Pat’s go through
St. Patrick’s 1-7, Bray Emmets 1-5: St. Patrick’s maintained their push for Junior B honours when they staged a late rally to record a two-point victory over arch-rivals Bray Emmets in the quarter-final of the Philip Doyle Junior B football championship played at Newtown on Tuesday last, writes Mark Kennedy.
Games between these two clubs always bring out the best in each other and this meeting was no exception in a game that saw the sides level five times during the hour.
Bray provided a stern test for the Wicklow town side who had already beaten neighbours Barndarrig in the opening round and took the game to their from opponents from the start and were rewarded with a point from Johnny O’Leary from a free after seven minutes and followed up with a goal from Rory McGarry in the tenth minute.
These early scores brought a quick response from the winners and they went on to dominate for the next quarter which resulted in corner-forward Paddy Clarke pointing two frees to reduce the deficit and after both sides missed scoring chances.
Then came what was a body-blow to Bray Emmets’ hopes in what was a mix-up in defence when a deflection fell to lively forward Paddy Clarke and not for the first time this year he scored a crucial goal for the Blues to bring the sides level on a score of 1-2 each just before the interval.
After the break St. Patrick’s received a great chance to go into the lead when a move involving several players resulted in a penalty being awarded after fullforward Denis O’Brien was grounded as he headed for goal. The penalty-kick was taken by B.A. Franey but he was denied a score as Emmets goalkeeper Stephen Carton brough off a brilliant save.
With both teams striving to achieve victory play moved up and down the field before John O’Leary pointed a free and John Scanlan added a point from play while St. Pat’s replied with points from Denis O’Brien (free) and Rickie Quinn which saw the sides level once more on a score of 1-4 each at the three quarter stage.
At this stage the winners’ backroom team made vital moves when they brought on four subs and all played a vital part in this victory with Leonard Carton steadying the defence and veteran dual player Eddie King teaming up with full-forward Denis O’Brien to cause havoc in the Bray defence, while the other two subs proved match winners when John Connors kicked two points from play and Brendan Cox one from play to seal victory.
While the only reply from the men from the Dargle was a point from Chris Loy which left Pat’s landing a semi-final spot against Newtown with An Tochar and Tinahely contesting the other semi-final.