Ian Small on the attack for St Mary's Granard in evading the challenge of Abbeylara opponent Colm P Smyth. Action from the All County Football League Division 1 game at Higginstown. Pic:Declan Gilmore
Robbie Smyth registered the impressive total of 1-10 (five frees) as Abbeylara proved too strong for St Mary’s Granard in the All County Football League Division 1 clash at Higginstown on Friday evening.
Abbeylara . . . 2-17 St Mary’s Granard . . . 3-6
Two goals in the closing stages of the second half added some sort of respectability to the scoreline for St Mary’s who struggled throughout the game and trailed by 1-11 to 0-4 at the break.
Cian Brady (first half) and Robbie Smyth scored the goals for Abbeylara while the Granard goals were registered by Darren Gallagher, Ian Small and substitute Darragh Lee.
ABBEYLARA: Gavin Kelly; Aaron Dalton, Fergal Battrim, PJ Masterson; Padraig Battrim, Russell Brady, Cathal Lynch; Colm P Smyth (0-1), Barry McKiernan (0-1); Cian Brady (1-1), Conor Berry (0-2), Mel Brady; Robbie Smyth (1-10, 5f), Jason Kelly, Nigel Rabbitte (0-2).
Subs:- Michael Battrim for R Brady (injured, half-time), Padraig Berry for R Smyth (injured, 41 mins), R Smyth for B McKiernan (injured, 52 mins), Michael McHugh for C Lynch (59 mins).
ST MARY’S GRANARD: Finbar Moran; Eddie Smyth, Thomas Gallagher, Paddy McGivney; Dylan Corcoran (0-1), Brian Sheridan, Vinny Nally; Charlie Martin, Darren Gallagher (1-2,1 ’45); Paul Smyth, Liam Sullivan (0-3, 2f), Mark Tully; Conor Mulligan, Niall O’Hara, Ian Small (1-0).
Subs:- Darragh Lee (1-0) for C Martin (57 mins); Kevin McGauran for I Small (three minutes into stoppage time).
Referee: David Tiernan (Moydow Harpers).