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St Pats 2-9 Leighlinbridge 1-9

posted 27 May 2014, 03:45 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow
This fixture was a dress rehearsal for round 1 of the Carlow Junior C football championship 2014 at the end of June. St Pats were the stronger team in Bro Leo Park on this occasion, and probably should have won by more. The home side kicked 15 wides to Leighlinbridge's tally of 6 wides.
The Tullow defence held firm for the first 16 minutes until Leighlinbridge got their first point. At this stage, the home side had goaled through Phil O'Callaghan, after the forward dispossessed the back to rifle a left foot shot to the roof of the net. Willie Canavan, who had a great game at midfield, ha also notched over two points at this stage. Leighlinbridge kicked three further scores in the opening half, and Tullow a further three of their own through Anto Moran(2) and Derry Nolan. This left the half time score at Pats 1.5 to 0.4.

The second was a more open game with the scoreboard ticking along for both teams as both sets of forwards found more space in attack. Jamie Byrne got the vital goal with the fist to give Pats the boost they needed to secure victory and hold on for the victory. Gary Maxwell played well in the full back line for the home side where Eoin Doyle and Dave Brady also worked hard. Ryan Malone and Gerry Dooley worked hard at wing backs, while Willie Canavan and Stephen Nolan dominated the midfield sector with Sham Comerford, team captain, covering a lot of ground in the half forward line where Moran also kicked two lovely points. Daniel McMahon made his return from injury only to go off injured again, with Stephen Hogan also playing well after entering the field at the interval.
The worrying thing for the home side would be the amount of wides kicked. If the Tullow men can get the rustiness out and more ball work they can be a force to reckon with at this level. If they make mistakes like tonight then they will be punished by stronger opponents. Overall they deserved their victory with some good football leading to make their scores. The Pats backs worked hard to restrict the away team to 1.9 which was the winning of the game!
O'Callaghan, Byrne 1.0 each, W. Canavan, Moran, S. Nolan 0.2 each, Comerford, D. Nolan, S. Brophy 0.1 each.