Ardee St Marys’ minor team continued their stellar 2017 campaign on Friday night at Pairc Muire as they hit 7-17 in the process of beating St Patricks in an utterly one-sided contest in Ardee.
In the end the final score read 7-17 to 0-09 and in truth, Tom Kirk’s young charges had the game put well beyond their visitors by the break. They lead 6-09 to 0-05 at the interval – ONLY adding 1-08 in the second half as the Minors made a raft of changes to make full use of their panel with league games and a Championship final to come.
The victory maintains the Marys 100% record in the league this season. They have won five out five so far and sit pretty at the top of the Under 18 Division 1. With two games left to play, they haven’t quite guaranteed their semi-final spot just yet in this imperious form, it seems a question of sooner rather than later.
Shane Matthews – the joint top scorer in the Marys Championship run to date with 2-10 – and Ciaran Keenan hit 3-02 and 2-02 respectively against the side from Lordship. Tristan Knowles scored 1-03 with Joe Mullholland also finding the net and Conor Gillespie hitting 0-03 in total. Midfielder Liam Jackson (0-03) and captain Philip Trainor were also among the points – as were Evan Malone, Andrew Bingham, James McDonald, Jake Gillespie and Taylor Diamond.
The only wins the Pats had picked up in league action prior to their visit to Ardee last night were against winless Roche/Brides and Hunterstown/Mattock combinations – and their limitations were exposed by a strong Marys outfit.
Next up for the Blues is a trip to face Geraldines but also on the horizon is the big day – the Minor Championship final – where they will face either the Gers or Naomh Mairtin. The club will bid to win a first ever Minor Championship as a standalone outfit.
The Marys have a rich and longstanding history in Minor Championship competition, but that is as an amalgamation with other local sides – the Ardee Minors. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of their four-in-a-row team of the 1960s and that combination last one the Minor Championship in 1987, thirty years ago.