Balto run amok at home to Pats

Mur­phy and Mcgrath re­turn

Bray People - - SPORT -

ONE CLUB cel­e­brat­ing the re­turn of the prodi­gal sons at the weekend was Balt­in­glass. With an in-form Kevin Mur­phy and Mark Staines back from duty with the county team and John McGrath mak­ing the start­ing 15 for the first time af­ter his long lay off through in­jury, 'Dino' Heaslip's team was look­ing a bit more like what we can ex­pect to see come cham­pi­onship time.

St Patrick’s were un­lucky to be the first team to feel the full force of the new for­ma­tion.

The Wick­low town side made a good enough start and were leading by 0-2 to 0-1 af­ter five min­utes. It did not take the home side long to find their feet and play­ers like Joey Kelly, John McGrath band Henry Sin­nott were soon send­ing over the points from frees and from play.

There was a hunger and drive about the the Slaneysiders that was lack­ing in the Town side and they were not flat­tered to lead by 1-8 to 0-3 at half time, the only goal of the match scored by mid­fielder James Sheerin.

It was ex­pected that Gail Dunne and Gavin Wynne would man­age to lift St Pat’s dur­ing the in­ter­val but it was Balt­in­glass that con­tin­ued to set the pace. More points by Joey Kelly, Henry Sin­nott and John McGrath kept them com­fort­able in front. Sub Stephen Duffy pointed a cou­ple of frees but the Wick­low side suf­fered an­other set-back when an­other sub­sti­tute Gary Duffy was sent to the line. Noth­ing much changed in the last quar­ter; John McGrath was hav­ing a great game at cen­tre for­ward and sent over some great points. Time may be against him but on this form Harry could do with him back on the '40’ for the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship.

Tommy Mur­phy looks to be the an­swer to Balt­in­glass' long term full back prob­lem while Brian Nolan is set­tling in well in the cor­ner.

The home side were short of play­ers like Rory Nolan and John Flynn while the Wick­low town side had no Paul Earls or Paudge McWal­ter. Ciaran Doyle also failed a late fit­ness test and took no part in this match.

So the points to Balt­in­glass and 13 ex­tra scores to boost their score dif­fer­ence should it come down to that.

In fact, it turns out that the boost in score dif­fer­ence is what has the Slaneysiders back on top of the Di­vi­sion 1 ta­ble this week. Cer­tainly this was a big step up on their last per­for­mance against Rath­new.

St Pat’s trainer Gavin Wynne was not too wor­ried about the re­sult.

“Balt­in­glass were up for it this time and we just were not',” he said af­ter the game. “They showed far more hunger and were chas­ing ev­ery­thing. We were short a few play­ers al­right but the 15 we had on the field should have been good enough to make a match of it. Our dis­play was dis­ap­point­ing,” he ad­mit­ted.

Scor­ers -Ballt­in­glass - James Sheerin 1-0; Joey Kelly 0-7; John McGrath 0-4; Henry Sin­nott 0-3; Sean O'Brien 0-2; Adam Flem­ing 0-1.

St Pats - Stephen Duffy and Mat­tie Byrne 0-2 each; Brian Coen, Rory Mar­ron and Dean Healy 0-1 each

BALT­IN­GLASS

Wil­lie Hanlon; Brian Nolan,Tommy Mur­phy, Mark Staines; Eoin Sweeney, Ian Sheeran, Billy Cullen; Kevin Mur­phy, James Sheerin; Joey Kelly, John McGrath, Ja­son Kennedy; Sean O'Brien, Adam Flem­ing, Henry Sin­nott.

SUBS: SUBS: Shane Wall, Lee Fur­long, Paudie Swin­burne, Tommy Cullen, John Mur­ray, Stephen Heis­lip

ST. PATRICK’S

Si­mon Alexan­der; James Ka­vanagh, Padraig Hig­gins, Ro­nan Con­nolly; Shan Mur­ley, Dean Healy, John Crowe; Dar­ragh McEvoy, Richard Mur­phy; Rory Mar­ron, Brian Coen, Si­mon Boucher; Dar­ragh O'Sul­li­van, Jonathan De­lahunt, Mathew Byrne. SUBS: Stephen Duffy, Garry Duffy and Lor­can Smullen. VENUE: Balt­in­glass

REF­EREE: Damien Byrne (Kil­te­gan)

Dar­ragh McEvoy for St. Pat’s is out­num­bered dur­ing the SFL Di­vi­sion 1 game in Balt­in­glass. Photo: Joe Byrne.

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