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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).