Ardscoil Na Mara first half blitz rocks St Declan’s

:   Lee Kavanagh (Ard Scoil na Mara) avoids the sliding tackle from St. Declan’s Darragh Power.

: Lee Kavanagh (Ard Scoil na Mara) avoids the sliding tackle from St. Declan’s Darragh Power.

Four first half goals, which included two in the last minute of the opening period proved too much for St Declan’s in Graun Park last week and Ardscoil Na Mara will now play Cahir CBS in the next round in early January.
St Declan’s more than held their own after the change of ends but they left themselves with too much to do during the second 35 minutes.
The Tramore outfit got off to the perfect start by scoring after only five minutes. Jordan Power sent over a low cross from the left and Lee Kavanagh applied the finish from six yards range.
Shortly afterwards Michael Lawlor just failed to control the ball in front of the hosts goal following a pass from Robert Power. Ben Kirwan, the St Declan’s goalkeeper produced a fine save from Lee Kavanagh after 12 minutes but he was beaten for a second time on 22 minutes. Darragh Burke and Jack Larkin combined to get the ball into the path of Mikey Brennan who in turn found the net with an angled shot from the left side of the penalty area.
Darryl Walsh, who was away on international duty with Ireland the previous week, made the Tramore goalkeeper Dan Morrissey work with a snap shot on 25 minutes.
It all went wrong for the Kilmacthomas outfit during the last minute of the opening half. Ardscoil Na Mara were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal. Lee Kavanagh floated the ball deep into the St Declan’s penalty area and central defender Tom Kearney powered a header into the roof of Ben Kirwan’s net.

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