St. Pat’s see off Dwyer’s with impressive display
COISTE NA NÓG UNDER-16 B HURLING FINAL
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.
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.
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.