Dreadnots' Pat Lynch. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
St. Bride's 0-9 Dreadnots 2-14
Dreadnots claimed their eighth win of the season to qualify for the league semi-finals in second place.
It was a one-sided affair in Knockbridge as St. Bride’s ended their first year back in the top-flight with a heavy home reverse.
They trailed 2-8 to 0-3 at half-time, having been 10 in arrears after just eight minutes. Anthony Lynch rattled the net within 20 seconds of the throw-in, while Páraic Smith added a second major.
Gareth Hall got the Bride’s on the board with a point, but their deficit grew to 11 by the short whistle.
The teams shared the first 10 second-half points, with Patrick Reilly and Seán Marry contributing for the home side. However, with Smith and substitutes Nathan Sutherland and Richard Kirwan converting at the other end, a comeback was never on the cards.
Still, St. Bride’s will have been happy with their survival, which was secured before this defeat.
St. Bride’s: Conaill Devin; Pádraic Mackin, Cillian Kirk, Aaron Hoey; Ronan Bailey, David Kettle, James Costelloe; Gareth Hall (0-1), Conor Deane; Bernard Laverty, Kevin Hearty (0-2), James Searson; Andrew Smyth, Seán Marry (0-4), Ciarán Deane
Subs: Patrick Reilly (0-1), Liam Molloy, Seán Brennan (0-1), Stephen Kettle, Niall Brennan
Dreadnots: Chris Mulroy; Brian Gargan, Derek Shevlin, Aaron Scullion; Pádraig Rath (0-1), David O’Brien, Cian McEvoy (0-2); Pat Lynch, Páraic Smith (1-4); Liam Shevlin, Cathal Lynch, Anthony Williams (0-2); Carl Monaghan (0-1), Peter Kirwan, Anthony Lynch (1-2)
Subs: Dermot Campbell, Nathan Sutherland (0-1), Fergal McGuigan, Richard Kirwan (0-1)
Referee: Stephen Johnson (Glen Emmets)