THE PATTERN of games where colleges go up against county sides is an all too familiar one. The students dominate for a while, keep in contention for a while longer, before fading out in the closing quarter of the game when the county players’ deeper reserves of fitness come into play, as well as the infinitely stronger benches they have at their disposal.
St Mary’s experienced that same fate last Sunday against Monaghan, 13 spurned scoring chances and a host of turn-overs against the Ranch outfit proving costly as Monaghan finished strongly to take the spoils.
This weekend the Falls Road side make the journey to the Athletic Grounds, the scene of their humiliation of the Orchard men last season.
Having already seen his native Down get the better of Armagh last weekend, St Mary’s attacker Ronan Sexton is keen to double the dose of defeat served up to the neighbours.
“It would be nice, of course, but at the same time I think we know that there will be a kick-back from Armagh, because it’s very seldom that you see an Armagh team losing two games on the bounce.
“Like every other county team, they’re using the competition to blood a few younger players, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more experienced heads appearing for them this weekend as they go in search of a win.”
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