Newtown Blues celebrate their U21 success of 2017. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Newtown Blues got their U21 Championship defence off to an emphatic start on Friday night, defeating the Naomh Fionnbarra/Lannléire, 5-14 to 1-1. Blues had many of their SFC winners on show.
Beaten finalists 12 months ago, Mattock/Hunterstown/Glen Emmets defeated a star-studded Ardee, St. Mary’s outfit, 2-9 to 1-9, in Collon. Most impressive about the combination’s victory was their progression minus the influential Aaron O’Brien.
Naomh Máirtín fielded a strong line-up and they accounted for Dundalk Gaels, 5-20 to 1-4, while St. Fechin’s handed Oliver Plunkett’s a drubbing, 4-10 to 1-2.
Joseph Quinn (1-3), Michael Carron (1-0), Thomas McGuinness (1-1) and Cian McDonald (1-0) were the goalscorers for Cooley Kickhams in their 4-9 to 2-7 win away to Geraldines.
St. Patrick’s booked a second round tie with St. Bride’s by winning away to Kilkerley Emmets, 3-13 to 0-9.
Na Piarsaigh/Sean O’Mahony’s/Dowdallshill were handed a walkover by O’Connell’s/Stabannon/John Mitchel’s.