Ardfinnan, with three points inside the opening four minutes, were never troubled thereafter in this County SFC Group 4 game at Monroe last Saturday evening.
The game was all but over in the 26th minute of the first half when Thomas Maher â€¨goaled to leave it 1-7 to 0-3 at the break, easing their worries of a re-grading for next year.
The ever-alert full-forward repeated the dose 15 seconds after the re-start and it was definitely game over for The Blues when Peter Hally netted a third goal in the 35th minute.
Six first half points from Billy Hewitt and lively contributions from Peter Hally and Johnny English had the Fethard rearguard in all sorts of trouble from the start. Only some superb netminding from Paul Fitzgerald kept the scoring respectable.
Fethard improved somewhat in the last twenty minutes or so but just two points from play in an hourâ€™s football indicates they are struggling this year after losing so many players.
Ardfinnan also had good performances from Eoin Walsh, Carl Costigan, Kieran Oâ€™Brien and Philip Murphy. For Fethard Paul Fitzgerald, Jamie McCormack, Kenneth Oâ€™Donnell, Michael Spillane and Brian Healy tried hardest.
Ardfinnan: N. Hickey, D. Bray, E. Walsh, C. Costigan, J. Coffey, K. Oâ€™Brien, O. Flynn, A. Cowan, P. Murphy, A. Savage, B. Hewitt (0-6, 0-4F), P. Hally (1-0), D. Oâ€™Regan, T. Maher (2-1, â€˜45), J. English (0-1).
Subs: J. Oâ€™Mahoney (0-1) for P. Hally; B. Lonergan for D. Oâ€™Regan; G. Cronin for J. English; D. Lonergan for A. Savage.
Fethard: P. Fitzgerald, F. Oâ€™Donovan, M. Ahearne, A. Oâ€™Connor, W. Morgan, R. Fitzgerald, B. Delahunty, J. McCormack, C. Hurley (0-2F), C. Oâ€™Meara, D. Hayes, B. Healy (0-3F), A. Fitzgerald, M. Spillane (0-1), K. Oâ€™Donnell (0-1).
Subs: J.P. Looby for R. Fitzgerald; Owen Dillon for Brian Delahunty.
Ref: Paddy Russell (Emly).
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