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JFC (C) Semi Final St Patricks 2-7 Palatine 3-14.­­

posted 2 Sep 2015, 04:04 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow


This game was played in Fenagh Training Centre on the first day of September. St Patricks started well and rattled the cross bar in the early stages but Pal soon took over and dominated the first half. Lorcan O’Toole kicked our only two scores from wing back while Pal managed 2.8 in the opening half! This left the Tullow side with a huge mountain to climb in the second half.

St Pats kept fighting well and a third Pal goal on 40 minutes looked to have buried the Tullow side but they kept going. Paul Canavan stuck a penalty into the bottom right corner (after his first shot was saved but the penalty was retaken for Pal closing in too early) after sub Rory Jones was taken down in the area. Ruan Caffery came on after 54 minutes and also managed to find the back of the net with a powerful low drive. Aaron Campbell and Steve Byrne both slotted over with the left peg while Jack Ryan’s two scores near the end were taken well. However, the damage was done in the first half and Pal could afford to take the foot off the gas in the last quarter. Palatine have plenty of pace in this team and they will hope their Junior A team do not take too many players before the Junior C Final is played. For St Patricks second team, it was good to still be playing championship football in September. That being said, it was due to the way the draw worked out. There are a few players who have put in a good effort this year, but unfortunately there are too many who didn’t and ultimately this cost us on the night. It is very hard to win any championship at any grade and for this team to advance out of the bottom tier of Carlow football we will need to see more of the players committing to playing Junior C throughout the year and give a good mix of youth and experience. There are some fine minor footballers who should be making up half of the Junior C team along with the aging talent too. Mick O’Neill and Eoin O’Toole looked after the team this year and deserve their credit.

Team; Ebbie Quigley, Gary Maxwell(Capt), Dave Brady, Peter Fitzgerald, Lorcan O’Toole(0.3), Anto Moran, Sham Comerford, James O’Connor, Jack Ryan(0.2), Colm Kenny, Paul Canavan(1.0), Paul Sheppard, Steve Byrne(0.1), Derry Nolan, Aaron Campbell(0.1).

Subs used- Rory Jones, Ben Hade, Jamie Byrne, Ruan Caffery(1.0).

Others- Stephen Cleary, Johnny Tobin, Jamie Garry, Keith Dore.