Pat’s go through

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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