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JHC St Patricks 1-7 Naomh Bríd 3-15

posted 9 Jun 2014, 00:33 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow
Naomh Bríd were the stronger team for most parts of this game even though Pats, captained by full back Allan O'Neill, lead for the majority of the first half at Bro Leo Park.
Brian Condon opened the scoring with a long range effort from his own half, and when John Metcalfe's long puck towards goal ended in the back of the net, Pats were ahead 1.1 to 0.2. Naomh Bríd had hit a few wides at this stage, and playing into a breeze, it was clear that they were doing most of the hurling. Metcalfe and Padraig Murphy tagged on a few more scores in the first half and when the visitors scored a goal it left them three points ahead at the interval.
Naomh Bríd were comfortable winners in the end, with the breeze proving difficult for Pats to get the ball out of defence. St Pats, under Jim Shepard, Billy McHutcheon, and the Limerick men James Connolly and Tom Condon have recruited a few new faces this year. The three Smiths Michael, Tom and Seán are all talented hurlers. Cormac O'Connor( a Wexford native) looked tasty at wing back, and in attack Clare man John O'Loughlin and the Dub Ruan Caffery will add strength to the forward line. Ken McDonald, currently struggling with a hamstring injury will also add firing power to the forwards. Tom Eustace, a Fighting Cocks footballer, battled well when introduced in the second half. Richie O'Leary of Kildavin has been one of the rocks of this Pats defence in recent years. Denis Kelly of Rathvilly also adds pace and aggression to the team. If Pats can keep these new players going and get all hurlers in the area on board they will improve greatly for their next outing and be in with a real chance in this Junior Championship 2014.
Naomh Bríd will lose a few of these players when the senior championship gets underway and St Pats will hope to be more competitive on their return trip. 
There are only three teams in the Carlow Junior Championship now with Bagnelstown, who Pats play next on June 20th, second team making up the third with these two. All teams play each other home and away, with the format of the knockout stage undecided at this point.
Team: Ken McDonald, Michael Smith, Allan O'Neill, David Brady, Michael Kelly, Brian Condon(0.1), Richard O'Leary, Paul Shepard, John Metcalfe(1.4)(0.4f), Richard Cooper, Padraig Murphy(0.2), Gerry Dooley, Philip O'Callaghan, Josh Doyle, Ruan Caffery Subs used; Cormac O'Connor, Tom Eustace, Darren O'Toole, Michael O'Loughlin, John O'Brien.