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FL Div 3 St Patricks 0-19 Railyard 0-12

posted 16 May 2014, 00:24 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow
This was a competitive Div 3 league encounter in Bro Leo Park with the victory for the home side not sure of until the final whistle. St Pats had a spread of quality throughout the forward line and a well organised defence. Railyard had power and aggression through the middle.

The home side opened the scoring and lead 8-3 at the break through scores from Jack Kennedy, Cathal Bailey and Padraig Murphy. Paul Donnelly kept the scoreboard alive for the Kilkenny side, who also saw a long range effort come back off the St Pats crossbar in the opening half.

Pats continued in the second half where they left off in the first when James O'Connor won the throw in and fired a quick ball to the corner forward to Pats to 9-3 ahead. This lead was never reduced by Railyard, but the second half was a very even contest from here onwards.

Railyard's Roache and Philips at mid-field had a great battle throughout with Tobin and O'Connor of Pats. The Tullow defence worked the ball out well when possession was won and their forwards will be disappointed not to have been able to work a goal, after making attacks through the channels. Nineteen points, sixteen from play, from six different players is a good return and pleased manager Anthony Keating who afterwards encouraged his players to drive on from this result and improve before the league semi final.

For Railyard, who play their Kilkenny Senior football final in the coming weeks this was a good test and performance. Corner forwards Walsh and Brennan kicked two each. Paul Donnelly scored five points and played well throughout. The man, famously pictured with Kildare Star Dermot Earley in a challenge game a few years back, was a constant thorn in the Pats back line where Wallace, Kavanagh and Doyle stood strong throughout. 
The introduction of young Ryan Malone at corner back in the second half was encouraging also. Another positive for the home side was the contribution of the long serving former inter county Fitzgeralds, Peter and John, who proved they have more to offer to the club still. "Jacko" top scored again with 10 points, taking his league total after five games to 3.49! Cathal Bailey has firmly made a stake for a starting place after 3 points from play, while James O'Connor at mid field looks like a player who, with additional fitness, will be a handful for any player in Div 3. With Nolan, Condon, Doyle as well as others to come back fighting for places, Keating and co (O'Neill, Doran, Dowling and Rohan) will have a test picking their starting line up!
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