paddy Buggy Cup. Photo: Sportsfile

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A first-half of dominance led the way for John the Baptist CS of Hospital to emerge with the Paddy Buggy Cup at Semple Stadium.

Goals by Eoin Sheehan and Ryan Tobin, the latter the last action of the opening period, put plenty of daylight between the Limerick school and their Belfast rivals and that cushion ensured victory.

Eoin Sheehan of John The Baptist Community School in action against Darren Grego of St Mary's CBGS. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Eoin Sheehan of John The Baptist Community School in action against Darren Grego of St Mary's CBGS. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dylan O'Shea was reliable with the placed balls and there were some excellent performances around the Semple Stadium sward from the likes of centre-back Paul O'Heney, captain Paudie Maher and several forwards such as Sheehan and Tobin, always making things difficult for St Mary's.

The Ulster side made a contest of it all the same and Darren Grego fired over a couple of nice points in the first-half. However, a spell of wides in the opening quarter proved costly as it came just before John the Baptist's most effective spell.

Tiarnan Murphy sent a close-range free straight to the net early in the second-half to give the St Mary's supporters something to cheer about and the same man added three points, but it wasn't enough to inspire a fightback.

scorers - John the Baptist: E Sheehan 1-2, R Tobin 1-2, D O'Shea 0-5 (4F), M O'Grady 0-2, E O'Mahony 0-1, P Maher 0-1, S Teefy 0-1. St Mary's: T Murphy 1-3 (1-2 F), D Grego 0-2, S Shannon 0-2, G Smyth 0-1.

Mark Quinlan of John The Baptist Community School in action against Colm McLarnon, left, and Tiarnan Murphy of St Mary's CBGS. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Mark Quinlan of John The Baptist Community School in action against Colm McLarnon, left, and Tiarnan Murphy of St Mary's CBGS. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

St John the Baptist CS: B Heavey; M Quinlan, C Phipps, K O'Donnell; B O'Grady, P O'Heney, K Boner; M O'Grady, D O'Shea; S Teefy, P Maher (capt), E O'Mahony; T Leddin, E Sheehan, R Tobin. Subs: B McNamara for T Leddin (45), J O'Donnell for E Sheehan (55).

St Mary's CBGS: P Kennedy; M Napier, N McCann, S Wilson; D McEnhill, N Gibson, A O'Brien; CJ McKenna (capt), S Shannon; G Smyth, C McLarnon, D Grego; T Murphy, O O'Callaghan, P Doyle. Subs: C Crossan for O. O'Callaghan (40), O McKenna for P Doyle (61m), M Smyth for S Wilson (62m).

ref - G Quilty (Kilkenny).

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