POW­ER­FUL FIN­ISH

Mooney dis­missal de­stroyed all New­town hopes

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

ST Pat’s de­liv­ered an im­pres­sive per­for­mance to dis­patch New­town by 3-19 to 0-11 in the Ranault Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship in Joule Park Aughrim.

Aided by the send­ing off of New­town cor­ner-back Shane Mooney (black af­ter an ear­lier yel­low) early in the sec­ond half, Casey O’Brien’s men pro­ceeded to power home for a de­ci­sive vic­tory with the re­turn­ing Paul Earls bag­ging 1-1 hav­ing en­tered the fray as a sub­sti­tute.

From New­town’s point of view, the send­ing off of Mooney by ref­eree Dar­ragh Byrne was cru­cial. The Magpies trailed by 0-12 to 0-8 at the time and while fac­ing a stiff task for the re­main­der of the game, Mooney’s dis­missal made the job nigh on im­pos­si­ble.

Mooney’s black card ar­rived when St Pat’s play­maker Stephen Duffy took is­sue with some­thing said or done by New­town’s Dar­rah Cal­lan. Duffy turned and con­fronted Cal­lan and both men tus­sled. Mooney seemed to be at­tempt­ing to break up the al­ter­ca­tion be­tween the two play­ers but ref­eree Dar­ragh Byrne pro­nounced Mooney guilty of a black card of­fence and hav­ing al­ready been yel­low carded in the first half he was sent to the line with no re­place­ment al­lowed in.

This was the key mo­ment in the game, although, credit to New­town, they re­acted re­ally well and closed the gap to two points im­me­di­ately af­ter Mooney’s de­par­ture, but Pat’s soon found their feet and they pow­ered home in the last quar­ter.

Pat’s led 0-10 to 0-4 at the break and de­servedly so. Casey O’Brien’s men were play­ing a lovely at­tack­ing brand of foot­ball with Dean Healy strong com­ing through the mid­dle, Stephen Duffy drop­ping out from his full-for­ward po­si­tion and iso­lat­ing Tommy Kelly and Jor­dan Pet­ti­grew in­side to al­low them get on the end of di­ag­o­nal balls and harvest scores, and all backed up by a tena­cious de­fence held to­gether by the very im­pres­sive Conor Ffrench and Shane Mur­ley.

Pat’s were able to drop nu­mer­ous balls short to Ken­neth Turner in that open­ing half and still en­joy the six-point lead at the break.

Dean Healy led the charge early on with two wicked scores thanks to his strong run­ning ei­ther side of Dean Od­lum‘s sweet opener for New­town af­ter good play by Ross Davis and Luke Martin.

A poorly struck New­town kick­out went to Ciaran McGet­ti­gan and he fed Duffy who picked out Tommy Kelly for the cor­ner-for­ward’s opener af­ter five min­utes to give Pat’s a 0-3 to 0-1 lead be­fore Ross Davis pointed his first score from a free with nine on the clock.

A pow­er­ful pe­riod pf Pat’s dom­i­nance fol­lowed. Tommy Kelly (two), Stephen Duffy (two frees), Ciaran McGet­ti­gan, Jor­dan Pet­ti­grew and Paul O’Brien pointed as Casey O’Brien’s men took con­trol in most ar­eas of the field and pro­duc­ing some fine pas­sages of at­tack­ing foot­ball.

New­town fin­ished the half re­ally well with points from Ross Davis and Dean Od­lum to leave it 0-10 to 0-4.

The Magpies en­joyed a strong start to the sec­ond half and had points from Mark Fitzsi­mons, four from Ross Davis and a fine score from Paul O’Rior­dan pep­pered around points from Dean Healy and Tommy Kelly to leave them trail­ing by just two points but with Mooney now sit­ting in the dugout on the side­line.

From here on, Pat’s took con­trol. Paudge McWal­ter’s ball re­leased Dean Healy and he thun­dered down on Ken­neth Turner’s goal be­fore un­leash­ing a rocket that whacked off Darah Cal­lan’s leg and wrong­footed Turner be­fore end­ing up in the back of the net.

Paul Earls found McWal­ter and the for­mer county star fired over and away they went with points from Earls, Tommy Kelly, Pet­ti­grew, Stephen Duffy, Conor Ffrench and Ruairi Mar­ron and goals from Tommy Kelly and Paul Earls while a Ross Davis ef­fort close to the end was all New­town could man­age in the face of the Pat‘s as­sault.

A use­ful out­ing from Pat‘s as they in­flicted yet another de­feat on the Magpies. Casey O’Brien looks to have his squad in a very good place. The for­wards are full of con­fi­dence, Stephen Duffy looks to be at his cre­ative best and the de­fence is tiger­ish and pacey. The busi­ness end of this cham­pi­onship is go­ing to be fierce in­ter­est­ing al­to­gether!

Scor­ers – St Pa­trick’s: Tommy Kelly 1-4, Dean Healy 1-3, Paul Earls 1-1, Stephen Duffy 0-3 (2f), Jor­dan Pet­ti­grew 0-2, Ciaran McGet­ti­gan 0-1, Paul O’Brien 0-1, Paudge McWal­ter 0-1, Conor Ffrench 0-1, 26 0-1. New­town: Ross Davis 0-7 (3f), Dean Od­lum 0-2 (1f), Mark Fitzsi­mons 0-1, Paul O’Rior­dan 0-1.

St Pa­trick’s: Ian Mur­phy; Padraig Hig­gins, Shane Mur­ley, Wayne Doyle; Si­mon Bouch­ier, Conor Ffrench, John Crowe; Dean Healy, Shane Doyle; Ciaran Doyle, Paul O’Brien, Ciaran McGet­ti­gan; Jor­dan Pet­ti­grew, Stephen Duffy, Tommy Kelly. Subs: Paudge McWal­ter for P O’Brien (H/T),

New­town: Ken­neth Turner; Karl Carthy, John O Dono­hue, Shane Mooney; Darah Cal­lan, Darren Walsh, Robert Greenan; De­clan Doyle, Mark Fitzsi­mons; Luke Martin, Paul O’Rior­dan, Sean Gre­gory; Conor Od­lum, Dean Od­lum, Ross Davis. Subs:

Ref­eree: Dar­ragh Byrne (Bal­ly­manus)

New­town’s Dean Od­lum tries an un­ortho­dox method of get­ting the bet­ter of St Pat’s full-back Shane Mur­ley dur­ing the SFC clash in Joule Park Aughrim.

Dean Healy gets his shot away as Mark Fitzsi­mons closes in.

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