St. Ni­cholas take crown with con­vinc­ing victory

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St. Ni­cholas 3- 14, St. Pa­trick’s 3-3: Af­ter be­ing beaten in the U-14 foot­ball A fi­nal, St. Ni­cholas bounced back at Ark­low on Satur­day to take the B crown in rather con­vinc­ing style in the end, de­feat­ing op­po­nents St. Pa­trick’s by eleven points in the de­cider.

How­ever St. Pa­trick’s need not be down­hearted in de­feat as they were com­ing to this fi­nal a year early for their age.

All the Wick­low town play­ers are el­i­gi­ble for the U-14 grade again next year when they will strongly fan­cied not just for the B cham­pi­onship but to win the A cham­pi­onship, es­pe­cially as this same bunch of play­ers who won the county U-10 and U-12 ti­tles on their way up.

How­ever on this oc­ca­sion St. Ni­cholas, a combo of Dunlavin and Donard-Glen boys, were that bit too strong and ev­ery time that St. Pa­trick’s drew near or level the western­ers had that ex­tra bit of power to step on the gas and pull away again.

Yet St. Pa­trick’s drew level with their op­po­nents af­ter 12 min­utes with a goal by their cor­ner-for­ward James Ka­vanagh and they were still in con­tention into the third quar­ter af­ter full-for­ward An­drew Mur­phy ri­fled to the net fol­low­ing a Brian Doyle free into the goal­mouth, leav­ing just two points be­tween the sides at that stage (2-3 to 1-8).

St. Ni­cholas had a whirl­wind start to this match as they raced into an early five points lead be­fore the Wick­low lads hauled them back to par­ity but they were able to ac­cel­er­ate away again when­ever St. Pa­trick’s threat­ened se­ri­ous dan­ger to their su­pe­ri­ori- ty. An­drew Howard gave a man of the match per­for­mance for St. Ni­cholas at full-for­ward and he ac­counted for 1-4 as they went on to lead 1-8 to 2-3 at half time, the two goals for St. Pa­trick’s scored by in­side for­wards James Ka­vanagh and An­drew Mur­phy.

St. Pa­trick’s con­tin­ued to mount a stiff chal­lenge up to the three quar­ter-stage when a third goal by Brian Doyle fol­low­ing a ‘45’ by An­drew Mur­phy, who was now play­ing fur­ther out­field, cut­ting the deficit to two points for a third time, 3-3 to 1-11.

How­ever the Wick­low town boys were not to raise an­other score flag be­tween that and the fi­nal whis­tle, with goals for St. Ni­cholas by An­drew Howard and Scott Phe­lan wrap­ping up the ti­tle for the Western­ers.

St. Ni­cholas are man­aged by Garda In­spec­tor Ashley O’Sul­li­van, a for­mer county player, who won se­nior medals with Dunlavin in 1979 and 1981 when he was the youngest player on the team. Ashley’s had a son Alan play­ing on the St. Ni­cholas team at wing­back.

Af­ter the game Pat Mitchell pre­sented the tro­phy to the St. Ni­cholas cap­tain Kevin Kealy while the Wick­low Peo­ple man of the match award went to An­drew Howard.

Ed­die Leonard presents the Wick­low Peo­ple ‘Man of the Match’ award to An­drew Howard of St. Ni­cholas.

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