SFC : St.Mary's 1-20 v Shamrock Gaels 0-13


A harsh scoreline for Gaels in a game that was tight all through in a windy and damp Bunninadden. Gaels played with the elements in the first half and had the first two scores from Shane Deignan and Frankie Quinn frees. Gaels were well on top but Jonathan Lynch scored an excellent point to get Marys on the scoreboard after 10 minutes. Quinn added 2 more points from play and another came from Ciaran O'Connor. Mark Breheny tapped over a free and the impressive Lynch got his second long range into the breeze point in the 15th minute

Marys put on a charge and came within one point of Gaels with points from Breheny and Cawley. Benson and Quinn responded but Marys narrowed the gap to one before the break with Breheny frees leaving the score 0-8 v 0-7. 

The elements got worse for the start of the second half and the breeze had well strenghtened but Marys still had to capitalise on it. They started in good fashion with points from play from Breheny and Lynch, his thrid long range point from wing back. Johnny Quinn and Shane Deignan responded with points from play to maintain their 1 point advantage. Stephen Coen pointed after chasing a lost cause to equalise. Nathan Rooney put them in front midway through the half.

At this point Gaels were reduced to 14 men as James Carroll received his second yellow and Mary's then grabbed the initiative. Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch fisted over when the goal was on and sub Darragh Hailstones responded after coming on. Kyle Cawley scrapped the crossbar and sub Hubert Gilvarry fisted over as the centre of the Gaels defence came under a lot of pressure with Marys running at them right up the middle.  With 5 to go and Marys up by 4, Luke Nicholson received his second yellow but it had no affect on the game. A number of late frees and a very late goal from Gerard O'K put the gloss on the scoreline. 

Mary's go forward to meet Coolaney/Mullinabreena whilst Shamrock Gaels take on Calry in the quarter finals


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