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Ardee, St. Mary's edge derby clash with Hunterstown in Sheelan Cup opener

Ardee, St. Mary's 3-8 Hunterstown Rovers 1-13

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Ardee, St. Mary's edge derby clash with Hunterstown in Sheelan Cup opener

Ardee, St. Marys' Mark Fay. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

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Ardee, St. Mary's 3-8 Hunterstown Rovers 1-13

Ardee, St. Mary's came out on top in this local derby as they held on to win by the narrowest of margins against Hunterstown Rovers.

There was very little to choose between the teams in the opening-half , but it was Rovers who had slightly the better of the game and earned their reward with some well-taken points from Glen Matthews and Paul Carrie along with an Alan Landy goal.

However, the Mary's kept in touch with goals from Dáire McConnon and Mark Fay leaving them trailing by just 1-7 to 2-2 at the break.

The second-half continued to be a close affair, but crucially it was the Ardee men who added a third goal through substitute Conor Gillespie to claim a narrow victory.

Former Louth forward Mark Brennan lined-out in the Hunterstown attack.

Ardee, St. Mary's: Alan McGauley; Brendan Matthews, Barry McCoy, Philip Trainor; Conor Keenan, Karl Faulkner, Wayne Matthews; Robbie Leavy, Joe Mulholland; Paudie Clarke, Ronan Carroll, Dáire McCoy; Cian Commins, Darren Clarke, Mark Fay

Subs: Liam Jackson, Conor Gillespie, Robert Clarke, Jamie Rooney, Ross Gaynor

Hunterstown Rovers: Niall Carrie; Brian Mathews, Richard Taaffe, Martin Lennon; David Finn, Patrick Taaffe, Robert McNiece; Tony McKenna, Ryan Ward; Brendan Lennon, Mark Brennan (0-1), Conor Matthews (0-1); Alan Landy (1-3), Paul Carrie (0-2), Glen Matthews (0-6)

Subs: Alex Marmion, David Brennan, Eddie Burke