Seven of the best for Pat’s

Wexford People - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY in Camolin

HOME SIDE St. Pa­trick’s went goal crazy when they ad­vanced to the Gorey Dis­trict semi-fi­nal of the Green­star Un­der-21 foot­ball Roinn 1 cham­pi­onship with a com­mand­ing vic­tory over Kil­rush in Satur­day’s tie at Camolin.

In fact, the lo­cals sig­nalled their in­tent from the very first whis­tle when Ciarán Mur­phy dragged a goal chance wide from the first at­tack.

And they didn’t let that miss af­fect their con­fi­dence in front of the posts as they went on to score five goals by the 17th minute to re­ally ham­mer home their author­ity.

Their first ar­rived on two min­utes when Ash­ley Tully poked home on the sec­ond at­tempt af­ter ini­tially do­ing well to gather John Doyle’s de­liv­ery, while Ciarán Mur­phy was the next on the roll call a minute later when he con­fi­dently stroked home in full stride.

Kil­rush man­aged to find the net them­selves af­ter eight min­utes when John Ka­vanagh had his shot saved but Jack Quinn was the quick­est to nudge past his name­sake in the goal (2-1 to 1-2).

But that was the clos­est they would come as the hosts pieced to­gether a cou­ple of aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing goals.

Firstly, mid­fielder John Doyle saun­tered through be­fore dis­patch­ing into the top cor­ner, while Conor Mor­ris ham­mered home off the un­der­side of the cross­bar as the gap grew to 4-2 to 1-2 af­ter 17 min­utes.

And they pretty much made it an unas­sail­able ad­van­tage by the in­ter­val when Ian Maguire squeezed home at the near post in in­jury-time to make it 5-7 to 1-3.

A fine in­di­vid­ual goal from Conor Travers in the early throes of the new half put a bet­ter com­plex­ion on the score­board for the losers, but St. Pa­trick’s fin­ished with aplomb as Matt Mol­loy goaled on the turn on 39 min­utes, while Tully made it a fine day’s work for his side when he found the far cor­ner five min­utes from time af­ter be­ing im­pro­visely teedup by Michael O’Brien.

They are due to face Craanford in the semi-fi­nal, with a de­lay ex­pected due to their neigh­bours’ up­com­ing in­volve­ment in the re­played Un­der-21 hurl­ing Roinn 1 fi­nal ver­sus Clough­bawn.

St. Pa­trick’s: Jack Quinn; Glen Car­ton (0-1), Joe Cousins, Bren­dan Byrne; Ian Maguire (1-0), Kyle Byrne, Seán Red­mond; Michael O’Brien, Michael Car­roll; Paul McDon­ald, John Doyle (1-2), Ciarán Mur­phy (12); Ash­ley Tully (2-4, 0-3 frees), Matt Mol­loy (1-1), Conor Mor­ris 1-0). Subs. - Conor O’Leary (0-1) for Mol­loy, Michael Whe­lan for Car­ton, Vinny Gahan for Mor­ris, Fer­gal Maguire for Mur­phy.

Kil­rush: Conor Keogh; Gar­rett O’Connor, Ciarán Lan­caster, Liam O’Rourke; Jim Sharry, Fionn For­tune, Pádraig O’Rourke; Tom Byrne, John Ka­vanagh (0-1); Conor Byrne (0-3, 1 free), Conor Travers (1-1), James Byrne; Seán Kir­wan (0-1), Jack Quinn (1-1), John Doyle. Subs. - Seán Bookey (0-1) for J. Doyle, Doyle for L. O’Rourke.

Ref­eree: Paul Browne (Clonee).

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