Five-star St Pat’s book in­ter­me­di­ate fi­nal spot

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ST. Pa­trick’s booked their place in the In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pi­onship de­cider af­ter a strong sec­ond-half dis­play saw off Mat­tock Rangers in a very en­ter­tain­ing semi-fi­nal played in front of a big at­ten­dance in Kilk­er­ley on Thurs­day evening. IN do­ing so the Pat’s girls gained re­venge for their re­cent de­feat in the Di­vi­sion 2 League fi­nal to the Col­lon side. With club foot­ball tak­ing a back seat un­til af­ter Louth’s All-Ire­land fi­nal against Lim­er­ick on 16th, Pats now await the win­ner’s of the other semi-fi­nal be­tween St Fechins and Dread­nots which is down for de­ci­sion on 23rd.

Af­ter a closely con­tested open­ing thirty min­utes which saw Mat­tock lead by the min­i­mum at the break, the Lord­ship side com­pletely dom­i­nated the sec­ond half outscor­ing their op­po­nents by 2-7 to 0-2 It was the black and red clad out­fit who got off to a fine start as Ab­bie O’Brien pointed af­ter just twenty sec­onds. Pat’s had chances to draw level through Kate Flood and Meg Woods be­fore the Lord­ship got on the scoreboard when Ni­cola Con­ner’s shot found the Mat­tock net in the fifth minute.

The same player added a point al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter be­ing set up by the hugely im­pres­sive Kate Flood. Points from Reid (2) and Han­nah Carolan kept Mat­tock in touch be­fore the Pats net­ted their sec­ond goal mid­way through the half as a bril­liant 40 me­tre run by Flood in which she beat four de­fender’s and fin­ished with a sen­sa­tional piece of skill to place her shot over the head of the ad­vanc­ing

Mat­tock keeper Anna Bren­nan, but within a minute the south Louth side were back level as Maria Reid’s well timed pass put Ciara Ec­cles in the clear and the No. 13 fin­ished in style 2-2 to 1-5.

The scores kept com­ing with Flood and ex County star Reid very much to the fore with a Flood point on the stroke of the half time whis­tle leav­ing Mat­tock hold­ing a slen­der 1.09 to 2.05 lead at the in­ter­val Kate Flood from a free had Pats level shortly af­ter the restart, be­fore the team in green and white were back in front when a Kate Flood shot de­flected off a de­fender and Cather­ine O’Con­nor was quick­est to re­act and fired to the net in the thirty sixth minute, 3.6 to 1.9. Pa­trick’s added fur­ther points with Flood and Kirk both rais­ing white flags be­fore Mat­tock re­ceived a fur­ther blow when Ab­bie O’Brien was sin-binned for per­sis­tent foul­ing on 39 min­utes n a rare Mat­tock at­tack Grainne Reid and Maria Reid com­bined to cre­ate a goal chance but as the lat­ter was about to get her shot away a bril­liant in­ter­cep­tion by Aine Breen averted the dan­ger.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of this let off Pat’s were quickly back on the at­tack and Mat­tock keeper Bren­nan brought off a won­der­ful stop to deny Claire Savage only for the ball to fall into path of Aine Breen who cracked a blis­ter­ing shot to the cor­ner of the net from 20 me­ters to put clear day­light be­tween the teams 4.8 to 1.9 af­ter fifty min­utes.

Two min­utes later Mat­tock had their first score of the half from O’Brien with Maria Reid also adding a point shortly af­ter but it was only a brief respite as Pat’s fin­ished strongly with points from O’Con­nor and the hard work­ing mid­fielder Grace Tre­anor (2) both on tar­get with Claire Savage putting the ic­ing on the cake with a goal in the last action of the game.

ST. Pa­trick’s; Na­dine Callen, Dearb­haile O’Do­herty, Caoimhe Breen, Naoimh But­terly, Melissa O’Han­lon, Aine Breen, 1-0, Claire Savage, Grace Tre­anor 0-4, Anna Whyte, Jac­qui Kirk 0-1, Ais­ling O’Do­herty, Meg Woods,

NI­COLA Con­ner 1-2,Claire Savage 1-0, Kate Flood 1-4. Sub, Cather­ine O’Con­nor 1-1 Mat­tock Rangers; Anna Bren­nan, Lisa Duff, Roisin Roche, Me­abh Hickey, Anna Dunne, Eimear Grimes, Kelly Con­ner, Ni­amh Doo­ley, Grainne Reid 0-1, Han­nah Carolan 0-2, Ab­bie O’Brien 0-2, Ciara Ec­cles 1-0, Maria Reid 0-6, Ni­amh Reid Ref­eree: Stephen Mur­phy St Pa­trick’s GFC v St. Kevins, Paul Drumm, 6.30; Naomh Fionnbarra/Lannleire v O’Con­nells/ Sta­ban­non Par­nells/John Mitchels, Thomas Mul­hol­land, 7.00

Glyde Rangers/Sean McDer­motts/Westerns v St Josephs, Tadhg Rooney, 6.30

Mat­tock Rangers/Hun­ter­stown Rovers v Dun­dalk Young Ire­lands/St Mochtas, ref tbc, 6.30

Wolfe Tones Foot­ball v St Brides, ref tbc, 6.45 St Ni­cholas GFC v Glen Em­mets, ref tbc, 6.45 St. Kevins v Roche Em­mets GFC, ref tbc, 6.30; Dun­dalk Young Ire­lands v Clan na nGael, David J. Mc Ar­dle, 6.30

Ardee St. Mary’s G.F.C. v Naomh Mairtin, Des­mond Mc Don­ald, 6.30; St Fechins GAA v Geraldines, ref tbc, 6.30

Dread­nots v Dun­dalk Gaels, Colm Mc Col­lough, 6.30; St Pa­trick’s GFC v Kilk­er­ley Em­mets/ Naomh Malachi, John Mur­phy, 6.30

Mat­tock Rangers/Hun­ter­stown Rovers v Coo­ley Kick­hams, Stephen Mur­phy, 6.30

St Ni­cholas GFC v Naomh Fionnbarra/Lannleire, Ger­ard Cor­ri­gan, 6.30; St Josephs v O`Raghal­laighs, Thomas Bren­nan, 6.30

Na Piar­saigh/Sean O’Ma­ho­nys/Dow­dall­shill v Newtown Blues, De­clan Dunne, 6.30 Dread­nots v Sean O Ma­ho­nys, Ger­ard Cor­ri­gan, 8.00

St Fechins GAA v Naomh Moninne, Kevin Brady, 8.00

Naomh Fionnbarra v Cuchu­lainn Gaels, Kevin Levins, 6.45; O`Raghal­laighs v Newtown Blues, ref tbc, 6.45; Dread­nots v St Josephs, Tommy Mc En­teggart, 6.45; St Fechins GAA v Geraldines, Stephen John­son, 6.45

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