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An­nacurra 0-13 St. Pa­trick’s 1-09

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE SIDE An­nacurra were un­der­stand­ably pleased with their one point win over St. Pa­trick’s in divi­sion one of the foot­ball leagues last Tues­day.

St. Pa­trick’s have won a cou­ple of Se­nior ti­tles in the past decade and would have ex­pected to be shade too good for their An­nacurra op­po­nents, even if they were field­ing a num­ber of their Ju­nior A play­ers.

An­nacurra and St. Pa­trick’s now have one win each from two starts in the league, An­nacurra hav­ing lost their first match to Bray by five points, and St. Pa­trick’s hav­ing beaten Kil­te­gan by 0-9 to 0-8 in their league opener.

An­nacurra were 0-6 to 0-4 down at half­time but then took the lead in the third quar­ter be­fore St. Pa­trick’s re­gained a two point ad­van­tage with a goal by Dara O’Sul­li­van who was their star player and lead­ing scorer.

But the men from An­nacurra showed great char­ac­ter in fight­ing back a sec­ond time and they scored the last three points of the game to se­cure their nar­row win.

Liam Moules had a huge game for the win­ners at full-back and Martin O’Brien was also im­pres­sive at cen­tre back. Michael Healy and Ian McDon­ald, the scorer of 0-4, were also out­stand­ing for An­nacurra, whose other scores came from Stephen Doyle (0-5), Paul McDon­ald (0-2), Clive Ho­ran and Pa­trick Moules (0-1 each).

St. Pa­trick’s scor­ers were Dara O’Sul­li­van (1-6, two points from frees), Matty Byrne (02, frees), and Dean Healy (0-1). Their other big per­form­ers were Wayne Far­rell at cor­ner-back, Ciarán Doyle and Shane Mor­ley.

Bray Em­mets 4-05 New­town 2-10

PJ CUN­NING­HAM has taken over the job of man­ager of Bray Em­mets Se­nior team and he has made the per­fect start with two wins from two starts.

Not so per­fect have been the per­for­mances of the team, play­ing well be­low their best in both matches.

How­ever PJ is con­cen­trat­ing more on team build­ing than per­for­mance at this early stage of the sea­son, us­ing the league to look at new play­ers by us­ing the full com­pli­ment of subs in matches.

New­town dic­tated a lot of the play in the first-half de­spite play­ing against the wind, but it was goals by John Hen­der­son, who fin­ished af­ter the ball came back off the goal post, Stephen McNi­cholas and Ross McA­naspie that gave Bray a scarcely de­served two point lead at the break.

Bray con­tin­ued to ride their luck in the sec­ond-half and New­town will be dis­ap­pointed that they did not get a bet­ter re­turn from the amount of play they en­joyed. And it was the Bray goals that laid the foun­da­tion for the win, with John Kinch’s sec­ond-half free sneak­ing all the way to the net.

De­spite an over­all slug­gish per­for­mance, Bray had a mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance from their full-back Tony Den­ver. PJ Cun­ning­ham in­tro­duced five pairs of fresh legs, with for­mer Bray Wan­der­ers soc­cer player prov­ing hugely in­flu­en­tial and for­mer county Mi­nor player David Finn leav­ing his mark on the game with a sweet point.

At the end of a long 40 minute sec­ond half, the win­ner for Bray was banged over by Niall McGraynor in in­jury time.

Scor­ers for Bray Em­mets were John Kinch (1-3), John Hen­der­son (1-0), Stephen McNi­cholas (1-0), Ross McA­naspie (1-0), Oisin O hAn­naidh and Niall McGraynor (0-1 each).

The New­town scor­ers were Ja­son Fitzsi­mons (2-1), Brian Doyle (0-2), Gar­rett Doyle (0-2), Terry Mur­phy (0-2), Philip Martin (0-2), Cathal McNi­cholas (0-1).

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