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FL Div 5 Grange 0-9 St Patricks 2-13

posted 3 Jun 2014, 00:33 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow
With both teams almost certain to be finishing outside the semi final places this game was for pride and championship preparations. The local rivalry often brings out the best of both sides. Played out at Killerig cross, the game had some bright spells of football. Pats started the brighter and the left foot of Phil O'Callaghan finished to the onion net on 12minutes. Will Canavan, who was playing very well at midfield until going off injured in the first half, kicked three points. O'Callaghan kicked another point with Derry Nolan also raising the green flag in the opening half. Paddy O'Keeffe kicked the best of the grange scores of which they got 5 in the first half.
Grange introduced Fionn Murphy and Anthony Kavanagh at the break to strengthen their attacking options. Pats however kicked on with another goal from O'Callaghan and a brace of points each from Paul Shepard (who got on a lot of ball at centre forward), Sham Comerford (who covered every blade of grass on the pitch) and Stephen Byrne (who looked very energetic when introduced). Keith Dorr finished a nice point with Lee Byrne also slotting over.
Anthony Moran had a fine game at full back. Pats were determined not to concede a goal when Ebbie Quigley made a fine save, with Moran then saving the rebound and when that fell to another Grange man Gary Maxwell saved off the line too! Eoin Doyle made some powering runs up the field as did Ryan Malone at wing back. Gerry Dooley and Stephen Hogan looked solid throughout on the 40.
Jamie Ansboro played very well at midfield with a fine engine driving him up and down the pitch.
St Pats now prepare for their championship first round with Leighleinbridge at the end of June.