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JFC St Pats 1-15 Palatine 1-6

posted 13 Aug 2014, 05:59 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow

This second round clash in the Junior A Football Championship saw victory for St. Patricks by 9 points in a game that started with sunshine and finished with rain!

The Tullow men opened the game the brighter and had their first score after 40 seconds through full forward Josh Doyle after Stephen Nolan won the throw in and fed the ball to Padraig Murphy who played in the big man for the opening score. Nobody on the field knows the Bagnelstown turf better than Doyle and he showed this straight away. Pats dominated for the opening few minutes and Stephen Nolan added their second score with Jack Kennedy, who was the stand out player, adding the third. Pal opened their scoring through midfielder Patrick Cushen while Jacko added a fourth for Pats to level the score at 0.4 to 0.1 after 12 minutes. In the 13th minute Pal were back level after scoring a goal when Pats switched off leaving Patrick Cushen completely unmarked after coming through from midfield. Cushen received possession and hand passed to Shane O'Neill who buried it in the net to bring Pal back level.


The pats defence was still at sea when 45seconds later No. 11 popped over a point from close range putting Pal into the lead by 1-2 to 0-4 briefly!

Jacko added two more scores, one from a free, and Stephen Nolan got his second while Pal added two through O'Neill (who was the Pal danger man- Ryan Malone battled hard on him throughout the 60 minutes.) Pal clipped on two more points through centre forward Darragh Moran with both sides fighting for the lead as half time approached. The Pats short kick out gifted Pal one of these scores as the full back line lost possession on the way out after James Tobin gave the kick to corner back Sean Condon. Tobin was solid throughout and his kick outs were good. Will Doran moved to midfield, partnering James O'Connor, to track the danger of Cushen, who was doing lots of running through the Pats defence. On 25 minutes, a long cross field ball from Murphy to Jacko gave the Pats man time to get in on goal to bury the ball to the corner of the net and giving Pats a 1.7 to 1.5 half time lead. Pats ran to the dressing room a the rain came down for half time and Muckle Keating rallied the team for the second half. Pats out scored Pal 7-1 in the second period to win convincingly but the game was up for grabs at the half way point.

Kennedy and O'Connor raised the white flag for Pats as the Tullow men pulled away. Doyle, now moved to the '40, scored with a long range point to put Pats 1.10 to 1.5 ahead. Jacko added three more, the county man was on form yet again showing his superior fitness and skills.

Will Canavan, now playing on the small square added a nice point after Murphy turned over Pal possession in midfield to fed the big man in. Canavan will be a big part of the Pats plan to challenge for honours this year. Will Doran finished the scoring after good build up play for the Pats half back line of Butler, Kavanagh and Rohan.The three men were not asked the same questions as they were in the Ballon game but held firm throughout, a few sloppy passes might be punished on a different night, but the heartbeat of the team comes from this line. The only flaw being a few needless frees being conceded which might prove more costly in the latter stages of the championship. Christopher Parle and Jack Brennan attacked well from wing back for Pal. The lose of Aidan Murphy (broken jaw) and a few others who played senior for Pal last week resulted in Pats being dominate throughout. Pal will be under pressure to make the knockout stages with Ballon and Rathvilly also aiming to qualify from this group.


Pats are now guaranteed at least a quarter final, with a win versus Rathvilly on September 2nd ensuring a semi final spot. Pats need to get O'Connor, John Fitzgerald, Stephen Nolan, Paddy Tobin and Paul Rooney (who was lucky to start but did well throughout) fitter as the five are critical for the team approaching knock outs. Allan O’Neill played well at full back while Peter Fitzgerald, (who replaced Condon sat corner back and did well) and Jamie Ansboro are fighting hard to get in the starting line up. Cathal Bailey, who showed great skills, entered in the second half and will push hard for a starting place. Overall Pats need to tidy up their passing (as some of it was shocking at times) and up their work rate if they are to go further. The discipline of the team was good and Keating and co now have plenty of players looking for starting positions which is great for the Tullow side.


Team; James Tobin, Ryan Malone, Allan O'Neill, Sean Condon, Darren Butler, Lee Kavanagh, Shane Rohan, Stephen Nolan(0.2), James O'Connor(0.1), Padraig Murphy, Will Canavan(0.1), Jack Kennedy(1.8), Paul Rooney, Josh Doyle(0.2), Will Doran(0.1)

Cathal Bailey for Nolan 45mins, Peter Fitzgerald for Condon 50mins, Paddy Tobin for O'Connor 54mins.