Munster Senior League Premier Division
Cobh Wanderers- 0
St Mary’s register their first league win of the new season with an impressive victory away to last season FAI Intermediate Cup finalists.
Granted Cobh Wanderers were missing some players, but so too were the young Mary’s outfit as they managed to field just one sub on the day.
Regardless it was the visitors who registered a confidence boosting victory thanks to an early strike.
Both teams started slowly but Mary’s stole in front after just eight minutes. A great free kick delivery was met at the back post and Jason Conway’s and his bullet header gave Mick Devine no chance.
Marys’ to their credit, playing 3 5 2, looked comfortable enough at the back with Barry Triggs , Cian Murphy and Aidan O’Callaghan repelling any Cobh attempts to get back in the game.
Indeed they were tested in the second half with Cobh throwing the kitchen sink at Mary’s. Griffin , Meade and O’Shea all forced Delaney to save.
Then in the 82min and against the run of play Eoin Murphys through ball was collected by McBride and Devine in the Cobh goal brought him down and gave away a penalty.
The keeper made amends however, as he stopped Keeley’s effort from 12 yards and one remained between the sides going into injury time.
Right at the death it looked like the visitors may have needed that two goal cushion as Delaney, who was excellent throughout, dropped a cross into the path of Meade. Cobh readied themselves to celebrate, but the creative players effort pinged back off the crossbar meaning Mary’s collected all three points.