St. Pat’s see off Dwyer’s with im­pres­sive dis­play

COISTE NA NÓG UN­DER-16 B HURL­ING FI­NAL

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St. Pa­trick’s 1-16, Michael Dwyer’s 2-6: It was a case of from ec­stasy to the agony for teams from the greater Kil­te­gan area last week­end.

A week ear­lier Kil­te­gan were in cel­e­bra­tory mood af­ter they won both the Se­nior foot­ball and Ju­nior A cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

Last week­end it was heart­break as they lost two ju­ve­niles de­ciders on Sun­day and the Mi­nor B semi-fi­nal the pre­vi­ous day in Bless­ing­ton.

One of Sun­day’s losses was to St. Pa­trick’s in the U16 B hurl­ing fi­nal, a game of hurl­ing qual­ity that be­lied its B sta­tus.

St. Pa­trick’s, who also saw their for­tunes change over the same eight day pe­riod from one of de­feat to victory, had the bet­ter start to Sun­day’s match and looked to be cruis­ing com­fort­ably with just ten min­utes of the first-half left.

But then Michael Dwyers ex­ploded be­fore the break, blast­ing home two goals to nar­row the gap to just two points – 2-2 to 1-7.

In the sec­ond-half, the scor­ing power of St. Pa­trick’s Jim O’Brien and man-of-the match Eoin O’Ma­hony proved a bridge too far to cross for Michael Dwyers. There was no dis­put­ing the fact that the Wick­low town lads were the bet­ter team on the day, their victory be­ing a mea­sure of com­pen­sa­tion for los­ing the Se­nior foot­ball fi­nal and the U-14B fi­nal the pre­vi­ous week­end, not to men­tion the Ju­nior B semi-fi­nal.

St. Pa­trick’s did not field a Se­nior hurl­ing team this year. With the victory of their U-16 hurlers, they are show­ing signs of re­build­ing hurl­ing in the club which was once a strong force in hurl­ing in the county.

Ukra­nian boy Dmytro Moy­seyev came on as a sub­sti­tute for St. Pa­trick’s and went very close to scor­ing a goal. Hope­fully he will be an in­spi­ra­tion to many more non na­tion­als to take up Gaelic games with clubs in their area.

Scor­ers for St. Pa­trick: Jim O’Brien (1-7), Eoin O’Ma­hony (0-6), An­drew Con­way, Conor Sex­ton and Conor Fahy (0-1 each).

Michael Dwyers: Michael Mangan (2-1), Ja­son Daly (03), Brian Cullen (0-2).

As part of the tra­di­tion of tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tions af­ter fi­nals, Ed­die Leonard was given the hon­our of pre­sent­ing the tro­phy to the cap­tain from his own club St. Pa­trick’s, Eoin O’Ma­hony, who also re­ceived the Peo- ple News­pa­pers man-ofthe-match award from Pat Mitchell.

St. Pa­trick’s: Char­lie Red­mond, Seán Mur­ray, Ciarán Sta­ple­ton, Terry Power, Gail Quinn, Ciarán Mo­ran, Joe Crofton, James Ka­vanagh, Conor Sex­ton, Eoin O’Ma­hony, Jim O’Brien, James O’Brien, An­drew Con­way, Conor Fahy. Subs: Seán O’Cal­laghan, John O’Brien, De­nis O’Brien, Dmytro Moy­seyev.

Michael Dwyers: Paul Con­nolly, Cathal Fitzger­ald, Gavin Keogh, Spencer Han­bidge, Mark Pierce, Sea­mus Coogan, David Dowl­ing, Michael Mangan, Ro­nan Byrne, John Raf­ferty, Brian Cullen, Ja­son Daly, Paul Costi­gan, Shane Keogh, Richie Done­gan. Panel: Paul Mur­ray, Philip Coogan, Eoin Coogan, Conor Doyle, Dara O’Ke­effe, Liam Byrne, John O’Ke­effe.

Ref­eree: coole).

Thus far Pat Mitchell and Ed­die Leonard have al­most reached the half-way stage with the 30 com­pe­ti­tion fi­nals they will have com­pleted be­fore the end of Novem­ber.

Con Keddy

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St. Pa­trick’s, win­ners of the Un­der-16 B hurl­ing fi­nal.

Beaten fi­nal­ists Michael Dwyers.

Eoin O’Ma­honey of St. Pat’s re­ceives the Peo­ple News­pa­pers man of the match award from Pat Mitchell.

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