Having emerged as a footballing force in recent years, this proud hurling club has now managed to break through in the big ball code and their experienced inter-county players inspired them with Dáithí Waters and Ciarán Lyng outstanding, while Dáithí Hayes, Páidí Kelly, Willie Devereux and Ciarán Redmond gave tremendous displays throughout.
St Martin’s never trailed. After Lyng, who kicked over three magnificent long range first-half points, and Chris Colfer, exchanged points the eventual winners assumed control, powering into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead before Jamie Carty blazed home a tremendous 20th minute goal that helped his side to a 1-6 to 0-1 interval lead.
It was always going to be St Martin’s day, particularly as they dominated the opening 10 minutes on the resumption into the gale force wind. Points from Brian Berney and Dáithí Waters extended their lead, before Fethard ended 35-minute barren spell without a score when Darren Foley pointed.
While Fethard battled to the end with points from Darren Foley, Chris Colfer and John Tubritt, St Martin’s remained in charge and, but for 17 wides and some desperate Fethard defending, their victory margin would have been far greater.
Scorers for St Martin’s: C Lyng (0-3), J Carty (1-0), R Devereux (0-2), D Waters, C Redmond, B Berney (0-1 each).
Scorers for Fethard: C Colfer (0-3, 1f), D Foley, J Tubritt (0-1 each).
ST MARTIN’S: T Hayes; W Devereux, K Price, M Maloney; C Frankis, D Hayes, P Kelly; P O’Connor, D Waters; B Berney, C Lyng, J Boggan; J Carty, R Devereux, C Redmond.
Subs: E O’Byrne for O’Connor, R Murphy for Carty, D Byrne for Redmond, P Crotty for R Devereux.
FETHARD: W Doyle; S Donohoe, E Power, M Power; D Barden, G O’Grady, D Foley; M Roche, M Wallace; G Foley, C Colfer, N Colfer; C Dwyer, J Tubritt, D Mullan.
Subs: S Foley for N Colfer, A Swan for D Foley.
Referee: S O’Shea (Blackwater).