Pádraig Pearses bounced back from their defeat to Four Roads in fine style this afternoon in the Hyde as a sensational third quarter performance while playing into the wind powered them past St. Dominic’s in what was effectively a championship quarter-final.
A draw would have been enough for the Knockcroghery-based club to advance and when two Jack Lohan goals gave them a narrow 2-5 to 0-10 interval lead, and a stunning long-range score from Jason Martin after half-time suggested that they might be able to make hay with the breeze behind them.
However Pearses knuckled down and really took over, suffocating Dominic’s defensively and creating great space for Adam Finnerty, Cathal Kelly and Daniel Glynn at the other end.
Finnerty (2-3) and Glynn (0-11, 10 frees) racked up the scores on the back of some great supply from midfielders Eoghan Costello and Luke Corbett.
The gap was pushed out to ten points before St. Dominic’s rallied with late goals from Declan Dowling and Conal Kennelly, but they always trailed by at least four points in a game that finished with just 28 players on the field, thanks to red cards for David Loughnane (Pearses) and Kennelly.
See Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald for a full report on this game.