Rath­new rule roost in derby

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Rath­new 1-10 St. Pa­trick’s 1-7

COUNTY CHAM­PI­ONS Rath­new chalked up their sec­ond win from three starts in Divi­sion 1 of the leagues on Satur­day, hav­ing pre­vi­ously beaten Ti­na­hely.

Derby matches be­tween these parish neigh­bours are in­vari­ably hard-fought af­fairs and this en­counter was no ex­cep­tion to the norm.

St. Pa­trick’s will feel that they should have at least taken a share of the league points from the game, pay­ing the penalty for six squan­dered chances in a dom­i­nant open­ing quar­ter and then gift­ing Rath­new a cru­cial goal in the third quar­ter.

There is a buzz in the Wick­low town camp this year, the ar­rival of Mayo man Austin O’Mal­ley and in­jured play­ers start­ing to re­turn to match ac­tion spark­ing hopes they just might wrest the Mi­ley Cup from their near neigh­bours and fierce ri­vals in 2011.

And the band of sup­port­ers and subs who trav­elled with the team to the lions den at Rath­new was a clear sign of their in­tent to take the scalp of the cham­pi­ons on Satur­day to add to ear­lier league wins over Bray Em­mets and Kil­te­gan.

Even though they were still short a num­ber of reg­u­lars along with county stars, St. Pa­trick’s shaped up as if they were go­ing to over­run Rath­new in the first quar­ter, but their shoot­ing let them down as they posted six wides be­fore Seán Duffy had the first point af­ter fif­teen min­utes.

But Rath­new did not win over 30 ti­tles by be­ing faint­hearted or fold­ing at the first wave of pres­sure. Af­ter cen­tre­for­ward, Nicky Mer­nagh kicked two fine points, the first af­ter Richard Dig­nam had forced a su­per save from Robert Hollingsworth, Tommy Gill showed his ac­cu­racy from frees and the cham­pi­ons went on to lead by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.

Play was held up for a con­sid­er­able pe­riod late in the first half as we waited for a am­bu­lance for Rath­new’s Jody Mer­ri­gan who went over on his knee, and just on the break Donal Fitzger­ald of St. Pa­trick’s had to re­tire as a re­sult of in­jur­ing an an­kle.

In the third quar­ter St. Pa­trick’s were awarded a penalty and Tommy Kelly, who was play­ing at mid­field, dis­patched the spot-kick to the net to bring the sides level at 1-4 to 07.

It was all to play for with Ciarán Doyle mar­shalling the St. Pa­trick’s de­fence in the num­ber six shirt and Seán Tobin, Seán Duffy, Wayne Doyle all show­ing.

But then disas­ter struck. Rath­new ap­plied pres­sure and, in an at­tempt to clear the ball to safety, a St. Pa­trick’s de­fender punched to his own net. The vil­lage were ahead 1-9 to 1-5.

St. Pa­trick’s did not show the white feather ei­ther. Af­ter Tommy Gill had pointed for Rath­new from an­other free, Matty Byrne re­sponded like wise for St. Pa­trick’s, Trevor Jame­son chipped in with an­other point, and at the fin­ish Dave Con­dren had a goal at­tempt blocked af­ter a great run by Dara McEvoy.

Rath­new: Johnny Byrne, Alan Clarke, Damien Power, Dean Franey, Stephen Byrne, Stephen Canavan, Enan Glynn, Ed­ward T. Doyle, Richard Dig­nam, Ed­ward S Doyle, Nicky Mer­nagh (0-2), Jody Mer­ri­gan, Barry Mer­nagh (0-1), Mark Doyle (0-2), Tommy Gill (0-5). Subs: Paul El­lis for J. Mer­ri­gan, Chris Healy for S. Byrne, Stephen New­some for Ed­ward S. Doyle.

St. Pa­trick’s: Robert Hollingsworth, Wayne Doyle, Lor­can Smullen, Wayne Far­rell, Dave Con­dren (0-1), Ciarán Doyle, Andy Jame­son, Dara McEvoy, Tommy Kelly (1-1), Seán Tobin, Matty Byrne (0-2), Richard Mur­phy (0-1), Seán Duffy (0-1), Donal Fitzger­ald, Bosco Guinan. Subs: Trevor Jame­son (0-1) for D. Fitzger­ald, Barry Fitzger­ald for B. Guinan, Thomas Dunne for L. Smullen, Shane Doyle for S. Duffy.

Ref­eree: Kieran Kenny (Ti­na­hely).

Dunlavin 1-8 Bal­ly­manus 0-11

DUNLAVIN AND Bal­ly­manus played an ex­cit­ing draw in Divi­sion 1 of the SFL at 'The Gap' on Sun­day evening.

Lit­tle sep­a­rated the sides at any stage; Bal­ly­manus got off to a good start and went two points up in the early stages.

Dunlavin lifted their game in the sec­ond quar­ter and went in lead­ing by 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time.

The game was level again in the third quar­ter but Ste­vie Carty got the only goal of the match and Dunlavin looked set for vic­tory.

The Bil­lies staged a late rally and Paddy Byrne kicked the equal­izer in the clos­ing min­utes.

Ba­ly­manus: Bren­dan Doyle; Glen Far­rer, Pa­trick Byrne, Shane Whe­lan; Colm Coogan, Sea­mus Coogan, Sean O'Neill; Mark Kenny, Bren­dan.Whe­lan()-1); Liam.Byrne, Michael.Sta­ple­ton, Ciaran Whe­lan (0-1); Kevin Byrne (0-3), Paddy Byrne (0-5), Dar­ragh O'Ke­effe (0-1). Subs: R. Sta­ple­ton and J. Flem­ing.

Dunlavin: G. Car­roll; Ro­nan Byrne, Conor Mi­ley, Sean Phe­lan; Thomas Kelly, Trevor Birchall, Henry Cole­borne; Kevin Mi­ley, Justin Birchall,: Shane Carty(1-0), Alan Bowens, Shane Cor­ri­gan (0-1); Jimmy Kelly (0-2), Mark Re­g­ley(0-4), Ray O'Brien(0-1) - Ref De­clan Pep­pard, Hol­ly­wood.

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