Hanover suffered a first defeat of the Mid-Ulster Intermediate League Section A campaign on Saturday as St Mary’s got back on track in style.
Ryan Lawless’ hat-trick and a welcome return to form by Ruairi Feeney helped the Saints take home full points from the Brownstown Park visit.
Lawless’ brace of free-kick goals arrived either side of a finish off Sean Brady’s pass.
Feeney found the net with St Mary’s fourth goal as St Mary’s raced clear despite a depleted panel.
“Our preparation was good and we finished with a great reward for such a strong team display,” said St Mary’s player/manager Conor Hagan. “I hit the post with a penalty kick but it was great to get back on track overall after a poor run.
“I was team-mates with Hanover manager Steven Hyndes at Glenavon and they put on excellent post-match hospitality.”
Hagan is expected to strengthen the squad for the second half of the season.
“We are in a bad run at the minute and our first-half performance was abysmal,” said Hanover’s Dean Crowe. “Regan McIlveen scored off Simon Foster’s cross but the game was gone at 4-0 down.
“We were better in the second half but defensive mistakes cost us overall.
“Now we want to get back on track with a run of three home games.”
HANOVER: Matthew Shortt, Shane McKinney, Jamie Rooney, Jeff Crowe, Neil Cochrane, Thai Blevins, Simon Foster, Scott McCullough, James Sergeant, Justin Bradley, Regan McIlveen. Subs: Chris Kerr, Steven Douglas, Chris Elliott.
ST MARY’S: David Devine, Ryan Murphy, Conor Hagan, Gerard Kerr, Cathal McCaffrey, Johnny Stewart, Stephen Cusack, Michael O’Hehir, Sean Brady, Ruairi Feeney. Subs: Patrick Lamph, Brendan Hagan, Luke Carvill.