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Div 5 Round 6- FT Score: St Patricks 7.10 Tinryland 2.6

posted 7 May 2015, 02:55 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow

The sixth round of the Div 5 league took place for St Patricks on Wednesday 6th May at home to Tinryland. In truth the game was closer than the score suggested with the away side hitting the post twice and being guilty of many wides. That being side, St Pats dominated the match from start to finish and thoroughly deserved their victory. The goal feast would have been a more even contest but for the tireless defending by the Pats lads who blocked and tackled in the full back line to great effect. Lee Byrne was the first St Pats man to raise the green flag on 7 minutes at the scoreboard end. When Alan Byrne got a goal for the visitors on 15 minutes the scoreline was St Pats 1.2 Tinryland 1.1. Even though Pats had dominated the opening quater, the final ball and shot selection were both poor. The Pats team took 15 minutes to get going and against stronger opposition (of which there are plenty) this will be punished. The umpire and his green flag were busy for the second quarter as Paul Canavan, Blain Cosgrove and Willie O’Brien(2) all found the net. Paul Canavan’s shot for a possible second goal may have being going in but Cosgrove followed up well to make sure. The goal of the game was O’Brien’s second as he picked the ball on the ’40 and made a powerful solo run for goal, unleashing a shot from outside the area that hit the top corner. This goal from O’Brien gave Pats a 5.3 to 1.2 lead when Jimmy Lawlor sounded his whistle for the break.

The second half continued the goal feast as Rory Jones found the net on 35 mins. Ben Hade, who was constantly on the ball, slotted over a neat point on 40 mins. Noel Goss came off the bench to hit the net, for the home side’s seventh goal, with his first attempt and kicked a further two points before the end, one of them from 35 yards. Seamus Curran hit a long ball into the Pats square with Quigley losing sight of it and the ball ended in the net. The Tullow net minder made up for it moments later with a point blank save from Donal Dunn. Stephen Cleary, who is heading to San Diego for the Summer, came on to kick a classy free at the end.

Best for St Pats were Anto Moran, Ben Hade, Jack Ryan and Rory Jones. Best for the visitors were Sean Kirwin, Seamus Curran and Niall Scully. The game will be remembered for Willie O’Brien goal, butunfortunately the big man went off injured near the end.

St Pats Junior Cs have remaining games against Ballinbranna, Clonmore and Fighting Cocks (all away) with one home fixture versus Kilbride. St Pats need to win at least 3 of these to make the semi finals. The team did not need to be at their best tonight but they will need to be next Wednesday away to Ballinabranna who are top of the league. With small improvements to sharpen up in front of goal and to cut down on silly turn overs this St Pats team can progress to the semis, otherwise it will be a case of should have could have.

Pats Team: E. Quigley, G. Maxwell, D. Brady, Johnny Tobin, J. Ryan, A. Moran, S. Comerford, W. O’Brien(2.0), E. Doyle(0.1), S. Hogan(0.1), L. Byrne(1.1), B. Hade(0.3), B. Cosgrove(1.0), P. Canavan(1.0), R. Jones(1.1).

Pats Subs used; L. O’Toole, R. Caffery, N. Goss(1.2), S. Cleary(0.1), S. Garry.

Tinryland; C. Nolan, A. Nolan, S. Kirwin, D. Thowland, R. Doyle(0.1), S. Curran(1.0), N. Scully, B. Power(0.1), C. Scully, O. Fields(0.1), K. Magher(0.2), C. Whelan, A. Byrne(1.1), D. Dunn, M. Caney.