Balto look­ing good

Jason Kenny leads from the front as Pat’s dis­man­tled

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

BALTINGLASS pro­duced a very com­pe­tent per­for­mance un­der lights in Round­wood in the un­der-15 foot­ball cham­pi­onship last Fri­day evening when they dis­man­tled a game St Pa­trick’s side to leave ab­so­lutely no doubt as to their ti­tle cre­den­tials.

The young foot­ballers from the west won’t be al­lowed to get too car­ried away with this fine vic­tory. They faced a St Pat’s team that wasn’t found want­ing for ef­fort or courage but who came up short in the size and ap­pli­ca­tion de­part­ments.

The 3-08 to 2-02 half-time score line was helped into re­al­ity by a weak­ness at the back for the Wick­low town team.

St Pa­trick’s lacked a strong kick out and although their short tac­tic worked on oc­ca­sion, too of­ten the ball was robbed or sent di­rectly to Baltinglass men and they har­vested quite a large per­cent­age of their half-time tally from this source.

Pat’s started very brightly. A cheeky mon­key of a back heel to the Baltinglass net from Aaron Byrne got them off to a dream start af­ter 90 sec­onds.

But Baltinglass looked strong all over the field.

Fig­ures like Dar­ren Walsh, Arun Daly Danne, Jor­dan Etuku­doh, Jack Han­lon, KB Matomni, Tom Keogh, and Jason Kenny are all big, strong foot­ballers and it is very likely that they will dom­i­nate this age level.

It took them four min­utes to open their ac­count, that a point from cor­ner-for­ward Niall O’Con­nor who was play­ing at cen­tre-half for­ward with Tom Keogh in the cor­ner.

But there was a vul­ner­a­bil­ity to the St Pat’s de­fence and it was mid­fielder Jack Han­lon who was the first to profit when he stormed into the St Pat’s heart­land and lashed home to the bot­tom cor­ner of Padraig Cahill’s net to give the west men the lead.

St Pat’s pegged them back through Frank Reynolds with 11 min­utes gone and af­ter an­other 11 min­utes they led by 3-04 to 1-01 with goals from the very im­pres­sive Jason Kenny and Tom Keogh and points from the afore­men­tioned Keogh (two) and Jack Han­lon.

Pat’s gath­ered their thoughts un­der the heavy pres­sure of the Baltinglass as­sault and they got a goal back from cen­tre-half for­ward Dy­lan Ka­vanagh af­ter 26 min­utes. But Baltinglass were al­ways able to score from play or win a free with­out too much ef­fort and they took the break at 3-08 to 2-02.

The Wick­low town men needed a won­der­ful start but they fired wide with their open­ing ef­fort and shortly af­ter­wards Jason Kenny planted the ball neatly in the bot­tom cor­ner for their fourth goal.

Three points from Tom Keogh with a Jason Kenny ef­fort in be­tween made the St Pat’s task im­pos­si­ble and when KB Matomni fired home low and hard past Padraig Cahill it was cur­tains.

This was a se­ri­ous per­for­mance from Baltinglass.

Their’s is a team lit­tered with qual­ity foot­ballers who will fea­ture at Senor level for their club and pos­si­ble county if the hard work con­tin­ues.

St Pat’s had plenty of very good play­ers as well.

Josh Wat­son bat­tled hard with Jason Kenny all night, Mark Evans looks a tidy cor­ner-back while Jack Fox showed plenty of ca­pa­bil­ity through­out.

Scor­ers – Jack Han­lon 1-04 (2f), Tom Keogh 1-04 (2f), Jason Kenny 2-02, KB Matomni 1-00, Niall O’Con­nor 0-02, Evan Frahill 0-01.

St Pa­trick’s: Jack Fox 0-04 (1f), Aaron Byrne 1-00, Dy­lan Ka­vanagh 1-00, Frank Reynolds 0-01.

Baltinglass: Robert O’Brien; Neil Mur­phy, Dar­ren Walsh, Jack Kir­wan; Stephen Con­nolly, Arun Daly Danne, Jor­dan Etuku­doh; Jack Han­lon, KB Matomni; Evan Frahill, Tom Keogh, Hugh O’Toole; Conor Quinn, Jason Kenny, Niall O’Con­nor. Subs: Hugh Leigh for J Etuku­doh (45min), Wil­liam Brien for H O’Toole (49min), Kealan Hunter for C Quinn (55min), Gary Kelly for N O’Con­nor (55min), Shane Whe­lan for J Kenny (58min), Conor Flood for N Mur­phy (58min).

St Pa­trick’s: Padraig Cahill; Mark Evans, Josh Wat­son, Cian Kelly; Cathal Ó Bri­ain, Niall De­lahunt, Frank Reynolds; Jack Fox, Cal­lum Kelly; Matthew Ryan, Dy­lan Ka­vanagh, Fionn Luddy; Mark O’Brien, Jack Meaney, Aaron Byrne. Subs: Ryan Ka­vanagh for A Byrne (41min), Finn Egan Car­ron for C Ó Bri­ain (46min), Ryan Ka­vanagh for F Reynolds (46min), Liam Con­nolly for F Luddy (53min), Mark O’Brien for M Ryan (60min, inj).

Ref­eree: Liam Keenan jnr (Aughrim)

The Baltinglass un­der-15 foot­ballers who de­feated St Pa­trick’s in the cham­pi­onship in Round­wood last Fri­day night.

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