Ardee, St. Marys' Cian Commins and Chris O'Neill of Sean O'Mahony's during their recent championship meeting. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Ardee, St. Mary's 2-10 Sean O'Mahony's 1-6
Goals either side of the break from Cian Commins and Paudy Clarke helped St. Mary’s to record a seven-point win over Sean O’Mahony’s at Páirc Mhuire on Saturday evening.
The home side had the better of the game throughout and it was Commins who scored the only goal of the first half to see his side lead by three points.
Substitute Paudy Clarke added a second after the restart to give his side breathing space, while points from Darren Clarke and Dáire McConnon saw them remain in control.
Unlike the recent championship meeting between the teams, the Dundalk side were unable to stage a comeback and a goal from David Dowling proved little more than a consolation for the under-strength O’Mahony’s.
The triumph made sure of the Deesiders’ Division One futures, while also seeing them leapfrog O’Mahony’s in the final standings.
Ardee, St. Mary’s: Alan McGauley; Donal McKenny, John Bingham, Conor Keenan; Éimhín Keenan, Karl Faulkner, Brendan Matthews; RJ Callaghan (0-1), Robbie Leavy; Kian Moran, Darren Clarke (0-2), Conor Gillespie; Cian Commins (1-3), Ronan Carroll (0-1), Dáire McConnon (0-2)
Sub: Paudy Clarke (1-1)
Sean O’Mahony’s: Benny Traynor; Chris O’Neill, Ronan Byrne, David Durnin; Niall McLaughlin, Conor Finnegan (0-2), Alan Watters; Shane Brennan, Liam Dullaghan; Barry Mackin, Ben McLaughlin (0-1), Robbie Clarke; Stephen Kilcoyne (0-2), David Dowling (1-0), Lee Byrne (0-1)
Sub: Gary Mulligan
Referee: Des McDonald (St. Nicholas)