Silverbridge 3-17 Shane O’Neill’s 0-10
Silverbridge proved much too strong for Shane O’Neill’s in the final round of the group stages and were 13-point winners in the end.
Two second half goals opened up an uncatchable gap between the sides, and the ‘Bridge were deserving winners.
Last week’s Player of the Week Tiarnan Murphy opened the scoring in Silverbridge, with a score after five minutes.
Shane O’Neill’s replied with their first of the afternoon as full forward Connaire Mackin split the posts.
It was score for score as Aodhan Conlon matched a point of his namesakes Sean to tie things up at the end of the third quarter.
Ronan Reel nudged the home side ahead before 2009 All-Ireland winning minor Pete Carragher doubled their lead.
Ruairi O’Brien, Man of the Match in last years Intermediate Championship final, slotted over a 45.
The Bridge drove further ahead as Murphy rattled the net from a penalty kick, sending the keeper the wrong way.
James Meehan traded scores with O’Brien before Jarly Og Burns opened up a five-point gap between the teams. That left the score 1-6 to 0-4 at the halfway stage.
Silverbridge pushed on at the start of the second half with two scores in quick succession through Paddy Reel and Burns.
O’Brien pulled one back for the visiting side, but Paddy Reel matched his effort to restore Silverbridge’s seven-point lead.
Murphy and Greg McCabe swapped scores while Matt Girvan pulled another one back for Shane O’Neill’s.
The Shane’s were reduced to14 men for a ten-minute period as Piece McGirr was shown a black card.
Murphy added to his growing tally before Silverbridge lost a man of their own, receiving a red card.
But it didn’t deter their scoring potential as they nailed 1-5 on the trot. Aaron Duffy, Conlon, Ronan Reel Murphy and Burns pointed while Pauric Keating raised a green flag.
Raymond Fitzpatrick pulled one back for Shane O’Neill’s, but his score was matched by Conlon before Conlon grabbed a third goal.
Shane’s tagged on two late scores, but their third defeat in a row sees them crash out of the championship.