Stunned by a four goal first half blitz, St. Marys were never able to make up the ground against a powerful Silvermines team who strode to victory in a one sided county intermediate hurling semi final in Holycross on Saturday, winning 5-19 to 0-15
The South side were punished for a slow start to this contest as Silvermines ripped apart their defensive rearguard, putting on an explosive display of finishing in the first half.
Four quality goals of the highest standard of finishing in the opening half of the match killed off St. Mary’s quest to regain senior credentials.
The Jason Forde, David Boland and Willie Keogh combination up front for Silvermines was too hot for St. Mary’s to handle.
They pounced on every opportunity in front of goal, capitalising on errors and indecision in the St. Marys defence to devastating effect and picking off the goals with impressive efficiency.
To their credit St. Marys battled to the end despite the huge margin between the teams on the scoreboard. They enjoyed some momentum in the second half, which was never going to salvage something from the game, but it was encouraging to see so much spirit and endeavour in such a young side.
Their case was not helped however by the sending off of substitute Brian Carroll, leaving his team with a man short for the last ten minutes of the game. His short time on the field saw him take a lovely score in between being shown two yellow cards by the referee who was left with no choice but to send him to the line..
At the time of the sending off, St. Marys were enjoying a rare period of domination as they pressed for goal. Seamus Kennedy led that drive with an inspirational display as the centre back drove forward and lifted those around him.
A pile driver from Kennedy was brilliantly saved by Cathal Sherlock in the Silvermines goal and the goalie did very well to keep out a Gearoid Buckley effort during that fine St. Marys spell.
Any St. Mary’s score at that stage would have provided consolation only as they had given themselves far too much to do as a result of the slow start they made to the game.
They were caught by the pace, movement and deadly finishing of a Silivermines team that were on fire from the throw in. St. Marys matched Silvermines in points in the opening half but four excellent goals from Silvermines put the game beyond reach of the Clonmel side.
Two of those goals came in the first ten minutes as Jason Forde in particular ran riot. He was at the centre of everything good about Silvermines and he linked up brilliantly with David Boland and Willie Keogh throughout.
St. Marys found it difficult to live with the pace set by this trio. Boland pounced on a breaking ball in front of the St. Marys full back line and he blasted to the net. Forde ran through the defence for the second goal with Forde and full forward Willie Keogh adding points to put Silvermines 2.5 to 0.2 up after just thirteen minutes.
St. Marys did settle for a while after that and with scores from Colman Kennedy, Gearoid Buckley and Jason Lonergan they had something to play for.
Any hopes of a comeback were dashed however before half time as Silvermines struck for goals again with tremendous strikes from Forde again, who picked up possession in front of goal and blasted to the net unchallenged, and another from David Keogh and it was game over.
All four goals were taken with powerful strikes. Ger Corcoran in the St. Marys goal was given no chance with any of the strikes such was the velocity of the shots that were fired in his direction.
Silvermines - Cathal Sherlock, Alan Ryan, Brendan Timmons, Damien Boland, Donal Keogh, Ronan Sherlock, Noel Quirke, Orrie Quirke, Cathal Gleeson(0.1), Jason Forde(2.9), David Boland (1.2), Willie Keogh (0.1), Daniel Keogh(I.1), Sean Quirke, David Keogh (1.3). Subs - Paudie Fogarty (0.2) for Daniel Keogh, Kieran Fogarty for Ronan Sherlock, Kevin Cunneen for Cathal Gleeson, Adrian Young for Jason Forde.
St Marys - Ger Corcoran, Ciaran Brady, Deckie Power, Fergal Condon, Noel O’Mahoney, Seamus Kennedy(0.1), Stephen Buckley(0.1), Jamie Peters (0.1), Darren Cass(0.1), Gearoid Buckley (0.7), Brian McDonnell(0.1), Luke Moore, Jason Lonergan(0.2), Daniel Slattery, Emmett Ryan.
Subs - Colman Kennedy for Luke Moore, Ciaran O’Connell for Noel O’Mahoney, Brian Carroll(0.1) for Fergal Condon, Donnacha Fahy for Daniel Slattery.