THE ability of St Patrick’s to score goals at crucial stages throughout the second half creates a false impression of the contribution North District brought to this under-17 A hurling Shield final, played in Pearse’s Park, Arklow, on Saturday evening last.
They were eight points in arrears at half time but continued to hurl well for good periods of the second half.
But the old maxim that “goals win games” meant that St Pat’s were comfortably in command on the scoreboard from the time that Paddy Moorehouse netted the first of his hat-trick of goals after 20 minutes.
He completed the hat trick half way through the second half and handed over to substitute John O’Brien who netted two more before the finish.
Both sides had some fine young hurlers on display. Oisin Curry in goal for the North had some fine saves to his credit. Brian Short and Joe McDonald battled hard in defence. Niall Browne and Leo Hanney showed some nice touches throughout while up front Shaun Cranley, Eoin Dorgan, Thomas Moorehouse and Luke Dorgan kept picking off the points.
The victors, St Pat’s, were well served by Conor O’Mahony in goal, defenders Eamon Kehoe, TJ Kehoe, Mikey Griffin, mid fielder James Byrne and Patrick Murphy.
Conor O’Mahony; Kyle Murphy, Eamon Kehoe, Mick Moorehouse; T J Kehoe, Mikey Griffin, Christy Moorehouse; Patrick Murphy, James Byrne; Nathan Goucher, Luke Synnott, Tom O’Brien; Daniel O’Brien, Paddy Moorehouse, Adam Synnott. Subs – Bill O’Brien, Aaron Murphy, John O’Brien, Robert Moffatt.
Oisin Curry; Cillian Keane, Shane Ryan, Marwan Machalanni; Glen Ryder, Brian Short, Joe McDonald; Neill Browne, Leo Hanney; Glenn Dunne, Shaun Cranley, Eoin Dorgan; Joe Prendergast, Thomas Moorehouse, Luke Dorgan.
North District: Referee:
Patrick Murphy receives the cup from Mick Hagan.
Paddy Moorehouse was MOTM.